Wedding Venues in Bristol, Bath and the South-West

Wedding Guitarist Blog – Wedding Venues

As a wedding musician, I get to see a lot of fantastic venues. Based in Bristol, I’m lucky that there is a big, varied choice of amazing places to get married nearby. There’s hidden gems right here in the city, and in the neighbouring counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire you’ll find everything from country manor estates to tithe barns, boutique hotels to castles. Heading West towards Wales and South to Dorset, Cornwall and Devon you’ll find stunning beachside venues, farms… I’ve even played at a lighthouse once!

It’s hard to have favourites when there’s so many brilliant venues around, but here’s a few of my top picks. I must say, it was very hard to narrow it down to just 10 and there are lots more I’d love to include. For a list of ALL the venues I’ve played at in my time as a singer/guitarist for weddings, see my full list of venues here.

Without any further ado then, here’s 10 of the best!

 

Wedding venues – Top 10 picks

1. Aldwick Estate

I’m lucky enough to visit Aldwick quite often – it’s a popular spot to get married and for good reason! It’s in a fantastic location, just half an hour South of Bristol near the beautiful Mendip hills. A perfect blend of countryside chic with a modern twist, it’s a working vineyard so you’ll have the opportunity to test their British wines, and if you get married here there’s some fantastic photo opportunities in the grounds!

There are two adjacent barns, one which holds the wedding ceremony and the larger barn which is set up for the wedding breakfast during the daytime. Later on, there’s plenty of space to hold a wedding band or DJ to keep the party going until late.

There’s a large outdoor space which is absolutely perfect in the Summer if the sun is shining. I have many fond memories of playing live acoustic music out on the terrace as guests mingle and the married couple have photos taken.

Apart from the stunning surroundings, I think my favourite thing about Aldwick is the people – you’re always greeted with a friendly welcome and the staff and catering team are so helpful!

2. Coombe Lodge at Blagdon

Just down the road from Aldwick is the bold, imposing building that is Coombe Lodge. Similarly to Aldwick it’s in an amazing location, just outside the village of Blagdon, adjacent to the Mendip hills. With stunning views of Blagdon Lake, out to the Chew Valley countryside, it really is an amazing spot and on a clear Summer’s day the views are hard to beat.

It’s a country house building with exclusive use of the house and gardens for weddings so you can truly make the place your own. I’ve never been to a wedding at Coombe Lodge that hasn’t been full of fun! I think the staff are a big part of what makes this place special – they always go out of their way to make sure everything runs perfectly and are always friendly and helpful. It’s always a pleasure to play guitar at Coombe Lodge, whether I’m out in the gardens in the Summer sun, or inside in the cosy surroundings in the Winter – it’s one of my favourite places to visit.

3. The Kingscote Barn

Set in the middle of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, this barn venue is absolutely gorgeous – pay it a visit and you’ll fall in love with it instantly! They’ve won many awards at Kingscote and it’s easy to see why. Apart from the incredible views and the fantastic buildings, the team at Kingscote are just brilliant and always on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.

I’ve played guitar in various locations at Kingscote Barn – in the main barn for the wedding ceremony, near the bar and in the reception room as guests have drinks and canapés. There’s also an outdoor area, and in the Summer you can get married outside with views of the glorious countryside as you walk down the aisle. I can play acoustic music outside if the weather allows, and the gardens out the back are quite a sun trap when the sun is shining. Drinks, relaxing in the sun and live acoustic music – perfection!

4. Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe

On the North-Western Devon coast, Tunnels Beaches is surely one of the most amazing places in the UK to get married. The location is simply jaw-dropping – you even get your own private beach if you’re married here! After walking down the famous tunnels which were hand carved in the 1820’s, you enter the venue, nestled neatly into the rocky coastline. The vibe is stylish and relaxed – seaside chic with a modern twist.

The open plan layout of the venue means that you always feel like you’re outside, even if you’re not – and you have that relaxing sea view at all times. It’s a spectacular place to get married, and I always have a tingle of excitement when someone books me to play their wedding music at Tunnels!

