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The Wedding Reception

As STAGE DOOR CANTEEN we strive to please all generations. We believe that a wedding reception is a celebration of both past and future, one which includes people of many generations and from many different walks of life. The one thing that sets a STAGE DOOR CANTEEN wedding reception apart is that everyone- all your wedding guests- will leave feeling like they participated in the wedding celebration. We play great tunes that can be fully appreciated by everyone, from the very young to the very old and everyone in between. We will help create the ambience you envision, and when the time comes all of your guests will get up on the floor and dance, dance, dance!

Dinner Set

In most instances, we start by performing ambient music for dinner. Just like the "cocktail hour" music, we tailor our "dinner set" to your unique needs and the specifications of your wedding reception venue. With over twenty years of experience, we have encountered just about every imaginable dinner setup: from white-gloved, seven-course service to make-your-own sundaes. Being both flexible and experienced, we work with wedding reception venue staff to make sure that our music compliments and enhances the dinner service.


Most wedding receptions do include at least some of the following: greetings, blessings, toasts, or remarks. With hundreds of weddings to our credit, we can help you design a speaking schedule that keeps the party moving along. In keeping with our overall goal of helping realize your wedding day vision, we are highly flexibly in helping schedule a smooth and seamless wedding reception that includes eating, reflecting, and- of course- dancing!


Bouquet toss? Garter toss? The Hora? Cut the cake? We're comfortable guiding the wedding party and assembled wedding guests through the traditional cycle of wedding reception traditions, or, if you prefer, picking and choosing which ones to do or inventing variations on the traditional. Again, our goal is tailor to your wedding day vision.

...and then the Dance Floor Opens

When the time does come to get all your wedding guests out on the dance floor, our hugely diverse repertoire includes Jump Swing; Motown, Memphis, and Blue-eyed Soul; Mambos, Waltzes and all the by-request ballroom styles; plus horn-fueled reinventions of radio standards from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, with artists ranging from the Beatles to Stevie Wonder to Bruce Springsteen to Madonna. Examples from our massive repertoire can be found on the music page. Our promise to you is that all your wedding guests will be up and dancing, with everyone from every generation feeling included in the wedding celebration. All generations will dance. At its heart, STAGE DOOR CANTEEN is and always will be a horn-fueled dance band.

Special Requests

We do accommodate special requests. If you let us know what you want to hear, we can most likely prepare a special arrangement for your wedding reception. Some memorable requests from past brides include: AC/DC's It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock and Roll) at the wedding of a couple from Australia; a beautiful rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah as a father-daughter dance; and even Toby Keith's Red Solo Cup at a farm-themed wedding. That list goes on and on, and a few of those tunes have even made their way into the regular rotation! So, if you have something special you'd like to have played by a live band, we're happy to make a special arrangement for your special wedding day.

We provide a high-quality, professional public address (PA) system that and professional microphones that will be available for your speakers to use. The heart of our philosophy is to accommodate your needs.

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