Post # 1
De-lurking to hopefully get advice from all the great wedding bees out there!
I’m looking into string quartets for my ceremony and cocktail hour and because of the length of time we need them to play (2.5 hours), every group is telling me they’ll need a 15 minute break. I’m not sure if it will be weird to have them stop in the middle of the cocktail hour and have it be totally silent. Anyone else have this issue?
Another option is to have them play for less time, right now here is the projected schedule for them to play…
4:30pm: Music starts (any thoughts on whether we need to have them start 30 min. before the ceremony? Everyone has been telling me that guests arrive super early but I am still skeptical)
5:30-6:30pm: Cocktail hour
6:30-7pm: Guests wait for shuttle to reception
Our guests will be taking shuttles to the reception site (from the golf course to the main building) so my mom thought it would be weird if the people waiting to leave would have to stand in line with no music. Not sure if that’s worse than a lull in the middle of the cocktail hour… Any advice is appreciated!
Post # 3
@lulu12j: I agree that having the music start earlier is better while the guests arrive and are waiting your arrival. So if the ceremony is booked for a 5pm start:
1. Are you starting to walk down the ailse at 5pm? Start music at 4.30pm. Yes, lots of guests arrive early because they want to make sure that they are there before the Bride arrives. So by 4.15pm 90% of your guests should already be there.
2. Musicians have a rest between 5pm – 5.30pm during the ceremony. Or are you having music play during the ceremony? eg signing the certificate etc.
3. Play music from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Ask them if they can play for the whole hour without a break.
4. My opinion is there is no need for music when the guests are waiting for their shuttle because you will probably be still talking to a few and the guests will generally be continuing their conversations while in the line.
Does the above work for you?
Post # 4
@Aussiemum: That’s a really great question – I wonder if they can take a break during the ceremony since you’re right, we won’t really need music duing readings, etc. I will ask and that’s a good point too about the wait for the shuttle, people probably won’t even notice it either way. Thank you so much for your help!!!