Fresh Wedding Music for Your Philadelphia Big Day

From dance-party DJs to Philly’s favorite brass band, here are some one-of-a-kind choices.

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Snacktime is among our picks for great wedding music for your Philly Big Day. / Photograph by Stevie Chris

Music sets the tune for many local love stories, and some couples even go so far as to incorporate it as a theme into their Big Day or even get a few superstars to perform. If you’re looking for a way to hit a high note with your soundtrack, then these DJs, bands and more are for you. With all that, you — and your guests — will be on the dance floor till the wee hours.

A Dance Party

You may know Riot Nerd from their Best of Philly-winning themed dance parties, from Taylor Swift to ’90s grunge. But they also have a side hustle perfect for nearly-weds. LoveBuzz DJs will help craft your playlist and create dance-floor vibes worthy of celebrating your union. Pro tip: Add on a photo booth.

A Purely Philly Thing

Since the funky seven-piece brass band began popping up in parks during the pandemic, Snacktime has become Philly’s de facto fave. You know it’s a party if the coolest horn group in town shows up. So why not bring their boundless energy to your wedding?

A “Vibe Curator”

DJ Lady FX, a.k.a. Marlene Bell, tailors her set to the crowd, the couple and venue — she even dresses on-theme! Folks rave about her ability to highlight and create special moments. And as a self-described “vibe curator,” she’ll make sure your guests (from ages nine to 99) keep dancing all night.

A Classic With a Twist

Violinist Manuela Romero fuses classical music with Latin rhythms when part of Philly’s Kahlo Quartet. But the classically trained virtuoso also plays solo — on an electric light-up violin — for ceremonies. She’ll take you from wedding march to all-out bash on just four strings.

A Jazz Extravaganza

Whether you want a three-piece ensemble or a 14-piece band, the Bachelor Boys will get the party started. The collective of Philly jazz musicians and vocalists will customize a configuration just for you. Their pop repertoire ranges from Aretha Franklin to Bruce Springsteen to Dua Lipa.

Good to Know

Ah, the last song — so much pressure to get it right. But Jon Ardito at Sugarbomb Entertainment says it all starts with what note you want to end the party on. Some couples go for a high-energy dance song (“We Found Love,” by Rihanna); some opt for a sing-along “belter” like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Another sweet option is what Ardito calls a “love circle,” where guests gather around the couple of honor for one final center-of-attention moment.

Published as “Expert Advice” in the Winter/Spring 2024 issue of Philadelphia Wedding.