(Closed) String Quartet at Cocktail hour?

posted 12 years ago in Music
Post # 3
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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 # 5
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
3331 posts
Sugar bee

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
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

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.

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