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  • Writer's pictureLaura Seymour

Drinks Reception - have you considered LIVE music for your guests?

A string ensemble is the perfect choice for your drinks reception, providing the best atmosphere after the ceremony.

The likelihood is that during this time you will be off having your professional photographs taken, so the music during this time is really there to entertain your guests.

We always hope that you'll hear us perform too, but there is always a lot of mingling and moving around that you'll be doing.

Whether it's elegant classical repertoire for a sophisticated ambience, or getting the party started with some of our favourite pop arrangements, our music will provide the perfect balance between background and entertainment for this part of your day.

We’ll work with you to come up with the perfect playlist!

Our recommendation for choosing music for the drinks reception is to choose a variety of music from different sections of the list; maybe some modern pop, some classic pop, jazz etc.

How much music do we need to choose?

We will need approximately 8 pieces per half hour of performing.

Here is an example list:

Drinks Reception

Set 1:

  1. Marry You - Bruno Mars

  2. Perfect - Ed Sheeran

  3. Sunflowers - Post Malone

  4. Mamma Mia - ABBA

  5. We Found Love - Calvin Harris

  6. How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding

  7. Paradise - Coldplay

  8. A Million Dreams - from The Greatest Showman 

  9. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding

  10. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

  11. Stand By Me - Ben E. King

  12. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

  13. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

  14. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  15. Viva La Vida - Coldplay

  16. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon

Set 2:

  1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

  2. If I Can’t Have You - Shawn Mendes

  3. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay

  4. Living on a Prayer - Jon Bon Jovi

  5. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley

  6. Yellow - Coldplay

  7. L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole

  8. It’s All About You - McFly

  9. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Alternative Version)

  10. Rather Be - Clean Bandit

  11. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift

  12. Adore You - Harry Styles

  13. If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys

  14. Old Town Road - Lil Nas X

  15. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

  16. Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

  17. At Last - Etta James 

Do you need to take a break?

Yes, during the drinks reception we will take a short break or breaks depending on the length of your drinks reception. We tend to perform for 45<50 minutes before taking a break, however we will organise this with each client separately depending on the time scale for their event to match what else is taking place during their special day.

Special Requests:

If you would like a song you don’t see on our list, let us know and we will look to see if an arrangement already exists. If we can access it we will let you know.

Otherwise, we can discuss putting a bespoke arrangement together for you at £60.00 per piece.

When do we need to make our decisions by?

There is no rush on choosing music from the list but if you'd like to explore the bespoke option do let us know as soon as you've made a decision so we have plenty of time to arrange the piece for you.

Usually we ask for at least a month's notice so that we can practice the pieces in the context of your set list. But don't worry, we will contact you with plenty of time spare when we need your choices.

Have fun!

There's lots of music to choose from, so have fun choosing and if you need any further guidance let us know, we're excited to hear your thoughts!

Best wishes,

Laura & Katja

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