December got off to a great start with the band playing a wedding at Wethele Manor on the first Saturday of the month. Wethele Manor is one of the closest wedding venues to the CoverUps’ HQ in Coventry, so playing there was met by the band with lively anticipation!
The ‘Live Room’ for Bands
The main facility at Wethele Manor is a large marquee, capeable of sitting somewhere over 100 guests. The ‘Live Room’ (as we call it!) is where the evening entertainment usually takes place. It’s a modern room with a traditional feel, and is a great size for a medium sized wedding crowd. Simon, the man in charge, told us all about the sound limiter in the room, which meant keeping the volume curbed – never an issue for us, especially when it is set to a good volume. We did run into a resonance issue at one point in the set, but managed to work around it for the most part!
Lively First Dance Takes Things Higher
The couple’s first dance was Higher and Higher. A widely covered song, the bride and groom pointed us in the direction of the Eric Bibb version for inspiration of arrangement. It’s a lovely version of the song, and a great choice for a first dance – our live rendition ending on an acapella chorus in 3 parts.
The wedding ended with a rapturous response from the audience, and a groom chuffed to bits (if disappointed to have missed Take On Me; he was apparently waylaid in the marquee – so many people to talk to on one’s wedding day!).