I’ve played here during the daytime, in the evening, inside and outside and each time it’s been an fantastic occasion. A word of warning if you’re interested in getting married here though, it’s highly in demand as you could imagine, so you may have to book well in advance to secure this amazing place as your wedding venue!

5. Wick Farm Bath

Wick Farm Bath is actually a venue I’ve not visited that often, but I wanted to include it on the list because a/ it’s stunning and b/ I got married here! I also think it’s a little under the radar – although it’s certainly very popular as a wedding venue, it seems that not that many people I speak to have heard of it. So a worthy mention for this lovely barn venue. The owners are relaxed, friendly and are happy for you to really make the place your own. They were tremendously helpful when we were planning our wedding, and equally as welcoming when I came back to sing at a wedding a few months later!

The inside of the barn is cosy and warm with underfloor heating if the weather isn’t so great, so perfect for Winter weddings. In the Summer sun, guests can mingle outside in the beautiful grounds so it’s a winner in all seasons. I love playing guitar here – the acoustics in the main barn are beautiful for wedding ceremony music, and if the sun is shining you can’t beat a bit of acoustic music out on the terrace!

6. Priston Mill

Priston Mill, not far from Bath, comprises two separate buildings – the Watermill and the Tythe Barn. Both equally stunning in their own right, the Watermill is totally unique and the Tythe Barn is warm and inviting. You can host your wedding in either of the venues – the Tythe Barn has a bigger capacity but the Watermill may be on your list if you’re looking for somewhere a little more quirky.

Both venues are perfect for music, especially if the weather is good. Guests can wonder the gardens and enjoy the beautiful North East Somerset countryside… whilst listening to some live acoustic music in the sun!

7. Clevedon Hall

If you have your heart set on a stunning manor house with beautiful grounds and plenty of amazing photo opportunities, Clevedon Hall may be just the place for you. Located in the sleepy seaside town of Clevedon, the beach is just a stone’s throw away – so as well as getting amazing photographs in the extensive grounds (you may even see some deer if you’re lucky!), you could also pop over the road and get some pictures by the sea, or by Clevedon’s famous pier.

Acoustic music works fantastically at Clevedon Hall – the grand main hall plays host to the wedding ceremony, where I’m often booked to play during the bridal entrance, the signing of the register and as the married couple make their jubilant exit. Afterwards it’s outside for drinks in the sun, weather permitting, where I’ll play some music as people mingle and enjoy their afternoon. Later on, the place is transformed for the evening party and it tends to get pretty lively! I’m often booked to do a kind of ‘warm up’ set before a DJ or live band take over for the rest of the evening.

8. The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury

There’s a lot of wedding venues in the Cotswolds, but this stands out as one of my favourites. Just outside the picturesque town of Tetbury, it’s main feature is the beautifully restored 16th century barn, and it also has accommodation on site with self-catering cottages which can be used by the wedding party.

Equally beautiful inside and out, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining at the Great Tythe Barn – the grounds are lovely in the sunshine but it’s just as good inside if the British weather isn’t playing ball! Again, at this venue I tend to be booked for the wedding ceremony and drinks reception but I’ve also done a few evening events here which are always good fun!

 

9. Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding

Now, this venue I think falls into the ‘hidden gem’ category! Not far from Tavistock in the Dartmoor countryside, this venue is truly one of my favourite places to visit. The word ‘magical’ sounds a bit cheesy, but there really is something other-worldly about this place. From the moment you drive through the large wooden gate, you realise this is no ordinary wedding venue. It sits next to a small river, and as you walk around you notice unique personal touches everywhere – the attention to detail makes this spot really stand out from the crowd.

As well as having a beautiful location for the wedding ceremony, there’s also a grand luxury marquee which hosts the wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. Some of my favourite memories are of singing in the sunshine as guests mingle and explore this unique place.

