Post # 1
My fiance and I are discussing an idea I have for the wedding, specifically the band, and he’s concerned the music selection will be too limiting and our guests will not have a good time, though he likes the actual band themselves. The band is "The Return", they are a Beatles tribute band and they are very very good! My mother adores them and has seen them many times, and would be tickled to see them at our wedding (we’d keep it a surprise). However, he and I are not the biggest Beatles fans, so it would be more for her and to be fun and different, rather than being about us (please note there is no band or music that screams us).
The thought is that we would have a string quartet play for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and beginning of buffet reception (while people are getting their food, when we enter the room, etc.). We’d have the cake cutting, and then the band would out as a total surprise. I’m not sure if they’re first song would be our first dance, or if they’d start playing and then our first dance would be after. They would then play until the reception ends around 8:30/9:00PM. (It is a Sunday wedding, ceremony will start at 4:30PM).
And by the way – I got a new job! I found out today and I start Monday, so I can afford to plan like this now (though I’m going to stick with inexpensive invitations, lol). We’re celebrating that with champagne right now, so if any of this doesn’t make sense it’s b/c I am a little tipsy!
Post # 3
Congrats on your new job! That’s awesome! You deserve champagne! 🙂
Would they only play Beatles the whole time? That would not be okay with me (although I know our parents & aunts and uncles would love it….kinda like if I had *nSync for me…lol). Do they play other music too so that you have a bit of a variety?
Post # 4
Thanks! I can’t believe it only took 3 weeks to find one!
As far as I know only Beatles – but I’m ok with that! We’re just worried about our guests not enjoying it, and if we’re spending the $ I want people to enjoy it. 🙂
Post # 5
You know what….here I am on iTunes tonight anyways…listening to music & WB’ing…so I searched some Beatles songs. They have a lot of great songs that would be totally fun for dancing and some really cute love songs for you and your (soon-to-be) hubby.
And the more songs I find, the more I think, I gotta add some of these to my song list coz my guy (and 2 of his brothers) love the Beatles, I KNOW my parents & aunts and uncles love them….wow….and here I am a weird girl who loves *nSync, Luther, Garth, Brad, and the Bosstones to name a few.
All you need is love….great wedding fun dancey song
Love me do….how fun! I can see my mum dancing to that right now!
She loves you….how sweet for your man
Yellow submarine…too fun…my dad & I have been singing this together forever!
I want to hold your hand….sooo cute….
Okay I’m gonna stop now….I’d be sold if I were you and not leaning in any specific way about music (I wish I was like that…unfortunately I’m overly obsessed with picking songs).
Post # 6
You are too sweet! I think they have a lot of good music for weddings. 🙂 I think I am good with it, just need to convince the fiance! And I’ll wait for at least a few weeks to go by at the job to make sure it’s a good fit and I don’t end up in the same situation again!
Post # 7
Oooh yes you have time LOL! But hey, I’m not even engaged yet hee hee! Check out iTunes with your FI, they do have a lot of great Beatles songs. When I first saw your post, I was like ummmm NO! BUT when I looked into it some more, ohmigosh, such a great idea! AND what a wonderful surprise for your mom!
You made me open up my music mind tonight! 🙂 Thank you!!!!
I am for the most part an open minded person, and you pushed me even more! One more reason why I HEART weddingbee!
Fabulous ladies (and men) here!!!
Just wanted to add…I would totally have fun at your wedding so I think your guests definitely will! I’m really wanting New Jack Swing with some country and Irish music thrown in…LOL. My guy is younger and grew up in the country so I’m gonna have to work hard for the New Jack…..yikes…
Post # 8
I love the Beatles. And I STILL wouldn’t want to listen to a Beatles tribute band at a wedding (or anywhere else for that matter!). I feel it’s a bit of a gyp…they’re not the Beatles, and odds are they won’t play anything else. I prefer to hear the original artist play their own songs, even on a recording. Also remember everyone doesn’t like the Beatles, anyway. I know my fiance HATES them with a passion, and me trying to trick him into liking their little-known songs is a constant game I play . Try to offer a variety of music for your guests. Maybe you can book this band for your mom’s birthday, or even the rehersal dinner?
Post # 9
I was totally into this idea til I re-read your original post and saw that you and your FI aren’t huge Beatles fans. If so, maybe you should go another route — even if there’s not one variety of music that screams "you," you can at least mix in a few of your favorite songs. I think it’s a really sweet idea to surprise your mom (and a GREAT idea if you and your FI are gung-ho for the Beatles), but maybe you could have the string quartet play an instrumental version of a Beatles song for the mothers’ procession into the ceremony?
