Orange County | Los Angeles | San Diego Photographer ~ Wedding Wednesday

10/17/2012 01:52:00 PM

Tips on choosing Reception Music

Music can bring back all kinds of memories and the music for your wedding can step the tone. While I can recommend some popular wedding music, no one can capture your reception’s ambiance quite as well as you can. Spend some time figuring out what kind of mood you plan to set, and build the perfect playlist from there.

You Can’t Please Everyone

Weddings are notoriously difficult to plan because of the spectrum of guests. You will most likely have parents, grandparents, and extended relatives present, but you could also be surrounded by friends who share your love of a great pop song or two.

How you approach this issue is up to you. Many couples choose to keep the music choices low-key for the beginning of the reception, choosing oldies and crooners in keeping with the elegance of the day. As the evening wears on, you can then transition to faster-paced music—in almost all cases, the older relatives leave before the youngest crowd.

You might also opt to stick to background music or classical songs that offend no one. Both of these choices work well in a formal reception hall.

Keep Things Classy

When most brides describe their dream wedding, they use terms like elegant, ethereal, unique, and perfect. Soft rock, jazz, and classical music (with a few romantic ballads throw in) might be more than enough to match the setting and the crowd. After all, there’s no need for the Chicken Dance at every wedding in the world.

Make Memorable Choices

If you’re having dancing at your reception, you can select special songs for the first dance, the father/bride dance, the mother/groom dance, and other pivotal moments during the day (cake cutting, bouquet tossing, etc.). If you’re not having dancing, there’s no reason why you have to keep things silent. Spend just as much time setting the mood with the right songs, and everyone will walk away happy.

Over-Plan the Music

It doesn’t matter whether you’re asking a live band for a playlist, creating your own mix of songs, or relying on a DJ to handle the music—this is one time it’s best to over prepare. Make a song list that is long enough to go an hour or two beyond your projected reception timeline. It’s better to not get to a few songs than it is to run out of music or repeat songs everyone has already heard.

Don't be afraid to ask for recommendations, Kelly and her staff have worked at many weddings and know plenty of great bands and great DJs. There is no better way to go than getting a band or DJ that has already done a great job at another wedding.

Happy Planning Ladies,


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