What did you use for the music at your cocktail hour? I want to hear the details, the mood, and even what your music selection was like 🙂
When my FI and I visited our venue for the first time, there was a very talented musician there playing piano and saxophone music. He was so wonderful and the music did so much to set the tone and ambiance, and we left feeling like we were on cloud nine.
Of course budget issues creep in and we were pretty sure that we weren’t going to wind up getting that live music after all. After some other areas came in under budget, we realized we actually CAN do this.
And now I am in the process of booking a piano/saxophone duo which features that same musician. I am BEYOND excited!!!!
@LilySarah: I love the idea of instrumental music for the cocktail hour. It sets such a classy and elegant tone to the rest of the evening, not to say people won’t be doing the chicken dance in an hour or two, but it’s a great way to start the event! Our venues cocktail space has a player piano on the balcony of the bridal suite which over looks it, so we will definitely be utilizing this for our cocktail hour music. I’m thinking it will be the perfect sound backdrop as people walk into this beautiful space. Also, it’s quiet so people can meet and mingle without having to shout over dance music.
My mom wanted to splurge on this. She’s crazy. We are having an electric violinist play for 1.5 hours for a whopping total of $800!! She’s really good and something many people probably have never seen, but damn! I might not even get to see her 🙁
We have a lot of musical friends and family, so we put them to work (they were excited to). My cousin and uncle played acoustic guitar during the pre-ceremony cocktail hour, our friend played classical guitar for our ceremony, my husband’s brother played his sax for the recessional, my husband’s bandmates and some other friends jammed during the post-ceremony cocktail hour, and my husband’s band (with a fill-in drummer) played the reception. The night before, our friends’ band played acoustic bluegrass during the welcome BBQ.
Soooo much good music played by loved ones! It was really cool.
To quote our DJ, DH and I aren’t really “Top 40 people”. I wanted a dance party at the reception (and it was!) so he pretty much had free reign over that. However, I picked all the cocktail / dinner music! It was lots of up-beat indie love songs! Really happy stuff that just puts a smile on my face 🙂
We got tons of compliments during and after the wedding. Several people even wrote down the ceremony and dinner music selections as one of the things they would remember from our wedding. I’ve got the playlist on Stopify, ready to share if anyone is interested!
@Artificial-Sweetener: Oh my goodness!! We’re only spending $300 for the duo, and we are doing everything in our power to make sure we are at that cocktail hour, but an electric violinist! That sounds just spectacular.
@lolot: That’s amazing! How cool that your friends and family are so musically-inclined! One of my bridesmaids does have a BEAUTIFUL voice and sings wedding ceremonies as a side job, so she will be helping us out there.
@VineyardBride105: I’d love to see your list!! FI and I aren’t really “Top 40” either, but we do want everyone dancing! As of right now we’re falling back on mostly classic rock and oldies.
@LilySarah: our DJ did both our cocktail and reception and he asked what kind of music I wanted and I said, keep it classy and I said anything with the Rat Pack (Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett) etc…I was happy with it. I was taking pix during my cocktail hour, so I couldn’t hear it–but I heard it in the video. I had a private cocktail hour in my bridal suite
Another indie music bride here! All the guests our age are indie-lovers themselves and told us afterwards how much they enjoyed our cocktail and dinner soundtrack. Since we were too busy to be asked during that time, a number of the guests were using their phone apps to identify and store the titles/artists of all the tunes.
Lots of indie out there that’s palatable for people of all backgrounds.
We are having two members of the full band play both the ceremony and reception – all acoustic. I actually heard just the two first, and wanted only them and then a DJ, but it’s a full package, and FH saw the full band playing at a bar and was convinced.
This is a video of one half – I might be in love with him…don’t tell FH :p