Dinner Music at the Reception
Create a special atmosphere for your guests without being obtrusive
By Tiesha Whatley
Choose dinner music for your reception that complements the overall mood of the wedding. Instrumental music and jazz work well for formal events, while contemporary, folk and pop music are better suited for informal weddings. Save the dance music for after dinner--background music during the meal should be more mellow and simply enhance the mood.
Jack Johnson and Donavan Frankenreiter
Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" offers mellow chords and soft vocals that lend themselves to informal and outdoor receptions. Donavon Frankenreiter has a collection in a similar vein that works well for outdoor weddings.
Beegie Adair and David Huntsinger
Adair and Huntsinger's Wedding Dinner Music Series is a collection of light jazz that works well at formal weddings.
Norah Jones' debut CD, "Come Away with Me," sets a romantic mood with her smooth voice over blues/jazz sounds. This versatile collection works well at both formal and informal weddings.
Consider "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra" for a formal wedding. This compilation of Sinatra's most popular songs is perfect for a classy, traditional affair.
For a more personal music selection, consider making a mix of your favorite songs or songs that reminds of your courtship with your bride or groom.
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Tiesha Whatley is a contributor to DexKnows.com.
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A style of music that traditionally involves many musicians and incorporates horn instruments and vocalists. Popular in the '30s and '40s.View the Full Weddings Glossary