*** How to kick-start your wedding reception with a cocktail party to remember ->
IT IS ALL ABOUT FIRST IMPRESSIONS! Your guests dressed in their finest clothes, arrived on time and came with the heightened expectations of an evening to remember. Your cocktail reception is the ultimate opportunity to dazzle them from the moment they first arrive. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THAT IMPRESSION TO BE? There are so many amazing choices in music, from classic cool jazz to modern upbeat urban. You may prefer the magical Motown music of the 60s or perhaps the amazing acoustics of the 00s. Rest assured there is no wrong answer so long as your guests are not met with an awkward silence! Too often have parties of the past been greeted with that very awkward silence you are seeking to avoid. Weddings bring together many groups of family and friends that have never met before and conversation does not necessarily flow easily at the beginning. Great music is your ultimate assurance in bringing up the energy of the room, giving your guests something to talk about and perhaps even get a few toes tapping as your guests get further into their signature cocktails. SO WHAT STYLE FITS YOUR WEDDING BEST? We know from speaking to 100s of couples over our years as a wedding and event band that song suggestions are sometimes nearly impossible to come up with! That is why we are devoting this weeks blog to an overview of the most popular music styles we have come across to create the most memorable cocktail receptions. HOW MANY SONGS WILL I NEED TO CHOOSE? Each list includes exactly 14 of our favourite songs, which is exactly the number of songs that should fit into the average cocktail hour lasting approximately 75 Minutes. Digging deep is the fun part! Feel free to EMAIL US with your personal favourite songs you see below and let us know if you would like some more similar suggestions.
1) COOL JAZZY COCKTAILS This is a popular way to begin any party as it matches most elegant & chic TO venues. It is light and fun while still being cool and soft. The mood is romantic and comfortable for guests to enjoy while still being able to have an easy conversation. An added bonus is that you will likely delight your grandparents immediately.
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong It Had To Be You - Harry Connick Jr. Save The Last Dance - Michael Buble That's Amore - Dean Martin The Look Of Love - Diana Krall Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone At Last - Etta James Home - Michael Buble Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darrin Ain't That A Kick In The Head - Sammy Davis Jr. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones New York, New York - Frank Sinatra 2) CLASSIC ROCK-TAILS These are equally universal songs that are a bit livelier than the jazzy selections. These are fantastic for bringing up the energy of the room without being too loud for your older guests. My favourite thing about performing these is how they are always so universally loved with older guests often singing along while children begin dancing around the room. Best of all is at least some of these are likely your parents' favourites, which is of course part of the reason for all the fuss today.
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkel Ob La Di Ob La Da - The Beatles Crocodile Rock - Elton John Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams Rebel Rebel - David Bowie Sweet Child O Mine - Guns n' Roses Hurt So Good - John Mellencamp Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Run-Around Sue - Dion Pianoman - Billy Joel 3AM - Matchbox 20 Every Morning - Sugar Ray Don't Stop Believing - Journey
3) URBAN POP-TAILS For more upbeat cocktail-receptions, modern pop, dance and R&B are remarkably fun when they are played by a live event band. The sound of the instruments softens the sound to give it an elegant flair that will match even the most upscale black-tie affair, while at the same time making you and your friends smile while you listen along to recognize which
Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran Blank Space- Taylor Swift Treasure - Bruno Mars Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake Independant Woman - Destiny's Child Fantasy - Mariah Carey We Found Love - Rihanna Thank U, Next - Ariana Grande Raise Your Glass - Pink Sorry- Justin Bieber Valary - Amy Winehouse Stop - Spice Girls Wake Me Up - Avicii I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
4) AWESOME ACOUSTICS Warm-hearted receptions require warm-hearted music! These songs are especially popular at our summertime parties performing on terraces and under tents with the warm summer sun beating down. These songs are also great for unplugged venues where electrical instruments are not possible, making music possible in vineyards and stone patios regardless of how far an electrical outlet might be.
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz Better Together - Jack Johnson Gravity - John Mayer Every Breath You Take - UB40 Amber - 311 Ho Hey - Lumineers I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show Lego House - Ed Sheeran 1234 - Feist Crash - Dave Matthews Band Grow Old With You - Adam Sandler When The Night Feels My Song - Bedouin Soundclash We Will Still Need A Song - Hawksley Workman Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
5) MOTOWN MAGIC We have saved one of the most popular choices for last as Motown Music is a perfect blend of romance and upbeat energy for any cocktail party. There is a reason that these songs are synonymous with Wedding Music as each one of them evokes lovely memories from all of your guests regardless of their age. All of these songs have appeared in countless romantic comedy movies, giving your wedding reception a similarly classic feel.
Can't Help Myself - The Four Tops Build Me Up Buttercup Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson Wonderful World - Sam Cooke My Girl - The Temptations I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin One Fine Day - The Chiffons Can't Hurry Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Connely Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone Get Ready - The Temptations Earth Angel - Marvin Berry & The Starlighters Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
LOOKING FOR MORE IDEAS? Feel free to EMAIL US with one or two of your favourite songs and we would be happy to send you back a custom music list of similar songs for your cocktail reception! Wishing you a memorable and magical cocktail reception :)