Weddings

Dutchgrand piano for a ceremony at Berkshire's Coworth Park for a well known golfer!
Dutchgrand piano for a ceremony at Berkshire’s Coworth Park for a well known British golfer!

Civil Wedding Ceremony

Should you decide to book me to play before and during your Civil Wedding Ceremony, I’ll be able to create a relaxing and romantic atmosphere in the time leading up to the start of proceedings as guests take their seats. I’ll work with you to help decide upon music suitable for the bride’s arrival and the bride and groom’s departure from the Ceremony Room as well as two or three pieces to be played during the signing of the Register.

The song list featured on this site may help you decide upon suitable music. I try to keep to my existing repertoire list, but 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. Some popular Civil Wedding Ceremony pieces can be viewed and listened to here.

 

‘A River Flows In You’ (Yiruma)
‘Prelude In C’ (J.S.Bach)
‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ (Elvis)

Champagne Drinks Reception

The party definitely starts here! During this part of the day, your guests might like to request their favourite songs to be played. Equally, the bride and groom can choose what they’d like me to play during drinks if they have particular favourite songs.

I can use my own piano digital piano when necessary and can set up outside as required during the summer months. On average, there will be enough time to play for 2 x 45 minute sets before guests are called through for the Wedding Breakfast.

 
‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ (Nina Simone)
‘The Look Of Love’ (Dusty Springfield)
‘Tale As Old As Time’ (from Beauty & The Beast)
Portable stage piano with speakers can be moved and set up quickly during a wedding reception.
Portable stage piano with speakers can be moved and set up quickly during a wedding reception.

 

Dutchgrand piano shell set up to be played during a Wedding Breakfast
Dutchgrand piano shell set up to be played during a Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Breakfast

Most often, the piano playing begins as the wedding couple are announced into the room to commence the Wedding Breakfast. If speeches are at the conclusion of the meal then that forms the point when the music will wind down. For most weddings there is plenty enough time to cover 2 x 55 minute sets.

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 piano in the room where the Wedding Breakfast will take place, though most often, I would use either a conventional digital stage piano of my own or else my Dutchgrand piano if preferred.

 
‘Blinding Lights’ (The Weeknd)
‘If I Ain’t Got You’ (Alicia Keys)
‘Mr Blue Sky’ (ELO)

Prices for 2024/2025

Civil Wedding Ceremony
(30 minutes playing before the Ceremony, Bridal Processional, 3 pieces to be played during the Register signing, Couple Recessional piece)
+
Champagne Drinks Reception
(2 x 45 minute sets)
£595.00
Civil Wedding Ceremony
(30 minutes pre-Ceremony, Bridal Processional, 3 pieces to be played during the Register signing, Couple Recessional)
+
Wedding Breakfast
(2 x 55 minute sets)
£625.00
Champagne Drinks Reception
(2 x 45 minutes sets)
+
Wedding Breakfast
(2 x 50 minute sets)
£595.00
No VAT or travel costs to be added.

Civil Wedding Ceremony
(30 minutes playing before the Ceremony, Bridal Processional, 3 pieces to be played during the Register signing, Couple Recessional piece)
+
Champagne Drinks Reception
(2 x 45 minute sets)
+
Wedding Breakfast
(2 x 55 minute sets)
£725.00
No VAT or travel costs to be added.

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.`

 

If your venue doesn’t have a piano …

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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