Willington Hall

Wedding season is back in full swing, we left early this morning for Willington Hall, early 18th century manor house in Cheshire.

 

With a long day ahead of us, we will keep updating the blog as the day in folds…

Well what a stunning venue. A beautiful garden and terrace area is our location for the drinks reception. The weather is still slightly overcast, so we have rainy day plan, to play in the orangery should it start to rain. This will not compromise the day though as again this is a lovely room which will work great with our acoustic guitars. Continue reading

TWIA destination

Well, it’s November 2016 and as winter flooding and severe gales sweep across Britain, we are showing our true Yorkshire grit and resilience by joining the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards for a third year in a row. Continue reading

Destination wedding anyone?

If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a wedding band; life is certainly never dull! 2015 saw us perform a diary-busting 75 weddings, zooming off in all directions of the United Kingdom. Marriage is most definitely soaring in its popularity and with this, the demand for couples to think outside the box when putting their own stamp on their big day. The desire for complete originality has resulted in a new trend which has seen Rock My Reception pack our bags/instruments and hit the skies for the ultimate wedding experience: the Destination Wedding.

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A Croatian Wedding With A Difference

Last Wednesday we flew out to Croatia, to the Old Town area of Dubrovnik, to provide the sound track to the day for Natasha and Brett, the new Mr and Mrs Ince.

We offered to play stripped back… purely acoustic, adding to the vibe of the day, which was laid back, relaxed with a real summery feel.

 

Planning a wedding anywhere in the world can be a stressful experience, but Natasha and Brett were fortunate to instruct Iva Hrdlicka from dubrovnikevent.com one of Croatia’s top Events Designers to help plan the day. We liaised with Iva over email and the phone. The simplicity of our acoustic package meant we could fulfil the needs of our bride and groom- to be ‘on hand’ all day, providing live music at any point, either indoors or outside. Iva was fantastic at precision planning the logistics for the day and gave us complete confidence to know the proceedings would run smoothly, providing us with accurate details in the lead up to the wedding, when we were over 1500 miles away.

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Dubrovnik Old Town at dusk

 

We arrived in Dubrovnic the day before the wedding, giving us the chance to immediately make a reconnaissance of  the venue. It became easy to see why Natasha and Brett chose Dubrovnik for their wedding location. As the temperature soared to 30 degrees, we got see the town in all its splendour. A short walk from the venue we headed down the narrow streets towards the pedestrianised Stradun where the pavements shone bright in the sun, polished to a smooth finish from the constant movement of the many tourists. A joyous vibrancy of all kinds of art forms and culture met you at every turn, from art galleries and museums to open air music and theatre.

The streets were lined with shops and restaurants, architecture, a mix of Renaissance and Baroque. The jewel of the town though was without doubt was Sponza Palace, where we were to be performing during the wedding ceremony.

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Sponza Palace, where Rock My Reception performed for the wedding ceremony

 

Come the big day we made our way to the open air hall of Sponza Palace for the ceremony. We had been asked to accompany one of Natasha’s friends, Carly, in a rendition of ‘This Is Us’ by Keisha Cole. With a quick rehearsal in one of the Palaces side rooms, we had the song in the bag with no problems. We accompanied a local pianist and cellist for the Brides entrance song. The ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. Natasha looked stunning in her dress and a beautiful reading from Natasha’s sister, Lexi: a lovely touch to the ceremony. For the recessional piece Natasha had asked us to perform ‘Adorn You’ by Miguel.

We took requests and chatted to the guests during the drinks reception in the open air courtyard of the palace, the acoustic guitars and vocals echoing off the limestone walls into the open warm air above us, setting the tone for the day.

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Aboard the cruise, taking requests from wedding guests

 

We followed the wedding party through the picturesque streets as the sun blazed down from the glorious blue sky. We boarded the boat which was to take guests on a cruise of the Dubrovnik coastline. Positioning ourselves at the bow of the boat we did suddenly feel ourselves reminiscent of Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ video!

 

There are certain stand out moments which occur in your life and this, for us, was certainly one of those: taking requests from a bride and groom and their guests, playing on board a boat sailing on the clear blue Adriatic Sea. As we past the picturesque coves and beeches, the music and atmosphere carried across the water as sun bathers and tourists clapped and cheered the newly weds as we passed by.

