The Moon Loungers play an evening wedding party at Ston Easton Park
Things have calmed down a bit after a manic summer, and this weekend we just had the one gig on Sunday evening. The venue was Ston Easton Park, a very posh manor house in Somerset.
The format of the wedding was different to what we’ve become accustomed to – after getting married early in the afternoon, the couple had decided to let guests relax around the venue for a few hours in the afternoon, with the wedding breakfast pushed back to 7pm. This meant a different approach was required from the Moon Loungers…
We arrived at 5pm and and quickly set up, before playing from 6 – 7pm as guests enjoyed pre-meal drinks. This meant a low key performance, with Stu on brushes, the volume turned down and a dusting down of our swing repertoire (Fly Me to the Moon, Mr. Bojangles, etc). This all worked really well, and before we knew it the guests were heading off for the meal.
We then settled down in the salubrious library room for what would prove to be the longest between set break we’ve ever known! With three guests cancelling at the last minute (how convenient…), we stepped into the breach and were served up a magnificent 3 course meal, with drinks thrown in as well. A tough day at the office!
The plan was to play our second set from 10.00 to 11.30, with disco taking things up to midnight. Once our food had gone down we got ourselves back in position, but it soon became apparent that we’d be playing a bit later than planned. After the meal the guests headed outside to set off some Chinese lanterns, then it was time for coffee, before the bride adjourned to her room to spend some time sorting out her dress for the first dance…
Eventually we kicked off the second set a full hour behind schedule, the first dance being “Your Song”. The couple had prepared a routine which went down well, and we blasted through a quickfire set that crammed in as many dancefloor fillers as we could manage. The guests packed the floor and we played up until just before midnight for a very enthusiastic crowd. We let the disco slip past the usual midnight curfew (we’d been well looked after, let’s face it) to complete a really good night – albeit an unusual one!
The couple were great and we wish them our best, as well as thanking them once again for all the food and drinks!