Use Wedding Reception Themes for Planning Music

by Robbie Schlosser

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Are you planning a party?  Wedding?  But you’re unsure where to begin?

Here’s a tip.  Select a theme — like any of the following wedding reception themes — to help you create the highlights and fill in the details.

Wedding reception themes make it easy to organize your celebration.  ANY celebration, actually, not only weddings.

Stretch your imagination — sky’s the limit!  You can use wedding reception themes for graduation parties, a company banquets, informal block parties, festive holiday parties, or professional networking meetings.  Anything!

Magnolia Jazz Band in Palo Alto,  2011

For example, here we are in a “Masquerade Ball” party on a recent New Year’s Eve.  Created and organized by my friend Rick Herns.

Using wedding reception themes gives you a tremendous advantage, which I referred to in a recent post on my Facebook Page.

Got a favorite secret for a successful party? I often recommend using a “theme” to systematically coordinate important details like arranging the music, and all the rest: invitations, publicity, food, flowers, colors & decor, photography, party favors, timeline, costumes, activities, and toasts.

I’ve seen hundreds of wedding reception themes, and any one of them can inspire your next celebration.  Think of them by categories — here are just a few I’ve seen:

  • Holidays  — picnic, Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, birthday, anniversary, Halloween
  • Books and Movies — Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Casablanca, Star Trek, Cowboys, Harry Potter, Tim Burton, Star Wars, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Historical Times — Roaring 20s, King Arthur, Big Band Era, Victorian Era, Rock and Roll, Wild West
  • Bride’s & Groom’s favorites — songs, places, colors, artists, hobbies, occupations, interests, ethnic background
  • Location, Cities, and Countries — beach, picnic, forest, tropical, Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Hawaii,
  • Seasons and Colors — summer, fall, winter, spring, pastel, pink, yellow, red, gold, black & white

Naturally, there’s more than one way to plan music for a party, but using a wedding reception theme is a great one!

How about YOU? Did you use a theme for your last party?  How did it help?


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