I can answer that without hesitation, so I thought I’d share my wedding entertainment plan with you all.
At my wedding ceremony, the wedding entertainment I would are:
Why do I need two types of wedding entertainment? Well, I’m a musician, so wedding entertainment is a very important part of my day. I love the sound of the harp, it’s such a beautiful instrument, I would want my guests to be welcomed with soothing Welsh music & relaxing tones. However, for the processional and to accompany hymns, I feel the harp may be a little “lost”. A wedding string quartet, however, would be perfect for this. I would love the quartet to play as my bride walked down the isle, accompany the hymns, and perform chilled-out covers of modern songs while the guests left the church.
For my champagne reception the only choice for me is a jazz quartet. I love the idea of the sun shining, our close friends and family mingling on the lawns with a cool wedding jazz quartet filling the air with uplifting music. Once the ceremony is over, I would like to make the whole event feel more like a summer party – in essence, less formal. If you’re looking for a more formal feeling, asking your string quartet to accompany your drinks reception is probably a better idea – but that’s not for me! On that note; I’ve had an epiphany. What about a Klezmer Band? I have no Balkan routes, but the thought of a Gipsy party band sounds brilliant… I’m picturing all my friends hopping about on the lawn in the sunshine, having a great afternoon! After, that’s what it’s all about – right? It would have to be the Klezmer Kollectiv, of course!
This is the only part of my day that I am yet to settle on the perfect wedding entertainment. Depending on the size of the event, live music could be over-powering. I like the idea of an old, bar-style, piano player playing some Honky-Tonk. I know the pianist I’d want, but I don’t know how practical it would be to get an upright piano into my wedding reception venue! If I choose to avoid live entertainment for the wedding breakfast, I would ask a DJ friend to create a chilled-out dinner set. Maybe 2-3 hours of mixed music that would build up from jazz & easy-listening, to chilled-out Ibiza classics. A set that would segue nicely into the evening party would be fantastic, and I know only too well how much difference good music makes to a day. The design of the PA system is important to make a DJ set work, you’d need to have 4-6 small speakers positioned around the room at a low volume so that no single part of the room was over-powered by sound.
OK, I confess that I’m being biased, but it would have to be Pelican Groove wedding band. This is why:
Are there any other bands that I would consider? Of course there are, I’m often impressed by wedding entertainment and I would consider another band. The exact band would depend on the style of music I wanted. If Pelican Groove are already booked, drop me an email and I’ll suggest some alternatives.