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The Vegetarian Option – Wedding In Quorn

Tonight our merry band of CoverUps found themselves playing at a wedding in the little village of QUORN just outside Loughborough, Leicestershire. The bride and groom were a pleasure to work for, and as we tucked into our very welcome pig roast buns a polite young waitress turned up with a big tray of complimentary brownie and cheesecake which we thankfully duly scoffed (photo at the end).

Don’t Get Your Kickers In A Twist

I couldn’t help but notice the poster below that was hanging by the dance floor. I didn’t notice any underwear but I was quite busy.

Perfect Weather For A Campfire Wedding

It was a really lovely campfire style marquee wedding in a beautiful farmers field and was made even more perfect for the lucky couple by being bathed in God given 30’c sunshine that turned into a beautiful sunset for the photos. We’re always really chuffed for the bride and groom get the best out of the weather: it almost seems like a reward for all the hard work wedding planning.

We really enjoyed our time in Quorn, and I might even try some for my tea in honour of the little place.

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Tonight our merry band of CoverUps found themselves playing at a wedding in the little village of QUORN just outside Loughborough, Leicestershire. The bride and groom were a pleasure to work for, and as we tucked into our very welcome pig roast buns a polite young waitress turned up with […]

26/07/2014

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Back At Hinckley Island Hotel With P&G

It’d been a couple of years, though it hardly seems like yesterday the band were rolling up to the Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire for our show with Proctor and Gamble. The room had an air of familiarity, though packed with more consultants and a fully modernised set – the stage was ready for the band to rock!

Rocking The Conference

These events are always great fun. However much energy is put into engaging the delegates during the day, they’re there to learn, get up to speed on the products, to focus. The presentations are usually injected with suitable amounts of humour, they’re all full multi-media presentations: but when we come on, it’s time to cut loose!

Always ready for a party, it’s great fun join the day when everyone’s letting their hair down. Tonight’s audience was largely female – though the lads made up for their fair share of the dance floor. Hits from Take That back to Chuck Berry, there’s always something there for everyone. The night rocked straight through with our breaks being filled by DJ Mikey B.

Wind Up Smelling Of Roses

Well – I can’t guarantee that everyone did – after some hearty dance moves braking out we ended the night on a real high. At least they’ve got the fragrance to sort that out! From Pharrell Williams’ Happy, a bit of Journey and Kings of Leon, the packed dance floor made for a great end to the night. Check out the photos below!

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It’d been a couple of years, though it hardly seems like yesterday the band were rolling up to the Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire for our show with Proctor and Gamble. The room had an air of familiarity, though packed with more consultants and a fully modernised set – the stage […]

15/07/2014

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5-Piece Wedding At The Leicester Hilton

The Leicester Hilton is a handy venue for us, being as it is on the junction between M1 and M69, it’s a straight forward drive from Coventry, and not too difficult for those coming up from London, as our female vocalist and guitarist were today. The venue has a very professional feel, and is clearly well set up for functions. The load in was straight through fire doors to the stage area, which was partitioned off so we could set up out of sight of all the guests.

Leicester Hilton Wedding Food

Once we set up, as was straight forward today, it was time to eat before the sound check. We usually delay the sound check if there are speeches taking place, so we just checked the lines were all working and went for our food. A quick sit down to eat and chat over the set, and we were back to get the sound check finished.

Mystery First Dance

It’s not unusual for us not to know what the first dance is before the day. It’s often a rather last minute decision, and if we’re not playing it live there’s no rush. However, we’d usually expect that the couple themselves might know before the day, let alone before the time they’re due to take their first dance! Not this day – the groom even asked us there and then what we’d recommend! After a quick chat, we managed to find a copy of a Coldplay song they were after and popped that on, and off they went.

Close Proximity Bar

It’s always a good sign for us if the bar is in close proximity to the dance floor. Ideally in the same room, but in a room adjacent to the dance floor as it was in this case worked really well. Through the evening the drinks flowed, and the dancing got gradually more raucous. From the early part of the evening, with 5-piece tracks like I Want You Back by the Jackson 5 and Rolling In The Deep to the end of the night with Firework and Crazy In Love the people dance floor got more and more involved. As we finished with Viva La Vida and Don’t Look Back In Anger the night ended with rapturous celebration.

The Leicester Hilton is a handy venue for us, being as it is on the junction between M1 and M69, it’s a straight forward drive from Coventry, and not too difficult for those coming up from London, as our female vocalist and guitarist were today. The venue has a very […]

24/08/2013

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Coleorton, Leicestershire For An Elegant, Personal, Fun Wedding!

This mid-summer day was quite the ideal for a wedding; especially one set in the grounds of the parent of the bride with a fairground theme! Coleorton in Leicestershire nestles in between Burton-On-Trent and Loughborough, just south of Derby and to the north east of Leicester… That’s a long way of saying, it’s not far from us in Coventry, but takes a bit of getting to! On arrival we were greeted by a beautiful scene – an elegantly landscaped garden filled with traditional fairground rides, and a lovely marquee.. this was going to be a fun night!

Weddings Focussed On Fun

There are always different aspects to every wedding. In our experience, the best of weddings are those that reflect the personalities of the couple most vividly. Whether the couple are travellers, share an interesting hobby or work in similar fields, wedding themes derived from the couple themselves are always a great way to celebrate the bride and groom’s special day.

This wedding had so many personal touches we completely lost track. One that really stuck in our minds was the bunting that adorned the marquee. This was truly lovely, as every triangle had been personalised by the guests as part of their invitation response. As such, every view looking around the marquee was a reference to the happy couple themselves.

Another lovely touch was a box of sandals (or dancing shoes!) for those ladies with aching feet from high heels – now there was no excuse for not dancing! It worked a treat, as you can see below the dance floor was packed the whole night…

Hired Help For The Band!

A really helpful aspect of this wedding for us was working with a sound engineer and a PA that was provided by the venue. This let us just focus on getting our equipment set up, and enjoying the show knowing that someone else was worrying about how it sounded out front.

Brilliant First Dance Choice

The first dance was an excellent choice – You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman. If you’re not sure, it’s the theme song from Toy Story! For us it’s always good fun to play a new song live for a first dance, and this is a track we’ve never had come up before. It struck us, as when you think of it it seems like such an obvious choice – but it’s a rare one. Definitely one for our list I think!

From there we were off to a winning start, and the dance floor was packed through the whole night – just check out the photos below!

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This mid-summer day was quite the ideal for a wedding; especially one set in the grounds of the parent of the bride with a fairground theme! Coleorton in Leicestershire nestles in between Burton-On-Trent and Loughborough, just south of Derby and to the north east of Leicester… That’s a long way […]

03/08/2013

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