Music is a key part of any wedding. It helps entertain your guests, sets the mood and brings your celebration to life. The right performers can get even the most reluctant guests up on the dance floor, and provide the perfect backdrop to the moments that you’ll remember for years to come.
As such, it’s important that you make the right choice when it comes to selecting your audio entertainment. Large events tend to rely on a live band or DJ to delight the crowd of wedding guests, but if you’re aiming for a smaller celebration, you have the chance to choose something more personal to you and your chosen guests. In this post, we share three options for you to consider.
Solo artists and duos may struggle to be heard and appreciated over a roomful of wedding guests, but they are perfect for smaller invite lists. They may even interact with the group, responding to requests and ensuring that everyone is enjoying themselves. They will also be able to work with you before the ceremony to curate your perfect track list.
It can be hard to choose a performer when you haven’t heard them live. By opting for a solo artist or small group, you may be able to choose a local artist who you’ve heard perform already, or travel around open mic nights to hear wedding performers sing before the big day.
DJs are a classic choice for weddings – they play firm favourites that you often don’t hear until the next wedding you attend, or a kids’ party. However, it’s important to carefully choose a DJ for a small wedding, as it will be exceedingly obvious if the music choices aren’t popular with your guests. Ideally, your chosen DJ should be able to take requests, and react to what gets everyone up and dancing, rather than sticking to a set playlist they use at every event.
It’s unlikely that you’ll get to hear a DJ in person before your wedding, unless you’re choosing one a friend has used, so make sure you do your research. Read online reviews, ask for recommendations, and talk to the DJ themselves to get a feel for if they’re the right entertainer for your big day.
If you’re looking to create an elegant atmosphere for your wedding day, a classical music group could be the perfect choice. Whilst they might be lost amongst the noise of a large party, they are a great choice for smaller celebrations, especially if you’re planning a drinks reception or want some background music for transitional periods during the day. They can be expensive, but with a smaller number of guests you can be assured that everyone will get a chance to hear and appreciate their skill.
It can be hard to balance between what you personally like as a couple, and what will entertain the majority of your guests – after all, that’s part of the purpose of wedding music. However, it’s important to remember that it’s your day, and you’re the ones paying for it. Whilst that doesn’t mean you should choose something everyone will hate, it is a good idea to choose an option that makes you happy so you can look back on the day with fond memories.