June 28, 2011
Use live music instead of a DJ.
Hi, congrats to you both. I always thought it would be neat to go to a restaurant that they played next to your table while you were eating. Maybe some string instrument or a harp. I wondered if that would be possible at a reception.
I like the ideas listed by Joyful Promices.
Using live string instrumentalists are your best bet. It gives you elegance with a graceful ambience and you can probably get this reasonably priced by checking with your local colleges including any christian colleges. Check with your church as well to see if they know of any members that play as well. Hopefully this was helpful and congratulations to you both.
July 5, 2011
I live in a very small town. So most of the options already listed aren't available here. However, we have a historical brick hotel in our downtown area that allows weddings and receptions both in a convention room and on the roof which is beautiful at sunset. And most hotels have a catering service and enough room for a live band.
The roof would be a great romantic spot with nice scenery. Maybe have a jazz band instead of a DJ or loud live music. Or use a violinist. Do the first dance as you enter the roof top as a couple and then have jazz music or some other soft level romantic music (such as a pianist) playing through dinner. Makes for a nice, elegant, reception.