Setting The Mood: Cocktail Hour Music Options

While many couples put a lot of thought into choosing the right band and music for their reception, the cocktail hour is not to be overlooked.

Your wedding’s cocktail hour is also known as the pre-reception: the period before the party where you and your new spouse are having your wedding pictures taken while your guests are mingling about and sipping drinks, waiting for the celebration to formally begin. Having music playing during this time can enhance the joyful atmosphere and help people feel welcome while they await your official entrance into the reception.

What Cocktail Hour Music To Choose?

There are many options for cocktail hour music. Jazz and swing music work well, as do classics by crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Song choices should be happy, romantic, and positive; however, save the more energetic dance hits for when the party gets started.

But no matter your preference, the really important thing to remember is that your cocktail hour music should not get so loud that your guests cannot enjoy conversation. This type of music is meant to be in the background so everyone can comfortably socialize.

The Best Options from Kahootz Entertainment

Kahootz Entertainment is proud to offer several live music options for your cocktail hour. Our most popular option is a solo keyboardist, but we can also offer a keyboard and bass duo, and a trio consisting of keyboards, bass, and a choice of drums or saxophone. All of our professional musicians have experience performing a variety of musical genres and songs, and our event planners are happy to assist you in creating the perfect playlist of background music for this portion of your reception.

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Some songs you may want to consider for your cocktail hour include:

  • “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin
  • “At Last” by Etta James
  • “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
  • “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
  • “Here, There, and Everywhere” by The Beatles
  • “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer
  • “Come Away With Me” by Nora Jones
  • “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke
  • “Moon River” by Andy Williams
  • “Being With You” by Smokey Robinson
  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • “My Girl” by The Temptations
  • “Beyond The Sea” by Bobby Darin

Not only can we help you plan your cocktail hour music, but we also specialize in offering musicians for your ceremony and of course, live bands for your reception party—we have four to choose from!

Visit to learn more or call us at 857-263-3431. We look forward to working with you!