The band recently headed up into the Yorkshire Dales for a wedding at Yorebridge House in Wensleydale. Vicky and Jason had chosen this amazing boutique hotel as the venue for their big day.
This was possibly the wettest weekend of the summer, and the puddles were pretty deep by the time we arrived. However this didn’t dampen the guests spirits! The weather did make an appearance later on in the night too…
We set up in the Orangery, which had some great views out into the surrounding countryside. It always amazes us how many stunning wedding venues Yorkshire has to offer, in so many beautiful locations. But we were on a schedule and didn’t have time to admire the view. it was time to get on with soundcheck.
It’s probably safe to say that when Yorebridge House was built they weren’t planning on rock and roll bands turning up! It’s at this point in the evening that our wealth of experience as a wedding band really counts. Every wedding venue is unique, so you don’t just don’t just set up the same every night. We saw straight away that we needed to really control our volume or risk emptying the room.
Where a less experienced band might not realise this until it is too late, we anticipated it from the off. We’ve got no end of tricks up our sleeve to ensure we aren’t blasting guests away from the party. So, by the time the first dance came around we knew we were on top of things.
We really have to give a massive shout out to Kathryn a.k.a Photography by Kathryn. As you’ve probably guessed, she was the photographer! She’d been there for most of the day by the time we’d arrived and she really made us feel welcome, as well as bringing us up to speed on where things were in proceedings. She also takes amazing wedding photos so check out her brilliant portfolio.
As mentioned, the weather made one final appearance at the end of the night… By the time we were heading home the rain had eased off, but it had already done it’s worst. Some seriously flooded roads on the way back made for one of our most memorable journeys of the summer. We even had to stop and make some temporary vehicle repairs in Aysgarth some time around 1am!
Tanya and Joe asked us to be the band for their wedding at The Parsonage in Escrick near York. The Parsonage is a great venue with a fantastic function room and adjoining garden. It’s also a short drive from home which is always a nice change!
We arrived Just as the wedding breakfast was ending, so we were able to get set up whilst guests were mingling elsewhere. Because the team at The Parsonage were super helpful we were set up in record time. Then we were all set for a party!
Our couple had chosen ‘I don’t want to miss a thing‘ by Aerosmith for their first dance. It was a great choice, and they were swamped by friends and family on the dance floor by the end. This is always a good sign for the rest of the evening.
Tanya and Joe’s friends were up for a good time. The dance floor stayed busy all night. We even managed to squeeze a request in having quickly learned the song in one our breaks! Because we offer to bespoke our between set playlists our ‘iPad DJ’ kept the guests up and dancing whilst we weren’t performing. We’d been asked to include plenty of 90’s hits and we were more than happy to oblige!
It was great to be back at The Parsonage, and we hope it isn’t too long before we are back there again. It was also great to receive a glowing review from our happy couple the next day! They wrote:
“This band was amazing. They played at our wedding yesterday and played our first dance song live which was beautiful. All the guests commented on how great the band was. They played a fantastic range of songs and the communication from booking them to after the event is fantastic. I would recommend them to anybody. 5 stars from Mr and Mrs Crockett.”
So, here we are, it’s 25th June – the sun is out (occasionally), the school holidays are just around the corner and, there’s only 182 days left until Christmas! Have you got it sorted yet? Well, we have! Because there’s nothing like being organised for Christmas!
In case you didn’t know, the Grand is the only 5 Star Hotel in Yorkshire. It was originally built in 1906 for the North Eastern Railway Company, one of the wealthiest businesses of the Edwardian era, and served as its headquarters for more than 80 years.
It still boasts a stately character, with sweeping stone staircases, original wood panelling, parquet flooring and acres of marble. The extravagance and grandeur is all a reminder of the building’s former status.
These are going to be some really special shows in a truly world-class venue. We’re really pleased to be back again and the events are always amazing. For more information contact the Grand directly or go to their website.
Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas!
PS. If you’re looking for a band to liven up your party, whatever the time of year, why not get in touch? We can cater for 30 or 300 guests, and we have a range of packages to suit all your needs.