Post # 1
We are considering hiring a mariachi band to play during our cocktail hour. FI is Mexican and I am not. It was his idea and (I think) his way of bringing some of his culture into the wedding festivities.
I think about 30% of our guest list (mostly his side) will love it. We are both Southern Californian natives – it’s not like Mexican culture is foreign to us – but, at times, I find mariachi bands to be slightly grating.
If we go through with it – the band will play in a courtyard on the 1st floor – and the cocktail hour will take place on this terrace where our guests will be able to hear them or watch from the upstairs balcony.
…just curious if others are in the same boat as I am regarding finding them slightly annoying or not.
Post # 3
as an aussie with an italian and greek family i would love to see these at a wedding – as long as they are not so loud that they drown out converstion, i really dislike loud for the sake of being loud but i would love to see a mariachi band in action at a wedding
Post # 4
I love mariachi bands! Our family’s vacation spot when I was growing up was Mexico. They make me feel so nostaligic!! I’d love to have one at our wedding.
Post # 5
I’m not very fond of mariachi bands…
When I was in catholic school, for ten long and torturous years, every year on the day of the Immaculate Conception (that was our town’s patron) the church that my school was affiliated with had a mariachi band come for the mass at dawn to sing Las Mañanitas to the Virgin Mary. Since I was forced to get up to go to the 5am mass and listen to the loud mariachis, I’ve kinda been annoyed by mariachi bands ever since…
Weddings in Puerto Rico sometimes have mariachi bands playing at the reception. Our wedding coordinator asked us if we wanted mariachis and pleneros or just a DJ when we were discussing reception vendors (we’re having just a DJ, btw).
However, I don’t mind mariachi songs when they’re featured in El Chavo, due to the nostalgia filter. Oh how I loved that show 😛
Post # 6
I went to a wedding that had them in TX, and it was fine. I think as long as they don’t walk up to people, and are more “stationary” people will enjoy them more.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2020 - Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa
I think it’s a great idea and they won’t be in your face if people watch from the balcony. We had one at our wedding, but I did get married in Cancun…I think it’ll be a nice touch for cocktail hour.
Post # 8
I think they are a nice touch. BUT like pps said not too loud and not walking around. And also let them play for a short time that’s all not hours and hours.
Post # 9
I think it’d be so cool. There was that TLC show “Masters of Reception” & in one episode they had a mariachi band. Even Fiance thought it was awesome.
Post # 10
I love Mariachi Bands and I think it would be a great addition to your cocktail hour! We just recently attended a friend’s surprise party and they were seriously incredible! It’s not something that people get to see everyday and most of them will probably be really into it. We had a steel drum band, and people were crazy for it.
And I think having them in a different area will create a nice ambiance; not annoying music, even if you’re not into that type of thing.
Post # 11
Def. not walking around that’s really annoying. But a great band that can play their butt’s off and a front man singing maybe an Alejandro Fernandez song is amazing.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I love the idea, as long as they are on the other floor. 🙂 I always enjoy Mariachi as long as there is no trumpet blowing behind my head!
Post # 13
I actually used to find them very annoying but that’s because I grew up with that music, however I went to a wedding a few years ago that did exactly what you’re thinking of doing and I loved it. All the guests did. Very different. I say go for it!
Post # 14
I really enjoy these 🙂 reminds me of mexico!
Post # 15
That would kick ass!!!! Definitely, go for it!!!
Post # 16
We are also considering having a mariachi band for the cocktail hour. Our wedding is in San Antonio and I think it would be fun but I haven’t decided for sure or not. Keep us posted on what you decide 🙂