Deciding between a live band and a DJ may seem like a tough decision, especially considering that both have advantages and disadvantages over the other, but you don't have to choose just one type of musical accompaniment for your wedding. Instead, try combining multiple musical arrangements!
CEREMONY While traditional songs for the bridal procession include Pachelbels “Canon in D” and the Christian favorite, “Ava Maria,” you can really choose any song for your big entrance.
Meanwhile, compile a play list for your prelude, which typically lasts for 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, as guests find their seats. You should also consider which songs you would like to play during the bridal party processional, the recessional, and the postlude. Perhaps a solo pianist or violinist could play your pre-ceremony and ceremony music or if you're in a church setting, consider an organist and other live musicians.
COCKTAIL HOUR & DINNERTIME As your guests congregate around the bar during cocktail hour, your musical accompaniment should be light-hearted and festive, but it should mostly be a background accent. Guests will want to mingle, they'll want to greet you and your groom. Everyone will prefer to hold conversations at a normal speaking volume, so try to avoid playing unreasonably loud and distracting music during your cocktail hour. Instead, consider hiring a band of four or five musicians to entertain guests with acoustic, instrumental renditions of your favorite songs. For your dinnertime music, hire a live band with a vocalist to serenade your guests as they dine!
RECEPTION ACTIVITIES Consider hiring a DJ to spin records when it comes time to move everyone onto the dance floor! Your DJ will emcee all the reception activities and coordinate songs accordingly. He or she will also help keep all the reception activities happening in a timely manner.
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