There are 4 main sections to most weddings and so we thought it might be helpful to provide some examples from our own experience of what works best where with regards the musical accompaniment.
Part 1 – The Wedding Ceremony
As far as ceremonies are concerned there are 2 main types:
Civil ceremonies – The registrar will not usually allow guests into the room until 10 – 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. The musicians will then start playing as soon as the guests arrive in the room prior to the start of ceremony. In addition, a processional will be played as the bride enters, normally 2 pieces during the signing of the register, and finally a recessional as the bride and groom exit the room.
Church ceremonies – Musicians start playing approx 15 – 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. If the church has an organ and organist, you may want them to play the recessional or processional as hymns almost always sound better on an organ. Unless your guests are regular singers you may also wish to book a choir or singer to help lead the hymns and get things started.
Ideal wedding ceremony musical accompaniment includes:
Part 2 – The Drinks Reception
If your drinks reception will be outside then there may be certain requirements your musician(s) may need. For example, a string quartet or harpist will require a hard level surface to set up on. Many venues have a regular sheltered spot for musicians to use, which is ideal to avoid any damage to instruments (or, indeed musicians!) from the sun, cold or rain. But, be guided by what the venue usually provides and the space available.
Perfect groups or musicians for Drinks Receptions include:
Part 3 – The Wedding Breakfast
Your musicians would normally be ready 20 minutes prior to the sit down time arranged with the venue. They will then perform during the meal and until coffee is served. At this point they begin to leave the room discreetly before the speeches start. Always advise your venue that you have booked live music as this may affect the way the room is set-up, and, also tell them about any space requirements your musicians may have.
Perfect Wedding Breakfast musicians include:
- Surprise Singing Waiters
- Rat Pack Singers
- Classical Musicians
- Spanish Guitarists
- String Trios
- Brass Bands
Part 4 – The Evening Wedding Reception
Now that the formalities are over this is when the party really starts! The evening reception is when additional guests who may not have been present at the day time part of the wedding arrive. So, the numbers begin to swell and your friends and family want to celebrate your marriage. Ensure that the venue has enough space for a band and also that the dance floor is going to be large enough to cater for all of your guests.
*TOP TIP* Try not to have a dance floor too large as it can be quite intimidating for guests to get up and start busting out some moves on initially.
Perfect music for the evening reception includes:
- Rock & Pop Cover Bands
- Soul Bands & Motown Bands
- Tribute Bands & Singers
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands & Jive Bands
- Irish Bands, Ceilidh & Barndance
- DJ’s & Discos
Remember, wedding music and bands can help to create the perfect backdrop to your wedding day.
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