Jazz Wedding

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Your Wedding day music is important, from the introductory prelude music, the ceremony’s processional to the band’s farewell song. Music captures our emotions, filling us with joy, moving us to tears, and making us want to dance or shake our bodies with exuberance. A jazz wedding is unique providing spectacular sounds and remembered by everyone.

A Jazz Wedding general outline:

Prelude music: Welcome family and friends as they arrive for 10, 15, 20 or 30 minutes with background jazz. This music will set the mood for the main event!

Special seating: (grandparents, parents, special guests): background jazz

Bridesmaids processional: (Bridesmaids may enter one by one or accompanied by the groomsmen, in pairs) For the bridesmaids as they walk up the aisle, have a light, happy song performed for about four minutes. Song suggestions: 1920’s: “Margie,” 1930’s: “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” 1940’s: “It Might As Well Be Spring,” 1950’s: “Satin Doll,” 1960’s: The Girl From Ipanema,” 2018: “Jump,” It’s So Clear To Me,” “You Are The One,” “Love For You” (by David Hansen/Garden District Trio_Band)

Ring Bearer and/or Flower Girl: Background jazz selection from any songs listed.

Bride’s processional: The big moment when you walk with your dad, mom or special chosen person. Select an upbeat song with a beautiful melody and lyrics (even if performed instrumentally …your guests who know jazz, will hear the lyrics). Jazz wedding song suggestions for the bride:

1920’s: “Oh, Lady Be Good!” “Dinah,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,”  “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “What Is This Thing Called Love?”

1930’s:  “Confessin’,” “Embraceable You,” “Exactly Like You,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “Summertime,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “There Is No Greater Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Love Is Here to Stay,” “All the Things You Are,” “In the Mood,”

1940’s: “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “In a Mellow Tone,” “You Stepped Out of a Dream,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “There Will Never Be Another You,” “Groovin’ High,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans,”

1950’s:  “My One and Only Love,” “Satin Doll,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “The Best Is Yet to Come,” “My Favorite Things,” “Take Five,”

1960’s: “What A Wonderful World,” “One Note Samba,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” “Summer Samba,” “Wave,”

2018: “Jump,” It’s So Clear To Me,” “You Are The One,” “Love For You” (by David Hansen/Garden District Trio_Band)

Bride and Groom recessional: Following the “I Do’s,” wrap up the ceremony in jazz style with any of the songs not selected from above or a festive jazz title such as: “When the Saint’s Go Marching In,” “Bourbon Street Parade,” “Down by The Riverside,” or (by David Hansen/Garden District Trio_Band) “Mardi Gras Day,” “Jump,” or “You Are The One”

Reception:

  1. Cocktail Hour (background jazz)
  2. Introduction of the Wedding Party
  3. Introduction of the Newlyweds
  4. First Dance Song (a love song such as “It Had To Be You,” or any of the recommendations not used from the songs above)
  5. Father–Daughter Dance Song (any suggestions from above that have not been performed)
  6. Mother-Son Dance Song (any suggestions from above that have not been performed)
  7. Dinner Music (background jazz)
  8. Toasting
  9. The main reception or dance party: Upbeat jazz selections and/or a DJ spinning your current favorite songs (we recommend adding a DJ along with the jazz band to cover all the styles of music your guests want to dance to.
  10. The jazz band can keep the jazz theme going and, if you desire,  the DJ can add in pop, rock and current top 40)
  11. The Last dance and exit of the Bride and groom: have the jazz band perform Joe Avery or Paul Barbarin’s “Second Line,” “When The Saints Go Marching In,” “Bourbon Street Parade” (David Hansen’s “Mardi Gras Day”) or similar upbeat New Orleans song.
  12. This is also a great time to bring in a Brass Band to perform the last 20-30 minutes with a 2nd line around the reception area then parade the Bride and Groom out of the reception and on their way.

Remember; this is your day and a jazz wedding is extremely unique. A jazz wedding can be customized from a jazz brunch trio outside in the park, to a jazz quartet, full jazz band with vocals, 16 piece big band jazz orchestra, and/or a second-line Brass Band. The options for a jazz wedding are endless and we are here to help you select the best options for your special day.

Please complete our jazz wedding form to begin the process: