Wedding Reception Music by Something BorrowedWant people to dance and have a fabulous time at your reception? Then we’re your wedding band!
Let’s face it, wedding music can make or break a reception.
Wedding reception music sets the tone, atmosphere and vibe of the room, meaning it can make the difference between having a good time and having a GREAT time.
One of the reasons why guests really let their hair down when we perform is because we enjoy ourselves. We love what we do, and we treat your event like it’s our only event for the year. It’s just as much a celebration for us as it is for you and your guests.
We guarantee to get your guests up on the dance floor!
If you’re looking for dance-friendly music for your wedding reception, you’ll want to read these testimonials.
Ryan and I just wanted to drop you a quick email to give our sincere thanks to both you and your band for making our wedding so special! The music during our ceremony was perfect, and everything that I had imagined. The reception came together so well, and the talent of the band made the night so memorable. We had so many comments from our guests about the band – everyone thought you were great and couldn’t they couldn’t wait to get up and start dancing!
Cassie and Ryan, Manly Q Station
Just wanted to let you know how happy we were with the band that played at our reception. Everyone had a great time and was up and dancing- my father in law even got up and played air guitar. Thanks for everything!
Monika, Moby Dicks, Whale Beach
Wedding reception music – General information
• Depending on the size of your wedding and your specific needs, our wedding band ranges in size from a 1 piece to an 8 piece band. Instruments include the saxophone, drums, guitar, bass, electric violin, keyboard, and male and female vocals.
• We don’t use any backing tracks and the band plays every note live. We are all young, professional, degree-qualified musicians with decades of music training – which means you’re in safe, friendly and experienced hands.
• We happily travel and play music for weddings in Sydney, the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains and the Southern Highlands. We also travel interstate and overseas!
“We need music for our wedding reception, how long do we hire Something Borrowed?”
Most couples need wedding reception music for 5 hours, but you can book us for longer if needed. We will play up to 4 x 45 minute sets of live music over a 5 hour timeframe; and our band will program DJ background music during the band breaks, ensuring the atmosphere is still pumping. Our exact set times will be worked out with you as soon as the run sheet is finalised (Which is normally 3-4 weeks before the date of your wedding).
“What sort of music do you play at wedding receptions?”
We play soft background music for drinks, canapés and dinner – then upbeat party music for dancing. Typically, we put our own special twist on pop, soul and softer jazz during pre-dinner drinks and dinner, acting as background mood music. Then once the cake is cut and you’ve had your first dance, the band kicks off the dancing with party music. We start with classic dance floor tunes for the older guests, then move on to the new stuff. This way the music appeals to the young and the not so young!
In summary, we play different music styles to fit in with each of these parts of your wedding celebration:
- Drinks/Dinner (Live Band)
- First Dance (Live Band)
- Party Music (Live Band)
When you book Something Borrowed to perform at your wedding reception, you will choose at least six special wedding songs to highlight the key moments of the reception.
Here are the key reception music moments we’d like you to customise:
- Bridal Party Entrance
- Cake Cutting
- First Dance (Live Band)
- Bouquet Throw
- Garter Throw
- Farewell Circle
Our Package Pricing includes playing the First Dance live and up to 4 x 45 minute sets of music played live by the band, while the other key wedding music highlights are normally added to our DJ playlist. (The reason for this is that the band can be too loud for the MC who needs to make announcements during these important key moments. We find that having control over the volume via our DJ system ensures that everything runs smoothly and professionally.)
Below, you’ll find many video clips of us playing music, plus a huge library of audio clips with numbers next to them. The numbers tell you how many musicians are in the band on that recording!
These video and audio recordings will give you a great idea of what we look like and what we sound like – but more importantly they will help you choose your wedding reception songs and the live music you want to book for your reception.
We are humbled to be one of the most popular wedding bands in Sydney. To avoid disappointment, please contact us at your earliest convenience as we are generally booked 12 months in advance. No matter when your wedding date is, contact us to see if we’re available. We’ll respond quickly so you can plan accordingly.
