Can I Have a Rock Band at My Morning Wedding?

Etiquette, Music
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Is it ever too early to rock? Your wedding music and entertainment should reflect your taste, but, as always, timing is key. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding music questions in our daily post.

Can I have a rock band at my 11:00 a.m. reception?

Even if Ozzy is walking you down the aisle, live rock isn't really the way to go that early. Instead, pick a sound that's more soothing and complementary to your site. "If the place is light and airy, like a country club, a jazz band with a vocalist would work well," says Marc Jason of New York-based event production company Total Entertainment. If your venue is a catering hall or a hotel ballroom, which lends itself to dancing, Jason suggests a scaled-down orchestra (seven pieces, versus 10 with a horn section). Start with smooth tunes (like Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald), then switch to rock later.

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