If you are unsure, let the time of day help you. The time usually plays an intricate role in the decision to what style of music to have for your reception.
Receptions: Before 6pm receptions usually serve beer and wine and serve lite to heavy hors d'oeuvres. They tend to not go as long as evening receptions, usually 3 hours instead of four. Other than the First Dance, Father/ Daughter, and Mother/ Son Dance, dancing would not be the primary focus of the music. You may want to consider background conversational music such a Jazz Combo depending on the number of guests that will be attending. You may also want to consider a themed reception such as a traditional NC Pig Picking where Bluegrass would be fun and appropriate.
At or after 6pm is considered to be a formal reception. Food & alcohol is always primary and you should plenty of both!. Dancing and a full blown party atmosphere will be the focus of this four to six hour reception. You should consider the DJ Package, DJ, or High Energy Top 40 Dance Bands.
Ceremonies: Most brides enjoy the thought of classical music for the ceremony. It's formal and beautiful. But have you considered, traditional classical instruments playing non- traditional music? We have samples of quartets playing non- traditional music.
TEA coordinated one ceremony where the bride had requested "Fat Bottom Girls" by Queen for the bridal party processional. Unexpected for the bridal party and the older guests didn't have a clue why the bridal party was laughing hysterically. It was fun and memoriable!
Rehearsal Dinners: As far as the reheasal dinner, anything can go! If your reception is formal with a band consider a DJ or Jazz Swing band. Light dancing for the older folks and a nice hang for your wedding party. It's the Friday night before your wedding- don't over do it! We can also suggest local restaurants that offer private dining rooms and who also have bands on Friday's. Let the restaurant pay for your entertainment! Based on your musical preference, we can send you to the right place for your rehearsal dinner- sometimes up to a year in advance.
A music coordinator can help you tailor your wedding music to you and your family taste and give you all kinds of suggestions that you might not otherwise have thought of.