For the wedding we chose the full band/ house (all musicians) for the cocktail and beginning of the reception. I figured everyone would be eating and we'll have the first dances speeches etc. And then the 2nd half it's time to get crazy so we went for te DJ because I doubt the bands going to play Black eyed Peas or something lol. Plus I wanted to have all the party music to really have a ball.
We went with the violinst for the walk down the aisle instead of a band because my wedding coordinator (Sheka) told me that the band would have to set up at the site and then move to the reception/cocktail site afterwords. The thought of all the moving around equipment/ pieces and them setting up at another location made me a little uneasy. And I want things to go smoothly.
I wanted guests to just arrive to the reception site and have the band there playing music and not arriving with them and setting up.
Please consider that incase your reception is on a site further away from your ceremony site because if you are going to use that steel drum band in the reception, they may need to set up. Little things like that can take away from the feel.
Also a little tidbit. I youtubed a few videos and saw this one video of a couple was having their first dance and a sandals crew member was in the way of the video camera, setting up etc while they danced. I'm not a bridezilla, but I did mention to the coordinator that I don't want anyone in my shots, walking around etc during my ceremony, or making distractions setting up tables etc. EVERYTHING must be ready to go and run smoothly.
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