Post # 1
We have been talking to a band that I really would love to have play during our reception but I was a little didappointed to hear about their preferred timeline.
She said that they normally play all of the intro / first dance songs and then take an HOUR break to eat dinner, and just play music from an iPod during the whole dinner service. Is this normal? I was really looking forward to some of the “dinner” music that they could play.
I don’t mean to sound insensitive and I know that it’s custom to serve the band members dinner but does it have to be that long? It just seems to me that if I’m paying thousands of dollars for a four hour reception then I should be able to expect live music throughout the whole thing. (Other than short 15-20 min breaks throughout the night.) For reference this is a 10 piece band.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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