Setting The Mood At Your Wedding – Theatrically Staging Events
Over the past 25+ years, we’ve seen many style weddings and the way you “stage” our celebration will go a long way in setting the mood or tone of your day. Here are some of the more popular styles that we’ve done in the past (but we’ll work with you to set the stage anyway you would like).
The Cocktail Party – this is great for the times when you don’t expect or want people to dance. A unique blend of music is used for the back beat of your lounge party. People gather, rink, socialize and eat. Other than a toast or two, this is a completely low-key non interactive event. This works well with our ipod wedding rentals or when there are religious reasons to keep the event as a non-dancing function.
The Traditional Wedding – this is what we typically see in the New England area. For social hour the couple and immediate family are off taking photos. Guests are socializing in another area as background music plays. Formal introductions occur and the couple enter the room to do their first dance. Toasts occur and then guest sit to eat. At the end of dinner, the cake is cut and the couple dance with their parents to start off dancing.
The Upbeat Party Wedding – There is a gap between the end of the ceremony and the start of social hour (Guests head to their hotel rooms or gather somewhere else in anticipation of the reception). The couple are done with formal photos by the time social hour starts and mingle with their guests. (v. doing formal receiving line at the church). Fun music plays in the background (motown or something with a bit of a beat to it v. Sinatra or Jazz lounge feel). People feel the energy. The couple are pulled out of the room just prior to formal introductions and their first dance. Guests are encouraged to come out and dnce for 15-20 minutes PRIOR to toast and meal service. Throughout the meal, a more upbeat mix of music is played. You can see people tapping their feet or singing along. As guests finish their salad and await the pasta course, the music builds in volume and guests again crowd the dance floor. The music subsides as the pasta plates enter the room. This process occurs throughout the meal service. Once the meal is complete, we’ve had our couple dance with their parents and just the cake cutting is left to mark the start of open dancing. We’ve gained nearly 45 minutes of dance time in a typical 5 hour reception.
Low-key Combined Ceremony And Reception – getting married in the same location as your reception? Is your ceremony 10 minutes or less in length? Why not have your social hour PRIOR to your ceremony? From 6 – 7:30 guests arrive and are greeted by both the bride and groom. At 7:30 a quick announcement is made for everyone to gather around the bride and groom. The officiate performs a quick ceremony and everyone cheers as the couple kiss. The best man takes the wireless mic and gives his toast with everyone in the round. Our couple, circled by friends and family do their first dance and everyone joins them. The station meal service is open and people eat and dance as the night rolls on.
Make It Up Yourself – Don’t like the styles that we’ve given you? Take pieces of each and make up something that fits your needs. Sit with us and we will help you design the right feel for your wedding celebration.
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