- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
I need advice!
We were originally planning on having our wedding breakfast (meal) finish at approx 5.30/6pm, and then have our evening reception start at 7.30pm (NB: I know some bees hate a gap, but this isn’t uncommon in the UK, and all our guests who are coming to the wedding breakfast are staying at our venue, so can relax in their rooms, and the venue and band need an hour to clear the tables and make way for the band/set up the buffet/do sound checks). We would have a slide-show of images taken during the day showing in our private cinema from 7-7.30pm, the evening reception would start at 7.30pm, we would then cut the cake at 7.45pm, and have our first dance straight after, and the band would start playing.
Here’s the issue: I love music, as do about 50% of our guests, so the music is important to us. I was at a pub a few weeks ago and there was this amazing guy singing and playing acoustic guitar, and I think he would be PERFECT to kick off the evening. He’d be excellent for background music while people arrive, get their first drinks, and mingle, and can then build up to more up-tempo stuff around 8pm, ready for the band to take over at about 8.30pm.
The party is not likely to get going until about 9pm; we have long, late weddings, it will be ending around 2/3am, and most people won’t start dancing until about 9pm. I think this guy could be perfect for people to kind of ‘warm up to’ and get in the mood; the band will be louder and I don’t want people feeling they have to yell at each other, whereas he will be more chilled.
My questions are thus:
1) Does this sound good?
2) Should we alter the timings and start the evening reception earlier, at, say 7pm, so that he’s on for 1.5 hours?