The Importance of Wedding Music

There are two aspects of wedding music that need to be addressed when planning your big day. First, you may wish to select certain music or arrange for professional soloists or musicians to play during the actual wedding ceremony. But at the wedding reception, it’s pretty much anything goes when it comes to selecting wedding music, provided it’s tasteful.


Right away is the time to plan your wedding music. Good talent gets booked fast and you don’t want to end up having to select the brand new DJ with only a few weddings under his belt or something even worse. Booking your music a full year in advance is advisable but at a minimum, you should know who will be showing up and what he or she will be playing at least six months prior to the wedding date.  Always check the Wedding Social DJ/Band Directory and ask your Venue for recommendations


For most weddings, selecting the music for the ceremony isn’t that complicated.  If you are being married at a church, synagogue, or any other house of faith you will most likely be required to select music that meet their standards and requirements.  Speak with your clergy, rabbi, or minister for more information on ceremony music.  If you are getting married on public grounds ensure you make contact with the town officials to know what you are able to do and to ensure your entertainment will have power.  If you are having your wedding at a catering hall, discuss with your DJ what you would like because most do not have any restrictions on your ceremony and reception music.

Wedding music during the ceremony is basically secondary to the ceremony itself so the music is really meant to sort of ‘fill in the gaps’ during the non-speaking periods such as while guests are being seated, during the procession, and while lighting the unity candles. Of course, it’s your wedding and it can be custom-designed.

The music that’s played at the reception is going to mean the difference between a successful reception and one that’s ho-hum. Having a great wedding reception should not be complicated to pull off. When you begin searching for music vendors, you’ll realize rather quickly that you have a lot of options. We highly recommend looking into a 3 string quartet for the ceremony.  Best part about quartets, they do not need power to play and entertain.  You can book a live band or a DJ by checking our Long Island Entertainment Directory.

It’s important that you both agree on the type of wedding music you want played at your reception. There are ‘traditional’ songs that almost always are played at certain points during the reception such as the father/daughter dance, the cake cutting, the dollar dance and so on. And then there is all the music in between. Do you want jazz, country, R&B, new age, Italian, Latin, Jewish-inspired, or a little bit of everything? That’s an important decision to make because the musicians you select have to be able to deliver what you want or you won’t be happy.  Your preferences are much easier achieved perfectly by a dj but a great band can make your day the wedding of the decade.


Try to book experienced professionals for your wedding music. Always ask for and check references. Even contact the Better Business Bureau. If booking live talent, arrange to hear a live performance before booking (see them at a showcase). Scrutinize the contract before signing to make sure all parties agree on all details and have the proper expectations going into your day.




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