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Grand Villa Argentina for the Champagne drinks reception

 

The evening reception was held at the Grand Villa Argentina, a Twentieth century mansion, positioned on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Adriatic. We played in the garden alongside the private beech and saltwater pool for the Champagne welcome drinks. As the sun set in the West over the sea, the newly weds were showered in confetti as we the guests joined in our acoustic version of Teenage Wedding by Chuck Berry.

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Personalised confetti

 

Iva, Marin and the staff at the Grand Villa Argentina were incredibly friendly and helpful, guiding us to where we would need to be for the various parts of the proceedings for the commencing evening reception.

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Pictured with Kristian Thomas the Olympic athlete, Team GB medal winner who was a guest at the wedding

 

As Natasha and Brett where welcomed into the room for the evening, we followed them in playing ‘All You Need Is Love’ as they took to there seats. The speeches followed and on to the wedding meal.

After the meal and toasts Natasha had a surprise for all the guests. The lyrics to Queens Bohemien Rhapsody were handed out to everyone, we had been previously briefed to play along with the track as all the guests stood up on there seats for a sing along, climaxing in an air guitar solo by all the groomsmen! The staff and waiters all spontaneously joined in… an absolutely fantastic way to end our day.

 

It was a joyous experience to play for Natasha and Brett. Not only was it a pleasure for us to perform at one of the most stunningly beautiful locations, but the whole party embraced the day with such gusto.

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Pictured with the happy couple!

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Brett and Natasha for booking Rock My Reception for their wedding and wish them both a long and very happy future together.

The Lose Hill Hotel, Derbyshire.

Sunday 29th May 2016

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the years of playing in Rock My Reception: it certainly improves your geography! During May 2016 we had travelled as far north as Bathgate in Scotland to Cambridgeshire with plenty of weddings at locations in between. For our final engagement of the month we were concluding a three day consecutive weekend of weddings with a full day reception for Jenny and Adrian Chatterton-Whipps in the picturesque setting of the Lose Hill Hotel situated right in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District.

The Lose Hill Hotel is one the Peak Districts best kept secrets. Hidden at the end of a small and leafy country lane, this 1914 arts and crafts gem has been converted into a luxurious, 23 bedroom hotel and spa. Equidistant from the wonderful villages of Castleton, Edale and Hope, the venue boasts some of the most breathtaking views with its grandiose backdrop of Win Hill.

After the weather so far this year had been somewhat erratic it was anyone’s guess as to what the elements would throw at the proceedings, however as luck would have it, glorious sunshine prevailed and remained for the duration of the day.

As we waited for guests to arrive we chatted to Adrian, who unlike many grooms, seemed completely unfased and relaxed! As the ceremony room was relatively small we played some gentle ballads such as Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles and Your Song by Elton John whilst waiting for the ceremony to proceed, also including some light instrumental music. As Jenny made her magnificent entrance with her father to a recording of Handel’s Water Music no.2.

One of the great features of today’s wedding ceremonies is that, like all other aspects of the day, you pretty much tailor-make the occasion to your own tastes and requirements. This can result in the ceremony having more meaning, warmth and romance. The two beautiful readings from Jenny and Adrian’s guests were are a real case in point.

As the ceremony was brought to a close we struck up with ‘All You Need Is Love’ and the congregation made their way to the Hotel’s gardens for drinks and canapés. We played a selection of requests from guests who were brilliantly forthcoming and suggested songs from Simon and Garfunkel and The Rolling Stones. The whole location leant itself beautifully to the purpose of getting the perfect wedding photographs and special credit must go to Tim Hensel the photographer who’s enthusiasm and warmth really came across when calling and arranging the different guests for group shots. Some of the shots we’ve already seen are incredible and later on in the evening Tim even used smoke bombs to give the Bride and Groom shots are dramatic effect!

Jenny and Adrian had both chosen Coldplay’s Sky Full Of Stars as their first dance to be played acoustically. A brilliant choice for us as we’d never played it as a first dance before and another example of how you can really make elements of your wedding bespoke. Their guests were also some of the most energetic we’ve played to and a real range of ages from children to Grandparents. Rock My Reception also offer a DJ service, which comprised of the final couple of hours of the evening. This is where the couple and their guests get free-reign on the playlist for the night. Big thanks must go particularly to Adrian and to guest, Laura McKeown who provided us with an endless variety of requests ranging from The Killers and Take That to Fat Boy Slim and definitely a first for us: the theme to Baywatch which brought the house down!!!

