Wedding event Reception Music FAQs


Q - Can you help me choose a song for the father daughter dance at the reception?


A - I feel that the right option of song for the dad daughter dance is one that has unique significance for you and your father. Here are some tunes that are often asked for by bride-to-bes for this part of the evening:


Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison,Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle,Daughters - John Mayer,Father and Daughter - Paul Simon,Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart,I Wish You Love - Judy Garland,In My Life - The Beatles,Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder,Memories - Elvis,My Girl - The Temptations,Stand By Me - Ben E. King,Slow Motion - David Gray,Through the Years - Kenny Rogers,Memorable - Nat 'King' Cole.

You are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder


Q - If I reserve my reception home entertainment for 7pm, do they reach 7pm or start performing at 7pm?


A - Your jazz band ought to begin carrying out at 7pm. Their price should include set-up and loading times. The contract with your live band should information this info.


Q - We have reserved a live jazz band for our wedding reception. Do we choose every song we desire them to play? How do we know if we have selected enough songs?


A - Selecting every tune for the band to play can make it extremely challenging for the band to "read the crowd". We certainly motivate you to choose music but leave when to play each song as much as the band. By doing this the band can see exactly what your guests are delighting in and reacting to and choose more of the exact same music to play. You can get inovative ideas about jazz band hire by visiting this website .


Q - As soon as we complete our meals and speeches are done, we actually desire our guests to obtain up and dance. We have a cross-section of visitors, from children to grandparents, and a mixture of Greek, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Australian cultural backgrounds! I really want our music to attract everybody, so how can I cater to all their various tastes?


A. Any live jazz band worth their weight will have the ability to captivate and encourage your visitors to dance, no matter what age they are or cultural background they originate from. The musicians must also be versatile, able to modify their design of music throughout the evening and respond to your guests well.


Q - Can you suggest some music ideas for a mixed drink reception?


A - Absolutely. Here are 3 live music concepts for your mixed drink reception:


Jazz Trio: provides an advanced, trendy mood. Drums, Piano and Saxophone can perform popular classics and modern-day favourites. Adds flair to your reception.


Acoustic Jazz Duo: offers a fine-tuned, classy ambience. They perform a selection of jazz, classical and South American flavors. A little more affordable if you're on a tight budget!


Jazz Quartet: offers a lively, upbeat, interactive feel. Saxophone, guitar, piano and bass, they perform swing, latin and bossanova tunes. Adds a touch of class to your reception.


The next thing you wish to consider is how your musicians will dress. Supper matches work well for formal celebrations, lounge fits for a more casual look, and all-black covers all dress codes. Bands are usually really accommodating when it comes to dress, and often dress '1920s jazz age' or 'Great Gatsby inspired' to fit in with the look and feel of the wedding event.


Q - We are considering having Karaoke at our reception for something a little various. What are your thoughts on this?


I can see how it would be a lot of enjoyable and set your wedding event apart from the rest. As long as the reception shows you and your soon to be, who cares about convention!


Q - Do I need to offer my artists with a meal?


A - The Australian Musicians Union demands state 'a meal is needed for artists carrying out three or more hours'. A lot of bands request a meal be provided should the booking be 3 hours or more over the lunch or dinner period, however they tend to leave it as much as the couple's discretion.


Q - We are considering having a surprise wedding event on New Year’s Eve. It will be a mixed drink reception primarily due to the fact that we want our wedding to seem like a celebration, where we are not tied to our table and where there is a lot of dancing and people mingling etc. We are thinking of having a live jazz band. The number of musicians should we search for? What instruments? How hard is it to book somebody for New Year’s Eve? How far in advance should we reserve? In regards to fees/ hours what further expectations will there be purely because it is New Years?


A - First, fortunately! A live jazz band performing groovy danceable music is a perfect option for your cocktail party reception. Jazz bands can be found in a variety of designs and sizes, and there are a couple of vital indicate finding the best band for your reception.


Design & Size

Live jazz can range in size from a musician to a quartet to a 30-piece huge band. Because you desire your visitors to dance, you'll require drums as part of your jazz lineup - they provide an important beat for dancing. For a completely full-sounding band you should consider a 3-piece band such as a jazz trio as an outright minimum, with a 4 or 5-piece band as suitable. A quintet will open your options for a terrific celebration band with a vocalist that plays a variety of smooth Sinatra-style crooning Jazz, lounge-jazz favourites plus a quality quintet will also provide Soul hits and R&B classics.



A lot of live bands' fees are charged per-musician on an hourly basis, with a 2 hour minimum (longer performances make the time effort invested in set-up worthwhile). There is one other final point you will need to consider, and this is the not-so-good news...


NYE Bookings

Because NYE is celebration time, it's statistically THE busiest night of the year for musicians. Not just is it tough to find a band that is offered on NYE, as a general rule artists double, and often triple their rates.


Q - I really want everyone to get up and dance and enjoy themselves at my wedding. Can you offer me any enjoyable and fascinating ideas?


The secret to having everybody included is preparing, so talk this through with your music entertainers. Many professional live bands offer individualized assessments with you and are constantly happy to meet up for a coffee to discuss your event. Inform them exactly how and when you desire the song to happen.

To obtain everybody involved, you need 2 things:


1. A charming, lively band leader. Every live band requires a leader. Somebody that's confident and comfortable in front of a crowd. And coordination is a must! An outstanding choice if you're utilizing a live band is the vocalist; if you're using a DJ it may not work.


Pick a tune that everybody knows. You want music that individuals can relate to, and music they understand the dance moves to.