A Little Background Music

Consider these facts:

  1. I’m a big Disney fan.
  2. Our church and reception venues are on opposite sides of town.
  3. We’ll be having a band at our reception.
  4. I work in a cubicle, which is supposed to create a “collaborative work environment.”

Well, it all adds up to the perfect cocktail hour music!


Well, since we’re having a cocktail reception, I guess there technically isn’t a “cocktail hour,” but just roll with me here. Before the bridal party arrives and opens up the dance floor, I hope that our guests are grabbing some drinks and some of our delicious food, admiring the decor, using the photo booth, and mingling with each other. Pretty awkward if there isn’t any sound at all, though, so of course we need some light background music during that time.

I’ve been in all of these locations. / Photo from Dilbert.com

So what’s with the cubes? Well, that office collaboration isn’t always quiet, so long ago I (along with a million others) started wearing headphones and listening to music during the day. Pandora wasn’t really doing it for me, because I felt like I had to change the song too often or I’d just get distracted and start singing along. I discovered YouTube videos of Disney parks musical loops to cancel out the ringing phones and conversations going on around me. Music plays a big part at Disney parks, adding to the theme and story of an area or ride, so there’s a ton to choose from. Some of my favorites are the Main Street Area Loop and the EPCOT Innoventions Plaza Loop. They’re long and just instrumental, so I am able to turn it on and get into a working zone.

And through building my at-work playlist, I found the perfect song to use for our cocktail hour!

The “Music of Carthay Circle” is a compilation of jazz versions of some classic Disney songs, from the Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney Land. I love that it’s jazzy, which fits in at our New Orleans wedding, but in our own way. Sure, people might recognize them, but they won’t feel like they’re listening to children’s songs. And at 37 minutes long, this is a good length of time for our cocktail hour (with maybe just a bit needing to be repeated).

Fact #5: My very favorite song has always been “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” by Elton John/The Lion King (either version), but I figured that would be way too sappy to use as a first dance song, so I’m glad it’s one of the songs included here.
Sure, we might not get to hear it, but I’ll know that a little bit of my personality and interest was included in a wedding detail like that.
Anybody else get annoyed in a cubicle? What do you listen to? Did you try and pick out something special for your cocktail hour music?

Mrs. Pyramid

New Orleans, LA
Wedding Date:
May 2014
A Pocket Full of Posies
But What Will They Wear?
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  1. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 3:39 pm

    The best part about using headphones at work is that no one can tell how horrible my taste in music is. Like, One Direction has been getting heavy rotation lately.

    That said, I don’t think we actually have cocktail hour music picked out, so …………………………… another thing for the to-do list!

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    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:07 pm

    I love it! If you don’t mind I’ll play these while I paint some decorations! I think the beat will make me more efficient! 😀

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    alicatinthehat01 11 posts, Newbee @ 4:29 pm

    Love! We’re huge Disney fans too…I walked down the aisle to a live string quartet of When You Wish Upon a Star! Excellent music choice! :)

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    Mrs. Llama 22 posts, Newbee @ 5:34 pm

    Hahaha I love that you listen to Disney theming music at work…Mr. L will sometimes play it while he’s shaving! We are considering a jazz trio for our cocktail hour…but we’ll have to see if it’s in the budget. Probably a very similar feel, though!

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 7:49 pm

    I didn’t know about the loop tracks on YouTube, I’ll have to check them out! Sounds like an awesome way to incorporate some of your personal history into the event :)

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    kcr526 229 posts, Helper bee @ 4:42 am

    Oh my gosh, now I’m going to be listening to these loops all day! We used all disney music in our ceremony. Our processional was “A dream is a wish your heart makes”, my processional was “Beauty and the Beast” and our recessional was the theme from “Up”. They were all instrumental piano versions. It was so nice being able to insert my obsession with disney!

  7. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:42 am

    What a great way to incorporate Disney! I love their jazz compilations!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:11 am

    Since Mr. Jet and I are both really into music, we decided early on that he’d be in charge of the more ambient cocktail/dinner music and I’d get to pick out all the dance tunes. It worked out great for us!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:59 am

    Hahaha my hubs wanted “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” to be our first dance song! Neither of us is big on Disney, but he’s had a special attachment to that song ever since he was a kid. I talked him into choosing a Van Morrison song instead, since we listen to a lot of VM together on road trips and such, but he will always love that song, esp. the Elton John version.

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    Mrs. Milk Cow 215 posts, Helper bee @ 8:05 am

    What a perfect way to incorporate the Disney songs and your personality! I’m with Miss Filly on horrible music taste at work, so there’s no inspiration for our music there :)

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:53 am

    1. I also love Can You Feel The Love Tonight – it comes on my Pandora at least once a day and I swear, Pandora has access to my camera and sees me jamming to it and that’s why it plays all the time. 😉
    2. We just made the ‘seating’ music for our ceremony play into/throughout cocktail hour – it was an assortment of VSQ songs, including some of the Disney variety.
    3. I searched so hardcore for a slow version of ‘Kiss The Girl’ for our first dance. Mr. PT loved the idea, too, but we just weren’t able to find the right fit.

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    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:54 am

    Oh my gosh, that’s an awesome idea!

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    Freeze Pops 82 posts, Worker bee @ 12:11 pm

    I didn’t know about these Disney theme loops. I mean, I know there’s music at Disney, but you have opened up a whole new world (ha!) for me with these things! I love this idea for cocktail hour music. So cool!

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    Freeze Pops 82 posts, Worker bee @ 12:12 pm

    @Miss Filly: I am all about some One Direction…. don’t get me started. We should be cube mates.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:42 am

    This is such a cool way to incorporate Disney without being totally “OMGINYOURFACEDISNEY”, you know? Also, I’m coming to your wedding. You think I’m joking, but I’m not 😛

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    Erica, Guest @ 7:42 am

    My first dance will be to the song, “Beautiful” – Jim Brickman/Wayne Brady.. it is a song out of the Disney songbook very few people know. It’s beautiful — no pun intended, with a slight Disney reference.

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