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7 Types of Cocktail Hour Music

cocktail_hour | myweddingmusic.com | blog_post_7-24-14If you are having a cocktail hour between your wedding and reception, it is a good idea to use that time to really set the mood. You don’t have to have sleepy, boring music during this time; you can and should insert your personalities.

Wedding music means more than just the typical processional song or first dance.  It includes a realm of other types and genres of music.  Feel free to liven up the party with more than your typical wedding songs during the cocktail hour.  Step outside the norm, after all it is your day as a new couple, make it memorable.

Guests will be loosening up and hopefully be ready to party by the time the cocktail hour is over. By using a few of these different ideas, they will be ready to hit the dance floor for the remainder of the night.

Try some of these different types of music —  they can really set the tone for the rest of the night.

  1. Jazz- Think Miles Davis or Count Basie for a jazzy vibe.
  2. The Crooners – The Rat Pack and Nat King Cole are instant classics, along with more modern crooners like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr.
  3. Piano – Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, or Journey.  Piano does not have to be boring!
  4. Oldies – These tunes will bring some nostalgia to your cocktail hour with the likes of Buddy Holly, The Supremes, Elvis, or Chuck Berry.
  5. Reggae – Bob Marley is the obvious choice here, but there are other reggae artists that can add a twist to your wedding music, especially for an island-themed or beach wedding.
  6. Acoustic – This is popular because it is light, airy, and pleasing to the ear.  Dave Matthews, Eric Clapton, and The Beatles are all solid choices.
  7. Soul – There are many soul wedding songs.  Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, James Brown, or Ray Charles…so many greats to choose from.

During the wedding music planning with your partner, make sure it feels like you as a couple. Remember, this day is all about you. Your music from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception should reflect you and no one else!

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