Post # 1
This is my first time actually using the boards, I usually just search them! But I’m finializing my playlist (DIY DJ’ing our wedding because a DJ wasn’t in the budget :/ ) So we’ve got a playlist set up. Separate ones for the ceremony, first dances, cocktail hour and the reception. I’ve got the first dances down, still working on the reception playlist (any upbeat song suggestions very welcome) but I’m struggling with the cocktail hour. I can’t really decide if I want music with vocals, or just softer instrumentals playing in the background. The bridal party and family will be taking photos while appetizers are served, just so the guests don’t have to stand around. The theme is country rustic and dressy casual. It’s a laid back ceremony and reception at a small town country club on the river. Thank you! 🙂
Post # 2
My plan is to have instrumental ceremony music AND cocktail hour with a slight difference in tone between the two. The ceremony will be more churchy… sappy…. If I’m lucky, I’m going to hire a string band.
The cocktail hour will be instrumental as well, but more upbeat and a complilation of popular songs everyone knows and the reception will be a variation of party music!
I think having words in music ALL day will just be too much
Post # 3
I’d go with instrumentals. There’s really no wrong answer here, both would be fine, but I think instrumental is nice.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2018- Stan Hywet Gardens
It’s your choice, but it seems that it would be a cost savings to have instrumental. Very few (if any) will be paying attention.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2016 - Beck Rec center
I’m going for light jazz during dinner (not having cocktail hour)
Post # 6
I have hired a string band for my ceremony and cocktail hour. Music during cocktail hour will be a mix of classics and modern music. I can’t wait!
Post # 7
Wow, thanks so much for all of the input!! This board really helps a lot! I think I’ll go with an instrumental for cocktail hour, just something soft in the background while everyone mingles! Thanks so much!!!
just an added tip, too.. I’m finding I have a lottttt of Dallas String Quartet added to the playlist.. Highly suggest! 🙂
Post # 8
Our DJ will be playing songs with vocals, just on the softer side, but I think it all depends on the style of your wedding and the atmosphere you want to create. That said, since you’re doing an iPod DJ and will probably want music you can set and forget, instrumental sounds like the easiest course for you.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
We will have a pianist for our cocktail hour
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2017 - Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Most likely doing soft vocal songs with a mix of instrumental for our cocktail hour! We want it to have a lively vibe so we think it’ll add some spunk that way.