Monday, February 15, 2010

Mine at Last: Bands (plural)

Just like the cakes, one band wasn't enough.  I didn't start out thinking, "I'm going to have two bands at my wedding."  Actually, I didn't think we'd have live music at all.  However, through the generosity of my in-laws, we were able to get our groove on with live music.

For our cocktail hour, we found a great local jazz quartet.  Gregory Weaver's Jazz Congregation set the tone for a very cool and relaxed time of mingling and imbibing.  I found an ad on Craigslist, passed it on to my planner, and she solidified the plans from there.  I was really glad that our receiving line was stationed so close to the band because I was able to enjoy all the music and my guests at the same time.  The quartet was on time, did an amazing job, and we received compliments all around on their performance.  A brilliant success, I'd say!

For our cocktail hour, it worked perfectly.  If we had an afternoon wedding, I think it would have also been the perfect choice, especially if we had decided to forgo dancing.  The rates were extremely reasonable.  I really could not have been more pleased.

For the reception, we booked Gentlemen and Their Lady through East Coast Entertainment on the recommendation of my friend Christine (who helped me with my veil).  The band played at Christine's wedding and brought down the house, so we had high expectations!  We weren't disappointed!

I even got in on the act and fulfilled my dreams of "singing" on stage.  The floor was packed all night.  They took requests from our guests.  One of our guests made her husband promise to book them for a 40th birthday blow out dance party . . . and her birthday is still 4 years away!

Here we are getting "a little bit softer now."  The band got everyone on the floor and kept them there.  I had THE BEST time dancing, surrounded by my best dancing buddies and rocking to the classics.  I couldn't have asked for a better experience with our bands. 

Do you want to incorporate live music into your wedding day plans? 

*All photography by Sam Hughes Photography


Heather B said...

Just so you know it is five years, one month and three days until my 40th!

melinda said...

Hahahaha! Excellent! Do you have a countdown on your blog?

Patience said...

I love weddings with a live band. Looks like you guys had so much fun!