Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Partnerships
Have you considered a pianist for your wedding? I have years of experience playing background music, I'm currently the resident pianist at the Regent Theatre, Hanley where you'll find me on a Thursday or Friday night.
I believe live piano music creates the perfect ambiance and gives your wedding that special touch. I have a wide repertoire to suit all tastes and ages and I try to read the audience to play music for the moment. So why not make your occasion more memorable by having a live pianist which will entertain and help stimulate conversations too. Having a live pianist playing during any part of your wedding creates a very classy and upmarket feel. I can create the perfect ambiance for both you and your guests and tailor music to your needs. Below are some suggestions for music I have performed at other weddings but as your day is unique the choice is entirely down to yourselves. Please take a look at my repertoire page for more song choices.
Please note if you are getting married at a venue other than a church some of the music may not be suitable if it has any religious content so you would need to get permission from the registrar beforehand.
I now have a stunning White Grand Piano shell available for use, this will be a talking point and will be fully portable and will enable you to have a grand piano without the extra cost. To secure a booking I require a £25 non refundable deposit which can either be paid by cash, cheque or bank transfer. Payment in full is required 7 days prior to the event or cash paid on the day.
The Wedding Ceremony
Music for up to 15 mins as your guests arrive and are being seated
A piece of music to walk down the aisle to
2 or 3 pieces of music for the signing of the register (this allows for photographs too)
A piece of music for the exit of the newly weds
The Drinks Reception
A selection of music played as your guests celebrate the newly weds and while you are whisked away for photographs.
This music will be non obtrusive and create the perfect ambience for your guests as they enjoy a few drinks which will help stimulate conversation whilst also adding a touch of class to your special day.
The Wedding Breakfast
Music will be played during your wedding breakfast up until the speeches, again this music is designed to be non obtrusive, whilst stimulating conversation.
A piece of music can also be chosen for the entrance of the newly weds.
Here are some of the venues I have played at:
Arley Hall (Cheshire)
Aston Marina (Stone)
Blossoms Hotel (Chester)
Borough Arms (Newcastle)
Carden Park (Chester)
Combermere Abbey (Nr Whitchurch)
Dilhorne Village Hall
DoubleTree Hilton (Festival Park)
Dunwood Hall (nr Leek)
Foxtails Barn (Consall)
Fulford Village Hall
Floral Hall (Tunstall)
Heath House (Tean)
Heaton House Farm (Macclesfield)
Keele Hall (Newcastle, Staffs)
Kings Hall (Stoke)
Moddershall Oaks (Staffordshire)
Mottram Hall (Cheshire)
Owen House Barn (Cheshire)
Park Hall Farm (Staffordshire)
Peckforton Castle (Cheshire)
Rookery Hall (Nantwich)
Rowton Castle (Shreswbury)
Rowton Hall (Cheshire)
Sandhole Oak Barn (Cheshire)
Sandon Hall (Stafford)
Slaters Country Inn (Whitmore)
Somerford Hall (Nr Stafford)
Standon Hall (Stafford)
Styal Lodge (Cheshire)
Tern Hill Hall (Whitchurch)
The Ashes Barn (Endon)
The Mill (Stone)
The Stanneylands (Cheshire)
The George Hotel (Lichfield)
The Manor House (Alsager)
The Moat House (Acton Trussell)
The Three Horseshoes (Nr Leek)
The Upper House (Barlaston)
Weston Hall (Stafford)
Willington Hall (Cheshire)
Wrenbury Hall (Cheshire)
Wychwood Park (Cheshire)
Yeldersley Hall (Ashbourne)
I've also played in marquees and at private functions held at various venues.
I am able to play outside (weather permitting) as long as there is power supplied for my digital piano.
Whilst I am not an organist, if you would like to have the piano for your church wedding, I can bring along my own portable digital piano and either play the traditional organ sound or maybe have some music played with the piano sound, the choice is yours.
Please note I don't play hymns so you would still need the organist for this part of the ceremony.
Below are a few suggestions for the main parts of the ceremony.
Entrance of the bride
Most couples choose the traditional Wedding March (Here comes the bride) but other music could include:
The Grand March from Aida
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Air from Handel's Water Music
or of course anything personal to yourselves
Signing of the Register
Music for this part of the ceremony needs to be more relaxed and could include:
Air on a G String
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Canon in D
Exit of the newly weds
Again most couples choose the traditional Wedding March but other suggestions are:
Grand March Aida
Ode to Joy
I've listed above examples of classical music but you can choose anything, including any of the songs listed in my repertoire.
"We are so glad that we booked Karen for our wedding. She was so friendly and we had so many compliments during the wedding breakfast about how lovely it sounded and the songs were just perfect. I'll never forget taking a moment and thinking how perfect it was and perfect Karen fitted in. Karen brought her own piano and set up in different places, she played outside which just looked and sounded brilliant, exactly how I would have imagined. We are so grateful, we would book you a thousand times over. Thank you being part of our special day."
Sarah Scott - May 2023