Set The Mood Early
The cocktail hour is a good time to get the party going. Consider hiring specialty performers; a mariachi band will energize the crowd following the ceremony and get your guests in the mood to celebrate. Other ideas: a jazz trio, bluegrass group or even a barbershop quartet. The point is, just make sure your guests aren't noshing in silence.
Musical Note: Look to your love story when deciding on specialty music. Hire a brass quintet if you met in marching band. Go for an accordion player if you took an unforgettable trip to Paris together. Or get a steel drummer in honor of your planned Caribbean honeymoon.