Cocktail hour is a time when your wedding guests first arrive at your wedding reception. The “I Do’s” are done and now they are ready to get the party started. A music entertainer’s job is to know what style of music the bride and groom want for their cocktail hour songs (or happy hour songs.) However, we will focus on only 3 music styles – Country, R&B, and Folk (or Folk-Rock) upbeat wedding cocktail hour songs.
As stated above, your wedding guests are feeling good and looking forward to tonight, or day, of socializing and having a great time with friends and family during your reception. The cocktail hour sets the mood for the rest of your event.
How do you wish to set the mood? If you are having an uptown black-tie wedding, then jazz and big band music may be your choice.
We are going to focus on music that will set the mood with popular cocktail songs in the style of Country, R&B, and Folk.
Folk is a very broad style and we will include some Rock songs that are categorized as Folk Rock. We added a few indie songs in there too.
Upbeat Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs
Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
2011, Red River Blue
Loving You Easy – Zac Brown Band
2015, Jekyll + Hyde
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
1968, For Once in My Life
Love Me Now – John Legend
2016, Darkness and Light
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
1965. How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You
Better Together – Jack Johnson
2005, In Between Dreams
Nothin’ Like You – Dan + Shay
Where It All Began
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
1979, Off the Wall
Listen to our cocktail hour songs playlist on Spotify.
There you have it. Do you think a song should be added to the list? Be sure to comment it down below so we can do so!
If you like Country, R&B, and Indie, you may like these playlists too!