Choosing a wedding venue is a big decision. And there are so many options! Countryside manors, sleek city hotels, rustic barns and garden marquees. A marquee wedding is a popular choice during the summer months, and is a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful outdoor setting.
Jess and Rhys opted for a marquee wedding when they got married on the late August bank holiday weekend at The Old Rectory, Llanilid, in South Wales. They wanted a relaxed, festival style vibe and a marquee wedding was the perfect way to achieve this! The Old Rectory is surrounded by beautiful gardens, with an intimate space for an outdoor wedding ceremony and a large lawn to locate the marquee.
live piano music at a marquee wedding ceremony
Jess loves piano music, and booked our Gold Package to have music during the ceremony and the drinks reception. The couple also upgraded their package to include the Grand Piano, which is fully portable and can be set up both outdoors and inside. The plan was to have an outdoor ceremony, and then to move the piano to the marquee for the drinks reception. The sun was shining brightly on the morning of the wedding, but the forecast for when the ceremony was scheduled to take place was looking decidedly less reassuring! Dheyna (of Smitten Weddings) was coordinating the day, and after chatting with the couple and the suppliers involved, made the call to move the ceremony indoors.
Despite it being a last-minute change of plans, the groomsmen pitched in and moved the chairs from outside into the marquee, creating a space for the ceremony to take place. Everything was ready for the ceremony to begin on time, and as the bridal party made their way down to the marquee, the heavens opened! But the heavy rain did not detract in any way from the joy of the occasion, and the bridal party walked down the aisle to Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One, followed by Jess who looked absolutely radiant.
The couple chose Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide and Memories by Maroon 5 to be played during the signing of the register, and they walked out to This Will Be An Everlasting Love (Natalie Cole), accompanied by rapturous applause from their guests.
the drinks reception
As the piano was already set up in the marquee, there was no need to relocate for the drinks reception, so I was able to move straight into playing background music as the guests received their welcome drinks. All of our packages include five pieces of music that are not on our repertoire lists, and as the couple had only used one new request during their ceremony they were able to include four more during the drinks reception: Thank You (Dido); Slipping through my fingers (Abba); Angels (Robbie Williams) and Bridge over troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel).
The weather continued to switch between torrential downpours and bright summer sunshine, but there was plenty of space in the marquee for guests to mingle and shelter from the alternating rain and warm sunshine! It just goes to show that even with the most thorough planning, the weather will do its own thing and it’s always important to have a wet weather option just in case!
I loved playing for Jess and Rhys’ marquee wedding, and it was exciting to experience another new wedding venue in South Wales. If you would like to find out more about having live piano music on your wedding day, send us an enquiry here and you will receive our brochure with all the information. I can’t wait to hear from you!