Being part of a couple’s wedding day is always an honour, whether at a village hall, marquee or hotel. Now and then we get the privilege of visiting somewhere really special, and Saturday at Claridge’s was exactly that. Amongst London’s most prestigious venues, Claridge’s is world renown for it’s elegance and steeped in history. Even as we arrived at the venue, the world flags give the entrance a real sense of grandeur.
London Wedding Bands
Despite being wed in the very centre of the UK’s capital, the couple had made the (very wise!) decision to source their entertainment from further afield. While we’re not based in London itself, the journey down from Coventry is a straight forward one for us.
As with all such historical venues, built without drums, amps, guitars and the like in mind, the load in was – how shall we put this? – something of a work out! Always good to get the blood pumping. Load in followed by one of our speedier setups meant we were ready for our dinner when it arrived. First course was wolfed down before we got a photo – but you’ll see we were treated to desserts too. Anyway, enough about the food…
“One Day Like This A Year Would See Me Right”
The couple’s first dance was Elbow’s “One Day Like This”. It’s a beautiful choice for a first dance, summing up elegantly the feeling of being in love, and special occasions like weddings. While the band were keen to play their own rendition of the song, the bride and groom wanted to hear Guy Garvey’s dulcet tones – and why not, that man has such gorgeous tone.
From there on out it was down to us and our DJ friend, Paul Kavanagh, to keep the dance floor grooving until the wee hours. We blasted through a pop-centric set, with our female front delighting the audience with a mix of Amy Winehouse, Jessie J and Katy Perry tracks. A short break and we were back with some set favourites, Billie Jean being a particular highlight, and saw our set out with some of the rockier indie tracks including Monster, Seven Nation Army and Sex on Fire – solid choices by the groom we’d say!
Hitting The Road
While the streets of London may not be literally paved with gold, it’s fair to say they’re lined with some classic venues. We’re looking forward to our next jaunt to the nation’s capital, but until then, enjoy a few photos from the night!
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