A bumper 3-wedding weekend for Bristol’s busiest wedding band
Yes, count ’em, three weddings – and all in the space of about 30 hours…
First up was a wedding evening party at Hotel du Vin, probably central Bristol’s swankiest hotel. We’d only previously played there once before a fair few years ago, but soon after arriving the memories quickly flooded back of wrestling with the tiny lift to get our equipment up to the function room (on the 2nd floor – doh!) and battling countless fire doors and winding corridors. Thankfully, (a) we’d allowed loads of time; and (b) the wedding breakfast was doing what most wedding breakfasts do and running late!
We were eventually set up and ready to go at about 8.45, with an interesting black and white check dance floor postioned in front of us ready for lots of dancing (or a gigantic game of chess, if anyone fancied). The first dance was held back until midway through the first set, which worked quite well given the song choice was the fairly heavy duty “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon. It went really well, with lots of guests joining the bride and groom after a minute or so and sticking around for the rest of the first set.
The buffet was pretty much as good as it gets (and we should know!), and after tucking into this feast we launched into a second set that had everyone dancing. The bride and groom had mentioned they were big fans of ’80s rock anthems during our pre-wedding meeting, so we couldn’t resist performing a specially learned version of “Summer of ’69″…
We also added an encore of “Sweet Child of Mine” before handing over to the disco for the final throes of the evening.
It was then time to reaquaint ourselves with the lift, and in Steve’s case get lost trying to find an alternative route down a fire escape (so not a great fire escape, really…). All in all it was a terrific evening though, and we extend our congratulations once again to a lovely couple.
On Saturday we headed to the Alveston House Hotel near Thornbury for a daytime wedding booking. This was a new venue for us, and we set up in the reception room so we were able to play as guests arrived and grabbed their first beverages of the day. We then played through the wedding breakfast before jumping in the van and heading off to Priston Mill for wedding number 3…
Reunited with Stu the drummer at Priston, we quickly set up in our favourite spot in the Water Mill ready for the first dance. On this occasion we let our trusty disco lap top take over, the bride and groom having plumped for “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. From there we tore through our first set, criss-crossing the decades and keeping everyone entertained with everything from Michael Jackson to Michael Buble!
The buffet was good old-fashioned bacon and sausage sarnies, which we happily tucked into on the terrace before kicking off the second set with our new 3-piece version of “The Greatest Day” by Take That. The guests quickly piled onto the dancefloor, and (with the odd bit of gentle coaxing) there they stayed for our final set of live music of the weekend.
For the encore we slowed it down and played “Chasing Cars”, and then it was disco time for the remainder of the evening. This gave the bride and her hen party girls a chance to show off their Flashdance routine (above), before “New York New York” finished proceedings off in traditional style.
A tremendous weekend of weddings, all in all, and well done to all three happy couples. PS – if any of the newly weds fancy taking three tired musicians away on a relaxing honeymoon then just let us know!