However, I think the thing that really makes Ever After tick is owner Nicola and her team. Nicola works with you to ensure you get your perfect big day – she’s incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and will even style the wedding to make your vision a reality. It’s a truly personal service, and every time I have the privilege of playing a wedding at Ever After, it’s clear how much time and effort has been spent preparing for the big day. Just a really special place, with wonderful people.

10. Stone Barn

Last on my list but most certainly not least, it’s another barn venue (you’re probably realising that I really love converted barns by now!) – and one of the most spectacular ones you’ll find. In the heart of the Cotswolds, you drive down a country track to get there and at first you may wonder where you’re headed! As you drive on, the barn emerges in front of you, almost hidden in a little dip amongst the fields that surround it. The first thing that strikes you is the corrugated iron roofs over the Dutch Barns, which gives it a rustic, traditional feel.

When you walk in, it really takes your breath away. It’s a big space which can accommodate up to 250 guests if required, and is tastefully decorated with draped lighting and a stunning open plan layout. The other thing you’ll notice is the smell of food being freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen, as the chefs flame grill delicious offerings right in front of your eyes. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

The ceremony room is equally as stunning with it’s stone walls, high ceilings and traditional styling. Outdoors you’ll find a relaxed area where guests can enjoy drinks and canapés, and later on the fire pits are lit to create a warm, cosy atmosphere. It’s an absolutely amazing place to play live acoustic music and I just love visiting this gem in the Cotswolds.

 

So there you have it. 10 of the best wedding venues in the Southwest – but there’s plenty more to choose from! If you want to see a full list of venues that I’ve played at, arranged by area, click the link below.

Wedding Venues Southwest – the Big List!

I hope this blog was informative – if you’re planning your wedding and found this article useful, let me know! Or if you have some feedback about wedding venues I’d love to hear from you… drop me a line at info@guitaristforweddings.co.uk or via the Contact Page.

 


Pat McIntyre is a singer and acoustic guitarist from Bristol, UK. An experienced live performer and music aficionado, Pat is available to book for weddings and other events.

For more information about booking Pat for your wedding, click here – or get in touch here.

13.01.18 – The wedding of Will & Vicci


13th January 2018 – Will & Vicci’s wedding music at The Gathering Barn

My first wedding of 2018 saw a visit to the fantastic Gathering Barn near Warminster. A new venue for me this one, and it’s an absolutely beautiful spot in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside. After driving down a farm track for a couple of miles, I was worried that the sat nav was sending me on a wild goose chase, but thankfully I arrived at the barn with plenty of time to spare – I don’t think that was the official entrance though!

The barn was looking absolutely amazing thanks to Helen of I Do Weddings, who was busy making sure everything ran smoothly when I arrived to set up. Will and Vicci booked me to sing at the wedding ceremony and drinks reception, so I set up and put some music on as guests started trickling in.

As everyone entered the ceremony room I began playing some live songs to set the ambience, ready for Vicci’s big entrance. Shortly after 1.30pm I began playing Vicci’s bridal entrance song – Marry Me by Train. We had some live songs during the signing of the register, then finally ‘My Universe’ by The Shires for the exit of the married couple. A new song for me this one that that I learnt for the day and it worked perfectly!

Then it was through to the bar area for drinks, photos and of course more live music! I played acoustic songs from 2-4pm as guests mingled and took in the beautiful surroundings. An absolutely fantastic day, and a wonderful couple – congratulations Will & Vicci, aka Mr & Mrs Tonking!

Here’s their acoustic playlist:

Wedding Ceremony music

Bridal Entrance: 
Train - Marry Me

Signing of the Register:
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
Jack Johnson - Better Together. 
Jason Mraz - I’m yours

Recessional (exit): 
The Shires - My Universe

 Drinks Reception music

Bruno Mars - Marry You
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Blackstreet - No Diggity
Outkast - Hey Ya (acoustic version)
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Michael Bublé - Everything
Passenger - Let Her Go
Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
David Gray - This Years Love
Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

The Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way
The Zutons/Amy Winehouse - Valerie
John Mayer - Your Body is a Wonderland
Kodaline - The One
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
The Coral - Dreaming of You
McFly - It's All About You
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
Noah & The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Paolo Nutini - New Shoes
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You

26th April 2017: Fay’s birthday and Paul & Anna’s wedding at Rendcomb College

On Friday 21st April I headed up to the fab The Park Hotel for Fay Stewart’s surprise 85th birthday party, arranged by her daughter Claire Stewart. Lovely afternoon spent playing some acoustic music during the meal and mingling with some lovely people.

