Your options for live wedding reception music can seem endless. There’s big band, classical, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, Dixieland, harpists — the list goes on and on. The only limitations on your reception music options are the size of the site, the number of guests and your taste and style.
The rule of thumb for a live band or orchestra is that you’ll need five pieces for up to 150 guests, six or seven for 200 and a full-size group of 12 to 15 musicians for 300 or more guests. Of course, smaller, more intimate wedding receptions can feature duets, trios or even a soloist for wedding music options.
Start shopping for your live wedding reception music early, particularly if your top choice is very popular or if your celebration will be held at peak party season. Some bands and musicians are booked as far ahead as 18 months before an event.
There are two essential rules to follow when you look for live wedding music:
You’ll probably have certain songs you want played and, just as importantly, certain others you don’t. Make sure to communicate such requirements to the musicians well ahead of time. This gives them the chance to learn any special wedding reception music that is needed and to tailor a musical program that meets your expectations.
Other considerations include what the musicians will wear, whether they’ll take requests, the number of breaks planned, what equipment is needed, if you’ll have to supply anything and what their payment and cancellation policies are. Make sure your contract clearly spells out all the responsibilities and obligations.
Live wedding music and entertainment definitely has its benefits. As long as you cover everything before the wedding, you should not have to do anything on your big day except enjoy the music!