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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Drummers Please


There's been some discussion lately between the fiance and I about our wedding reception entertainment. I'm interested in having a live band that sings a variety of music, because we've always enjoyed live music, but we've also considered having a DJ -- all typical wedding talk; however, a not-so typical idea has come up that I'd love to get your opinion about.

Aaron wants drummers. Yes, drummers.


He would like to have a "drummer performance," during the reception. Need I say more? He's shown me a few online videos of the type of performance he has in mind and I'll admit, I like the sound, I like the feel, I like the idea, but just not for our wedding reception.

The good news is that if we do decide to have drummers, we'll get the best of the best drummers in the area.  I know between Aaron and his Dad, we'll end up with amazing, ultra-talented performers.I wonder how I'll feel with my wedding dress on, surrounded by family, enjoying dinner, and then all of the sudden, there are drummers pounding away in the center of our dance floor.

Aaron says this is the one thing he really wants -- ha! Yeah right! Anyway, I hate to crush his dreams, but I think we can compromise. His mother is planning to have a second reception in Williamsburg (where Aaron's family lives) for friends and acquaintances that we are not inviting to the wedding. I think this is the perfect affair for Aaron's drummers.

There's the cake cutting, the first dance, speeches, and all the other la-de-dah of wedding receptions to consider and I'm just  not sure I want to share my precious time with drummers. Am I being selfish? I don't have a lot of good examples on hand of exactly what he wants, but I think it's djembee drummers...

Here are a few video examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT2J1Ot9N5c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPvm7wxBMKA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5QdC_kqE-4

Share your thoughts and don't be shy!!

What kinds of performances have you seen at weddings?

Have you considered anything other than traditional entertainment at your reception?

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5 Comments:

Blogger Tina McCormack said...

I think having unique entertainment will make the other elements of your wedding that are important to you stand out more. A few minutes of drummers will give guests something to talk about the next day. And if hubby-to-be is into the planning and brings a fun idea to the table I say go with it!

Give an update on how it went if you do it!
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Friday, February 05, 2010 9:27:00 AM  
Blogger Miss Cathedral Heights said...

It is nice to give your husband to be the ONE thing he wants (if it is indeed the one thing)...BUT drummers are really loud! Maybe you should talk to him about how it would work and think about the people who are attending. If there are a lot of older people, it may be too loud for them. My fiance comes up with stuff like this too and I want him to be involved and excited about the wedding, but I try to just look at the big picture with him, a lot of times that makes all the difference. He's talked me down from some ideas like that too. Or, like you said, maybe they could just play at the second reception?

I'm sure either way the wedding will be awesome...I feel your pain in making these decisions though.

Friday, February 05, 2010 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I think this could be really cool and could serve to highlight another moment of the evening. I manage a band called Memphis Train Revue (www.MemphisTrainRevue.com) a 10-piece R&B band that plays a lot of weddings and I have noticed an increasing trend to incorporate more unique elements to a wedding. I could see the drums serving as a great way to get everyone's attention immediately prior to entering the room to be introduced as bride and groom for the first time and have your first dance. We've also had a few requests lately for the horn section to lead the couple out of the room at the end of the night in a New Orleans' style "2nd Line." Substitute mobile drummers and you've got a unique twist on a southern classic.

Saturday, February 06, 2010 9:52:00 AM  
Blogger D-Day said...

I think having drummers would be a really cool thing to do - you'd definitely want to make sure it happened at the right time, obviously having them go during dinner or cocktail hour when people are trying to talk, probably wouldn't be the best time. but I like Mark's idea, about getting your guests' attention before your grand entrance is announced! Or at some other transitional time in the evening, definitely having them lead you out at the end of the night would be really really cool and something people would talk about for a long time after.

It could also be an option for the second reception, but if this is really the one thing he really wants, I would try to figure out a way to let it happen at the big event. It's his day as much as it is yours after all.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Columbia Heights said...

Thanks for all the feedback, you guys have no idea how helpful it is to get an outsider's opinion!

Mark, I really, really like your idea to have the drummers introduce us or see us out! I'm going to talk to my fiance about it and I think everyone agreed, figure out some way to incorporate this idea since it does mean a lot to him.

Thank you guys again! I will be sure to keep you posted on our final decision...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:24:00 AM  

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