Post # 1
If so, what kind? Band, DJ, ipod, etc…?
We are having a band after dinner for a few hours, but it will be outside and dinner is inside, so it wouldn’t work to extend the hours for cocktail hour/dinner.
We were thinking maybe an acoustic guitar player/singer for this time.
In your opinion, is music needed for this part of the reception?
Post # 3
we’re having music with dinner… but we’re not doing any dancing. i’ve never been to a wedding without music during dinner, so i don’t really know if it would make that much of a difference. i think an acoustic guitar player would be nice.
Post # 4
Yes. We will be having our DJ playing music during the cocktail and dinner hours. For cocktail, we will have smooth jazz and R&B playing in the background. For dinner it will be just the same but a few songs will be danceable. Not fast paced music but it will allow the gets to get up and dance as they wait on their meals.
Post # 5
Roddy, I agree that background music is great. Jazz and R&B sounds nice.
I can honestly not remember if there was music playing during cocktail hour and dinner for the sit down dinner receptions that I have attended. Hmm…
Post # 6
We had the DJ play some low key music during dinner–Harry Connick, Michael Buble–that kind of stuff. We couldn’t really afford to hire other musicians, so we thought this was a good option.
Post # 7
We’re having a string quartet for the entire ceremony & reception — cocktail hour, dinner, cake, etc. We’re not having dancing. It was hard to find musicians that would play for 4 hours straight!! The after-party is at our hotel bar/lounge, which features a jazz band. So we’ll have live music the whole night, so excited!
Post # 8
We are doing live Saxaphone jazz music during cocktail hour. DJ will play music during dinner, we haven’t decided what though.
Post # 9
We are having a band. For cocktail hour we will have piano and saxophone. During dinner, we will have the band. We really want cocktail hour to set the tone though and figure, it’s a good chance to do a little bit of jazz and some classic r&b.
Post # 10
I don’t think it is necessary for the cocktail hour since folks will be chatting the whole time and likely not be able to hear it. But it’s nice to have during dinner in the background. We’re planning to have a dj the entire evening and he’ll play lounge type music during both.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park
Yes, DJ will be playing non-stop from the beginning of the ceremony, to the end of the reception.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
We have a grand piano in the front of my parents’ house (which is where the reception is), and we’ll have someone on that for the cocktail hour. For dinner, I assume the DJ might play, since all that is on the backside of the house.
Post # 13
yeppers, we are having a jazz quartet play during cocktails, then a band and dj during reception.
Post # 14
Yes. Our DJ will be set so that the first people through the door will hear soft cocktail hour music, which will eventually transition into dinner music, and then dancing music. The DJ I’ve been talking with says its actually easier on them to be setup and playing the whole time, and less distracting to guests who might see them setting up while they are eating. I like the idea of music always being a presence at the reception.
Post # 15
One of our family friends is playing jazz piano during the cocktail hour. We’re not going to do music during dinner b/c I really want our guests to be able to talk to each other (and hear each other!) during dinner. We will start up with the band after dinner, and this is when dancing will commence 🙂
Post # 16
As a harpist I’ve been booked to play cocktail hours and after I leave it’s usually a DJ. When the ceremony and reception are at the same place, if I’m booked for the ceremony I usually am booked for cocktail hour as well.