I bring to every Wedding, music from the Big Band era right up to the most recent music of today. I feel the crowd out, find what it is that they want to dance to and play the music they are reacting to. The music becomes what that crowd wants to dance to at that moment.
Along the way, I integrate specific selections my bride or groom has asked for and or genres and artists that we discussed during the planning process. Throughout the party, I also take requests from guests and try to integrate that music as is appropriate. Fielding requests from guests is also a good way to help figure what crowd wants to dance to.
Weddings usually have wider and more diverse age groups in attendance than other types of parties. This usually requires a deep music collection and the ability to know what to play in order to please all age groups at the same time.
As of early 2012, my library of music is on traditional cd’s and MP3’s. While at a typical party, only around 75 danceable songs are actually played, my basic collection is literally 1,000’s of CD’s and MP3’s. I then have access to 10’s of thousands of songs archived in MP3 format on hard drives.
Here is a basic philosophy of how I approach the music for your party:
Every year, I play a number of weddings where the bride and groom have their ceremonies at the same hall or restaurant the reception will be held. I have a great deal of experience at playing music for ceremonies. The music breakdown consists of light classical selections while guests are entering the area where the ceremony will take place.
Once the hall is ready to start the ceremony, I will play processionals for the bridal party and anyone other than the bride to make their entrance into the ceremony. I have a number of selections I use here including “Pachelbel’s Canon in D”.
This is followed by the Bridal March. I have a number of traditional marches one might hear in a traditional ceremony in a church or synagogue. If the bride and groom do not want any of the traditional bridal marches, I have a number of Classical selections which I use as substitutes, including “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” or selections from “Four Seasons”.
I also have all of the traditional selections you might want at a ceremony, like different versions of “Ave Maria” which I often use during a ceremony when a unity candle is performed.
The ceremony typically ends with the traditional bridal recessional music.
Of course, all of this is up to discussion. I have worked many ceremonies over the years where brides and grooms have picked their own selections, both traditional and non-traditional and created a play list which they controlled completely.
If you require cocktail music for your wedding, I can supply fabulous background music. This typically is light jazz music, many instrumentals and selections which we would not expect guests to request or dance to later at the reception.
As always, the bride and groom can have as much input as they like in choosing cocktail hour selections.
Music for the reception is for the most part continuous. There are no breaks in the sound. The music is a mixture of sets of dance music in between sets of background music after a food course is served.
So typically, I play a group of music which will attract people to the dance floor. I work very closely with the wait staff. When they are ready to serve a course, I “peak” the set in time for the course to be served. Background music is played during the course. As the waiter staff starts clearing the course, I again start playing a set of music which attracts people to the dance floor and peak that set in time for the next course.
I am prepared to do all of the special things which you might see at a wedding, including:
I have all of the tradition music one might typically hear played during these parts of the evening. I can also make substitutions if a bride and groom are uncomfortable with any of the traditional songs played during these times.
A bride and groom could also elect not to do all of these traditional pieces and as always, they can make their own selections for any aspect of these “special things”.