On Saturday I headed up to Rendcomb College for Anna & Paul’s wedding celebrations. A new venue for me this one, and wow! What a place. A stunning setting for a beautiful wedding – and the weather was spectacular as well. Congratulations to an absolutely wonderful couple, it was a pleasure to play some acoustic tunes during the drinks reception.

I set up in the hall ready for the drinks reception. Amazing acoustics! I did a quick instagram video of the sound check (I failed to crop out the bit at the end when I posted the video, oops!!):

As everyone arrived following the church ceremony, they grabbed themselves a drink and most folks headed outside – so I did a quick move of setup and continued the music out in the sun. The beauty of my new Bose L1 PA system is that it’s super quick and easy to move locations!

Here are Paul & Anna’s song choices for the drinks reception:

Adele - Rolling In The Deep 
Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar 
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor 
Avicii - Wake Me Up 
Avicii - Hey Brother
Beatles - She Loves You 
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer (acoustic version) 
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk 
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You 
Ed Sheeran - Castle on the Hill 
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl 
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Green Day - Time Of Your Life
Jackson Five - I Want You Back 
The Jam - That's Entertainment 
James Blunt - You're Beautiful 
Jessie J - Price Tag 
John Legend - All Of Me 
John Newman - Love Me Again
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know 
The Killers - Mr Brightside 
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
Lighthouse Family - Lifted
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
Oasis - Wonderwall 
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger 
Oasis - She's Electric
Passenger - Let Her Go
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

23rd Feb 2017: Winter Wedding Fair appearance this Sunday

Added public appearance this Sunday 26th…

I’m a last-minute addition to The Square Club Winter Wedding Fair. Pop down, hear me in action and chat all things wedding music!

For more information about this event click here.

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Taken from the Square’s website:

FREE ENTRY  |  12 – 4pm

Plus, enjoy welcome fizz on arrival courtesy of Perrier-Jouet!

If you’re planning your big day and need some inspiration, look no further than our Winter Wedding Fair.

We’re opening our doors for the best boutique wedding fair in Bristol, showcasing our beautiful, fully licensed venue, and our pick of top local wedding suppliers. What’s more, our in-house wedding planning team will be on hand throughout to answer all your questions.

Feedback from the Wedding Industry Awards

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Here is the feedback received from my wedding couples, in no particular order:

General Comments

We found Pat looking for a wedding singer. We couldn’t have been happier to fall upon Pat. We had been let down by another musician we had found and had waited out for. But as soon as we contacted Pat he was brilliant. Fast to reply with communication and he bent over backwards to accommodate our special requests. On the day Pat was simply amazing…so many of our guests commented on how great he sounded and how happy he looked to be there. We couldn’t recommend Pat any more!!
Mr Alex Redgrave

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Pat was an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish and his range of music was fantastic! Very pleased that we booked Pat as he didn’t disappoint and learnt out first dance song which was amazing, we also have a copy to remember for rest of our lives.
Mr Craig Spanswick

We could not sing Pat’s praises more highly. Not only did he make our wedding ceremony extra special by learning a completely new song for us for the bridal procession and merging it with the bridal march, but he was also brilliant during the rest of his set (not to mention helping us with song choices in the run up to our wedding). All of our guests commented on his playing! All this, and he agreed to play at our wedding the DAY AFTER he returned from his own honeymoon – now that is dedication!
Mrs Victoria Stevens

Really easy to book and was thoroughly professional during the whole process and especially when playing during our wedding. Definitely added an extra ‘wow’ factor to our day and all of our guests loved him.
Mr Keith Johnston

