East Coast Soul Wedding Performance

Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Wedding in Boston, MA

December 30, 2017

Kelsie & Andrew

Eight Piece
Photographer: Kendall Pavan Photography |

A charming December wedding at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor in Boston, MA where East Coast Soul's ensemble had an amazing time!


"We hired ECS after seeing them at my cousin's wedding in 2015, so we knew they were great. East Coast Soul was absolutely unbelievable at our wedding. Their energy is AWESOME and their dance moves make the performance. The entire night our dance floor was packed thanks to them! Our wedding coordinator said he's never seen that many people on the dance floor for that long! My husband (who has a good voice) sang Shout with the band and it was so nice that they made it happen. My mom requested a special song at the ceremony and the band learned all of the words and sang it beautiful. We had one singer and a pianist at the ceremony. "

Kelsie (Bride)

Boston, MA
December 30, 2017

East Coast Soul was blessed to be asked to join Kelsie & Andrew for their stunning Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Wedding in Boston, MA.

Preprations for Kelsie & Andrew's Big Day

Our groundwork for the wedding day began well ahead, with Kelsie & Andrew expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding day (preparation is a key part of our process). Kelsie & Andrew were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.

Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Boston, MA and moved swiftly through our standard load-in, set up, and sound check process for Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor weddings. We get a lot of questions about the logistics of loading in to any given venue. This is a part of the day that we take seriously, spending extra time to avoid rushing, and ensuring our gear is properly tuned for the room.


One aspect of our groundwork involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding day East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Kelsie & Andrew were also looking for East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Kelsie & Andrew 's ceremony . East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Piano performance and Single Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul providing approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests found their seats, the ceremony took place.

Cocktail Hour

As is often the case, East Coast Soul was requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a great opportunity for the bride and groom to unwind after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, We provided a Playback and and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.


In a lion's share of celebrations, East Coast Soul is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the weddings. This Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Wedding was no different. However, there were in fact no formal intros for this wedding.

The couple’s First Dance

With no introductions to take care of, we changed gears to into the couple’s first dance.

The bride and groom's first dance is traditionally one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding day. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this specific wedding, we were asked to perform the first dance number live, as opposed to playing it from a recording. With this part of the wedding finished, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After as short a break as possible, East Coast Soul's ensemble circled back to the stage.

Parent Dances

In a majority of weddings, we are also asked to play the couple's parent dances. This was a chance for the to join Kelsie & Andrew to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their father and mother. For this specific wedding, the bride and her father shared a dance. Andrew and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a fantastic way to start the dance party portion of the evening. We often ask guests to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.

Dance Party

our shows often start with older material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get everyone relaxed and dancing with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the outset of our performance. We then moved into playing tunes by artists like Whitney Houston, Prince, Michael Jackson and more. Finally, we ended the night performing contemporary material that everyone could sing along with.

Guests danced non-stop from beginning to end, and we limited our breaks to ensure people had as much time to dance as possible.

Thanks so much to Kelsie & Andrew for having us at their beautiful December wedding at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor! And thank you to Kendall Pavan Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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