Our 2014 calendar kicked off in style with a fab wedding party at Rowton Hall Hotel in Chester on 7th Jan.
Our overriding memory of this venue is that the staff were amazing!!
They gave us such a warm welcome and throughout the evening kept checking we were okay and had everything we needed. This is more of a treat than you might imagine, as venue staff are not always overjoyed to see a band turning up… probably because they’ve had mixed experiences of bands. We’ve all heard the horror stories of bands trying to live the rock ‘n roll dream, TV sets flying out of windows and furniture glued to ceilings… but we’re well behaved and we appreciated their ‘take as you find’ attitude 😀
The wedding was running late which tends to happen with most weddings, so we were offered a drink in the bar and enjoyed the extremely comfy sofas. We could hear the speeches and there was a lot of cheering, laughing and clapping. This almost always means it won’t take much to get a great party going afterwards, so we couldn’t wait to get started!
We’d been able to unload our gear from the van through the back of the venue and stack it just outside double doors onto the stage end of the reception room. So as soon as the speeches had finished we moved in like a bunch of ninjas (Is ‘bunch’ the correct collective word for more than one ninja?). The speedy set up was made even more efficient by the staff clearing the tables from the band area first. This might sound silly but you’d be amazed how many times we have to clear the tables ourselves because venue staff have started clearing at the opposite end of the room to where the band are waiting to set up.
We don’t see many Masters of Ceremony these days, which is a shame because they usually do a wonderful job. This bride & groom had a great Master of Ceremonies and you could see their guests enjoyed being directed. He made sure we were ready to go with our coloured lights glittering on the walls, then he ushered all the guests back into the room to surround the dance floor. He announced the bride & groom in for their first dance which we’d learned specially, and the groom made everyone laugh by tripping over the bride’s dress on their way to the dance floor. It’s always nice to see a bit of humour and not too much formality.
The bride and groom spent the whole night on the dance floor, and so did the rest of their guests. At every wedding event the bride & groom are obviously the stars of the show, and everyone else wants to be with them and be part of their celebration of love and commitment. We always notice that if the bride & groom enjoy dancing then it’s easy to keep the dance floor packed all night as everyone wants to dance with them and enjoy their happiness.
This wedding party were full of enthusiasm and it was a brilliantly raucous night! There was a lot of shoulder-carrying on the dance floor with a few nose dives… although fortunately no casualties. They had a great sing-song together and all danced in a big circle with the bride & groom in the middle. We enjoyed it as much as they did and the setting was perfect. At the end of the night the bride came to show us that her hair was sweaty from so much dancing… Perfect sign of a good night if you ask us – we were extremely proud of her! :o)
Until next time…
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