As far as pleasing your guests’ musical styles, well, that’s tough to do. I’ve been to plenty of DJ weddings where they played a large variety of music I really hated, so focus more on what you guys want.
I actually just went to a wedding where all the pre-ceremony music consisted of Beatles songs done by a guitar and cello. Then, when the doors opened for the bride to come in, a trumpeter announced her and the groomsmen launched into a guitar-and-voice version of the chorus from "All You Need Is Love." It was beautiful, but again – they live and breathe Beatles.
Post # 10
I think it’s a really cute idea! There’s an awesome tribute band in my town, and if we were rolling in the dough (or if they weren’t ridiculously expensive!) we definitely would have considered them for our wedding. The fun thing about tribute bands is that not only do they play great music, but they usually put on a good show, too. So even if yours guests aren’t into dancing to the Beatles, they will probably get a kick out of the performance. Anyway, they’ll only be playing for a short time (I understand because I’m getting married on a Sunday too) so I think even people who detest the Beatles would be able to put up with it for a couple hours. Good luck!
Post # 11
It’s a personal preference and a personal decision. I hope you let us know what you go with. So, would the first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance be to Beatle songs also? I also don’t think that it should be all about your mother unless you feel the need to do something extra special for her. Maybe you could have them play for an hour and then let the i-pod roll. I’m not sure. I, myself, just know that I couldn’t do it. My FI and I are doing R&B, Oldies, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Pop. We’ve got such a wide variety of musical taste between the two of us!
Let us know what you decide!
Post # 12
We’re actually torn on if we’re going to do the first dance, father/daughter dance, etc. If we have any planned dances it will probably only be our first dance, I know my dad would be very uncomfortable dancing at all let alone in the spotlight. I come from a family of very quiet, non-spotlight people. My mother is actually terrified of our wedding, especially the reception – she’s never been to one before!
Post # 13
You seem to be OK with the idea, even if you aren’t big Beatles fans. So I’m taking it you are wanting an opinion from us, coming from the angle that we were guests.
If your ceremony starts at 4:30pm and your reception ends at 9pm (at the lateset) that doesn’t leave you with a ton of time for dancing. After the cocktail hour and dinner, are we talking less than two hours? If so, I think you might be able to get away with the tribute band. But I’d try to sell it on the invitations as more of an entertaining, after dinner show, rather than "come and dance to nothing but Beatles music and more Beatles music".
The hard part is that your idea is most liekly unprecedented for your guests. So it could be a flop or a hit. I could really see either.
Ultimately, my gut says I wouldn’t really like the idea. As a guest, I would like more variety, some fun slow songs I could dance with my husband to, etc. The Beatles are fine for me. But I would get tired of only hoping for another Beatles song to dance too. I’m not sure I’d be inclined to stay through the whole reception, unless we struck up a good conversation with other people who weren’t interested in the music. And I have a feeling I wouldn’t be inspired to do a ton of dancing. Iwent to a Beatles tribute band concert. It was OK. I liked some songs, but wasn’t all that entertained. If I went to a wedding, I’d probably look forward to some typical weddingy things. And would probably be disappointed with all Beatles. I think the only people who would really enjoy it are big Beatles fans. And from emdash, it sounds like, sometimes, not even them. If you have a reception with Beatles fans, Celine Dion fans, and Garth Brooks fans, you can play a couple of each, and everyone walks out a winner. They’ll have danced to the songs they like. Just my two cents.
Post # 14
Tanya123’s opinion is how I’m afraid most of the guests are going to feel – I would hate for them to be bored or not dance (though we’re ok with not much dancing). I love the idea of having our instrumental band play some Beatles music – I may do that, get a DJ, and then have the DJ mix in some Beatles songs with other music. (That would also save us about $3,500).
Post # 15
We’re going to have a Beatles tribute band at our wedding (fingers crossed! our friends are in a band and we were engaged during one of their shows and they’ve said they’d do it, but we just hope they’ll still be together by Fall 2010 — ha!!)
We’re planning on having them do a set or two and then we’ll just play our ipod on the speaker system for the remainder of the night. We’re having a 60’s Brit Rock/Beatles themed wedding, so the band fits right in.
Post # 16
Funny, I found an instrumental finger picking guitarist in Korea who sells his CDs and he is a Beatles cover artist. We’re playing that for the entire time leading up to the ceremony and then afterwards until people go in for dinner. It’s a nice, lighthearted, outdoor music. We also have some Simon & Garfunkel thrown in, but it’s all instrumental so you don’t expect it