Sarah
Savvy August 2021

Is a live band too much for a smaller wedding?

Sarah, on August 2, 2021 at 11:55 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 10
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Like many couples, my fiancé and I postponed our wedding from 2020 to 2021, and our wedding is now less than 2 weeks away. In addition to postponing, we also cut our guest list and have had a few extra declines due to Covid, and there will now be 90 people at our wedding instead of our original list of 140. We booked a band back in 2019 when we thought our wedding would be bigger than it is now. We’re now feeling a bit worried that the band will feel too big for the amount of guests we have. Do any of you have experience with either attending or hosting weddings with a live band when there were fewer than 100 guests? Did people fill the dance floor and did it feel fun, or did it feel a bit lackluster and out of place? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Latest activity by Candace, on August 4, 2021 at 9:29 PM
  • mrswinteriscoming
    Rockstar December 2021
    mrswinteriscoming ·
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    We are downsizing our 150 person wedding (with a 5 piece band) to 45 people and with no live music because we are substituting our grand reception for an intimate sit down dinner which obviously would be quite out of place to have a live band perform at.

    For a wedding with 90 people, so long as your intention is to have dancing, I don't see any reason why a live band would feel out of place. It doesn't matter if you have 90 or 140, if people want to dance, they will Smiley smile

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  • Sarah
    Savvy August 2021
    Sarah ·
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    Thank you for your thoughtful response!
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  • S
    Expert September 2022
    Sarah ·
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    What you do, your guests will follow. So if you and your future husband will be dancing, then most guests will follow your lead and join you on the dance floor. I've never been to a wedding with a live band, but I think it would be cool, even with a smaller crowd. 90 people isn't really that small, either, so I think it'll be just as fun as 140 people.

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  • Sarah
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    Sarah ·
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    This gives me some much needed peace of mind...thank you, Sarah! Smiley smile

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  • Ashlee
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    I think it'll still feel appropriate if your desire is to have people dancing. 90 people is still a decent size wedding!

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
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    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    We had a 50-person local reception and band (5 or 7 people I can’t remember), and it was great! Way more people dance than we expected. We had 40s-60s music. 90 guests will still be great for live music!
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  • Candace
    Devoted March 2022
    Candace ·
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    I had the same thoughts. We're planning for 100 but it will probably end up at 60. I asked my fiance if he thought it would be awkward for a band (at a dance hall venue, mind you) if only a handful want to dance. He said as long as me and him are there dancing with our crazy friends it will be worth it!
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  • Sarah
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    Sarah ·
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    This is so reassuring - thank you!
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  • Sarah
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    Sarah ·
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    I love that response. Thank you for sharing! Did you end up booking a band? Smiley smile
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  • Candace
    Devoted March 2022
    Candace ·
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    Yes, we sure did. Our wedding is in March. I can't wait. ☺️
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