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    Best background music for wedding reception

    I'm after some music to be playing in the background at my upcoming wedding reception, before the band starts up, where the guests will be arriving and mingling for a while before the dinner etc...

    I'm thinking of all classical stuff (ie no real "singing"), but I know nowt about classical music.

    So far I've found Pachelbel - Cannon in D major which I really like.

    Any other suggestions for similar stuff?

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    we had a pianist during our reception which lovely and not too expensive, he played a real good variety of music including some modern but on the piano it sounded lovely. Everything from Oasis to the Beatles. Think we payed £140 for 2 hours

    Chamber Music by Bach

    Chamber music is considered to be the music of friends. It is very relaxing and calming. It is especially helpful if your aunt Elsie doesn't like the hat of the bride's mother.

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    Predikuesi;4787595

    Chamber Music by BachChamber music is considered to be the music of … Chamber Music by BachChamber music is considered to be the music of friends. It is very relaxing and calming. It is especially helpful if your aunt Elsie doesn't like the hat of the bride's mother.



    Is that a whole collection of songs? I can't seem to find much.

    You should be able to get a cheap classical cd by Sabastian Bach, most of it will be strings so will probably be ok for a wedding reception. I'll nip over to Amazon to see if there are any downloads, but I reckon it will be cheaper to buy the cd.

    amazon.co.uk/Mae…8-1

    You can listen to the tunes here too.

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    Thanks for the info... so basically anything by Bach is gonna be pretty good?

    Babbabooey;4787804

    Thanks for the info... so basically anything by Bach is gonna be pretty … Thanks for the info... so basically anything by Bach is gonna be pretty good?



    Yes. You don't want the classical stuff with all the clashing cymbals at a wedding - the guests will think they are at the Last Night at the Proms. J. S. Bach will be fine.

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    Ta.
    Repped.

    djsuperstore.co.uk/ite….00

    that's one of the mix cd's i play at the start of wedding receptions before I start with the cheese
    something for everyone you dont want people falling to sleep with the classical

    There are plenty of excellent pianists that add that touch of class to ta wedding reception. There's nothing better IMO than seeing someone play live in front of your eyes. As long as you have the score of the songs you require I'm sure you will be able to have whatever choice of music you'd like.

    They are not that expensive either. Good Luck and have a great day..

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    dave_lunt2;4787579

    we had a pianist during our reception which lovely and not too expensive, … we had a pianist during our reception which lovely and not too expensive, he played a real good variety of music including some modern but on the piano it sounded lovely. Everything from Oasis to the Beatles. Think we payed £140 for 2 hours



    kemo;4788099

    There are plenty of excellent pianists that add that touch of class to ta … There are plenty of excellent pianists that add that touch of class to ta wedding reception. There's nothing better IMO than seeing someone play live in front of your eyes. As long as you have the score of the songs you require I'm sure you will be able to have whatever choice of music you'd like.They are not that expensive either. Good Luck and have a great day..



    Do they supply their own piano?
    Sounds like a stupid question but i'm being serious :oops:

    Hi Babbabooey , how about something more modern so that people who are not fans of classical music can relate? maybe Enigma or Sigur Ros. I like Predikuesi's ideas of Bach. I would also choose Mozart: Andante Piano Concerto No 21, Clarinet Concerto in A major, The Magic Flute and some Gabriel Fauré - Pavane, op 50.

    Most Hotel/Receptions have their own If I'm not mistaken. see them all the time at venues that I gig. In saying that I'd say that a quick call would answer the question. Sorry couldn't be bore specific.

    Banned

    "Get down on it" would seem a good choice! :w00t:

    this never fails ]this

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    ding;4788422

    this never fails ]this



    There's always one isn't there :roll:

    Babbabooey;4788451

    There's always one isn't there :roll:



    sorry couldnt resist , hope you have a great day whatever the music you choose

    at my wedding we had louis armstrong its such a perfect day and what a wonderful day both amazingly fitting for the day. do pick these they are greeeeeeeeeeeat

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    There are NO pianists in the West Midlands area available for a reasonable price (£150).
    Grrrrrr

    Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells . . . . . .


    Now thats a tense reception . . . . . .

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    Well I decided to go for some general songs rather than all classical.. here's my CD..

    08/04/2009 11:04 3,907,890 01 - Youth Group - Forever Young.mp3
    08/04/2009 12:08 4,128,718 02 - Allison Krauss - When You Say Nothing At All.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:49 7,267,393 03 - Ben E King - Stand By Me.mp3
    08/04/2009 10:46 3,850,782 04 - Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:29 8,185,032 05 - Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses.mp3
    08/04/2009 10:59 4,917,954 06 - Charlotte Church - Pie Jesu.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:26 10,469,464 07 - Elbow - One Day Like This.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:05 2,812,376 08 - Harry Nilsson - Coconut.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:17 5,161,847 09 - Lady Gaga - Pokerface.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:29 4,741,456 10 - Leanne Womack - Hope you Dance.mp3
    08/04/2009 12:03 5,756,087 11 - Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately.mp3
    08/04/2009 10:29 3,330,944 12 - Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London.mp3
    08/04/2009 10:50 5,432,212 13 - Lou Reed - Perfect Day.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:10 3,509,689 14 - The Wallflowers - Into The Mystic.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:02 4,542,022 15 - Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now.mp3
    08/04/2009 11:40 3,462,664 16 - Unkown Artist - Your Song.mp3
    08/04/2009 12:07 4,589,737 17 - Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All .mp3
    08/04/2009 11:46 3,505,294 18 - Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight.mp3

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