It's very important with 50th anniversaries that we keep the music volume down a little bit, sometimes this can be done with speaker placement depending on the room, to not hinder table side talking. I have found over the years that at times, the music is more about me playing old favorites where some guests want to dance, but others might just want to tap their toes as they listen from their tables and reminisce with friends.
I play all the songs that were popular when the couple was in high school & college usually. I also, when talking ahead of time to the couple, ask them to visit my song list pages to let me know their favorites.
Depending on the couple I have re-enacted their "Grand Entrance" of 50 years ago along with members of their original wedding party. We can even do a married couples version of the bouquet and garter toss is desired.
If this is a 10 year anniversary, and guests are in their 40's, I could play a range of disco, funk and 80's Rock, Pop and New Wave. We could also play some older swing and lounge music from such great artists as Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra if desired. Possibly we could even play some hip-hop. Again, because I work off of a laptop it is also very easy for me to play requests on the spot. We could even have a list of songs that are not to be played.
If this is a 25 year anniversary and guests are in their 50's, I would not typically play hip-hop but add in some R&B and soul in it's place. Popular artists like, Aretha Franklin, The Commodores, Wilson Pickett, Isley Brothers, and James Brown are typical crowd pleasers. However, it all depends on what has been arranged ahead of time with the party hosts. Along with favorites from artists like Frank Sinatra, Nate King Cole, and Louis Armstrong, we could add newer renditions of the classic's by such artists as, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Brian Setzer, and Bette Midler. All of this can be discussed ahead of time as we work together to plan the event.
If this is a 50 year anniversary and guests are in their 60-70's, I talk at length with the couple about music to make sure that I play their favorites for listening pleasure and not focus quite so much on keeping everyone dancing. Although, when I bring out the tangos, mambos, sambas and cha-cha's the dance floor just takes care of it's self. Along with favorites from artists like Frank Sinatra, Nate King Cole, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Louis Armstrong, we could add newer renditions of the classic's by such artists as, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Brian Setzer, and Bette Midler. All of this can be discussed ahead of time as we work together to plan the event.
Anniversaries are wonderful get together's, great times of reminiscing, and perfect opportunities to take it to the dance floor. I am always more than happy to play any requests that you or your guests might have.
Thank you Art. Everything turned out as planned. We really appreciate you coordinating with the Harpist/Guitarist, the Caterers and with our family in getting things going in a timely fashion. It was great to see everyone dancing and having fun. My little nieces and nephews danced the whole time and then all of our friends and family were tearing it up. Im thinking the age range was 3 years to 75 years and everyone enjoyed your talents. We will keep you in mind for future events and recommend you to our friends. Steve and I were tired. I know the young adults wanted to go on and on but we had to get some rest...We will always remember you and the work you put forth to make our wedding day perfect.....
Steve and Priscilla Owen