Pat is fantastic!! He really made our wedding day complete he even learnt 3 new songs for us without any problems. He was so good that we asked him to stay for the first dance and since that for us which he also did with no quibbles! We still have compliments now from our guests. Absolutely fantastic person who is a must at ANY wedding big or small – THANK YOU PAT you really are amazing!!
Mrs Danielle Scourfield (Wheeler)

Pat is a brilliantly talented musician, that is instantly likable and creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere from the first note. Our guests loved every song he played and he inspired many guests to get their own guitars and share their favourite songs. His communication was superb every step of the way and he attended our every whim (even learning a McFly song!! Thank you Pat!) I was so sad when his set finished, it flew by and I wished we’d booked him for longer 🙂
Mrs Amanda Bathory-Griffiths

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Pat was brilliant, he played at our wedding ceremony and drinks reception and was fantastic, so many of our guests commented on how great he was. Very professional and just got on with things when he arrived, music was fab and such a wide range of music to play
Mrs Amanda Harper

Pat impressed us from the first time we saw him at the Bristol Zoo Wedding Fayre and we both immediately knew we had to have him at our wedding. He was thoroughly helpful and friendly throughout the booking process and after; he made everything really easy. On the night he was brilliant, everyone loved his acoustic set and he played out first dance song perfectly making it something we’ll never forget. He worked alongside our DJ without an issue, we would definitely recommend Pat.
Mrs Jenna Wakley (Stinchcombe)

Pat was absolutely brilliant! We found him on the internet and after listening to some samples of his sets on you tube we new he was perfect for our wedding. On the day of our wedding he performed beautifully, if only we had had more time to sit and enjoy the music more, but you know how weddings are for the B & G! We would definitely recommend Pat to anyone!
Mrs Charlotte O’Brien

Pat was fantastic at our wedding, he has a great voice and everyone enjoyed his performance. I would highly recommend. He even learnt a number of new songs that I requested.
Mrs Amy Hicks

I can not fault Pat Mcintyre in the slightest! He went over and above for us even learning and performing a song that he had not sung before. All of our guests commented on how amazing he was on our special day.
Mrs Louise Gould

Pat was an absolute star from start to finish, right from the initial enquiry, he was responsive, detailed and professional. We chose to have the all day wedding package and Pat was there on the morning of our wedding all the way up until the music was turned off at 11pm! He helped us with our DJ playlist at the end of the night which was brilliant. Pat was an expert at ‘reading the mood’ and helped to give our wedding an amazing atmosphere, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.
Mrs Kristy James

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From the first point of contact we had with Pat to our wedding day he was polite, friendly, professional and full of helpful advice. Having him play for two hours after our wedding breakfast as the evening guest arrived was one of the best parts of our day, guest were dancing and enjoying his amazing voice, feedback from our guest was that when Pat was singing was the big they all enjoyed the most, amazing would highly recommend him.
Mrs Lucy de Scossa (Bray)

Super friendly, so good at communication and was really accommodating when explaining what he can do for us, we also booked this supplier at quite short notice and he was just utterly fantastic, all my quest had such amazing comments on him and his style and the song choices and how friendly he was! Pat really deserves this award
Mrs Paige Josham

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Pat was an amazing entertainer all of my guests spoke about how talented he was and how beautiful it was for me to walk down the isle to him singing my entrance song his communication was outstanding any questions I had were answered promptly and professionally. I was so impressed with his work i will be booking pat again in the future for other events.if your looking for a singer for your wedding pat is your man, I had a wonderful wedding and pat made it so much more with the sets he played ?
Mrs Samantha Kemp

Pat went the extra mile that made our wedding so special. I walked down the aisle to Pat singing one of my all time song by Paolo Nutini. A moment I will cherish for the rest of my life
Mrs Helen Wall

Fantastic – had great comments from all our guests. Not intrusive and created a great atmosphere.
Mrs Helen Beck

