Post # 1
So we’re having a quartet for the ceremony, and I’m trying to decide whether to hire them for an extra hour or so to play during cocktails afterward. My sister thinks I should find something more upbeat, like a jazz guitarist. The quartet says they do a lot of cocktail hours and play a different, more lively, set. But I can see her point too. We have a great DJ for the reception, and I want everyone out on the dance floor. So I’m just trying to figure out how best to segue into that. Anyone have thoughts on this? And if you’re in the Detroit area, suggestions for an alternative during cocktials (if you think I should choose one).
Post # 3
I think I agree with your sister for a more upbeat cocktail hour.
If you are having a very formal wedding, a string quartet may be appropriate, but if not and you want to get the guests to loosen up, maybe your DJ can play some jazz music during that time.
We had a string quartet for the ceremony and a DJ for the reception. Our DJ just set up 2 simple speakers and laptop with a loaded playlist that we chose for cocktail hour and his assistant moved it after the guests moved to the reception area.
Post # 4
Well, our wedding is pretty formal. But we are having a DJ for the reception instead of a band b/c I like the music variety better. The cocktail hour is outside in an herb garden area, near but not at the ceremony site. I’m pretty sure there’s no way for the DJ to set up outside of the cocktail hour…so no matter what we’ll need something different.
Don’t know if that changes things.
Post # 5
I vote for not worrying about hiring another vendor. Anyone who thinks string quartets can’t be upbeat needs to listen to Vitamin String Quartet! 😉
Post # 6
I think the string quartet would be perfectly appropriate for a cocktail hour. I think a string quartet would fit right in an elegant, garden cocktail hour. Very lovely. Just ask if they can play some upbeat songs if you want to shake things up a little.
Post # 7
Our cocktail room had a beautiful grand piano nestled into a bay window – so we decided to take advantae of that and have a pianist play for our cocktail hour. He played a great variety of music – some show tunes, Sinatra/Rat pack, even some classical. Two of our guests are local musicians and they sang a couple of songs with the pianist on the spur of the moment. Many of guests told me how great it was!
I think a string quartet is lovely for a cocktail hour – but I really liked mixing it up a little bit since we also had a string quartet for our ceremony.