Weddings

Civil Wedding Ceremony

Richard Sully - UK Wedding Pianist available to hire for your Civil Wedding CeremonyThree quarters of all the weddings taking place in the UK are now civil rather than church weddings.  The addition of live music before and during the ceremony will undoubtedly give your wedding service an altogether different dimension. Most Registrars will tell you just how different a civil ceremony feels with the addition of live music as opposed to music streamed from a CD or iPod.

Having live music means you can tailor the music to suit your personal taste by choosing your favourite songs to be played as your guests await the arrival of the bride. I’ll be able to help you decide upon music suitable for the bride’s arrival and the bride and groom’s departure from the ceremony room as well as 2/3 pieces to be played during the signing of the Register.

Religious music is not allowed to be played before or during the Civil Ceremony but that leaves just about every other type of music to choose from. You may have specific pieces of music in mind which are favourites or which have a special significance for you. The song list featured on this site may help you decide upon suitable music. Whilst I try to keep to my existing repertoire list, it’s sometimes possible to request music which isn’t listed as long as it’s suitable to be played as a solo piano piece.

 
 
 

Champagne Drinks Reception

UK wedding pianist available to hire for your Wedding ReceptionFollowing your wedding ceremony, your guests will congregate to celebrate with a glass of Champagne at your Drinks Reception. Having piano music played during this part of the celebration is very popular and helps set a convivial atmosphere as your guests chat away in the period leading up to the Wedding Breakfast.

In this informal setting, your guests might like to request their favourite songs to be played. On average, the piano would be played for around an hour and a quarter. Most often, I will use a portable digital piano for the Champagne Drinks Reception as the vast majority of weddings don’t have an acoustic piano situated in the correct position. It also allows for the piano to be performed outside during summer months weather permitting.

 
 
 

Wedding Breakfast

Wedding pianist in UK covering your Civil Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast The inclusion of background piano music during the Wedding Breakfast always creates a great atmosphere among the wedding party. If you’re having a receiving line, the piano playing will begin as your guests enter the room and will continue throughout the meal and cutting of the cake until speeches. The piano would be played for just under two hours throughout the meal until speeches.

A wide variety of different songs is usually played to suit the bride and groom and to satisfy the different tastes and age ranges present. Some venues offer the facility of a grand piano in the room where the Wedding Breakfast will take place though, once again, it’s more common for me to use my own portable Roland RD800 stage piano. Being state of the art, it sounds every bit as good as a grand piano and allows the piano to be positioned exactly where required. In addition, it can be volume controlled to reflect the the number of guests and size of room.

 
 
 

Prices for 2023/2024

Individual parts of your day:
Wedding Ceremony (Commencing 30 minutes pre-Ceremony and throughout Ceremony)………………………………………£450.00
Champagne Drinks Reception ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….£450.00
Wedding Breakfast ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..£450.00
Combinations:
Wedding Ceremony & Champagne Drinks Reception ……………………………………………………………………………..£550.00
Wedding Ceremony & Wedding Breakfast …………………………………………………………………………………………..£550.00
Champagne Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast ………………………………………………………………………………£550.00
Wedding Ceremony, Champagne Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast ……………………………………………………£650.00
(There will be no VAT on the above advertised rates.)

 
 
 

Booking Confirmation Contract & Payment

Once a wedding booking has been agreed, I will send out two copies of a contract to you, one of which will need to be signed and returned to me within two weeks once the agreed details have been checked and verified. A non-refundable deposit of £100.00 will be necessary at the time of booking, the balance payment will be due one week before the agreed performance date.

I carry full Public Liability Insurance, a full copy of which is available by clicking here. All electrical equipment used has been recently PAT tested, a current certificate is also available by clicking here.

 
 
 

No piano, no problem!

Wedding pianist to cover your Civil Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast . Portable piano provided at no extra cost!All of the above prices include the provision of my Roland RD800 Digital Stage Piano and Yamaha PA system in venues where a piano isn’t available for use.

The piano and PA system can been moved quickly as required during a party or event. With most parties or events, the piano will be set up the room an hour or so before guests arrive. It can easily be moved if the drinks reception and dinner are in different rooms and a quick move, taking no more than fifteen minutes or so, will allow for piano music to be played almost continuously throughout the afternoon or evening.

 

Wedding pianist to cover your Civil Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast . Portable piano provided at no extra cost!I also offer the option to include the hire of a high gloss black baby Dutchgrand piano shell for parties and events.

From an aesthetic perspective, the Dutchgrand looks beautiful in any setting and wholly compliments any room or venue. With the hire of acoustic grand pianos and digital grands costing in the region of £550.00, the Dutchgrand piano offers a relatively inexpensive alternative and can be moved and re-located during the day. The cost of hiring the Dutchgrand is £125.00 in addition to the prices listed above.

Click here to watch a short video from Dutchgrand’s manufacturer to see how it works and how easy it is to bring in and set up for your civil wedding ceremony or reception.

 

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