Post # 1
Our reception is in a large room in a boat converted into a restaurant. I have two options for music during dinner. One is to have “dinner” type music played on low through the ceiling speakers.
The second is to have a cellist perform. I think it sounds like a cool idea, but I’m concerned about how it would work out…whether it would be too loud, or sound strange just having a cellist and no other instrument being played. I am clueless when it comes to live music like this.
As a guest, what would you rather hear?
Post # 3
I’d prefer live music, anytime. =D
Post # 4
I love the idea of the cellist. That sounds wonderful. And I am assuming you will be listening to the music on speakers for the rest of the night si this will be a great mix.
Post # 5
I voted dinner music. I don’t think the cello is worth the extra expense. Hopefully people will be talking and enjoying themselves and not even notice what type of music is playing. I can’t say I have any memories about the dinner music from any of the weddings I’ve attended.
Post # 6
I love live music, but I think music through the speakers would be sufficient. I’ve been to many weddings and honestly, I never pay attention to the music during dinner. I’m usually too busy talking to the people around me to listen to the music 🙂 You could probably spend the money elsewhere.
Post # 7
I personally love live music and I love string instruments. However, for a dinner in which people will be eating/talking/preoccupied, I’m not sure a solo cellist would be the best fit. It would be lovely, so I don’t think it would be “bad” if you chose that, but like Jacqi, I am not sure if guests pay enough attention to the music during dinner.
Post # 8
I love the sound of a string instrument in a romantic/intimate setting such as wedding!!
Post # 9
I love the cellist idea, but more for a time with mingling – like a cocktail hour. WHen people are seated and chowing down, they wouldn’t notice as much as if they were mingling around the musician / bar / chatting.
Post # 10
Well I wouldn’t even consider the live cellist option normally, but we have changed things around for our reception, so now we are having a DJ play during our cocktail hour rather than a cellist. I’m thinking that since we already booked her for an hour during the cocktail hour and can’t use her then anymore…then maybe I should consider having her play for an hour during dinner. So it really wouldn’t be an extra expense.
Post # 11
I’m definitely a fan of the live music option!
Post # 12
As someone who’s played cello for 21 years, I gotta go with the cellist! I would love if I attended a wedding with a cellist.