When considering wedding music ideas for your ceremony, cocktail hour and wedding reception, you don’t have to follow the traditional string trio, jazz quartet and an eight-piece band or DJ formula. You can find specialty bands, musicians and singers who can perform cultural songs, different genres and music from different regions of the world that can customize your wedding and bring it to life with tunes that will get guests on their feet.
Here are 10 creative wedding music ideas you may want to consider for your big day.
For couples with an Irish or Scottish heritage a bagpiper (or a group of pipers), in kilts of course, can be a nod to your family’s background. You can welcome guests to the ceremony by having a bagpiper play a traditional song, such as "Haste to the Wedding" or "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," as they enter the church or venue, and "Highland Wedding" as the newlyweds make their exit. At the reception, a bagpiper can play as the couple and wedding party make their grand entrance, cut the wedding cake, or if some of the guests know a jig or reel, you can book a group with a fiddler, piano and strings to accompany a bagpiper.
Big Band or Swing Band
A big band or swing band offers the timeless sounds of the 1930s and 1940s, associated with Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Count Basie—ideal for a Gatsby-style, vintage-inspired wedding. With ten musicians or more combining several trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitars, drums, bass and a piano, a big band or swing band can play a variety of jazz, bebop or swing tunes that are guaranteed to get guests on the floor. Today, big bands and swing bands may also be able to play Top 40 hits, Motown and other genres, so look for a group who can also provide modern sounds for a diverse catalog.