A Wedding at Thoresby Courtyard

Thoresby Hall is an impressive spa hotel which sits in a vast estate just outside Ollerton. The location for this celebration was Thoresby Courtyard wedding venue which is nestled in those same grounds.

Small enough to be intimate but big enough to easily handle 200 guests, Thoresby Courtyard has a large, outdoor square with a large corridor leading to the main hall. The hall has high ceilings and great acoustics and plenty of room for the band to set up.

There’s no stage at this wedding venue but in many ways this is better as we like to feel as if we’re playing in the party, rather than to it. There were lots of highlights but here are our favourites:

  • The first dance for which the couple had chosen John Mayer’s version of Beyonce’s XO. I played acoustic while Adam picked out the harmonica part on the electric guitar.
  • We played a cover of James’ “Sit Down” towards the end of the first set, this saw the audience take the lyrics literally and sit down on mass and dance on the floor.
  • The Father of the Bride and the Bride began the second set dancing to “I loved her first” by Heartland. There was not a dry eye in the house.

We had a great time playing this wedding, the guests were enthusiastic and the venue staff were helpful and friendly. Thoresby Courtyard is a versatile wedding venue and should definitely be on your shortlist if you are getting married in the Newark area.

Thoresby Courtyard Wedding Set List

Set 1
Friends Theme
Park Life
Roll With It
Mardy Bum
Common People
Mr Brightside
Small Things
Teenage Dirtbag
Sit Down
Dreaming Of You
Set 2
Take Me Out
Sex On Fire
Love Machine
Get Lucky
Cake by the Ocean
Shut Up And Dance
Disco 2000
Last Night
Chelsea Dagger
Are you gonna be my girl
Don’t Look Back In Anger
Time Of Your Life

8 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Band

Your wedding is likely to be the biggest party you’ll ever throw and one of the most enjoyable and memorable events in your life. With this in mind, here are 8 reasons you should hire a wedding band for your special day.

1. Make Your Reception Rock!

Nothing gets a party started like a live wedding band. The energy and spectacle of musicians performing live never fails to breath life into a party.

2. Get People Dancing

Live music has the ability to break down the most resilient inhibitions and get people dancing.

3. The First Dance

Your first dance is a special moment, ask your wedding band to perform a unique version of your favourite song so that the moment is a one off event.

4. It’s Got To Be Loud

There’s no guarantee that your venue will have a sound system capable of pumping out music for your guests to dance to. When you hire a wedding band, they’ll bring their own PA and should be happy to run a disco for you, saving you money on a DJ.

5. Get People Talking

It’s a great ice breaker and a talking point for your guests.

6. Lighting Up The Dance Floor

The wedding band will have their own lighting rig to transform your event room into a dance floor. Another thing you don’t have to worry about.

7. Choose Your Favourite Song

You get to choose the tunes. As part of the package, most wedding bands will offer to learn some of your favourite songs for your special day.

8. Make Some Memories

People always remember a good party and a wedding can be memory people will carry with them forever. A live wedding band can help create that memory and every time you bump into friends and family for years to come, they’ll say “your wedding was brilliant”.

Thoresby Courtyard Wedding First Dance

The first dance is very important

When you hire a wedding band it’s important to think about the style of music you and your friends will want to dance to. There is no point in hiring a Madness Tribute Act if you love 90s brit pop. Contact a few wedding bands and have your questions ready. Check out their website, watch their videos and most importantly listen to their music.

A wedding band should be able to easily provide you with a list of the songs they know and help you put together a set list that will keep people on the dance floor all night.

Toast love playing weddings, it’s great to be involved in a couples’ special day in such an important and fun way. We’ve performed a wide range of songs for the first dance, from Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” to John Meyer’s version of Beyonce’s “XO”. The pressure to get it right is high, but that’s all part of the thrill of performing a new song live for the first time.

It’s not just the groom who get’s to dance with the bride and we performed Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” at a wedding for the Bride and her Father to dance to. There was not a dry eye in the house after that.

There is a lot to think about when you’re organising your wedding entertainment. When the costs start to mount up, to hire a wedding band can seem like an unnecessary expense. It’s important to consider that this likely to be the biggest party you’ll throw and you want your guests to stay on the dance floor to the end and remember the night forever. A live wedding band can instrumental in making that happen.

To hire a wedding band might not cost as much as you think. Get in touch today.

October 2016 Gigs

We found ourselves doing a back to back, Friday and Saturday gigs in October. The Friday was a 50th birthday party at a venue in Hillsborough. The other was a wedding reception at the beautiful Church House in Central Sheffield.

We learnt a lesson this weekend – Always use your own PA if you can.

Behringer PMP6000

Our trusty Behringer PMP6000 powered mixer.

The Friday night went without a hitch as we setup our PA, sound checked efficiently and went home to get changed. When we came back, we picked up our instruments and dived straight in. Switched seamlessly into Disco mode for the interval and then back on for the second half – no worries

Using the house PA at the Church House was a stark contrast. Despite the best efforts of the sound guy (who confessed he’d only had the gear a week) we found ourselves plagued with technical issues and feedback. The sound check took a laborious 2 hours. When we returned to the stage to start our first set it was as if a malevolent spirit had taken possession of our instruments and cursed them with a weird delayed echo effect that took the sound tech considerable knob twiddling to remove.

The Church House Interior

The Church House Interior

Once this issue was overcome we had an absolute blast of a gig, the crowd were well up for it and danced through the night. We surprised the bride with a song her husband had told us she loved – Family Tradition by Hank Williams Jnr. He didn’t tell us that the chorus had a call and response element to it. So when I sang:

“Hank, why must you drink?” I had the full force of a tipsy bride and her three well lubricated friends bellow back “TO GET DRUNK!”.

“Hank, why must you smoke?” – “TO GET STONED!”

With the first set under our belt and the sound issues of earlier an distant memory we got stuck into the second set which went down even better than the first. It really was a great gig and we had the entire bar dancing.