Sophie & Tom

A spring wedding with a lot of energy

Shophie & Tom's wedding reception at The Little Downham Anchor

Sometimes, this job never fails to surprise me….and Sophie and Tom’s wedding reception at The Anchor in Little Downham last Friday was one of those occasions – in a very good way!

As is becoming the norm these days, I hadn’t met with Sophie & Tom before the big day, but I’d been sent a small selection of songs which their guests had asked for. Just by looking at what was on the list I knew I was in for a good night.

I’ve worked at The Anchor on many occasions. It’s a nice village pub/hotel/restaurant affair and it’s absolutely ideal for smaller wedding receptions. It’s one of those venues where a little bit of equipment goes a long way, so there’s no need for huge PA systems or masses of lights – a smaller setup suits the venue without being over the top.

So….back to the reception. The wedding breakfast had finished when I arrived and I was free to set up without the constraints of being in the way of guests as sometimes happens. It means I’m able to get things together and tested a lot quicker…I like it when this happens.

Eventually, the evening guests arrived and it’s into the First Dance….a slightly “different” first dance to most being  “The You & Me Song” by the Wannadies. Before we started on this, I took the chance to have a quick chat with Sophie and Tom who were obviously nervous about getting this aspect of the evening done and dusted.

Not everyone is comfortable with being the centre of attention during the first dance so we arranged that we’d bring the guests onto the dance floor very soon after they started. From there on….the dance floor didn’t clear (apart from buffet time).

The rest of the evening was to be a very informal and relaxed affair, with the focus more on guests having a good time than anything else. There were no playlist restrictions, no strict rules to adhere to for timelines….just me doing what I’m very good at doing.

The surprise for me was the music played. Weddings can be tricky events to entertain at many times with the vast age ranges of guests in attendance. The age ranges were no different for this one with guests from the very young (well…..you have to play a track from Frozen and put snowflake lights onto the floor when they’re that cute….don’t you?) to the more mature.

I rarely go to a wedding with a playlist ready to go – it doesn’t work that way as last night proved.

The music though? Well apart from the usual suspects from different genres and decades the evening was dominated by club hits from the 80s and 90s – with a really good reaction on the dance floor. Some of the older guests left me feeling shattered with the amount of energy which was flowing during the evening!

I didn’t manage to get too many photos of this one unfortunately – it was one of those evenings where I was too hard at work behind the booth choosing tracks several songs in advance….I love it when a night works like that.

So – all the best for a long and happy future together Mr & Mrs Reader, and if one of the conversations I had at the end of the evening is anything to go by…..see you at another wedding in the not too distant future.

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