Read Part 1 Here

Picture your perfect wedding day…

It’s a beautiful day in the Hudson Valley, and all your family and friends have gathered together for a very special occasion! You and your partner spent all day getting ready, going over the vows one last time, and it really paid off. With a kiss and a cheer, the party can begin!


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If your guests are traveling from the ceremony to your reception venue, they will be excited to arrive, with an appetite to match! While they grab an hors d’oeuvre and a glass of champagne, you aim to create the perfect party atmosphere. Do you want elegant and refined? Or perhaps intimate and romantic?

Part 2: Reception

Obviously your guests will be expecting music to be featured during the reception, but what about Cocktail Hour?

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As we saw in Part 1, every wedding has music that compliments each couple’s individual style.
While everyone talks about your incredible ceremony and grabs a drink, it can be a great touch to have a little music in the background from your DJ. If you’re using a band, they often can play some music as well. They may have a guitarist play some solo songs, or a pianist move their keyboard into the cocktail room. Either of these live options can really make your cocktail hour sparkle!

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Here it is: the main event. The obvious question of course is:

Band or DJ?

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The DJ is a wedding staple.

You want them to get everyone on their feet, dancing and having a great time. Maybe you have very specific music tastes that you want to show off, or maybe you want to give your guests a little bit of everything. A good DJ will know how to take the music you like and create an entire evening of music, from introductions to that very last song. Some will ask for a lot of input, so be sure to give your opinion! Knowing both what you like and what you absolutely do not like can be very valuable information.

Having a band can really set the mood for your reception. Many bands cater to a specific style, so if you already know that you like a particular genre of music, it may be an easy choice. The larger a band is, the more energy they can bring to the table, for a truly memorable performance—but they will have a price tag to match! These professional musicians are sure to wow your friends and family and leave them with an experience they will never forget.

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So as you can see, there’s quite a lot to consider. Although your head might be spinning, don’t forget: your guests will be happy and dancing no matter what kind of music you have—just make sure to get them out there on that dance floor!