Live or Not? The Crucial Role of Background Music in Your Wedding

Your wedding day is a canvas of emotions, where every element contributes to the masterpiece that is your special occasion. Amidst the whirlwind of planning, from venue choices to floral arrangements and heartfelt vows, it’s easy to overlook the significance of music. But when do you need background wedding music, and what options are there? In this guide, we’ll explore the pros and cons of recorded vs live music, helping you to make the best decision and ensuring that the music seamlessly enhances every moment of your wedding day.

There are three main points where you will require background wedding music during the daytime part of your wedding. These are:

  • Guest arrival
  • Drinks Reception
  • Wedding Breakfast
A wedding pianist performing background wedding music on a grand piano

You also have three main options for how to organise this background wedding music:

Let your venue play their standard background wedding music playlists

PROS: you don’t have to worry about it. 

CONS: it’s not personal to you, you have no say in what is being played and it will likely be the same playlist repeated as often as is needed.

Curate your own playlists using an app like Spotify or YouTube, or your own purchased music

PROS: you can personalise your playlists. 

CONS: if using an app like Spotify, you need to have the upgraded version as the free version will play ads after every few songs! If your venue is out in the countryside you may not have a strong enough data signal, and venue wifi can sometimes be unreliable. You also need to choose a LOT of music, which is time consuming in the run up to the wedding, and it often gets forgotten about until the last minute.

book a live musician to perform your background wedding music

PROS: A live musician will already have a large playlist which they will perform for background wedding music sets. You will be able to select your favourites, add in a few requests and list any songs you do not want played. You will also be able to give them an idea of the kind of vibe you want the music to create, and they will use their professional knowledge to create a playlist that is suited to the occasion. This saves you a lot of time in the run up to the wedding. Live musicians are also a great talking point for your guests, providing entertainment while they are milling around in the drinks reception or enjoying the wedding breakfast meal.

CONS: It’s an extra wedding expense, and you have to weigh up whether the time and stress it saves you, plus the added entertainment for your guests, is worth the extra cost.

can we help you?

At HMH Piano Collective, we wholeheartedly believe in the value of live background wedding music, and love to provide piano music that entertains our couples, their guests, and brings added warmth and emotion to the day. If you’re not sure which part of the day live music would work best for you take our quiz by clicking here, and find out! Plus keep an eye out for our next blog post, where we will break down how many songs you need to include for your background wedding music playlists.