The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Music Genres


What kind of music is played at a wedding reception?

Our wedding DJs understand how important it is to match the right wedding reception music to the theme of your wedding. Your wedding celebration needs to be memorable with upbeat wedding songs that fit well with the theme otherwise, the theme and music will not complement each other.

There is numerous musical genre that is perfect for different types of themes. The following is just a small sampling of different genres and music styles you could incorporate into themed weddings.

What are the top music genres for the Wedding Ceremony?

The best wedding songs for your wedding totally depend on you. This isn’t something you want to trust your wedding planner with. You should make time and consult with your DJ, let them know what you want and what your diverse crowd might want. Play songs that will keep the dance floor moving!

Ballroom Music

This music style works well with fairy tale weddings. There are different styles of music and the waltz is one of the more popular. The Viennese waltz is the oldest of all ballroom dance styles and has been around since 1559. You will find both slow and faster songs, depending on the period you are trying to recreate with your wedding theme.

Swing Music

This genre is well suited for weddings with a retro, vintage 1930s to 1940s theme. Swing music was performed by big bands that had band leaders, like Benny Goodman. In recent years, there has been a modern revival with styles like West Coast Swing, Electro Swing, and Swing Pop.

Country Music

For country-themed weddings, country music is a great pairing. There are all sorts of songs that extend back numerous decades to the 1920s. You can also choose from modern country music artists like Tim McGraw, Shaina Twain, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney, to name a few.

Irish Music

If you are planning on a Celtic theme for your wedding, you will want to include some Irish music at your reception. There is a wide array of different options from slow to fast songs to choose from. You could even choose music for an Irish jig or two.

Bollywood Music

For Hindi and Indian-inspired themes, Bollywood music is a perfect fit for the part of your wedding entertainment. These songs are part of Indian pop culture and often come from actual Indian (Bollywood) films. The popular dance styles normally feature a routine with a group of people, which can be fun for everyone at the reception to join in.

How do I choose a music genre for my wedding?

Aside from specific music genres, you could opt for music selections from a specific period of time for the dance floor. For instance, some couples choose to relive their high school days when they first met, so they choose either the 1980s or 1990s wedding theme. There are numerous songs from these periods that fit well with the desired theme.

As you can see, you have a wide array of options when it comes to selecting the music for your wedding. There are no right or wrong choices as it really comes down to what music the couple wants to be played at their reception. It is perfectly acceptable to have a mixture of songs that fit with your theme, along with your favorite modern songs.

For assistance in selecting music and creating a playlist for your wedding reception that fits with your theme and to schedule a wedding DJ in Kelowna, Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, or Calgary, please feel free to contact Airwaves Music at 1-866-794-4302 today!

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