Wedding Background & Dinner Music
Wedding background music can be played starting with the guests' arrival into the reception facility. Music could also be started at the beginning of the cocktail hour. Background music continues until the end of the main course at a wedding reception. Depending on the chain of events selected by the bridal couple, background music usually plays about an hour and a half.
Background music standard includes easy listening and jazz music. Background music is played at a lower volume level so guests can chat and catch up with one another. The time that the background music plays is the first hour and a half that guests will have time to have lengthy conversations. Another option from the typical jazz and easy listening type music is radio pop music from the 50's to current music. This is a choice of brides who want a more upbeat wedding reception. However, the music entertainer must use caution, as this will encourage dancing. If the bride and groom want to stay with their list of activities, dancing when there is not supposed to be dancing may occur.
We would recommend that whatever type of music you decide on for your background music to start slow and quiet and gradually move to a faster pace and happy mood toward the dancing time. Common Jazz and easy listening artists include Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and John Coltrane. Common radio pop artists include the Dixie Cups, Elvis Presley, Train, and Jack Johnson. The type of background music selected should reflect the wedding reception facility. We recommend Jazz for more upscale reception facilities and black tie events. When comparing facilities verses a more casual setting like a community hall the radio pop music would be more in suit with its surroundings.
No matter what music type the bride and groom selects, we recommend making every generation at the wedding reception happy. Play music that everyone at the reception is familiar with and can recognize. If you like Jazz music, play Dave Brubeck for the Jazz traditionalist and Enya for the current new age fans. For the vocalist fans, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole are mainstays of yesteryear and Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. are popular current vocalists.
Instead of listing specific songs for background music, we decided to list popular artists' albums. Albums are listed alphabetical according to artist. If you click on the recommended album link, you will be taken to Amazon.com, where you can listen to song samples from the album. In addition, you will have the option to purchase the CD for your own personal music collection or download the MP3 version. We have also included a link to purchase the album through iTunes.
Being former wedding DJs, we've calculated a list of our favorite background music albums. If you have a special artist or album you think should be added to our lists, please add your song suggestion through the comment section below.
Background & Dinner Music for Weddings
* Our wedding background music and dinner music list is updated periodically throughout the year. If you have a song that you think should be included, please add your song suggestion through the comment section below.
Wedding Songs Lists
Wedding Music Ebook