Today’s wedding took the band out of the West Midlands and most of the way up the M6 to the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo, Liverpool. It was a 2:30pm arrival for the advance party (Mike and Gaz) for a solo acoustic set over drinks before the speeches.
Acoustic Drinks Reception Music
The solo acoustic set was great fun. The audience really appreciated the tunes and it was a lovely opportunity to play a few new tracks and some that don’t often get an airing. Probably highlights of the set were Count On Me by Bruno Mars and I’m Yours by Jason Mraz; they certainly summed up the way the couple seemed to feel about one another on their wedding day!
Alternative Wedding Format
The young couple made some significant deviations from what we’ve come to see as the ‘norm’ for a wedding. The first indication we had of that things weren’t going as per usual was there only being 1 hour allocated for speeches and food. It turned out that the main meal was happening as a buffet once the evening guests arrived; a lovely way to include the evening guests.
The cutting of the cake passed us by completely! We often announce the cake cutting as it often happens immediately before the first dance; but we don’t know when, or indeed if it happened – but we weren’t called upon to announce it (or eat the cake! 🙂 ).
The first dance, while being performed live, wasn’t performed by the band… most odd! It was a beautiful rendition of the Eva Cassidy arrangement Songbird by the sister of the bride, Hannah, Her voice really was excellent and it made a really personal and special moment of the wedding reception.
Let The Dancing Commence!
Then it was time for the band to strike up! The young and excitable crowd flocked to the dance floor as soon as we begun. It’s always nice to play a full live set at the evening reception after playing an acoustic set over a drinks reception. The audience are often surprised to see us back, but eager to see a different side to the band.
Highlights of the full set in the first half were Mr Brightside, and a wee Beatles collection – our little tribute to being in Liverpool! Can’t Buy Me Love made a rare appearance, reminding us that we realy should play that song more; it’s a great dance floor filler.
Tonight we were pleasantly surprised by a couple of familiar faces in the crowd. Two old friends of Mike popped in just before sound check to say hello. As it happened, it was them who had recommended the band be considered for the wedding entertainment – but they were completely unaware that we’d been booked! Gaz came across an old musical friend; a friend whose album he’d played guitar on a few years back. Much reminiscing ensued in the short break between sets.
End of Summer Wedding Season 2012
This is now truly the end of the wedding season for us. We have a few weeks off now to work on some projects for next year and hone some new tracks. Watch this space for news of some exciting new things the band will be offering in 2013!