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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

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.

Unique Evening Wedding Reception Entertainment Ideas

LED entertainer Evening may be the traditional time for a wedding reception, but your wedding reception entertainment can be anything but traditional. If you’re looking for evening wedding reception beyond the traditional band or DJ, or for supplemental entertainers that create atmosphere, you’ll want to check out these unique evening wedding reception entertainment ideas.

LED Entertainers

Leave your wedding guests in awe with LED entertainers that can light up any wedding reception. An entertainment agent can include the LED entertainers into your evening wedding reception entertainment plan that wows and entertains.

Theme Entertainers

Make your wedding theme not seem too “themey” by turning your wedding into an experience. Use a wedding planner or entertainment agent to connect all the elements of your wedding—entertainment, décor, dishes—into a seamless atmosphere.

Dinner and a show

There’s no law against dinner entertainment at a wedding; to the contrary, an evening wedding reception with a dinner and a show can be the unique experience that sets your wedding apart. Contact an entertainment agent that can choose the entertainer that fits your taste and with your other wedding details.

Throwback Entertainers

A vintage or throwback wedding gives you the perfect opportunity to choose unique entertainment that takes your guests back to the era you feel you should have been born in (or at least love to enjoy). An entertainment agent with high-quality entertainers can connect you with the period-appropriate entertainers that take your wedding back.

Children’s Entertainment

If your wedding is an all-family affair, make your youngest guests’ (and their parents’) evening by including children’s entertainers in your evening wedding reception entertainment.  Don’t leave them out of your evening wedding reception entertainment; ask a entertainment agent about a magician, juggler, story teller, face painter, or another children’s entertainer that can make the evening memorable and unique.