The Foxlydiate Arms (Redditch) really does offer an excellent wedding reception venue and is even licensed, for those looking for a complete wedding venue option…plus it has the adjoining Premier Inn with a good number of rooms. Anyway, this is not intended as a wedding venue review! We were invited to provide a wedding DJ and mobile disco set-up for Penny & Darren’s vintage tea-party style wedding breakfast and then for their evening wedding reception. Robyn (manager at the Foxlydiate) allowed us to set-up the previous evening, which was a real boon and excuse for an extra hour in bed – so we were first on the scene on the Friday evening and installed 12 mood lighting fixtures, along with a ‘wedding arch’, white fronted wedding DJ stand and JBL professional sound. We were about a three hour overall set-up on this one, including a full sound check of both wireless microphones and music. Darren and team arrived just as we were finishing and we left them to transform the room to vintage splendour.
Walking in the next morning, the room looked incredible…transformed in fact. The ceiling was adorned with beautiful vintage bunting and the tables were laid with vintage crockery, tiered sandwich plates, flower vases and lots of other little wedding day treats. This coupled with chair dressings and the overall effect was stunning. Add to this the effect of 12 professional mood lights and we could not wait for the party to begin.
Following their wedding at St. Phillips Church, we had the opportunity to give Penny & Darren an uplifting grand entrance to their wedding breakfast, complete with a standing ovation from family and friends, as Lego House by Ed Sheeran played. Penny had envisaged a quiet entrance, but was it seems very happy with the slightly louder welcome that resulted. This is after-all a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and certainly one that warrants some foot thumping. Afternoon tea followed and then three excellent wedding speeches, with Rob (best-man) delivering a perfect speech, with the right balance of humour and mickey-taking directed at Darren.
A quick room turnaround by Robyn and team and the real party began. One particular highlight was a non-traditional first dance, with other special married couples invited to the dance floor first. So first up were Anne & Jim, married for 55 years and dancing to ‘In the mood for love’, by Frank Sinatra. Like Penny, Anne was also a nurse and Jim once served as an army medic. Jim apparently used to serenade Anne with this very track, played on his clarinet. Darren’s parents followed, danicing once more to their own wedding day first-dance, ‘You mean everything to me’, by Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross. And then is was Rob and Becky’s turn, dancing to ‘True love’, by Buddy Holly. The finale was Penny & Darren taking centre stage with a very special version of ‘Depth of distance’ by Ben Howard. A first dance had not really been on the cards, but the result was full of sentiment and filled the dance floor with love and support as all the remaining couples joined Penny and Darren’s first dance. Beautiful!
Another special moment was Penny & Darren’s wedding cake ceremony, with time taken to explain the traditions and history of weddings cakes and concluding with Penny & Darren offering one another a ‘first-bite’ of the cake. At a very basic level, the tradition of the wedding cake hinges on this being the first act of co-operation as a newly married couple…a lovely photo opportunity too. There followed lots of dancing, with Bride and Groom each having their respective play-lists (see below), with the inevitable party classics and ending just prior to midnight with medley of Queen classics (Penny’s choice).
FOXES, LONDON GRAMMAR, BEN HOWARD, THE 1975, BASTILLE, CHURCHES, HAIM, CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN, GEORGE EZRASAM SMITH, JOHN NEWMAN, ED SHEERAN, DEACON BLUE, COLPLAY, KIEZA, FLORENCE & THE MACHINE, MARINA & THE DIAMONDS, CLEAN BANDIT, SNOW PATROL, JOOLS HOLLAND, THE END OF THE AFFAIR & MICHAEL JACKSON (Smooth Criminal)
ELLE GOULDING, SAM SMITH, BRUNO MARS, LADY GAGA, BEYONCE, FARRELL WILLIAMS, JESSIE J, KATY PERRY, JOHN LEGEND, KELLY CLARKSON, ED SHEERAN, AVICII, PALOMA FAITH, ELLA HENDERSON, THE SCRIPT & TIESTO.