Small Wedding Music Ideas

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Wedding Music Ideas

Whether you’re having a smaller wedding than planned due to Covid-19 restrictions, or always wanted a more intimate affair, it’s important to think carefully about music options for small weddings as well as wedding song ideas. As dancing is currently not allowed due to the pandemic, you might decide to swap the DJ and dancefloor for something more relaxed. So here are some ideas to keep in mind.

  • String Quartet

If you’re looking for background music during the reception or your wedding breakfast, then a string quartet is ideal. Make sure that the quartet you hire can play a wide array of songs, especially if you want to switch between classical pieces while people are socialising to more upbeat, modern tunes as you head into the evening. 

If you have any specific wedding song requests, make these known from the start. You might find that certain groups have already perfected many tunes while others need time to practice requested hits before your big day. This could ultimately sway who you choose to play at your ceremony.

  • Harpist 

There’s something wonderfully romantic about the harp. It looks and sounds absolutely beautiful and will be highly appreciated at a small wedding. The harpist could play as you walk down the aisle, or while your guests are enjoying a champagne reception. You could even think about giving each guest a CD of the harp music played as a wedding favour – if this is something that the harpist is willing to discuss.

  • Solo Artist or Small Band 

Want to turn up the tempo? Then a solo artist or small band could work perfectly whether you’re getting married indoors or have hired a marquee. From someone who sings and plays guitar to a three or four-piece band, there are many options you can go for. See what acts are in your local area and host a few auditions. 

When hiring a solo artist or band, don’t be afraid to state exactly how you want the music to flow and what you want them to play at each stage of the wedding – especially if they’re staying for the whole event. While slower, more romantic tunes might be suitable for the wedding breakfast, you can get a little crazier as the night draws in.

  • A DJ

If a wedding isn’t a wedding in your eyes without a DJ, then go ahead and book one. DJs are often more favourable than a playlist as they can take requests and go with the flow of the evening. When hiring a DJ, it’s always a good idea to note down the wedding songs you really want to play or the type of music you and your guests prefer. If you’re 80s fanatics, for instance, make sure there’s a bit of Wham, David Bowie and Bon Jovi on the list.

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