At your wedding, the pre dinner drinks is an important time for your guests to relax and socialise after your ceremony has concluded. It also introduces your guests to your reception venue, and gives them a prelude of what's to come.
Most wedding reception venues allocate a specific area of their venue for your pre dinner drinks, separate from where your reception will be held. This is often held in their garden setting, weather permitting.
Why play CD music in the background when you could have a live musician create a romantic atmosphere to really set the mood?
Many couples book Paul to play acoustic guitar for both their wedding ceremony and pre dinner canapes, as well as booking him to be their wedding DJ and wedding MC at their reception. The main advantage of this (apart from $$$ savings of bundled services) is that you only deal with one person for all your music needs rather than multiple companies.
What are my Pre Dinner music options?
The options for the type of pre dinner entertainment you may choose, will depend largely on the way you would like to prepare your guests for your reception.
It is more common to choose pre dinner music that is subtle, since your guests will be wanting to talk. Your major pre dinner entertainment options will most likely include classical ensembles, jazz ensembles, and soloists.
The actual music and song options you choose are not critical. For example, there are many classical and jazz pieces that you may never have heard of previously, but are perfectly suited to creating the effect you're looking for.
The music does not need to be "show stopping" tunes at this point of your wedding reception, since it is highly unlikely that your guests will want (or be ready) to sing or dance along anyway.
The art of integrating music into your reception is done so very subtly, starting the evening with pre dinner drinks (softer slower music), and gradually building to a crescendo, with your bridal waltz and hence the opening of the dance floor.