Helpful Hints // Booking Wedding Reception Music

Helpful Hints // Booking Wedding Reception Music
Submitted on 11 April 2019 14:45

As we look forward to another wedding season, now is the perfect time to fill you in on some of our handy wedding planning secrets… well the musical kind that is.

Live music can add a unique feeling to your wedding day. Musicians interact with your guests and help build excitement and atmosphere on your special day and DJs are known to have a broad music catalogue to suit a variety of tastes plus they’ll drive your guests to boogie all night on the dance floor!

In a world where we are all spoilt for choice, deciding on the music for your wedding reception can seem like an overwhelming task. So we have put together some tips for you to keep in mind…

When putting together a quote for your wedding reception we take into account things such as: travel, preparation (before, during and after your event), demand for the musician, band or DJ in the local music industry and so on. The fee for booking an act is calculated as a total package depending on your specific requirements and not necessarily per hour.

PHOTO: Bernardine performing at a wedding ceremony in March 2015.

Some wedding venues have restrictions on sound levels and have a live music curfew. Check your wedding venue’s policy before enquiring, so you know your boundaries.

The more musicians in a band, the higher the cost. Generally DJs cost less than hiring a full band. More and more couples are opting for combination packages, which combine live and DJ components. Ask us for more info.

Live musicians and bands usually perform 3x 45-minute live sets at an event, so if you prefer more than this inform our booking agent during the enquiry stage.

Live musicians and bands will normally perform 3x 45-minute live sets and take a 15-minute break per hour. During the breaks the musician/band will usually play a compilation of background music that ties in with their style. You may prefer to book a DJ to take care of the background music as well, which works really well as a combination package. Or you can provide your own background music playlist and play through an iPod. However (and that's a loud 'however'), even though this option comes with a cheap price tag, it is the more risky solution and also comes with a "proceed with caution" tag!

Some of our musicians and DJs can provide the MC service at an extra cost. But we think that this job is better left for a close friend or family member who knows your relationship and your guests as well.


PHOTO: James Wilson performing at a wedding.

The musician(s) or DJ will need to know who will be handling the music for the extra special moments during your wedding reception, such as the bridal party entrance, cutting the cake, and first dance. If you have already chosen these songs let our booking agent know so they can help recommend the right musician or band.

We’re sure that all you want is for your guests to dance, drink and be merry for the entire night and that’s what the music helps to do, right?! Our final tip for choosing your wedding music and one that will keep your dance floor pumping all night, is to make sure the musician, band or DJ plays a variety of songs that spans across generations. Thankfully you can rest easy here (phew!) because the acts we recommend for your big day are professionals and know the focus is on variety when it comes to repertoire and songs for wedding receptions.

The team at Champion Music is always just a phone call or email away so if you have any questions about the booking the right music for your wedding reception get in touch today.

Phone: 08 9444 7510