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20+ Wedding Cocktail Hour Musician Ideas

acoustic artists for wedding cocktail music hourWedding cocktail hour musicians are a beautiful addition to any wedding entertainment line-up. The right wedding cocktail hour musician doesn’t have to fit the traditional vision of soft music, though it certainly can be if you’re planning an elegant or traditional wedding reception.

Fortunately, Chicago is full of wedding cocktail hour musicians that enhance the wedding cocktail hour and take wedding music to a whole new level. As you find and hire wedding cocktail hour musicians, be careful about hiring amateur musicians with little or no experience. In the same way, a wedding cocktail hour musician is no good if they don’t show up. If you’re worried about both of these issues, contact an entertainment agent to select the right musicians for your big day.

The perfect wedding cocktail hour musicians check off boxes in experience, quality, reliability, and the capability to fit with the desired wedding atmosphere. Modern wedding cocktail hour musicians fit with a contemporary wedding theme. Period entertainers reinforce a Great Gatsby or throwback affair. Traditional cocktail hour musicians complete an elegant wedding reception and coordinate with every other detail of your special day.

Wedding Cocktail Hour Musician Ideas

  1. Acoustic Performers
  2. Jazz Quartet or Band
  3. String Quartet
  4. Pianist
  5. Piano & Vocal Duo
  6. Dueling Pianos
  7. Jazz Vocalist
  8. Orchestra
  9. Blues Band
  10. Mariachi Band
  11. Steel Drum Band
  12. Violin Show
  13. Brass Band
  14. Guitarist
  15. Guitarist & Vocal
  16. Country Band
  17. Throwback Celebrity Impersonator (perfect for period weddings)
  18. Rock Star Impersonators
  19. Reggae Band
  20. Cover Band
  21. R&B Band
  22. Swing Band
  23. Cellists
  24. Tropical Band

Tips for Finding the Best Chicago Wedding Ceremony Musicians

wedding ceremony site needing wedding musiciansCouples shouldn’t have to settle for wedding ceremony music that’s any less than the wedding reception entertainment. And you won’t have to, if you use these tips for finding and hiring the right wedding ceremony musicians for your big day.

Consider the acoustics and size of the venue.

Before hiring any wedding ceremony musicians, the first step of the process is to consider the wedding atmosphere, type of music, and amount of musicians that fit with the wedding venue. A small duet may have issues with volume in an open-air outdoor venue, whereas a quartet may seem overwhelming in a small indoor ceremony venue.

In addition to the venue, consider the desired wedding atmosphere when choosing wedding ceremony musicians. The right wedding ceremony musician contributes to the wedding theme. A ceremony musician with a Carribean sound is the perfect fit for a beach wedding. A violinist or harpist reinforces the atmosphere of an upscale wedding. A guitarist sets the stage for a contemporary or modern wedding atmosphere.

Set the wedding ceremony program.

The best wedding ceremony musicians for your big day are a perfect match for your wedding ceremony program. Every wedding ceremony program is different, but a traditional program general consists of:

  • Prelude music is soft, background music played as guests enter and are seated.
  • As the wedding party enters, there are two songs played during the processional. The second processional song is a more exuberant song signifying the bride’s entrance and walk down the aisle.
  • Select ceremony music played during special moments, such as during the lighting of a unity candle.
  • During the recessional, a louder song is played as the bride and groom exits followed by softer music as the guests leave.

When finding and hiring wedding ceremony musicians, ask them if they experience playing in wedding ceremonies and, specifically, your chosen wedding ceremony music. (This list of songs for a wedding ceremony can give you a head start on selecting the right songs for the program.) Don’t settle for amateur musicians with no experience with wedding ceremony music.

To ensure that there are adequate musicians for the ceremony and cocktail, ask wedding ceremony musicians if they have a minimum amount of time required for a booking. If you want to skip these steps (finding, hiring, and coordinating wedding ceremony music), contact a professional entertainment agent to find, hire, and coordinate wedding ceremony music.

Know venue restrictions for wedding ceremony music in advance.

Some venues have restrictions on music volume or specific songs. Talk to the coordinator at your ceremony venue, or discuss any limitations with your officiant.  Some venues or ceremony sites do not allow amplifiers or restrict the wedding ceremony songs included in the ceremony program. If your service is in a church, synagogue, or temple, ask about hymns or traditional religious music that is played at weddings.

Live Wedding Entertainment Ideas that WOW

endless summer band for summer weddingsMemorable. Dramatic. Perfect for the theme. Awesome. We’ve been involved in helping couples plan their wedding entertainment long enough to know that’s what couples want to hear from their guests. After all, that’s what wedding entertainer delivers—if you choose the right entertainer from the list of ideas (or lean on the experience of an entertainment agent to select the right entertainment for your big day).

Pianist

While a pianist may not be the most unique wedding entertainer, an experienced pianist can serve up the ambiance and atmosphere you want. A piano act can also be very versatile, playing background music for your dinner and a faster beat for your reception. If you want to add spice to your piano act, choose a pianist and vocalist duo to keep your guests on the dance floor.

Jazz Singer

Nothing reinforcjazz performers for weddinges a roaring twenties or vintage wedding theme like a jazz act. Add some atmospheric entertainers (as servers for your themed treats?) and your guests’ll feel transported back in time.

Orchestra

Nothing says elegant and upscale like an orchestra—and nothing makes a wedding more entertaining that a customized orchestra act. Ask your entertainment agent about an orchestra that personalizes their act to your tastes—and even the amount of musicians—to your special night.

Country Band

A country band can be the cherry on top of your rustic wedding reception, completing the rustic atmosphere you’re trying so hard to create. Talk to an entertainment agent about the right band that has a huge playlist of country and rock and roll songs you can choose from.

Steel Drums

A tropical or beach themed wedding just isn’t complete without steel drums. Whether as dinner music or for main stage entertainment, a steel drum band can make any wedding reception feel like a day at the beach.

Painter

wedding artist painting picture of receptionIf you want a really unique memento from your wedding, hire a wedding painter. A wedding painter can capture the night in a special way you’ll cherish for years. For an outdoor wedding, hire a number of face painters who can use your youngest guests as incredibly cute canvases. Talk to an entertainment agent to hire the professionals that’ll leave the parents at your wedding raving over your creative wedding entertainment.

Themed Entertainers

The list of live wedding entertainers is endless—and so are your options for creative live wedding entertainment (i.e. a murder mystery for your Halloween wedding, glow-in-the dark entertainers for an outdoor night wedding, contemporary band for a modern wedding reception, etc.) Talk to an experienced entertainment agent who can connect you with the right entertainers to make the huge impact that you—and your guests—want.