Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Music

The music at our reception is a big, BIG, B-I-G deal for us. I am such a believer that all of the senses really need to play a part in designing a great event. For instance, you could have the most beautiful wedding in the world with all the right lighting and food and if it's downwind from a barnyard, it's not going to be that much fun for your guests...trust me, I've been there.

We want some kind of music to be playing at all times during our event. Soft, quite, classical music for our intimate ring ceremony. Classy, fun, but somewhat understated standard jazz for background dinner music, and (hopefully) the gypsy swing revue to pep things up for dancing.

The ear doctor and I are heading out to a bar tonight to listen to them play live. So, so, so excited to hear them live.

Here's a question. The ear doctor and I really want to get people up and dancing at the reception. We both swing dance, and will be dancing a ton. However, we also realize that the general public may be a little intimiated to join the dance floor when the music is a littl bit specialized and there are people there who clearly know what they are doing. Would this make you hesitant to dance? If you are the type of person who isn't the first on the floor, what helps you break loose and join in the fun (sans any kind of "liquid courage")?

7 comments:

MissEm said...

Rob and I have learned (after photographing many weddings) that the secret to getting people to dance is having it really dark in your reception hall. Something like just a few strands of Christmas lights is perfect.

k said...

I'm always the first one out there on the dance floor so I can't speak from personal experience, but maybe if you had someone give a quick little swing lesson (maybe the two of you) it would get more people out there to learn a few moves and then practice??

Andrew said...

Katie I really like your blog, and I love how much thought you have put into your wedding; I know it is going to be an amazing day. Talk to you soon.

Anonymous said...

I don't dance. At. All. I am petrified to go to my sister-in-law's wedding in a few weeks where there will be dancing. I'm planning on hiding under the cake table.

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as specialized music. If its good, got a beat and there is a select few that are pulling the aprehensive folks onto the floor....it will be a success.

Erik and Amy said...

Katie -
HEY! WOW Wow Wow! Congratulations on so many things - but number one, your engagement! I know we haven't talked in a long, long, while, but I try to check in occasionally - obviously not enough though! I hope you are all doing well. We miss Colorado a whole lot. Check out our blog when you get a chance:
lascacasverdes.blogspot.com.
Hope to hear from you sometime!

Anth said...

I think missem is onto something there. Dark. Also if you can convince a couple or two who don't dance very well to go out on the floor, well that would help get me on the floor - "Oh well, I'll be better than those two, so no one will laugh at me." Lame, I know.