Who can’t recall attending one wedding reception in life that could only be described as a washout? The guests were making polite conversation; the wine was flowing, but the dance floor resembled an ice-rink in the height of summer. Even the kids preferred the stilted conversation of grandparents, to the mediocre efforts of the wedding band. It probably wasn’t their fault. No doubt they were just playing the usual set-list reserved for receptions, but if the music isn’t catered for the guests in question – it can alienate everyone!
Although there are classic songs that tend to be the most popular, it’s important to have generation appropriate setlists.
Whether you’re seeking a customised play-list for a themed reception party, for example Swing & Rat pack, or you’d prefer an eclectic mix of soul and Motown hits, it’s important to compile a mixture of energetic up-tempo coupled with some slow, melodic ballads for those romantic moments.
With the average wedding reception comprising in excess of 150 guests, it can be difficult to find music that will appeal to all, however consideration for the diversity, age-ranges and conservativeness of your guests can play a big part in getting the music right.
Not everyone appreciates the contemporary efforts of loud pop bands, so it’s important to consider a broad range of genres, whilst sticking to tracks people will be familiar with. Your secondary consideration relates to the age-range of your guests _ the elders probably won’t appreciate an endless night of Lady Gaga and the latest chart hits.
If music is the recipe for a well-remembered wedding party, then variety is the vital ingredient. The bandleader’s ability to read a crowd’s response is key to the instantaneous decisions made during a live set and the bands repertoire is so important when it comes to being inclusive, since too much of one genre can alienate others. Bear this in mind when you’re choosing your wedding band.