Post # 1
So every wedding I’ve been to recently seems to have one of two options for dining and cocktail hour music: smooth jazz or jazz standards.
Now I have nothing against jazz standards (I do have something against smooth jazz), but I would be perfectly fine with a Sinatra free wedding.
Instead of going this route, I am micromanaging the music and having three “sections” of music. The first is fun and breezy alt-country and indie rock. The second moves into light surf rock (instrumental, upbeat, fun). The third section, to transition into a more evening feel, is Latin band music (merengues, guitar, etc.).
Anyone else doing something a little different? Please share!
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Most of my cocktail and dinner music falls under the “breezy alt-country and indie” category. I posted my playlist a few months back: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/cocktail-hourdinner-playlist
I’m more concerned about the reception music. Neither one of us is fan of Gaga, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, etc. so there will be no current pop played during the evening. Most of our guests won’t appreciate the dance music that I like (Junior Senior, the Rapture, Black Kids, Scissor Sisters, MGMT, etc.)
I think our dance music will have to be mostly Motown.
Post # 4
We’re doing symphony music during cocktails/dinner…not exactly ‘alternative’, but it’s not jazz either. Fits our wedding and our tastes, and won’t alienate any of our guests. Reception music won’t have any Gaga (don’t even get me started on that woman…) etc either. It’ll be mostly oldies (my personal fav), and stuff like Radiohead, MGMT, and other things FI likes (I feel bad I don’t remember more. Oops), plus requests from guests as long as we don’t hate them (we’re including song request cards in our invites because we want to have pretty tight control over what’s being played).
Post # 5
We are doing a bunch of different stuff. Our music tastes are both very eclectic. We have u2, Bob Marley, Adele, The Cure, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, maybe some DMB and Modest Mouse. We are not quite finished yet! Ahhh!
Post # 6
Thanks Bees! Nice to see some other ideas.
BTW, its been really fun listening to so much surf rock while putting together a playlist!
Post # 7
And here I didn’t realize that jazz was ‘typical’, most weddings I’ve been to rock it like it is still grunge-pop 1995 or are hardcore country lovers.
Personally, I am a fan of jazz ‘remixes’ i.e.: jazz standards meet modern hiphop; classic and enjoyable, but also rad and dancable. (for an example listen to ‘swing set’ by Jurrasic 5, yes I am kicking it oldschool and off the beaten path with that one).
It’s nice to hear some different suggestions though, as Sinatra does not have a huge place in my heart (he has to move over for Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald first).
We have pretty ecclectic tastes, so we’re having a smidgen of difficulty trying to figure out how to blend our love of 20s-30s jazz/music, with our love of 60s-70s rock, and our soft spots for reggae and modern music (which ranges from indie through to techno), without giving the guests a mental lapse from variety 😛
Post # 8
we’re doing Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Colbie Callait, etc. I’m not a fan of traditional cocktail hour music either. I gave my DJ those 3 artists and he’s is running with it and creating a playlist.
Post # 9
We’re doing spanish guitar mixed with a little bit of “buena vista social club” for cocktail hour and then doing jazz standards for dinner.