Amy & Dale

Back at The Old Hall for another fabulous wedding

Amy & Dale's evening reception at The Old Hall Ely with Imagine Wedding & Party EntertainmentI love an Old Hall wedding reception, and Amy and Dale’s big night was no exception!

This was my second night here of the week, having been at The Old Hall for Alex and Becky’s wedding reception the previous Sunday.

Both were brilliant nights!

The evening ran just a little bit differently this time around though.

When you’re booked at The Old Hall as a supplier, the coordinators always call a couple of weeks before the wedding to make sure you know where to be and when. The surprise for this one is that the first dance wasn’t going to happen until 8:30 in the evening.

Amy and Dale had hired the services of a singing waiter as part of their entertainment.

For those who don’t know how these work, it’s a simple concept. Jack (the waiter), dressed in the same uniform as the rest of the Old Hall waiting staff and assisted with the serving of the wedding breakfast. Once the speeches and desserts were finished, Jack sprang into song in front of the guests (I was setting up the disco at the time so although I heard what was happening….didn’t actually have the opportunity to watch him).

Once he’d finished his set, it was time to move his PA equipment from the main breakfast marquee into the dance marquee. We worked together on this to get his equipment onto the stage in such a way that he could disconnect and leave after a second set without disrupting the disco (that seems a simple enough thing to do….but when you’re working in very low light and on a black stage with black cables etc…..there’s always the risk of the wrong things being disconnected).

The first dance was Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” which Amy and Dale opted to dance to for the entire track without inviting their guests to join them (this is rare in this day and age, but also nice to see…you only have one first dance).

Another half an hour from Jack immediately after the first dance, and then it’s time to do what I do best….fill the dance floor.

Although I’d been sent a pre-request list of favourite songs, Amy had advised it was a guide only and what she wanted was for the guests to be up and dancing…..challenge accepted đŸ™‚

Motown filled a good chunk of my part of the evening, along with other genres which a lot of people call “wedding music” (there’s actually no such thing as wedding music….I certainly rarely play the same set twice). On this occasion, it was the right mix though with appearances from the likes of Abba, Lulu, The Nolans (it’s a long time since I last played that one at a wedding) and others of a similar style.

It was a brilliant night!

One of the highlights actually involved playing a song I hate with a passion…..Baby Shark by Pink Fong for the flower girl (blame the current trend of counting online streaming in the chart figures for this one).

So, to the playlist….

Much of the music below was on the pre-request list I received from Amy a couple of weeks before the wedding, along with the following instructions in an email:

We like motown and old school ones from growing up! We don’t mind whatever you play really! Just as long as people are dancing!!!!

And dance they most certainly did đŸ™‚

Ed Sheeran – Perfect (first dance)
The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
The Supremes – Baby Love
The Temptations – Get Ready
The Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself
Martha Reeves – Dancing in the Street
Pinkfong – Baby Shark (special request for the flower girl)
Abba – Waterloo
Abba – Mamma Mia
The Jacksons – Can you feel it
Earth Wind and Fire – September
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
Kool The Gang – Celebration
Chic – Le Freak
Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Abba – Dancing Queen
Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
Tina Turner – The Best
The Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
S Club 7 – Reach
Spice Girls – Megamix
B Witched – C’est la vie
Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only
Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father (father/daughter dance)
The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining
Little Eva – The Locomotion
Lulu – Shout
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
The Nolans – I’m In The Mood For Dancing
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Bon Jovi – Livin On a Prayer
George Ezra – Shotgun
Clean Bandit – Rockabye
Clean Bandit – Solo
Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
Backstreet Boys – Everybody
McFly – Don’t Stop Me Now
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Boyz II Men – End Of The Road
Lonestar – Amazed (Amy’s choice of last song of the evening)

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