What is the normal timeline for a band during the reception

posted 1 month ago in Music
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Seems pretty normal to me.  Our band also had an hour long dinner.

We had them from 5pm – 12am though.  They played during cocktail hour but I didn’t want them covering first dance/intro songs so we had the DJ play the originals.  DJ also played while the band members were served their meals.  They then preformed 45 minute sets with 15 minute breaks in between till midnight when the DJ took over.  

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

What is the instrumentation? If there are wind players (brass or woodwinds) they need a face muscle break or they can actually seriously damage their muscles and the quality will suffer. Similarly, vocalists also need breaks. Even drummers or guitarists can fatigue, it’s hard work physically and mentally. Our brass quintet took a 20 minute break or two break and we only asked them to play about 2.5 hours. But being a musician myself, I understood the need.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Ours played from 6-11PM and they took a couple 15 min breaks. They could have played a playlist during dinner, and that is standard, but my husband asked them to play during dinner instead. TBH, we paid for them to play during that time and I didn’t even notice or remember it. I think we could have saved the money and just done a playlist. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

bride2bee2020 :  we didn’t have a dinner as our reception was cocktail-style but our 9-piece brass band played from roughly 6-10:45ish with a few breaks. They timed some of the breaks to coincide with speeches and cake-cutting so I didn’t even notice that they were taking a break, but it may well have been about an hour for those things. The dancing kicked off around 7:30 and while I’m sure they took a break I honestly don’t remember it so it must have been short. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

During dinner just the keyboardist and sax played – idk when he ate dinner but I presume he figured it out.

The rest of the night our band didn’t take any breaks unless during speeches 

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