We were recommended Pat via our wedding helper. From the day I first got in contact to our wedding day I couldn’t fault him. He was so helpful on the lead up to our wedding and everyone mentioned on the day how brilliant he actually was. Couldn’t recommend Pat enough. He made our wedding reception complete.
Mrs Gemma Westlake

withgemma

Pat was brilliant on our wedding day and we had so many compliments from our guests. Talented musician, great singer and all round nice guy. Would book him again and recommend to others without hesitation.
Mr Alec Howard

withlauraalec

really enjoyed his way of interacting with couple and guests great variety of songs
Anonymous

Pat was fantastic he played our selected songs all through the day from ceremony, drinks reception and evening reception. He was fantastic. Really friendly and helpful and everyone loved his music.
Mrs Abbey Bintcliffe

From the first day we made contact with Pat to our wedding day, he was a dream, nothing was too much to ask. We loved his laid back approach and his willingness to take on new pieces of music. I was blown away when he played our very special wedding march and even though it rained non-stop he managed to keep everyone enchanted and tapping their feet. Pat was amazing and went above and beyond on the day especially when I was running fashionably late 🙂
Mrs Cherie Stammers (Perfect)

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Very professional, took all of the stress out of organising music for my wedding.
Mrs Kate Spalding (McMenamin)

I rate Pat McIntyre a 10. Sound and musical styles were varied and delivered with expertise. Advice and guidance prior was good. Customer service was excellent, Pat gave us everything we asked for, learned new tracks and brought additional equipment in order to deliver. Pats presentation is spot on, he’s smart and looks the part. Web page is good, user friendly. Pat delivers sets that are fun, beautiful and very professionally delivered. He has a great voice and is a great guitar player.
Ms Helen Smith

Wide and varied song list with excellent vocals
Mrs Emily Gebhard

Pat was simply lovely, he slotted into the our day seamlessly and really added to it with style. The music was stunning and he even took the time to learn and add some songs to his already large repertoire specifically for us. We have musicians in the family and they commented on how good he was. I would have him again at any function we did and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone else knowing that he would deliver for them.
Mr James Allen

ANAZING, TRULY AMAZING. He made our wedding perfect, great music, great sounds, great variety and a really great genuine guy.
Mrs Rebecca Thorne

I was searching for a ‘different’ version of can’t help falling in love with you and I stumbled upon Pat – what can I say I’m so glad that I did! He is amazing, so professional but personable too which I liked. Whatever we asked of Pat he would do his best to do it as soon as possible! I can’t fault pat or his service and will recommend him on to any other couples I know due to get married! He is a must boom :D! thank you Pat!!
Mr Christopher Scourfield

 

voterscores

Why They Booked

Saw his videos online and thought he was excellent
Mr Alec Howard

A credible, relevant & original singer who put his stamp on our favourite songs. He was so helpful throughout the process as well.
Mrs Emily Gebhard

Because he sounded amazing and he really was. Our first dance couldn’t have been any better!!!
Mrs Rebecca Thorne

Because he sounded amazing in his YouTube videos
Mrs Danielle Scourfield (Wheeler)

As soon as I heard him on YouTube I told the now wife that if I have one say for our wedding day it would be that we have to book Pat – he is fab!
Mr Christopher Scourfield

After watching his you tube video’s we liked his style, music and was great to work with! No issues! just got the job done so we could crack on with the good stuff!!! Getting married 🙂
Mrs Helen Wall

A lot of searching the internet and listening to his music, we liked his style and how he came across
Mr James Allen

Professionalism, Service Delivery and Value for money
Mr Craig Spanswick

We attended the wedding of our lovely friends Ceri and Jenna, where Pat was also performing. We loved his laid-back soulful style, and Jenna couldn’t have praised him more highly.
Mrs Amanda Bathory-Griffiths

Recommendation from a friend.
Mrs Gemma Westlake

I stumbled upon Pat’s music on Youtube whilst looking for a version of my late Grandads favourite song ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. My Grandad used to sing and play the guitar to me when I was a child so I hold fond memories of these times. I always said that I wanted to walk down the aisle to one of his songs so I’d feel like he was there with me on our special day. Upon finding Pat and hearing his version of this song i knew I had to have this man sing at my wedding no matter the cost! I didn’t think he would travel from Bristol to Surrey so when my Mum told me he’d agreed to come I was completely over the moon! Pat absolutely made my day! Can not thank him enough.
Mrs Louise Gould

We wanted something a little bit different to fill the two hours inbetween the wedding breakfast and the evening, he set up outside and as our guest mingled and enjoy the sun they also got to enjoy listening to Pat, he was fantastic
Mrs Lucy de Scossa (Bray)

Loved his influences and the way he delivered his songs. Pat can deliver technical beautiful songs and upbeat tracks. Suits all tastes and Pat really is perfect for any wedding day.
Ms Helen Smith

I wanted an acoustic guitarist to play my wedding entrance I listened to pats work and fell in love with his voice and from that moment knew I had to book him
Mrs Samantha Kemp

Youtube channel had lots of videos to view. Song choices and voice. Looks smart
Mrs Amy Hicks

For evening acoustic entertainment at out wedding which was something different and to play our first dance song all of which we achieved by booking Pat as he was excellent.
Mrs Jenna Wakley (Stinchcombe)

My partner and I loved his style, his website is great for listening to his songs and his voice seals the deal. Amazing guitarist and singer.
Mrs Cherie Stammers (Perfect)

Simply we were very impressed with every aspect, he’s wonderful!
Mrs Paige Josham

great website with examples,
Anonymous

Was exactly what we wanted at our wedding, plenty of videos on website to see what he sounded like before booking
Mrs Amanda Harper

Reasonably priced, professional website and the fact that we could listen to some of his songs on you tube to get an idea of his sound.
Mrs Charlotte O’Brien

Pat’s website was very professional and easy to navigate, we listened to some of Pat’s videos on Youtube and then went to see him live at a local bar before we decided to book him! We loved his style of playing, his musical repertoire and his personality on stage. We also loved that he offered different types of packages and that we could have him play during our ceremony as well as the reception.
Mrs Kristy James

We saw him play at a friends wedding and were very impressed.
Mr Keith Johnston

We saw him on his website and YouTube and thought he’d be perfect also because he was able to play all day.
Mrs Abbey Bintcliffe

we loved his song list on his website and videos posted.
Mr Alex Redgrave

Really liked the music he offered and the acoustic style.
Mrs Kate Spalding (McMenamin)

Absoutely loved his style when listening to his videos online, and the way he took a variety of newer songs and old classics while putting his own acoustic guitar ‘spin’ on them.
Mrs Victoria Stevens

Watched his videos and was very impressed
Mrs Helen Beck

Top 10 Wedding Ceremony and First Dance songs

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Wedding Guitarist Blog: my top 10 most requested songs for the wedding ceremony/first dance – and some alternative choices

Choosing the music you want at your wedding is a tricky thing! Making your own song selections is the norm now, particularly at civil ceremonies but also at more traditional church weddings. While the bride may opt to enter the ceremony to the traditional Bridal Chorus performed by an organist, there is still usually space for some music before the ceremony, during the signing of the register, and as the married couple exit.

As a live guitarist and singer, I’m often booked to perform at the wedding ceremony. When I meet with couples to discuss the music, I’d say 90% of couples aren’t sure what music they want – so if you’re planning your wedding and scratching your head, wondering what on earth you should choose – don’t despair! You’re in the majority.

image: Jo & Mark's first dance at The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury.

Jo & Mark’s first dance at The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury

A question that crops up time and time again when I speak to couples is “what songs have other people chosen?” This can good be a good starting point if you have no idea which songs to pick. It may be also a good guide as to which songs you don’t want! Eliminating the most popular songs may be a good idea if you want something more unusual. You may stumble across a gem of a song that fits perfectly. Look out for my next blog: Top 10 most unusual wedding ceremony/first dance songs I’ve played.