DJ & MC
“I just wanted to send you a small note to say congratulations and a huge thank you for your service and collaboration for the wonderful wedding of Kate & Guy. It was utterly terrific to be able to do an event with you and I know that the couple were tickled pink with your service, professionalism and overall performance on the day. It has been nothing short of an absolute pleasure working with you in the lead-up to the event and on the day and I truly hope that I am fortunate enough to be on board for many more events with you to come in the future. Many thanks again for your time, help, co-operation and collaboration. It was such a fun & successful event (albeit very VERY wet!) and all the best for the remainder of your season!”
Brooke, Director Something White Event Planning & Styling, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
“It has been several weeks since you played at our wedding and my wife and I would like to thank you for a fantastic job you did with the music on that day. It sounded wonderful and feedback from other guests also commented on how lovely the music was and how it made the ceremony pretty much perfect. If needed for the future I will keep you in mind and definitely recommend you to anyone we know who may need your services”
Steven and Rebecca, Gymea
“Just wanted to send our warmest thanks for providing such beautiful music on our wedding day. It was absolutely perfect in every way and we have had so many friends and family comment on it. We are both sorry we didn’t get the chance to come and thank you all personally but know that your service was well appreciated.”
Tiff and Matt, Oakhill College Chapel Castle Hill
“Just wanted to say another ‘Thank You’ to you and your band for your performance at the Quay reception on the 30th December. The guests were buzzing about the music and you and the band were so helpful and friendly. We’ll definitely recommend you guys should any of our friends/family need a band for a function. Thanks again!”
Danny, Quay Restaurant
“It was a pleasure working with you for Franky & Olivia’s wedding on the weekend. You made the process simple and I (and the client) couldn’t be happier with the beautiful music by you at the ceremony & Mike at the reception. Take care & I hope to work with you again soon.””
Keryn, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
“We just wanted to say thank you so much for providing us with such beautiful music during our ceremony and afterwards on the lawn. You played so beautifully and helped to make our ceremony so special and memorable – we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Graydon and Morgan, St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill
“Ryan and I just wanted to drop you a quick email to give our sincere thanks to both you and your band for making our wedding so special! The music during our ceremony was perfect, and everything that I had imagined. The reception came together so well, and the talent of the band made the night so memorable. We had so many comments from our guests about the band – everyone thought you were great and couldn’t they couldn’t wait to get up and start dancing!”
Cassie and Ryan, Manly Q Station
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for playing the violin at our wedding. The music you played sounded wonderful and really set the prefect mood. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to speak to you on the day and then thank you in person, for making the whole process leading up to the day so easy! You were very helpful when it came to choosing songs – there were so many it was great helped narrow them down and make suggestions. Even now I am still receiving compliments about you from my guests! They said you sounded beautiful and were great fun to talk to. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend you to all my family and friends.”
Chantelle & Mark, Belgenny Farm, Camden
“We’re going to send out our proper thank you’s after our honeymoon, but I just had to tell you that your strings group, and that magnificent Soprano, were my favourite parts of my wedding! I’m told that the singer went out of her way to help my sister with a decorations problem, for which I’m so grateful. And way she sung, and the way you all played was just so, so, special! Thank you very much!”
Cate, Monte Chapel Wedding Ceremony
“Thank you so much for organising the music for our wedding. It was absolutely amazing!! The music in the church set the mood perfectly and made me so emotional! The reception band was fantastic and I had so many comments on the night from our guests. Special thanks to you also for DJ-ing and Mc-ing, everything ran so smoothly. Please pass on our sincere thanks to all the band members especially Mike who was amazing in the church and reception. I cannot thank you enough!! Will definitely recommend you to all my friends and family! Off on our honeymoon tonight…will send any good pics through from the photographer when we return!”
Ash & Toby, Zest, Mosman (The Spit)