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Hitting the Right Note 

Getting those musical moments just right

However, there may be noise level restrictions to consider or time-of-day curfews for outdoor locations, so double-checking before you book anything is wise.

As you try to narrow down your musical choices, consider using a band or DJ who can provide some musical variety in order to appeal to all age groups. Try spanning a few decades worth of selections from swing to popular tunes of today. Some old standbys that everyone would know will get the crowd on the dance floor so think about throwing in something tried and true like the Beatles or Frank Sinatra.

It can also be fun to go with a theme to your reception music. Choose a dance style such as salsa, meringue or swing and let everyone know so they can practice their moves ahead of time. Or go with a more formal style and consider music that lends itself to ballroom dancing like the foxtrot, waltz or tango.

Don't wait too long to make your musical choice. Bands and DJs can book a year in advance. As soon as you set your wedding date, you should secure the music. If you don't know where to begin, ask your caterer - they often can make recommendations. You can also check the Internet, yellow pages, arts and entertainment classifieds, ask friends or call local music associations.

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