Ask the Expert: What Kind of Music Should I Play at My Wedding?

Expert: Deno Taglioli, Emerald City Band

When planning the music for your special day it can feel daunting with so many musical options to choose from. You want something appropriate for all ages, but you also want to create a party atmosphere that your friends can dance to. But don’t forget to include some of your favorite songs for you and your new spouse to jam to! Deno Taglioli, Founder and Band Leader of Emerald City Band named one of the best party bands in America, breaks down some of the most common music genres to help you decide what atmosphere you want to create for your special day.

What Suits You?

First of all, what sort of music do you and your partner love to listen to? Whilst you want to consider your guests, your wedding day should, ultimately, be all about the happy couple. The music on the big day ought to be a reflection of you and your partner. Pick music that is meaningful to you both, and makes you happy. When it comes to special dances, although there are many great wedding songs out there, don’t choose something just because it’s traditional.

Popular Wedding Music Genres to Consider

Classical music: sets a romantic and elegant atmosphere, and serves as a gentle backdrop during meals and while guests are chatting and relaxing. Whilst your budget may not stretch to a full orchestra, you could opt for a string quartet or a solo performer.

Folk/festival: folksy acoustic outfits have become increasingly popular at weddings. If you’re planning a bohemian, festival-style celebration, a band that can perform catchy buoyant songs will add instant ambiance.

Jazz: an extremely versatile genre which works well at weddings. Jazz spans a breadth of styles, from soothing background dinner music, to romantic ballads, to up-tempo swinging numbers that tempt your guests onto the dance floor. Unlike most bands, Emerald City has four horn players, all very experienced in playing jazz.

Soul and funk: a vibrant combination of powerful vocals, catchy dancefloor fillers and a funky beat. This musical genre showcases uplifting disco and Motown era hits and smooth romantic ballads. This style of music is sure to get your guests up and grooving.

Rock ‘n’ roll: treat your guests to a classic collection of exciting 1950s/60s songs that are perfect for dancing. This is a great choice if you have a vintage wedding theme.

Pop: a tried and tested winner at getting a party going, Emerald City specializes in delivering an exciting and energetic set of classic pop anthems and modern chart hits. Pop music appeals to all ages, and you can look forward to a full dance floor as your guests sing along to their favorite radio tunes.

Whichever music genre you choose, remember to enjoy yourself and dance the night away with your loved ones!

About the Expert: At Emerald City Presents, our bands perform together as a team night after night. For each of our bands, this adds up to more than 100 performances per year. This continuity allows us to develop unmatched musical chemistry, true flexibility, and customization that make each wedding like no other! Being chosen to perform at a wedding reception is an incredible honor, privilege, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we take very seriously. During the past 39 years, we have held ourselves to the highest standard of excellence. No matter who you choose, we hope your wedding reception is everything you want it to be.


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