Last weekend saw our first wedding of 2015 when we played for Kelly and Paul at Barmbyfield Barn near Pocklington. We’d last been at the barn in September, and the first thing that struck us when we arrived was how different it looked inside. This is the venue’s secret weapon – it’s a real blank canvas for couples looking to put their own stamp on their big day.
We’d agreed with the bride and groom to arrive early and set up before everything started. So we arrived around lunchtime to begin setting up. There are a lot of bands who aren’t keen on doing this, but we realise that getting everything in place early can sometimes make a huge difference to the day so we’re always ready to discuss these sort of additional requirements.
It’s also worth mentioning Barmbyfield’s other secret weapon – their wedding planner Ellen. Ellen is possessed of the two skills vital to any sort of event planner – she’s totally unflappable, and she has an inexhaustible network of contacts. Even as the wind picked up and the temperature dropped Ellen cheerfully coordinated all of the suppliers involved in the set up, only pausing to turn the heating up another notch!
Any worries we had about the temperature disappeared as soon as we started playing. The dance floor filled up straight away and stayed red-hot all night! It was a real mix of family and friends so we played a really eclectic set that stretched from Elvis to Girls Aloud. It’s always the sign of a good night when you can hear the audience singing above the noise of the band!
This was a great wedding, and a wonderful celebration at a really cool little venue. It was also a brilliant gig to kick off 2015 for The Players. It’s going to be a great year.