Meal Courses and Dancing - scheduling
Posted 28 February 2008 - 01:11 PM
Posted 28 February 2008 - 01:42 PM
Problem is, we're sorta struggling with what to do, music-wise. I'd really like a live band, but the one I'd like is pretty pricey and we can only afford a couple hours. I was thinking that if we wanted to hire a solo guitarist for the ceremony, perhaps we could ask him to play two sets, one during the ceremony and one for cocktails?
But then what? iPod/CDs during meals? Does two hours of band make sense, if one set comes after dinner and one after dessert? Then what do we do between the salad course and dinner? I worry that with appetizers during the cocktail hour, people won't be hungry enough to eat all three courses in a row.
Posted 28 February 2008 - 02:51 PM
What is the live band you'd like? I haven't heard any I like. The one we're thinking of is a Jazz band that my wedding coordinator used for another wedding and it got good reviews for dinner music during the wedding from the bride and groom, but they don't have a sample.
Posted 28 February 2008 - 03:29 PM
The band we're talking to is Balance La Banda, recommended by Matt Adcock and someone else (can't remember who!). We only want Latin music, and the samples and repertoire that's up on their website (Balance la Banda - Downloads) seem to fit what we're looking for. They're larger than we think we need (6 people?) but I just like the idea of infusing energy into the evening since we won't be playing music that most people know. I think we've been to too many weddings with the chicken dance and electric slide, so we're looking to do this a bit differently. I was even considering no band, no music, but I think that would confuse people and besides, I love music too much!
I really like the idea of a jazz band, and think it would be great during dinner. but since we're thinking of offering a salsa lesson, seems like Balance would be the way for us to go.
What kinds of prices were you getting for the jazz band sets?
Posted 28 February 2008 - 04:06 PM
Our DJ is $600 for 4 hours, so I figured 2 sets of band + paying the extra $600 for the DJ for 4 hours would be good.
Posted 29 February 2008 - 10:54 AM
I have had the same problem. I heard only one band's sampler, and it was straight from my WC's laptop when we met with her. She had no samples from other musicians, and didn't have a way to send the one she had to me so that the Boy could hear it (he wasn't able to make the trip). This whole going-on-blind-faith thing is scary when you're shelling out so much money!
However, in thinking about it, you might be right. I'm now thinking:
cocktail hour with soloist guitar
salsa lesson after cocktails (so separates appetizers from dinner, and people will have time to get hungry again?)
band plays a set
band plays another set
haven't figured out timing for all that, though. what do you think? starting to get away from the idea of dancing between courses...
Posted 29 February 2008 - 04:27 PM
Otherwise, it sounds like a great plan! The only reason I'm doing some band during dinner is because I can only book them for 2 consecutive sets w/15 minute break, and I think their only style is Jazz. I want some fun dance music that is more current as well, so I'm figuring get some Jazz dancing in between courses, and then dance regular after, and enjoy the cool Jazz during our meal? I don't konw!
Posted 29 February 2008 - 06:10 PM
I love the idea of jazz. Were you imagining ballroom-type dancing to go with it?
Posted 29 February 2008 - 08:38 PM
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