A Tip for Planning Wedding Reception Music

by Robbie Schlosser · 1 comment

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I’ve previously written about planning wedding music, and today I approach the same subject from a different direction.  People planning wedding reception music have many options.  It’s the same with planning music for a benefit dinner party, casual cocktail party, or formal company banquet.  Sometimes too many choices make deciding impossible.  Here’s a tip for solving this problem.

But first, a story.  Right now I’m in conversations with a bride and groom and we’re talking about planning their wedding reception music. They’ve selected a large facility, and they want to re-locate the celebration several times throughout the day, and have the band create a different mood at each location.

What to do?  Where to begin?  So far, they have the trio creating a soft romantic atmosphere at the ceremony site, as their guests arrive.  During the ceremony they’d like the same band to play a traditional classical piece (I never get tired of “Pachelbel’s Canon”) and a few of their favorite popular songs from the 1970s.

Afterward, for brunch and party games, they want a 6-piece New Orleans style band to create a rousing mood with favorites from Cole Porter to Chuck Berry.  Finally, after four hours, a DJ will take over so everyone can enjoy their favorite Top 40 hits.

See that word “favorite” coming up over and over?  That’s my tip for helping the planner make a decision.  This wedding will be memorable, and I’m glad we’re able to help make it special.  Do these plans give YOU any inspiration?

Bottom line:  I’ve found that asking “What’s your favorite music, and why” helps sharpen the planner’s focus.  In particular, it’s often a sure-fire way to begin planning wedding reception music.  Could YOU use this Tip, or customize one like it?

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Thanks for reading this article. I appreciate your interest and hope you get a few good ideas here. Got one or two? I'd love to hear what you liked. Please write me a little COMMENT below. Start a conversation -- I'll reply. Promise.

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Meanwhile, the Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

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Kirk Zacharda

Nice Robbie, you had me hooked through the whole post and I just kept reading looking for the tip.  I like that you pointed out the word Favorite- that is the key listening to what our clients want instead of tellling them what we think they should want or do.  When we as service providers become the ultimate servant to our clients everything always seems to unfold as it needs to.  Sorry not planning anything that needs music but the tip rings true. Thank you

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