MIB performed at a fantastic wedding a couple of weekends ago which was organised by amazing event planners Alastair Currie Events. We have worked with these guys for a while now and they always put together such stunning events. The Wedding at the weekend was breathtaking and has inspired this blog.
When planning a wedding there are a million things to think about of course….catering, venue, entertainment….to name a few! However this blog is about how important the little things are and how they can make your wedding extra personal.
Not in any order at all but first of all, The Guest Book.
At the Alastair Currie wedding, not only did they have a gorgeous guest book with beautiful feather quills to write with but it was also perfectly lit by additional lighting. This really made the most of this area and also meant that it wasn’t forgotten as guest books often are from my experience.
Another popular trend which has been at the last few wedding we have done is the Photo Booth. This ties in nicely with the guest book as often, the bride and groom ask you to put your photos from the booth into the book for a keepsake. These are alot of fun and a great feature for any wedding.
Another area which took my attention on this wedding was the sweets! I have been to quite a few weddings which have sweets put out and it is always done in a creative way. For this wedding they were put in sweet jars around the room. They had these beautiful white sitting areas which had stunning red roses, candles and a jar of sweets. Again, these areas were lit with extra lighting.
There was another wedding which Funkadelics performed at a couple of years ago which had a rustic nautical theme and this is how they displayed their sweets.
The marquee we performed in at the Alastair Currie wedding was also a talking point. Absolutely amazing! This was a very special Alastair Currie Events designed two storey structure, bespoke for the client which included a nightclub style bar area. If you have the budget for a marquee (two storeys or the more standard one) then separate rooms are a great idea. Some people want to chill out, have drinks but still listen to the band and keep with the vibe. This room was perfectly situated so that could happen. We have in the past performed at venues where the bar is in a totally separate part of the building and this doesn’t work so well as guests will go to the bar, get chatting and then lose the vibe from the party atmosphere your band or DJ is providing.
The first dance – now this is obviously in no way a ‘little thing’ but there were a few aspects which I wanted to mention which made this particular wedding different. The bride & groom had chosen ‘The Time Is Now’ by Moloko for their first dance which was a really nice choice, very different to the usual sloppy love song (which is very much allowed!). They had choreographed a routine and the guests watched from above on the balconies. This was a great idea as it meant the bride and groom had the dance floor to themselves which also made the photographers life a lot easier. It also gave the guests a birds eye view. As the first dance finished, the bride & groom walked hand in hand back up the staircase to be met with a glass of Champagne by their Toastmaster which made again a lovely photo moment.
Which brings me nicely onto photographers! The photographer is a really important part of your event. We have seen so many in our gigging life and it really does make a difference when you get one who really cares about the event. One of our favourite photographers (who wasn’t the photographer at this particular wedding) to work with is Matt Pereira as he always puts so much of himself into an event. It is definitely worth spending the money on someone as professional as this. One thing we noticed at the Alastair Currie wedding was that these photographers stayed on past the first dance. Usually the photographers would leave after the first dance pictures have been taken. There were some great moments captured on the dance floor at this event and this really is something to consider.
Another thing that made this wedding in particular so stunning is that everything was white! When we arrived to set up the band, everywhere was covered in plastic membrane and there was a beautiful white carpet staircase which had a very clear ‘Keep Out’ sign which was very wise as it meant it stayed pristine. When we came back to perform later on everything looked so stunning. So white and SO clean! And there was a stunning mirrored dance floor which just looked fantastic.
So those are just a few things to think about. This blog could go on forever and this will be a point we come back to as the little things do make a massive difference.