Post # 1
So for the reception, we are starting the evening off with a swing band. We have this band until 1030, and then we hired another band from 1030 to 1130 for an "after party."
The reception and "after party" are taking place in the same room…we are just switching drinks, cusine, and music.
Does anyone have any ideas as to how we can have a smooth transition from one band to the other? I’m concerned that guests will start leaving after the first band, because they will forget about the after party. I’m also concerned that this will look tacky having one band packing up, and one band setting up.
Post # 3
Could you have the band set up in different areas of your reception venue?
Either leave an area open, or clear it early enough that the 2nd band could be setting up while the 1st band is still playing?
Post # 4
We could have the bands set up in two different locations…but we really want to stay in the same spot all night.
That’s a good idea to just have one band setting up while the other band is playing! I’ll have to look into that…
Post # 5
By different locations- I meant difference areas of the same hall/room (ie one at the front/one at the back, one in the front/one on the side). As long as the set up/take down of either wouldn’t be totally disruptive.
Post # 6
If I were you, I wouldn’t switch bands. Do you have to hire a "swing" band? The band I’m getting does all genres …. even swing, which I also like. Why are you switching bands? I don’t get it.
It will not be smooth.
Post # 7
Right before or right after the first band’s last song, have someone make an announcement about the next band coming on so that guests know that it’s not the end and there’s more to come.
Post # 8
You could maybe have another "event"…A group photo? A desert shindig? I am not really sure, but a way to distract the guest for the time required for the bands to change? A grooms cake?
I like Rosy’s idea too, but I am afraid people may get distracted by another band setting up, especially if they sitting close to the area. Does your room have dividers? That could help.
Post # 9
I would plan something during that time– cake or a group photo as Space suggested. Or, see if you can hook up an iPod to speakers for the 20 or 30 minute switch over, to keep the music (and the party) going.