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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017


The latest trend of BAND DJ ORCHESTRA combinations had taken a new direction. Brides are creating weddings with a more traditional approach. This can be seen in the music brides are choosing for their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

The wedding ceremony has reverted to traditional favorites such as “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for bridal party and the “Bridal March” by Wagner for the bride’s entrance. Recessionals have the “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn as the favorite.

There is a huge recurrence of Jazz for the cocktail hour selection. Most brides are requesting piano or piano and saxophone or piano and bass music featuring the standards and favorites of their parents and guests. The music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers and Hart evoke immediate wonderful memories when heard by the older guests. Many will hear their own wedding songs performed.
What a great way to start a wedding – instantly winning your guests even before the reception starts.

Steel Drums have become the second favorite and Strolling Mariachi performers are in third place for cocktail hours.

The big change is the selection of first dance music. Brides are choosing songs that have been classic standards through the years – again songs that their parents and friends grew up with. Songs like “The Way You Look Tonight”, “It Had To Be You” in the style of Sinatra are in the majority.

The Bride and Father song “Daddy’s Little Girl” is the overwhelming emotional favorite. Groom and Mother songs now most popular are “The Times Of Your Life” and “Through The Years”

The reception music for bands, orchestras and dj combinations have taken a more elegant and traditional approach. Swing, Society Swing and Big Band music have become in demand with a mixture of contemporary music later in the reception.
With a Band DJ ORCHESTRA combination there is non stop music for the guests throughout the entire reception. The benefit of the BAND DJ ORCHESTRA combination is that it does not take up any additional room. Both bands and dj’s
use speakers, amplifiers, equalizers, mixing boards etc. By combining systems a wedding can have the elegance and excitement of a live band as well as hear songs performed by the original artists- in essence the best of all musical possibilities.

There are additional benefits. Catering establishments love the idea- it does not take up twice the space. Clients love the idea- there is no additional cost. This is a great budget helper.

The most successful wedding has the most diversity and flexibility with the music. If a bride has a packed dance floor, everyone says “that was my kind of music” regardless of the age group, there are no complaints of volume problems and the bride only has to worry about enjoying herself (the elimination of all stress) – What More Can You Ask For?

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