Post # 1
We are hoping to have an outdoor ceremony, small ( ~50 people) but if it rains it will be indoors in a medium sized room. The reception will be in a very large glass walled room with marble floor. In between the ceremony and reception we plan about an hour of hors d’oeuvres.
Our officiant is soft spoken. We absolutely do NOT want people at the reception to have to shout to hear each other. We don’t agree on dancing – I’d love it (especially country line dancing) but FI doesn’t dance at all. My Best Woman and her H love to jive. lol
So… should we get a DJ for the ceremony – with a mike for the officiant? And ask the DJ to play soft, non-vocals for the reception? Get one instrument and a musician for the hors d’oeuvres part? Any other suggestions?
Post # 4
What about getting a muscian or 2 to play ceremony-dinner. Then maybe hire a DJ for the reception with a plan to have the music slowly start and maybe get to some line dancing/jives an hour or so after dinner when people start to move around.
Post # 5
I’d definitely recommend getting a microphone for the ceremony, regardless of whether you end up with a DJ or live musicians. The most cost-effective route would probably be to just hire a DJ for the whole thing – ceremony, cocktail hour and the reception. It’ll also give you the most options/flexibility for the choice of music played at each time, but live music is always wonderful. We had a mic set up for the ceremony, and a harpist who played for the ceremony and the cocktail hour. She was amazing, and the music as I walked down the aisle was more than perfect. We had a DJ for the reception and dancing afterwards. It worked out great! 🙂