#26: How To Build The Ultimate Wedding Playlist With Lucas Evans Of Orlando Combo
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Music enhances whatever emotion we feel in the moment. That’s why it’s so important to curate your wedding playlist. To help us get started, musician Lucas Evans reveals his favourite songs to play at weddings that really sets the mood.

Lucas is the drummer and band leader of Orlando Combo, one of Melbourne’s finest jazz bands. The band regularly performs at the Australian Tennis Open, Australian Grand Prix, AFL Grand Finals, and of course, weddings!

In this chat we discuss:

  • About Orlando Combo
  • Orlando Combo's jazz wedding repertoire
  • Setting the mood for the ceremony and reception
  • Music for guests of all ages
  • Building the ultimate wedding playlist
  • The perks of live bands
  • Rearranging songs for the wedding
  • Lucas’ go-to song for weddings

Before you start building your ultimate wedding playlist, consider the flow of the day. For the ceremony, you can have instrumental music or music with lyrics. If you choose the latter, make sure the message of the song suits the occasion. Typically, gentle melodies work best during the processional and then it’s followed by more upbeat tunes during the recessional.

The volume of music is also worth paying attention to. Guests will want to mingle and chat at the start of the reception, so light music should be sufficient. The music shouldn’t be at full blast the whole time, because it can make the wedding feel a little one note (pun intended!).

The perks of having a live band like Orlando Combo is that they’re skilled musicians who can read the room and adjust accordingly. Couples can also ask a live band to reimagine personally meaningful songs so that it’s included in their big day. Song choice does matter, but how they’re performed definitely affects the crowd’s engagement and enjoyment.

Links & Vendors Mentioned:

Orlando Combo

What Would They Know? Lucas Evans of Orlando Combo

Find Orlando Combo: 

On Polka Dot Wedding: Orlando Combo


On Instagram: @orlandocombo

On Facebook: Orlando Combo

On YouTube: @OrlandoCombojazzbandMelbourne

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On Instagram: @polkadotwedding

On the website: polkadotwedding.com

This podcast was produced by Polka Dot Wedding

The Polka Dot Wedding team is honoured to conduct our work on the land of the BoonWurrung, WoiWorung, Eora and Kuring-gai people. We honour the traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders past & present.

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