Top Wedding Reception Music Ideas

Photo credit From the first dance to the reception dance floor-fillers, to the last song of the day choosing the soundtrack to your wedding...

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From the first dance to the reception dance floor-fillers, to the last song of the day choosing the soundtrack to your wedding day can certainly be a challenge. With so many genres and formats to choose from, it is no surprise that many brides- and grooms-to-be feel overwhelmed by this important decision. So, to make your lives a little easier, here are a number of top wedding music ideas for these popular wedding themes.


Traditional weddings are all about classic and elegant elements. So, it seems apt for this type of wedding reception that classic instruments like pianos, violins and harps would feature. While your guests enjoy a few drinks and canapes before the wedding breakfast, classical music will create an exquisite atmosphere. Many music shops hire out instruments for events.  For example, you may wish to contact Markson Pianos if you are interested in renting a piano for your wedding reception. For the evening, you’ll probably want something more upbeat. For a traditional Irish or Scottish wedding, a ceilidh band is a perfect idea. Alternatively, a DJ or wedding band playing all your favourite tunes will provide an enjoyable and memorable soundtrack to your special day.

Vintage glam

One of the most trendy wedding themes for 2015 is vintage glam. This theme borrows style ideas from elegant eras like the 1920s and 30s. To stay true to this theme, jazz and swing music would the perfect choice. There are many 1920s and 30s tribute wedding bands available throughout the country. The beauty of hiring a band like this for your vintage glam wedding is that the musicians often dress and act in character. This will add another level of entertainment and authenticity to your wedding day. Alternatively, you may want to hire a vintage Marilyn Monroe style act for a more laid-back, sassy vibe.

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Rustic elegance

Another wedding theme on trend for this year is rustic elegance, where country settings meet chic decorations and party favours. For this style of wedding reception, folk music would work very well. Fiddles, accordions, and powerful vocals will provide jigs to dance all night to. This music genre has had a major revival recently, due to popular acts such as Mumford and Sons, so it will be easy to create a playlist of both contemporary and classic folk tunes.

Destination weddings

Many UK brides- and grooms-to-be are choosing to wed abroad, largely for the warmer climates and tropical settings. For a destination wedding, it would provide a lovely touch to select traditional music from the area where your reception will be held. You are your guests may not be familiar with this type of music so it will create a unique element to your day. Think a flamenco band for a wedding in Spain, operatic music for a reception in Italy and steel drums for a Caribbean setting.

We hope this list of top wedding reception music ideas has helped to give you a little focus. It’s over to you now to choose your perfect wedding soundtrack.

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