One of the questions we often get asked is ‘do you ever play midweek weddings?’, to which the answer would be ‘Yes, of course- we’ll gladly play Monday to Friday!’. Of course the number of bookings we actually get for Monday to Thursday weddings are significantly smaller than Friday to Sunday bookings as they have the obvious benefits of guests not having to work the next day and people generally being able to let their hair down more. However, midweek weddings do have their advantages, particularly when it comes to price reduction and with a bit of forward planning, a good old knees-up can still be had. On Tuesday May 26th 2015 at Harewood House on the outskirts of Leeds was the perfect case in point.
Yes, Tuesday may seem to be an unusual day to have a wedding ceremony and reception, but that didn’t stop the sun from coming out in full strength (weather always being a gamble when booking a wedding). Neither did it stop the staff at Harewood House from pulling out all stops and ensuring everything went running smoothly for the couples big day. We have had the pleasure of playing at a wedding ceremony in the grounds of Harewood House before and on both occasions the sun shone down into the beautiful Grade I listed courtyard making it the perfect setting for guests to enjoy their evening drinks basking in the warmth of the springtime sun. Although having set up our lighting and sound equipment in one of the surrounding banqueting rooms, to play for guests in this majestic backdrop was an opportunity not to be missed, so we set up between some of the courtyards fine Corinthian Columns and played a half hour set while guests chatted and helped themselves to crepes from the vintage crepe van parked at the far side of the courtyard.
It was also a pleasure for us to meet up with a previous Groom who’s wedding reception we had played at in East Keswick, who was here today in the role of wedding film and photographer. As we played in the evening sunlight he’d captured some excellent footage of the children dancing to our rendition of Jessie Jays ‘Price Tag’.
As the sun finally dropped lower onto the horizon we made our way into the banqueting suite: a spacious room complete with original oak beams, capable of accommodating 120 guests and perfect for the evening dance.The first dance chosen was The Waterboys beautiful ‘How long will I love you?’, recently covered by Taylor Swift, as their first dance and the whole floor was filled with guests who joined along in dancing along with them bride and groom, who had also come up the fantastic idea of printing menus with our song lists on so that guests could pick and choose their favourite songs to played and request them to us. We also had the pleasure of one guest coming up to sing with us her beautiful rendition of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’.
We took a brief break for the buffet and played background music from our DJ booth. Very soon we were back on and people were dancing right up until midnight! Some of the guests had even come from as far as Plymouth and were particularly impressed by our Oasis back-catalogue! When asked if we’d like to play at their wedding when they’d set a date we readily agreed and told them that distance was certainly not an issue!
Happy couple and their guests alike, proved that a midweek wedding certainly can be just as romantic and a joyous occasion as any weekend ceremony.