Post # 1
Hi! Getting married in Jan. 2013 at a historic venue in downtown Detroit. Our ‘theme’ is “rat pack, Mad men, mid-century modern, 1950s-60s”. We love big band, jazz, swing tunes. I’ll also dance to most anything, including the wedding reception standards “We Are Family” and “Celebrate”. And I want some 80s tunes on iPod during breaks.
Issue: Go with a more thematic band that plays swing, jazz, big band with just a few (if any) wedding reception standard dance songs thrown in, or a more generic “wedding band” that can doa wide variety of genres, including the swing, jazz, big band songs that we love.
We know this is OUR wedding and OUR party; we also know the key to any good party is to make sure our guests are having a good time.
Post # 3
I went to a wedding reception that had a Motown band in Detroit and it was AWESOME: it wasn’t neccessarily a theme wedding, but it was definitely unique and it stands out to me much more than a regular band would have. I love your theme, and I think if the music is what you love, you should definitely go with a thematic band: even if it’s not what your guests would normally listen to, it’s great music to dance to and will definitely be memorable!! And you’re still going to have 80’s tunes on iPod breaks as well. Honestly, for me, it isn’t about what music is playing, it’s about the quality of the music: and I’m sure an awesome swing/big band sound will be great quality!
Post # 4
Talk to the bandleader/contact person and see if they are open to playing around with their repertoire. They might be able to take some of those ’80’s tunes and reinterpret them with more of a ’60’s vibe – sometimes when you mess around with music like that, you come up with something really cool-sounding. I would definitely bounce the idea off them. As a musician myself, I know that my friends and I often have a TON of fun taking familiar pieces of music and genre-bending them. (Seriously. My buddy came up with a mashup of the Russian National Anthem and Somewhere Over the Rainbow done as a reggae, and it’s hilarious and SO MUCH FUN.) So, ask the gang what they think.