East Coast Soul Wedding Performance

Wychmere Beach Club Wedding in Harwich Port, MA

August 6, 2021

Marissa & Rick

Ensemble: Soulsville | Seven Piece

An incredible wedding at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port, MA where East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble blew the roof off the place!

East Coast Soul was blessed to be brought to join Marissa & Rick for their stunning Wychmere Beach Club Wedding in Harwich Port, MA.

Preprations for Marissa & Rick's Big Day

Our groundwork for the wedding day began well ahead, with Marissa & Rick expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the wedding day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Marissa & Rick were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and a huge asset throughout.

Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Harwich Port, MA and took care of the normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Wychmere Beach Club weddings. Our process for loading in and setting up at any given venue is a big part of our preparation process. 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.


In this case, East Coast Soul was not involved with couple's ceremony, with those arrangements having already been taken care of.

Cocktail Hour

As is common, East Coast Soul was asked to provide cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a wonderful chance for the bride and groom to relax after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by providing a blend of relaxed music for guests to enjoy. In this case, We provided a Playback and and featured music by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.


In a lion's share of receptions, the band is asked to handle MC services for the formal portions of the celebrations. This Wychmere Beach Club Wedding was no different. However, there were actually no formal intros for this wedding.

The bride and groom’s First Dance

With no introductions to take care of, we moved into into the bride and groom’s first dance.

The bride and groom's first dance is traditionally one of the most emotional parts of the wedding day. It's an opportunity for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. For this wedding in particular, we were requested to play the first dance tune live, as opposed to playing it from a recording. With this portion of the wedding complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a quick break, East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble circled back to the stage.

Parent Dances

In many weddings, East Coast Soul is often requested to perform the couple's parent dances. This was a chance for the to join Marissa & Rick to spend a couple minutes in the middle of the dancefloor with their parents. For this wedding in particular, the bride and her father shared a dance. Rick and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a fantastic way to kick off the performance 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

East Coast Soul performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've found this is a great way to get folks relaxed and dancing with songs they know and love. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, and more dominated the outset of our performance. We then moved into performing music 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 Marissa & Rick for having us at their beautiful August wedding at Wychmere Beach Club!

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Planning a Wedding? Maybe at Wychmere Beach Club, perhaps in Harwich Port, MA? Either way, feel free to learn more, and let's connect!

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