Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cocktail Hour Music

At my ideal wedding, guests would dance the night away to a 10 piece band. However, I am not planning with an ideal budget :) My first compromise was recently made by booking a DJ instead of a band. I am in the beginning stages that it is necessary to make a few compromises. We are now perfectly happy with our great DJ.

However, there was still a part of me that really wanted some live music. The cocktail hour offered a perfect time, so my fiance and I began brainstorming ideas. We initially thought jazz trio or Spanish guitarist, but wasn't 100% satisfied. We wanted something that represented us! After some thought, I offered the suggestion of having a few Irish musicians. I traveled abroad in Ireland and one of my favorite things to do was go to a pub and listen to the music. Kyle visited me and got the chance to hear the musicians live and also loved it.

Here is the two of us at the Cliffs of Moher.


At first my fiance wasn't thrilled with a the casualness of Irish musicians playing in a beautiful, formal venue like Spiaggia. However, we contacted the Irish School of Music and went to listen to their musicians perform at the bar Cheif O'Neils. If you go to their website, the music they have playing is similar to what will be played at our wedding.


This picture is an example of a pub where multiple musicians would bring their instrument and begin playing. It was kind of like a pick up game of basketball, but music!
I am thrilled about our cocktail hour and can't wait to for our guests to hear the music I fell in love with in Ireland!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is what I would like to do- have live music for the cocktail hour and/or dinner, but a DJ for dancing...unless I can find a band that performs all the music I'd want played (including hip hop). But singing AND rapping wedding bands don't seem to be plentiful. :)

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