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
“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 hot up and played air guitar. Thanks for everything! Monika.”
Moby Dicks, Whale Beach
“Thanks for the fantastic job you did at our wedding on Saturday!! It looked and sounded amazing and we have had nothing but compliments from our guests. Thank you also for being so accommodating and allowing our family to play, it helped make the day that much more special!! Definitely will recommend you, let us know how we can spread the word!” Mr and Mrs Dillon, Ceremony: Illawarra rhododendron gardens, Mt Pleasant, Reception: Altitude 1148 Restaurant
“We just got back from the honeymoon and are settling into married life. I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for such an amazing job at our wedding. We constantly receive great feedback from our guests and in particular the music at the ceremony.”
Larnie & Steve, Manly Q Station
“I am finally back from my honeymoon and I just wanted to send you a HUGE thank you for the absolutely stunning job you did for our wedding. Everything was perfect and everyone commented on your performance. Please also pass on my sincere thanks to Tim. Matthew and I really appreciate the beautiful work- we were both blown away with the day. Thank you again for the use of your microphone and for allowing me to sing. Thank you again and I will be recommending you to everyone I know for any future events.”
Ally and Matt, Dunbar House
“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
“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
“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
“On behalf of my wife and I, I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you and Mike for an exceptional performance at our wedding and superb customer service from beginning to end. As busy professionals, with very limited spare time, to have been able to coordinate the day in an efficient manner without even meeting in advance was priceless for us. I would offer you and your business all the luck for the future but with such a great product and your customer centric values you don’t need any luck. Attached are a couple of pics from the guests and if you would like, when we get the professional pics through I will happily send you a couple.”
Sam & Sarah, Central Coast Wedding
“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
“Hi Jeremy, Thanks to you and your team. You guys really gave the wedding something very special. A lot of comments were made about how good it was having you guys there. You simply cannot beat the live music, cd’s have nothing on you guys. Thanks again so much to you all and I would highly recommend you and your team to all. “
Jeff, Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney