Abbie and Luke’s Rushton Hall Wedding
After a date change, a package change and a whole load of fun with the planning we were super excited to be a part of Abbie and Luke’s Rushton Hall Wedding back in May.
We first met Abbie and Luke at the Rushton Hall wedding fair quite literally just before the world had to shut down. When we first spoke to them on that Sunday, early March we had no idea what was just around the corner. I don’t think anyone did.
Despite the situation at the time, and the minor issue of weddings being illegal at that very moment (what kind of madness is this!) Abbie and Luke continued with their wedding planning, looking forward to their May 2021 wedding. We were all sure Covid was going to be a distant memory by then.
From the moment Abbie and Luke booked with us we continued to keep in touch. As well as keeping our social media channels up to date, we introduced a weekly (most of the time!) newsletter so everyone could easily stay in touch. As a wedding business we understood that as well as our own personal challenges right now, it was important, more than ever, to be there for our couples and this was perfect.
As Abbie and Luke’s Rushton Hall wedding approached we all began to wonder if it was going to be able to go ahead as planned at the end of May 2021. Unsure that they would be able to have their wedding day as they had planned it, the couple decided to act early and moved their wedding to May 2022. It was also around this time that Abbie and Luke began relooking at what they had booked with us and decided to upgrade their package to the All Day Party Package.
The All Day Party Package is exactly what it sounds like! If you have been to lots of weddings before, you’ll already know that there can be ‘luls’ during the day such as after the ceremony. The idea with this package is to fill in those luls. As well as providing music for the important parts of your day, ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception, we also fill in those gaps between the ceremony and wedding breakfast (usually 2hours!) and also between the wedding breakfast and evening reception (which is usually at least an hour!). But that is just the start of it. As well as looking after your music for the WHOLE DAY, we also host the day for you doing those all important introductions, providing microphones for your speeches, have a couple of bits of entertainment which are taken care of by your host for the day and finally our EPIC photo booth package for the WHOLE EVENING! There are also lots of other parts to this truly EPIC package, if you haven’t got a copy already, message us for a copy of the brochure and you can check this out for yourself.
The Big Day
After months, actually years, of planning, Abbie and Luke’s Rushton Hall wedding finally arrived. These two had been so lovely throughout the whole planning process, and had had so much thrown at them, we were all very excited to see them finally tie the knot.
On the morning of their wedding myself, Jack and Elizabeth arrived at the venue. Starting with getting the ceremony music in place and ensuring the music could be heard throughout the room, we then were able to move onto sorting the music for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. By the time Abbie and Luke’s ceremony was taking place, all we had left to do was setting up the photo booth. Being in the room next to the ceremony I didn’t want to take any risks, so I took a breather for 30 minutes whilst this took place. Then once the ceremony came to an end and guests moved to the Orangery the photo booth was set up in the evening function room and we were ready to go! After setting up, and saying goodbye to the couple, I left Jack and Elizabeth to look after Abbie, Luke and their guests for the rest of the day.
Wedding breakfast time! The Grand Entrance. With guests now seated for the wedding breakfast it was time to introduce Abbie and Luke to their guests for the first time as the newly married Mr & Mrs Brown. Jack, as the host, got everyone upstanding and cheering to give the couple the hugest welcome.
During the wedding breakfast Jack asked guests to fill in the Pearls and Wisdom cards that had been placed on the tables before they entered the room. These cards ask guests to give advice to Abbie and Luke as they begin their next chapter as husband and wife. After the main course these were then collected up, sorted and then during desserts a few were read out by Jack, a mixture of funny and soppy ones, and a few of the guests read out their advice for the couple.
The next part of the day was a surprise from bride Abbie. Singing Waiters. Even the groom Luke had no idea what was going on when the waiter switched from taking plates away to whipping out a microphone and singing! It was amazing!
The final, but biggest part of the day was yet to come. The evening reception. We all know how these usually go. You have the first dance, cake cutting, some food and then hope that people dance! We like to do things a little differently and our All Day Party Package is sure to get everyone up dancing. So here it goes!
We have the cake cutting, father daughter dance and the first dance and then the dance floor opens up. It was clear from the start that Abbie, Luke and their guests love to dance and with Jack playing back to back floor fillers, he was winning! Later in the evening, after the evening food we then did a game of Mr & Mrs to bring the focus back to the dance floor. If you haven’t seen this before, we got Abbie and Luke back to back on the dance floor and asked them questions like ‘who is the best cook’. It’s great to get the guests involved too and there was lots of cheering and ooooo when we weren’t sure it was going to be a match! By the end of the game, it was clear to us all that Abbie and Luke are the perfect match.
Following the game of Mr & Mrs we bought out our dance floor props. This is a box filled (actually overflowing!) with hats, glasses, garlands, guitars, microphones, saxophones for everyone to have on the dance floor. Everyone went wild for them. The dance floor was fuller than full and gave the evening that extra lift to ensure everyone went home on a high!
At the end of the night, as well as a round of applause for our DJ and Host Jack, the father of the bride also came over and said a thank you over the microphone, Jack even got a kiss! I think we can all agree that it was a job well done on our part. It was an absolute pleasure being part of Abbie and Luke’s Rushton Hall wedding. It was truly EPIC and one that we will remember for a lifetime. What a night!