Tell me about your cocktail hour music!

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@LilySarah:  I love the idea of instrumental music for the cocktail hour. It sets such a classy and elegant tone to the rest of the evening, not to say people won’t be doing the chicken dance in an hour or two, but it’s a great way to start the event! Our venues cocktail space has a player piano on the balcony of the bridal suite which over looks it, so we will definitely be utilizing this for our cocktail hour music. I’m thinking it will be the perfect sound backdrop as people walk into this beautiful space. Also, it’s quiet so people can meet and mingle without having to shout over dance music. 

Post # 4
2851 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My mom wanted to splurge on this. She’s crazy. We are having an electric violinist play for 1.5 hours for a whopping total of $800!! She’s really good and something many people probably have never seen, but damn! I might not even get to see her 🙁

Post # 5
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We just had a restaurant music CD playing! Congrats on getting your amazing musician, though!

Post # 6
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We have a lot of musical friends and family, so we put them to work (they were excited to).  My cousin and uncle played acoustic guitar during the pre-ceremony cocktail hour, our friend played classical guitar for our ceremony, my husband’s brother played his sax for the recessional, my husband’s bandmates and some other friends jammed during the post-ceremony cocktail hour, and my husband’s band (with a fill-in drummer) played the reception.  The night before, our friends’ band played acoustic bluegrass during the welcome BBQ.  

Soooo much good music played by loved ones!  It was really cool.

Post # 7
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

To quote our DJ, DH and I aren’t really “Top 40 people”. I wanted a dance party at the reception (and it was!) so he pretty much had free reign over that. However, I picked all the cocktail / dinner music! It was lots of up-beat indie love songs! Really happy stuff that just puts a smile on my face 🙂

We got tons of compliments during and after the wedding. Several people even wrote down the ceremony and dinner music selections as one of the things they would remember from our wedding. I’ve got the playlist on Stopify, ready to share if anyone is interested!

Post # 9
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LilySarah:  our DJ did both our cocktail and reception and he asked what kind of music I wanted and I said, keep it classy and I said anything with the Rat Pack (Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett) etc…I was happy with it. I was taking pix during my cocktail hour, so I couldn’t hear it–but I heard it in the video. I had a private cocktail hour in my bridal suite

Post # 10
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@VineyardBride105:  @LilySarah:  

Another indie music bride here! All the guests our age are indie-lovers themselves and told us afterwards how much they enjoyed our cocktail and dinner soundtrack.  Since we were too busy to be asked during that time, a number of the guests were using their phone apps to identify and store the titles/artists of all the tunes.

Lots of indie out there that’s palatable for people of all backgrounds.

Post # 11
2851 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LilySarah:  Ya I am excited and she will be really fun, but $800??? My parents are paying for the wedding, so what they say goes!

Post # 12
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

We are having two members of the full band play both the ceremony and reception – all acoustic. I actually heard just the two first, and wanted only them and then a DJ, but it’s a full package, and FH saw the full band playing at a bar and was convinced.

This is a video of one half – I might be in love with him…don’t tell FH :p

Post # 13
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had a keyboard player and a guitar player (they were also part of the wedding band that played during the reception)

The cocktail hour was instrumental music only.  My DH and I composed a list of our favorite rock songs (songs by GNR, Coldplay, Foo Fighters) and gave them to the band.

The musicians learned all the songs and the cocktail hour went well.  I remember walking into the cocktail hour and faintly hearing Sweet Child O Mine. 


Post # 14
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had a string quartet play for the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner.

Post # 15
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Latitude 41

@VineyardBride105:  I’m interested!  Share! Share! Share!

Post # 16
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LilySarah:  Our cocktail hour was in a long hallway, with a round room at the end.  At one end was a harp/flute duo playing and in the round room at the other end was a 3 piece jazz band.

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