Just got back from playing organ for a lovely wedding North of London – look, the sun is shining!!!!!
Last weekend I performed for a wedding at Vinopolis near London Bridge – here are some photos!
This was where I set up for the drinks reception…
… and this was the main wedding breakfast room…read more
1. 1920s inspired weddings
The Roaring Twenties remains one of the most adored and coveted eras in fashion, and many current wedding motifs serve as an especially romantic nod to the era. The red lipstick, the feathers, the pearls, and art deco inspired details all exude vintage glamour without seeming too stuffy or forced. Many wedding planners are taking their cues from Old Hollywood and popular shows like Boardwalk Empire whose characters stay draped in decadent dresses and sharply detailed suits. The resurgence of 20s inspired dresses are an especially interesting touch, reflecting the refusal of corsets and a welcoming of higher hemlines and more playful details throughout the decade. Hand-beaded gowns, beautifully adorned headpieces, and even new takes on flapper dresses are seeing a resurgence both at weddings and on the runway.
2. Jazz Music
What’s a Gatsby inspired wedding without a little jazz? Jazz bands originated in New Orleans in the 1920s and provide the perfect backdrop for a wedding cocktail hour or even ceremony exit music. Wedding pianists with jazz leanings are in high demand right now, as are jazz trios that keep your reception sophisticated and exciting. Leading wedding trend blog Gig Masters predicts that with the soon-to-be-released movie version of The Great Gatsby, jazz bands will show no signs of slowing as a wedding trend in 2013.
3. Variations in Bridesmaid Dresses
For many bridesmaids, committing to being a bridesmaid can feel a lot like being drafted. There are strict duties, an occasionally rigid commander, and a uniform involved. Lately though, the traditionally uniform role of bridesmaid seems to be taking notes from the lighter side. Many brides-to-be are now choosing color palettes and textures for their bridesmaid, but then leaving the style and exact color up to their individual bridesmaids. Even more traditional brides are choosing one color but allowing their bridesmaid to choose the top design of their dress, such as halter, strapless, or one shoulder. Brands like Marks & Spencer bridesmaid dresses are becoming increasingly popular due to their selection and re-wearability.
4. Eco-friendly Weddings
Conflict-free engagement rings made of alternative gemstones including vintage-inspired colored stones and recycled diamonds are more popular than ever. Weddings are also seeing a rise in re-wearable short wedding dresses, paperless or recycled paper invitations, and locally sourced menus and gifts. Vintage wedding dresses and decadent vintage wedding ornaments are also seeing a resurgence, allowing couples to keep their weddings elegant and beautiful without making too much of a carbon footprint. There has also been a noticeable shift in wedding gift registries, with many couples choosing charity donations and cash gifting registries as alternatives to gifts.
5. Mini Gourmet Food
According to the food trend researchers at Technomic, 28 percent of consumers would like more mini-sandwich offerings at restaurants, up from 23 percent in 2010. It may seem sightly ridiculous to serve menu items like hamburgers and tacos at an elegant wedding reception, but their gourmet downsized versions serve as a perfectly stylish addition to any wedding. “Serve smaller versions of larger entrees to host more of a heavy cocktail hour instead of a sit-down dinner,” advises event planner Cara Crowley. This of course frees up time for guests to dance and mingle without sacrificing the element of sustenance and warmth that the reception dinner brings.read more
Hi everyone! Just got back from playing piano at another wedding, all went very well and great day for it!
Just wanted to point out that there are rules you have to follow if you are having a civil wedding ceremony in terms of the music.
If you are having a civil ceremony, you are not allowed music with any religious connections or connotations.
More info hereread more
Hi everyone, sorry it’s been a little while since my last blog post!
I’ve just got back from performing at a wedding at the Langham Hotel in London.
For the bridal party entrance they chose “The Swan - Saint-Saens” which is a great choice. On the way out they had “What a Feeling – Flashdance” which I thought was a very cool choice! If you have any other ideas for entrance or exit music please leave a comment – thanks!read more