Inevitably, the time of the night arrived whereby we had to play one more tune before the curfew. It had to be Oasis’s anthemic Don’t Look Back In Anger whereby we went back to acoustic and joined in with the guests gathered in a circle singing wildly all hand in hand. The perfect end to the perfect wedding.

Thank you to all the staff at Lose Hill who were so hard working professional and charming. Tim Hensel of Tim Hensel Photography who was a delight to chat to during our break and most importantly to Adrian and Jenny: thank you so much for your hospitality and for booking us to perform for your wedding day. It was a pleasure and myself and Kieran wish you both our best wishes for a long and happy future together.

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Having Rock My Reception DJ for your wedding couldn’t be easier. Either email us a list of songs to play before the date, or leave it up to us to judge the crowd on the night… and just like out live sets… we always welcome song requests!!!!

 

Here is a typical dj set from Rock My Reception…

 

  1. i gotta feeling, black eyed peas
  2. uptown funk, bruno mars
  3. jump around, house of pain
  4. gangsta trippin, fatboy slim
  5. thriller, michael jackson
  6. walk this way, aerosmith/run dmc
  7. crazy in love, beyonce/jay z
  8. dee lire, groove armada
  9. hips don’t lie, shakira
  10. we don’t speal no Americano
  11. we found love, rhianna
  12. hey ya, out cast
  13. love shack, b52s
  14. yeah, usher
  15. come on Eileen, dexys
  16. ice ice baby, vanilla ice
  17. ebaneezer good, shamen
  18. u can’t touch this, mc hammer
  19. return of the mac, mark morisson
  20. gold digger, kanye west
  21. poker face, lady gaga
  22. buffaloe stance, nenah cherry
  23. I think were alone now, tiffany
  24. abc, jackson 5
  25. relight my fire, take that
  26. wanna dance with somebody, whitney Houston
  27. push it, salt and pepper
  28. sexy and I know it, lmfao
  29. lucky, pharrell
  30. rock dj, robbie Williams
  31. respect, aretha franklin
  32. build me up buttercup
  33. year 2000, pulp
  34. bet you look good on the dance floor, artic monkees
  35. valerie, mark ronson
  36. single ladies, beyonce
  37. its not unusual, tom jones
  38. rock around the clock, bill Hayley
  39. summer of 69, bryan adams
  40. dirty, christina aguelera
  41. rather be, clean bandit
  42. dancing in the moonlight, toploader
  43. lets dance, bowie
  44. let it go, frozen
  45. 9-5, dolly parton
  46. rio, durran durran
  47. little less conversation elvis/jxl
  48. lo, flo rida
  49. love machine, girl aloud
  50. I see you baby, groove amarda
  51. I like the way you move, body rockers
  52. are you gonna be my girl, jet
  53. saturday night, whigfield
  54. kinky afro, happy Mondays
  55. here comes the hotstepper, ina kamozi
  56. you sexy thing, hot chocolate
  57. I am the one and only, Chesney hawkes
  58. don’t feel like dancing, sissor sisters
  59. born slippy, underworld
  60. iggy pop, lust for life
  61. amarillo
  62. little respect, erasure
  63. jess glynn
  64. makes you beautiful 1d
  65. ruby ruby, kaiser chiefs
  66. walking on sunshine, catrina and the waves
  67. right here right now, fatboy slim
  68. maccerena, los del rio
  69. cha cha slide, dj casper
  70. in da club, 50 cent
  71. wake me up, 50 cent
  72. bills, lunch money lewis
  73. moves like hjagger, maroon 5
  74. beat it, Michael Jackson
  75. reach for the stars, s club 7
  76. rock the casbah, the clash
  77. mr Brightside, the killers
  78. i can’t feel my face, the weekend
  79. unberlevable emf
  80. disey, vic reeves
  81. lets get ready to rumble, pj and Duncan
  82. tainted love, soft cell
  83. get jiggy with it, will smith
  84. you got the love, candi staton
  85. let there be love, nat king cole