Week Night Weddings
The Holy Grail of the professional function band. Sure, Friday or Saturday night weddings are great – and we perform a lot of them. But week night weddings are a win / win situation: we get to play, and more importantly, you get a great band at discount price! And let’s face it, anything you can shave off your wedding budget is going to be great news, right?
We recently performed on a Monday night for Daniel and Kate at their wedding at sumptuous Cranage Hall in Cheshire. For those not in the know, Cranage hall is one of the most popular wedding venues not just in Cheshire but the whole of the UK and has a great reputation in the wedding industry. The Baird suite, where the wedding breakfast, speeches and evening wedding reception was being held has been acoustically treated and looks and sounds great!
We arrived in plenty of time on the day, just in case the wedding breakfast and speeches were running ahead of time – well, there’s a first time for everything! Planning this part of the evening can be a real headache for brides and grooms because it’s not always that easy to predict how long multi-course meals and speeches can take, and invariably this part of the wedding day runs late.
One of the good things about hiring a professional band such as AMPLIFIED is that we’re both flexible enough to work with changing timings on the day and quick and efficient at setting up our equipment and soundchecking. In fact, within about 30 minutes of having clear access to the performance room, we can provide DJ music (which we offer as standard, free of charge), which means that if, like Daniel and Kate, your reception is running a little late and your evening guests arrive before the wedding breakfast and speeches are over, the amount of “down time” before the start of entertainment for the evening is reduced to a minimum.
So, with our equipment set up, the band sound checked and DJ music playing, all the guests filed back into the room in readiness for the first dance. We checked that bride and groom were ready and then called their family, friends and loved ones to line the edge of the dance floor. Here’s a top tip – photographers love seeing everyone lining the dance floor as it frames their first dance photos very nicely indeed! So we called Daniel and Kate for their first dance, which was “Perfect”, Ed Sheeran and then kicked in with upbeat non-cheesy live band music for two hours, split into two sets, with DJ music inbetween and afterwards.
Here’s a small sample of the songs requested by Daniel, Kate and guests:
- Place your hands, Reef
- Signed, sealed, delivered, Stevie Wonder
- Get Lucky, Daft Punk
- All the small things, Blink 182
- Mustang Sally, Commitments
- Sex on Fire, Kings of Leon
- Get ready, Temptations
- Happy, Pharrell Williams
- Valerie, Amy Winehouse
What a varied selection! We kept guests on the dance floor all night and Daniel and Kate told us they loved the mix of music. Other guests also mentioned that they loved the blend of male and female vocals and that the saxophone really added something extra. So for a compact live four piece band with a great full sound, tonnes of on-stage energy and an amazingly broad song list, choose AMPLIFIED! Call us direct on 0796 433 5657 for more information.