Current Wedding Trends From a Band Leader’s Perspective

We’re nearing the halfway point of 2013, and The Kazz Music Orchestra has been really busy so far playing at a lot of Westchester Weddings, Hudson Valley Weddings, and really weddings all over the Tri-State Area. It’s been an incredibly fun year for us so far!

A big part of what we do to make our couples’ lives as easy is possible, beyond just providing awesome music, is coordinating the timing of everything with other vendors, and also taking care of all announcements. We also offer suggestions to our couples based on things that we’ve seen work well at other weddings, as well as things that haven’t worked so well. So, we thought it would be helpful to share what we’ve personally seen this year as a trend in the weddings we’ve played for.

The number one thing that we’re beginning to notice this year is that couples are really moving farther away from all of the formalities typically associated with wedding receptions and are telling us that they want their reception to feel more like “one big party with family and friends” rather than such a formal reception. So, the trend we’ve seen is fewer formalities, which makes time for more dance music! For example, we have not done a boquet or garter toss yet this year, and nor do we have anyone that is planning on doing this that we know about (yet).

Another thing that quite a few of our couples are completely doing away with the idea of a “Grand Entrance” with the band introducing the wedding party to their guests. Instead, we’re essentially seeing people enter the reception area and then once the bride and groom enter with the other guests, we’re typically just inviting them to the dance floor for their first dance. Actually quite often, the brides and grooms are asking us to invite everyone to join them on the dance floor for their dance as well. (Apparently not everyone likes having 150 guests staring at them as they dance alone for 3 minutes!)

It’ll be interesting to see whether the trend continues and whether any more of the “formalities” are gradually taken out of the mix, so hopefully it’s useful information for anyone out there planning their reception! Enjoy the party!