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Choosing the right type of music for your wedding and reception, and everything that goes along with the decision can be a bit overwhelming. After all, there is music to select for the ceremony, decisions regarding vocalists, musicians, and then there is the reception. To help you make the decisions appropriate for your wedding, the following information will steer you in the right direction.

First, you need to consider where the wedding and reception will be held. Are you having a formal wedding in a church, exchanging casual vows on the beach or in a themed wedding, or having a more informal wedding at a family members house? If your wedding will be more traditional and in a church setting, the traditional music would include an organ, string quartet, or even a harp whereas an informal or themed wedding would have more room for a guitar, flute, and vocalists.

Depending on the location of your wedding, you may be required to obtain certain regulations for hiring outside musicians and vocalists. For instance, if the church is not your own church, there may be restrictions to using outside artists. If your wedding is being held at a friends home or at the beach, you could be looking at permit issues or noise restrictions. Additionally, there is the issue of insurance since electrical outlets will be used, sometimes a stage is set up, and people will be meandering in and out. For this reason, you need to ensure the musicians are bonded or the location of the wedding and reception has insurance to cover anything that might go wrong.

The music for your wedding and your reception plays a major role in your special day. The music is what the bride will enter the church by and what the wedding couple will listen to as they gaze into each others eyes during the ceremony. The music is what the bride and groom will dance their first dance together as a married couple. The music is what the bride and her father will dance to and what guests will be enjoying while celebrating on the dance floor. Therefore, take your time in selecting the musicians, vocalists, and songs. Bring a balance of romance, elegance, and fun into your choices.

The special aspects of the wedding that you will need music for include:
  • Prelude Prior to the start of the ceremony
  • Processional While the family and wedding party walk down the aisle
  • Bridal Processional While the bride enters and walks down the aisle
  • Interlude During the ceremony
  • Recessional After the bride and groom are married and walk down the aisle together
  • First Dance Bride and grooms first dance as a married couple
  • Bride/Father Dance Groom/Mother Dance Played as the couples celebrate their parents
As you can see, numerous choices need to be made. When planning the music, you can expect about 10% of your entire budget to be dedicated to that aspect alone. The prices for musicians and vocalists will vary from geographic location to location and some people will use the services of talented family or friends, which is always an excellent idea if they are qualified and able to perform the type of music you want.

For the reception, schedule a couple of weekends when you can go from nightclub to nightclub and listen to various bands if you plan to have a live band or DJ. Although most will provide demo tapes that do prove to be helpful, listening to them in person will give you not only a better feel for their music but also their style of dress, presentation, and interaction with people. Just remember when choosing the music for your reception that friends and family of all ages will be present. Therefore, try to have a nice variety so everyone can have a great time.

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