What I do at weddings: most often, the best addition to a wedding music service is to have live music as part of the ceremony, or cocktail hour (prior to dinner hour). Live music offers guests something to look at as well as experience and enjoy. Live music is also unique in that it is a special performance, and a particular moment in time that you cannot easily replicate, making it a more unique experience on the day of the event.
For the ceremony, I’ve played instrumental guitar pieces, and even just instrument versions of popular songs for people to easily resonate with. I am open to learning new songs if there is something you have in mind, and I love playing songs that are tried and tested like “Blackbird” by the Beatles, for example. It’s a great way to bring guests into the special moment of the ceremony with a performance, but I do feel that instrumental is often a way to keep it subtle and not too attention-grabbing.
For the cocktail hour, this is really where a live music service can get flexible and provide another layer of entertainment. I tend to play a setlist of singer/songwriter songs old and new from the classic rock era, all the way to modern artists like Ryan Adams, Amos Lee, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, and Hozier.
I’d love to speak with you in more detail about live music if it is something that interests you, but don’t worry, if this isn’t for you, that’s just fine too. A well planned and programmed playlist is a great way to transition into dancing and for some, it’s a better way to go.