The BIG question for the reception is inevitably live band or DJ, and this is going to be entirely down to the couple’s preference.
Both have clear advantages over the other, but where the DJ really scores is with the potential to please all generations and most musical tastes, and particularly if the wedding has a theme, or is tied to a particular era.
Another nice touch is to plan a playlist for the bride to get ready to on the morning of the wedding. If her bridesmaids are friends of many years standing, they will have a shared history of nights out, parties, and musical memories. If this can be prepared without the bride’s knowledge or input, so much the better.
Daunting though organising the soundtrack to the day may be, music can often be central to the memories of a wedding day long after other details have faded and been forgotten.
You’ll remember the music and songs played at your wedding for years to come. Whether you have a harpist, a string quartet, pianist opera singer, band, DJ, CD or sing yourself, the songs played at your wedding will remind you of your big day forever.
Your music choices and songs that you wish to play before, during, and post wedding ceremony should be chosen in advance and in most cases need to be sent over to your registrar or parish prior to your wedding day – even if you choose to play wedding songs on a CD.
When it comes to the songs played at your wedding reception these are obviously a little bit more flexible and couples tend to choose their favourite party tunes with their wedding D.J or band several weeks in advance.
From the moment you walk down the aisle through to your first dance, the majority of the main songs played at your wedding will stay in your memory, and the memory of your wedding guests for a long time in the future.
From our base in Salcombe, South Devon we:
Arrange professional musicians
Ensure peace of mind with our unrivalled event co-ordination
Match your requirements with our huge roster of trusted artists
We’ve been in business since 1995 and there’s pretty much nothing we can’t arrange, one of the reasons why we’re often recommended
DISCOS AND DJ’S
Dance the night away to your favourite music, with a versatile, experienced DJ
Whenever we mention the word “disco” to our clients, we can usually hear the sharp intake of breath at the other end of the phone.
They imagine that, by “disco” we are referring to the traditional British wedding “horror disco”, which usually means:
One man and his box of records
“Dave’s Nite-Ryder Roadshow” with nameboard (flashing, naturally…)
Bob the Builder, Agadoo, The Birdie Song etc
Motormouth DJ (“Here’s one for the ladies…”)
Pint of beer in one hand, e-cigarette in the other
Dressed in baseball cap and leotard etc
Happily, nothing could be further from the truth
An experienced DJ
Modern, PAT tested sound and lighting equipment
We guarantee to play:
The music you want to hear
At the volume you want
Furthermore, I will:
Talk as little (or as much…) as you want
Be smartly presented, in evening dress or more casually, as you prefer.
At most weddings the guests range from children to grandparents, so it can be difficult to find entertainment that will please everyone.
Often the best choice is a band which plays well-known songs from the sixties onwards. A good mix of classic tunes from the Beatles right up to today’s chart hits is a great way to get the reception rocking.
Most covers bands are happy to learn a special song for the first dance, and welcome some input from the bride and groom into the playlist for the evening.
However, it’s worth remembering that part of what you pay for is the band’s experience and expertise in choosing songs to keep the dance floor full. If you want to be very prescriptive about the specific songs you’d like to hear, you might consider booking a DJ too.
Covers bands typically consist of 3-6 musicians. They are fully self-contained, providing their own PA, recorded music during their breaks and often lighting too.