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When To Have Music at Your Wedding

Music is an important part of any event as it can help fit in with your theme and set the right tone for your guests. But when can you have it?

The simple answer is – any time! The wonderful thing about music at a wedding is that it serves a different purpose throughout the day; either as background music when your guests first arrive, to accompanying the drinks reception and photos, to being the main event at the evening reception. Let’s walk through the day.


Live music in your wedding ceremony, be it religious or civil, is a way to add a deeply personal element to one of the most important events of your life. Music can accompany the guests arrival, and be there for the big moments: the walk down the aisle and the exit of the married couple and guests. It can also accompany the signing of the register. This is your chance to showcase your favourite songs or pieces of music to your guests, maybe have an acoustic version of your first dance? 

For a church wedding, an organist or choir is a wonderful traditional choice, particularly if you are choosing hymns.

Drinks Reception

champagne glasses

This is where the less formal part of the day begins, everyone gets a drink in their hand and you can start to relax! So why not have music to accompany this time? 

The choices are endless from string quartets to steel drums, from harpists to acoustic duos. It really is your choice and you can choose the musicians to fit your wedding theme. Why not have the same musicians as at your ceremony? This provides a wonderful sense of continuity from the formal to the informal.

Wedding Breakfast

wedding place setting

It is not always a good idea to have live music at this point, depending on the number of guests. Live music can often get drowned out by the sound of cutlery, conversation and laughter! However, you can have a bespoke playlist playing through a PA system at this point.

Evening Reception

Grooveability Wedding Band

Who doesn’t love a good opportunity to get their Dad dancing out? And what better place to do that than on the dancefloor at a wedding, while a live band plays? The most memorable events are those with a live band and you can choose one that fits your music tastes exactly. The band will also be able to play a playlist of your choice through their PA system between sets, and some provide a DJ Option too.

So the choice of when to have music at your wedding really is yours and while none of these times are essential, it really will make your wedding memorable and personal to have live music accompany the best day of your life.

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