A Guide to Choosing Live Music for Your Wedding


A wedding party without music will be dull, and your guests will not enjoy being at your party. But not just any music fits with a wedding party. The music selection must be unique and acceptable at the same time, which is the trickiest part.

There are three options for bringing music to a wedding party: Hiring a DJ, a live band of five members, or a solo singer. Most people today have shifted their trends to hiring DJ more frequently than having a live performance. Perhaps it is due to the efficiency and practicality of a DJ. But no recorded performance can beat the excitement of live music. Technically, a DJ just plays a record, which makes it less musical and dynamic than performing musicians with real musical instruments. Our wedding is the most special event in our lives, and it is worth only the best.

The songs

Live Music WeddingThe key to getting a full dance floor is by picking the right songs. Based on the survey from bridalguide.com and our personal preference, here are the top 10 favorite songs to play in a wedding:

  1. Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”
  2. The Manhattans’ “Shining Star.”
  3. Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”
  4. Stevie’s Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.”
  5. Madonna’s “I’ll Remember.”
  6. Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”
  7. The Beatles’s “Little Help from My Friends.”
  8. Cher’s “Believe.”
  9. Guns N’ Roses’ Paradise City.”
  10. Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.”

And as you might have noticed, we picked songs that are across generations. Bear in mind that your guests are not all from your generation. The elders will come also. And it will be wise to adjust your musical taste a little bit to theirs.

Start browsing

listingWhy searching the band from the Internet? First, building a well-maintained site shows the determination and reputation of a musical group, especially for a wedding party. If you happen to have your wedding at Glasgow, which is popular among Europeans, then you can type, “wedding bands Glasgow,” on your browser. Pick a site that has testimonials from their clients.

One site might also function as a portal site for their chosen bands, and it might be confusing to pick one since you do not know the quality of the bands. And if such is the case, you might start browsing for their live video performance on channels like YouTube. See if you can find one and start evaluating.

Negotiate the rate

Wedding MusicAs the host of the party, you are going to treat not only your guests but the performers as well. Bearing that in mind, you can use it to negotiate with the musicians. Make them consider your treats to cut some price of the band’s live performance fee. And it is a common knowledge that a wedding band’s fee is often negotiable.