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Planning Your Wedding Music Experience

Wedding Music

Your wedding music will be among the most remembered elements of your wedding day. Before you begin planning the playlist, you will need to find your style and determine whether you will have a live band or a DJ create the experience. We have some tips to help you plan the wedding music you want.

Budget for the Experience

While style should be the most important determining factor, the budget will have a little to say about the experience. Planners recommend spending about ten percent of your wedding budget on the wedding music and entertainment. A smaller budget might struggle to make the live band experience a reality. A live band exists on the opposite end of the cost spectrum as the DJ. They both play the same music, but with a very different experience and price tag to match. Talent, popularity and time can drive the cost up or down for both. The average DJ costs between $800 and $2,000. In contrast, the average cost of a live band is between $2,500 and $6,000. Keep in mind that you can pay more or less for your talent.

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Choosing Your Wedding Music

Most planners recommend a mix of genres and music that caters to everyone, but you should also have a main style that fits your theme. Choosing the playlist and the experience you want to deliver it are equally important. You will probably choose a different genre of music for the ceremony than the cocktail hour and reception. You might choose a choir, string duo, flute trio, piano, sax, violin, harp or quartet during the ceremony, and classy jazz or classical for an upscale cocktail hour with a sophisticated tone. A special song should be chosen for each highlight moment. You should plan songs for the grand entrance, the spotlight dance, the first dance, the parent spotlight dances, open dance floor, cake cutting ceremony, bouquet toss and any other special rituals. If you want to personalize the experience, you might choose your parents’ first dance song as yours or a different entrance song for each of your attendants.

Live Wedding Music

There is no comparison to the live band when it comes to crowd motivation, sophistication and charisma. It can be an experience beyond sophistication and elegance that can offer energy and flexibility. Live wedding music adds life to the occasion. It breaks down the barriers between genre and decade, and can be entertaining and appreciated as an art by all.

Types of Bands

  • Big band

  • Jazz band

  • Country band

  • Cover band

  • Latin band

  • Reggae band

  • Oldies band

  • Rock band

  • Swing band

  • Traditional wedding band

  • Top 40 band

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Choosing a Wedding DJ

A wedding DJ is not pressing play on the radio. They provide a unique mixing of tracks and fading between them with special effects. Every wedding DJ will have a different style that can include light shows and sometimes live performers. While a band might take breaks between sets, the DJ doesn’t stop until the party does. The DJ has the ability to create a club-style feeling that can maintain the energy of the room. A live band has limitations with a smaller library of wedding music, while a DJ has an expansive library and more variety.

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Crystal Ballroom Clearwater

Crystal Ballroom Clearwater is an all-inclusive wedding venue with an in-house design team that is dedicated to bringing your vision to life. Weddings at Crystal Ballroom include all of the furnishings, décor and staff services to make your dream wedding possible. Create your entertainment experience at a ballroom designed just for you.


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