A successful cocktail hour sets your guests up for the reception. Although the main purpose of cocktail hour is to keep guests occupied while the wedding party takes pictures and freshens up, it is still very important to keep your guests happy during this time. At this point of the day people will most likely be hungry and anxious to get into the reception and to see the newlyweds. Although ordervs and and drinks are a must, you cannot forget about the entertainment. Here are a few wedding cocktail hour music tips that will ensure that your guests have a great time waiting for the reception to start.
Choose the right type of music.
Cocktail hour is the a time when people catch up and talk about the bride and groom, so it is not a time for dance music. Many times the best option is to play instrumental music for your cocktail hour- if possible LIVE music would be the ideal choice. If you are hiring a band for your wedding, be sure to ask them if they have any recommended options for cocktail hour. A professional wedding entertainment company should be able to tell you what will work best for your budget and venue. Many times they will recommend that you pay a little extra to have a couple of the band members play jazz, pop, or tropical music during this time. A few good options would be a saxophone or guitarist.
Make sure that it is an acceptable volume.
Since cocktail hour centers around socializing, it is important to make sure that your music is at an appropriate volume. If you feel like you have to yell to talk to the person next to you, then your music is too loud. Make sure that you hire someone who has wedding entertainment experience. They will know the appropriate sound level and the best way to execute the music to fit your vision.
Choose the right space
When choosing the space for your cocktail hour remember to take into consideration the logistics of the area. Many times cocktail hour is held in a convenient area outside of the reception hall or near the ceremony space.
You don’t want your guests to feel like the cocktail hour is just a wait time for the real party. One way that you can do this is by making sure that you have quality entertainment. This will make the time go by faster, and make your wedding day transition smoothly.