One of the best things about a wedding reception venue in Utah like ours is that we include a sound system in our ballroom. It doesn’t matter whether you intend to play low-key classical music in the background as your guests mingle and chat, or if you’re planning hours of dancing to the sounds of your favorite live band—we have the setup to make it happen.

Of course, while we can recommend some popular wedding music, no one can capture your reception’s ambiance quite as well as you can. Spend some time figuring out what kind of mood you plan to set, and build the perfect playlist from there.

You Can’t Please Everyone

Weddings are notoriously difficult to plan because of the spectrum of guests. You will most likely have parents, grandparents, and extended relatives present, but you could also be surrounded by friends who share your love of a great pop song or two.

How you approach this issue is up to you. Many couples choose to keep the music choices low-key for the beginning of the reception, choosing oldies and crooners in keeping with the elegance of the day. As the evening wears on, you can then transition to faster-paced music—in almost all cases, the older relatives leave before the youngest crowd.

You might also opt to stick to background music or classical songs that offend no one. Both of these choices work well in a formal reception hall.

Keep Things Classy

When most brides describe their dream wedding, they use terms like elegant, ethereal, unique, and perfect. And when you choose a location like our Utah reception hall, the setting embraces all these things. Soft rock, jazz, and classical music (with a few romantic ballads throw in) might be more than enough to match the setting and the crowd. After all, there’s no need for the Chicken Dance at every wedding in the world.

Some of the best wedding receptions we’ve seen here play music in keeping with the formal Victorian setting in the ballroom, with a focus on classical strings or pianos that don’t overshadow the rest of the event.

Make Memorable Choices

If you’re having dancing at your reception, you can select special songs for the first dance, the father/bride dance, the mother/groom dance, and other pivotal moments during the day (cake cutting, bouquet tossing, etc.). If you’re not having dancing, there’s no reason why you have to keep things silent. Spend just as much time setting the mood with the right songs, and everyone will walk away happy.

Over-Plan the Music

It doesn’t matter whether you’re asking a live band for a playlist, creating your own mix of songs, or relying on a DJ to handle the music—this is one time it’s best to over prepare. Make a song list that is long enough to go an hour or two beyond your projected reception timeline. It’s better to not get to a few songs than it is to run out of music or repeat songs everyone has already heard.