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Reception Music Choices

posted Apr 14, 2014, 9:11 PM by Paul Clairs   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 9:11 PM ]
A year or so ago I met a wonderful couple who booked me for their wedding. They were mad country music fans and wanted their reception have a live music "country" feel to it. I put together playlists based on their favorite artists and songs and even purchased a cool black country style shirt to fit in with the theme.

I kicked off with some quiet acoustic tunes during dinner to set the mood - some Keith Urban, Garth brooks etc as per their wishes. After the bridal waltz I invited all guests up to the floor to kick off the dancing...about halfway through the 2nd song it was painfully obvious that the bride and groom were the only people in the room that liked country music!...I quickly changed tack...some Rolling Stones, Creedence, Van Morrison and I had the floor full and the party was back on track...the lesson in all of this is to think about your guests tastes may love Country Music or Techno or Death Metal....but is that going to get 100 of your friends and family in party mood?

One of the best tricks of the trade is to ask for party song requests on your invitations...this is becoming more and more popular -  and for good reason. What better way to get a party started than with a list of 60 tunes that you know for a fact someone in the room is going to love!

I know some people reading this are probably thinking..."Hang on it's my wedding I will get the musician/DJ to play whatever I want"...and you are absolutely right...just keep in mind your tastes may not be in perfect sync with everyone in the room.

Paul Clairs
Wedding Music Queensland