Steph and Steve's Wedding at Ashes Barn, Staffordshire

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Steph & Steve

This is the story of Stephanie (Steph) and Stephen (Steve), who chose The Song Pilots as the live wedding band for their wedding at The Ashes Barns on May 26th.

It was the musicians’ pleasure to perform live at Steph and Steve’s wedding. The special ambience provided by this live wedding band encouraged friends and family to join in the celebrations by filling the dancefloor all night long!

When Steph first got in touch with Ashmore Music and as we discovered more about her and Steve’s musical likes and dislikes, we felt that The Song Pilots would be a great choice to play at their wedding. It was therefore no surprise when Steph chose them from our fantastic line-up of wedding music bands. From classic tracks from the 60s, 70s and 80s to Brit Pop and classic rock, The Song Pilots have a big sound for a three-piece band, and they know exactly which foot-tapping tunes will get the party started!

Steph read the group’s biography on the Ashmore Music website, watched their live recordings and checked out their wedding set lists for the ceremony, drinks and evening events to make sure they were a good choice for her, Steve and their wedding guests too. It was very important to Steph that the live wedding music should be inclusive, catering for a wide range of musical tastes. With more than ten years of performing live together under their belts, The Song Pilots have a varied set list across the decades, including hits by Elvis, Bruce Springsteen and U2, right up to popular artists today such as George Ezra and James Bay.

Steph decided that The Song Pilots would be the best wedding band for her and Steve’s special day and booked them straight away. You can discover more about how to book a band with Ashmore music in this recent blog post.

We offer four distinct levels of service for your special day and Steph and Steve chose our platinum package, which offers the following: Pre ceremony: The band plays live acoustic songs as guests enter and take their seats in the room where the ceremony will take place. Ceremony: There are three parts to the ceremony: The bride’s walk down the aisle; the signing of the register and the exit from the ceremony room of the happy couple. Steph chose to walk down the aisle while The Song Pilots played ‘Lover’ by Taylor Swift (as a special request.) Following the ceremony and during the signing of the register the band played ‘She is love’ by Oasis and ‘Signed, sealed, delivered’ by Steve Wonder. For their exit song, Steph and Steve chose ‘All you need is love’ by the Beatles. Drinks’ reception: The Song Pilots performed live a mixture of relaxed, modern and classic songs, while the guests happily chatted and mingled after the ceremony, sipping champagne or cocktails. At Steph and Steve’s wedding, this took place outside in a sun-drenched courtyard at The Ashes Barns so the setting (and the weather), couldn’t have been better! Wedding Breakfast: Our iPod playlist plays in the background while your wedding guests enjoy their meal. If you need microphones for the speeches, we can supply these too. During the room turnaround time from the meal to the evening reception, our wedding band entertainment will set up their equipment and conduct a sound check, so everything is perfect and ready for the party when you are! Evening reception: The Song Pilots really got the party started and the dancefloor was packed all evening. Steph and Steve picked ‘Talk tonight’ by Oasis for their first dance and the band invited guests to join the happy couple about half-way through the track. Steph also enjoyed a father & daughter dance to ‘When you need me’ by Bruce Springsteen, followed by that air guitar favourite, ‘Sweet child of mine’, by Guns ‘n’ Roses.

You can discover more about the day in this reel posted by The Song Pilots on Instagram. As part of our platinum package, following the live music sets there is a manned DJ set for the rest of the evening. You can find out more about the different music packages we provide on the Ashmore Music website. Steph and Steve had completed the ‘band details sheet’ about six weeks before the event, so we had plenty of time to discuss set lists, the ‘special’ songs, and the order of the day to make sure that The Song Pilots and the happy couple were well-informed throughout the process. We ensured Steph and Steve knew who was managing all the wedding music (the band leader), both the acoustic and live sets, and the DJ set later in the evening. Having one person to coordinate everything ensures that communication throughout the day is effortless.

It is important to us at Ashmore Music that we understand our clients’ preferences and the plan and running order of your wedding day, so that everything can be prepared well in advance. The music planning list is completed about four-six weeks before the day and sent to the chosen live wedding band. This gives the wedding couple complete peace of mind and freedom to enjoy their special day. But don’t just take our word for us, here is what Steph and Steve said about The Song Pilots: “…They were absolutely amazing from the ceremony music to the drinks’ reception, and finally, our evening reception – the guys gave 100% all day!” “They set up without fuss and moved seamlessly throughout our day with such ease, which is exactly what you need on your wedding day.” And on working with Ashmore Music: “Liam was fantastic to communicate with from the word go, nothing was too much trouble, and everything was managed efficiently and easily.” “He put us completely at ease!” If you would like to read the full review, you will find it on Trustpilot.

Every wedding is unique. The personalities of the wedding couple and their attire, the choice of venue, flowers, food and of course the contribution of their friends and family sharing in such a special event, everything comes together to create an unforgettable day. The choice of wedding band entertainment adds to the excitement and individuality of each wedding as live music enhances the atmosphere and happiness of the occasion. You can discover more about our services or contact us to discuss the options to have live music playing at your wedding.

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