Post # 1
I love everything vintage, especially the 1940’s WWII era. I love the propaganda, the fashion, and the music, so the FH and I decided it would be a great wedding theme but we’ve already hit a snag. While I love big band music, FH is not such a fan and would not like to have to listen to it the whole night. Personally, I would find it weird to attend a super 1940’s themed wedding with the Black Eyed Peas blasting out of the speakers. He feels the same way but I do not want to abandon the theme.
Another problem is that I will be the only person at the shindig that knows how to swing dance (or dance at all for that matter). Although I guess that won’t be as big of an issue if we go with our current venue choice since it does not have a dance floor.
I don’t know, I guess I just have this whole USO dance vision in my head but don’t know if it would be worth executing it without the music and dancing to match. 🙁
Post # 3
Just mix a few in there, and then use music you both like for the rest. No one will notice except for you!
Post # 4
To be honest, I think if you’re really going all out with that theme, the music should match. The music is one of the main things people associate with that era. Is it in your budget to have a swing band and a venue with a dance floor? If so (and I know that’s a big if!) I would consider hiring a teacher or two to come give a quick lesson to your guests on how to do the basic East Coast step and a couple of turns, a cuddle…something simple but that will allow them to get out there and have fun. I would love to go to a wedding like that!
I do think it would be odd to be at a wedding with a very obvious and consistent visual theme and have the music completely contradict it.
If you go the swing band route, you could do that for a while and then switch over to current music. Maybe switch to an iPod after the band finishes so you don’t have to hire a band and a DJ.
Now if you don’t have a dance floor at all, I don’t see why your Fiance would really care what type of music is playing, because it’s just going to be background music. But a big band sort of demands a dance floor I think. If no dance floor, then I would just pipe in era-appropriate music via an iPod. You can still switch over to more current music after a while, but I definitely think you should have at least a portion of the reception where the music fits the theme.
Edit: After re-reading your post, it doesn’t sound like you were considering a band but would have recorded music playing. I still think you should have at least a good section of big band music to go with the theme!
Post # 5
@Eglantine: I just think he finds the music annoying after a while and doesn’t want to be subjected to it for hour after hour.
MMmmhh, maybe I can do a gradual shift to modern music…
Start out in the 40’s, move on to 50’s, 60’s and so on until there is modern era music playing… Or maybe I am over thinking things and that is way too complicated!
Post # 6
@Paper-Doll: Actually most receptions I’ve been to are like that! There are often old standards (Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc) playing during dinner and then when the dancing starts, the DJ usually plays some Motown, Beatles, then into the 70s, 80s, 90s… You could do a similar thing but I would put more emphasis on the 40s music than what you’d hear at a typical reception to complement the theme.
I would just say that if you’re not going to have any dancing, I wouldn’t play “dance” music per se. As a guest, and especially if I’d had a few drinks, I would be frustrated not to be able to dance if there was really good dance music playing. Since most people don’t know how to dance to 40s big band type music, it would actually make really good background music for a non-dancing event. But if “Billie Jean” came on I might start pushing the tables aside to get my groove on…
Post # 7
@Eglantine: Ha ha! I would be really amused if someone pushed the tables aside and started dancing! Depending on our venue (if size and/or regulations allow) I was think I would like to rent a small dance floor. Maybe if the budget allows I can hire my dance instructors to teach a quick course in 6-count East Coast swing.