Wedding Fayres

Liverpool Red Piano & Vocals at Liverpool Wedding Show

Last weekend, I finally unveiled my new Liverpool RED piano. Yay! BLISS had very kindly invited me to perform in the VIP Lounge at the Liverpool Wedding Show. The piano looked amazing (see above) and guests really loved this new addition to the portable baby grand collection. I’ve had my other white baby grand piano for 15 years now. But this Liverpool red piano is very RED and very SHINY!

We can set the piano up practically anywhere. We transport it on its side with the legs off so it can fit through a single door. It is actually a mahogany piano body which houses a Nord Stage 2 keyboard. Once on site, set-up takes about 20 minutes. It is connected up to a Mackie PA system which we can also use for playing iPod music during performance breaks.

Repertoire can be anything from background (John Legend, Rat Pack, Bublé, current charts) to full-on party and singalong! There are thousand of songs in my playlists. For evening events, I also set up appropriate stage lighting. In addition, I always carry a spare mic or 2 and an iPad with a ton of lyrics ready for guest singers. Or how about some Live Karaoke?

So imagine:
a) you’re having a red colour scheme (maybe a ruby wedding),
b) you support the Reds,
c) you’re planning a Christmas party with red and white
d) you just want something original and different

How about a guy in a hat singing and playing your favourite songs on a red piano? x

Wirral Wedding Fayre at Thornton Hall and Thornton Manor

Welcome to Wirral wedding fayre season! Following my busiest year yet in 2012, I’m now looking forward to Wirral wedding fayre season 2013. Let’s get this show on the road!

I really enjoy meeting all the new brides and grooms who have recently become engaged. In addition, we see some couples returning year after year as they plan their wedding over time! I’m always interested to listen to their ideas and offer tips or advice to add to their special day. I love it!

Nowadays, different venues hold wedding fayres or bridal fayres on the same day. On 13th January, Thornton Hall put on yet another very successful wedding fayre. I met lots of brides and grooms on the day. It is definitely one of the best wedding fayres on the Wirral for quality of exhibitors and organisation on the day.

Last Sunday 20th January, County Brides organised the first fayre at Thornton Manor in 5 years. The exhibitors were certainly of a very high standard and many of the visitors seemed very keen to proceed with bookings.

Clearly, when exhibiting I want to engage with visitors but without being pushy or overbearing. I find it easier to begin a conversation from behind the piano. I’ll play a few bars from what I think might be a visitor’s favourite song. If I’m unsure, I’ll play the riff from A Thousand Miles (Vanessa Carlton) – a hit with pretty much everyone…

I like to include a little bit of humour too. It can be quite daunting when you have so many options at once. A light-hearted but professional approach always helps the brides and grooms relax. It doesn’t have to be just about entertainment. I think it’s good to discuss all aspects of your wedding day with people who are working full time in the industry. We are all happy to share our experience. This may consist of recommending other suppliers, discussing the running order or just reminding you to breathe and savour the moment on the day! x

Evening Entertainment at Jerry & Jo’s Inglewood Manor Wedding

Evening entertainment at Inglewood Manor Wirral wedding

It was great to return to Inglewood Manor last Saturday providing the evening entertainment at Jo & Jerry’s wedding reception.

I had met the couple at Inglewood Manor wedding fayre in early March. At the time I already had a booking with my band elsewhere for their date.

However, at the end of March, the other couple sadly had to cancel their wedding. So, I got back in touch with Jerry and Jo who happily confirmed their own booking with me.

I was to play sets for the early evening including their first dance “Everything” (Michael Bublé). After that, I was to keep guests on the floor before handing over to resident DJ Ian around 10pm. He would then take things up to half-past midnight.

I ended up playing a mixture of Rat Pack, classic rock, disco, pop and current cover versions. That way, the evening entertainment offered something for everyone. Between myself and Ian, we covered all of the bride and groom’s requests and the dancers did not disappoint… Oh what a night!!

Wedding Fayre Entertainment at Inglewood Manor, Wirral

For any Wirral wedding fayre entertainment is a key ingredient. One of my favourite Wirral venues is Inglewood Manor . They announced their own wedding fayre for 4th March. With more than 30 local suppliers, a top in-house team and a great atmosphere, it is always popular.

Wirral Wedding Fayre Entertainment Inglewood Manor

Wirral Wedding Fayre Entertainment Inglewood Manor

So, if you are looking for live wedding music, visit a bridal fair. Amongst the  different suppliers, there are usually one or two wedding fayre entertainment options. You may want a live wedding band for the evening, rather than a DJ. My own band have performed at Inglewood many times.

Wedding fayre entertainment should also include daytime music: a wedding pianist & singer like me or a harpist, guitarist or string quartet, for example.

At Inglewood weddings, I often set up in the Executive Suite the same as for the wedding fayre. For weddings or events with 60 guests or more, I set up in the main lounge area. The piano is usually against the wall looking out onto the patio. It is the perfect position to perform during the wedding ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast.

This was my last Wirral wedding fayre of the 2012 season. I look forward to singing and playing at Inglewood over the course of 2012. I will of course be at the next wedding fayre there in October – date to be confirmed.

Wirral Pianist at Thornton Hall Hotel Wedding Fayre

Wirral Pianist at Thornton Hall wedding fayre

It looks like I am the only Wirral pianist with a portable white grand piano. It comes in very handy at wedding fayres to lay out my business cards, enquiry forms etc. I think it sounds rather nice too!

I was performing at the first Wirral wedding fayre of the season at Thornton Hall Hotel. After 2 weeks in Philadelphia, New York and New Orleans (!!!), I was straight back to business and ready to rock n roll.

First of all, I set up as usual in the Torintone Suite. If you are considering attending a wedding fayre, this one isn’t too big and has a wide variety of suppliers who aren’t “pushy”.

You can check out venue dressers, wedding dress suppliers, cake makers, chocolate fountains. In addition, there are photographers, videographers, stationers, wedding cars, etc. You can probably find most of that you are looking for.

I also enjoy performing at weddings in the Pulford Suite at Thornton Hall. This is the smaller, rather more intimate suite with more soft furnishings. It’s quite separate, on the other side of the hotel. How wonderful to find a venue which offers different options for your wedding reception.

Finally, if you are looking for a local Wirral pianist & singer for your wedding, come to a fayre. More than others, I would recommend the fayres at Thornton Hall (mid-Jan & mid-Sept) and Inglewood Manor (early Oct & early March). See you there!

 

 

Pianist at Christabel & Vic’s Wedding at Thornton Hall Hotel, Wirral (Pulford Suite)

Returned to Thornton Hall on Thursday – one of my favourite venues – to perform at Christabel and Vic’s wedding. I set the white baby grand up at the far end of the Pulford Suite and once everybody was singing with the first Rat Pack song “That’s Amore” I knew we were in for a great afternoon. I had previously met Vic and Christabel at Thornton Hall wedding fayre where we were able to have a chat about options for the day and the type of songs they would like me to play. Now that they’ve tied the knot, they do make a lovely couple. I wish them all the best for the future!