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 £20 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:
Carden Park (Chester)
Blossoms Hotel (Chester)
The Three Horseshoes (Nr Leek)
Wychwood Park (Cheshire)
Combermere Abbey (Nr Whitchurch)
Heath House (Tean)
Moat House (Festival park)
The Upper House (Barlaston)
Rowton Hall (Cheshire)
Aston Marina (Stone)
Borough Arms (Newcastle)
Somerford Hall (Nr Stafford)
Wrenbury Hall (Nantwich)
Kings Hall (Stoke)
Consall Hall Gardens
Willington Hall, Tarporley
The Manor House (Alsager)
Heaton House Farm
Slaters Country Inn (Whitmore)
Keele Hall (Newcastle, Staffs)
Sandon Hall (Nr Stafford)
Weston Hall (Stafford)
Owen House Wedding Barn (Cheshire)
The Moat House (Acton Trussell)
Sandhole Oak Barn
Dunwood Hall (nr Leek)
Mottram Hall (Cheshire)
Dilhorne Village Hall
Tern Hill Hall (Whitchurch)
Fulford Village Hall
Floral Hall (Tunstall)
Arley Hall (Cheshire)
The Stanneylands (Cheshire)
Rowton Castle (Shrewsbury)
Standon Hall (Stafford)
Park Hall Farm (Staffordshire)
Styal Lodge (Cheshire)
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.
"Karen made our wedding reception fantastic. She created a beautiful atmosphere and added class to the event. We saw her several timies before the wedding and she was helpful and friendly, She played songs for us which were not on her repertoire and this made the day personalised and special. All our guests complimented her and have since recommended her to brides to be. We are so glad we gound Karen to play at our wedding and will user her again for future events."
L Smith - September 2019