Many couples choose to have me provide live music for part of the dinner/reception followed by their own iPod or CD mix through my sound system for dancing. This is an economical, low key alternative to a DJ.
I will provide a mic for toasts, introductions, etc, thus providing a different, more personalized, reception experience, while saving the cost of a DJ.
Usually during dinner, I perform a relaxing mix of folk, blues. oldies, and traditional music: Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Peter Paul and Mary, Dan Fogelberg, Elvis, Johnny Cash, etc . (check both the "wedding music "list and the "non-wedding gigs" link to get an idea).
I am always well-received by guests, especially by parents, grandparents, aunt/uncles .
Then we switch over to your ipod playlist with dance music, top 40, country, big band...whatever you choose... to give everyone what they want and get folks dancing with your own mix It's the best of both worlds !