The perfect song for the ceremony or first dance will ideally be one that:

  • you both like (although the bride will usually have the final word when it comes to her entrance music!)
  • sets the atmosphere you’re looking for (romantic? upbeat?)
  • has lyrics that are meaningful to you
  • reminds you of a significant moment in your relationship

If you manage to find a song that fills all the above criteria – well done! Realistically it’s pretty difficult to find one that ticks all boxes, so if you find one that fulfils two out of four, you’re onto a winner.

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Steph & Tom’s first dance at Hunstile Organic Farm


Without further ado, here’s my top 10 list of the most requested songs. I’ve also included an alternative option for each song in a similar style, for those looking for something a little less popular:


#10 – Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Only released two years ago, this song became an instant wedding favourite with it’s beautiful lyrics and classic melodies. Ed’s soulful voice and skilful songwriting come to the fore on this track, and I’m certain it’ll be a popular choice for years to come.

Download “Thinking Out Loud” on my acoustic wedding album

See also: Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran


#9 – Let’s Stay Together by Al Green

Heartfelt, soulful, timeless – this song is a popular pick, with lyrics that perfectly express what the wedding day is all about. From the first line “I, I’m so in love with you” to the chorus “Loving you whether times are good or bad, happy or sad” – it’s almost like all your wedding vows wrapped up in a neat musical package!

See also – At Last by Etta James


#8 – A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Another modern song to make the top 10 list, this has been one of my most requested at wedding ceremonies over the last couple of years. The soaring chorus melody and beautiful lyrics make this a firm favourite with the hopeless romantics!

Download “A Thousand Years” on my acoustic wedding album

See also: Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding


#7 – Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

Uplifting and positive, this is a lovely song to have at any point during the wedding ceremony. Works perfectly for the bridal entrance, during the signing of the register or the exit of the married couple. However if you’re superstitious and hoping for a sunny day, you may not want to choose this and jinx the weather!

See also: All You Need is Love by The Beatles


#6 – Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder

This is the perfect song for the wedding ceremony exit – upbeat, joyful and the perfect confirmation song that you’re officially a married couple! Also works really well as a first dance song if you want something to get the party started rather than a slow dance – although be warned, you may have to bust out some dance moves in front of your wedding guests!

See also – For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder


#5 – Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley (aka Falling In Love With You)

A little while back I made a recording of this song in a modern acoustic style, and it seemed to instantly connect with people – quickly becoming far and away my most popular video on YouTube with well over 100,000 views to date. Heartfelt and timeless, there’s just something about the melodies in this song that touch the soul. If you like my version and would like to use it at your wedding, please show your support by downloading using the link below (grabbing the mp3 via YouTube is illegal and it only costs 99p to do it the legal way!)

Download “Can’t Help Falling In Love” on my acoustic album

See also: Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton


#4 – I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

It seems amazing to me that this song was released in 2008 – it’s nearly 10 years old! It still feels fresh as ever and remains a very popular pick at weddings. “I’m Yours” – the perfect sentiment, what more do you need to say?!

See also: I’d Rather Be With You by Joshua Radin


#3 – Stand By Me by Ben E. King

So, we move into the top 3 with this classic soul track. Recorded in the early 60’s, this song remains as popular today as ever – it’s one of those tunes where everyone knows the chorus lyrics, no matter their age! A genius moment in songwriting history, and Ben E. King’s incredible soulful vocals are the icing on the cake. Another great song for the recessional (exit song) at the wedding ceremony.

See also: Wonderful World by Sam Cooke


#2 – Better Together by Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson’s chilled out voice, laid-back guitar style and knack for writing interesting/unusual but universally appealing lyrics all contribute to this modern classic. “It’s always better when we’re together” – of course it is, that’s why you’re getting married! It’s one of my favourite songs to play at weddings – a genius piece of songwriting, and one that will continue to be popular for years to come I’m sure.

See also – Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole


#1 – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson

And the no.1 goes to the brilliant Jackie Wilson! This song has all the elements to make it the perfect wedding song – it works brilliantly at the ceremony, or as a funky upbeat first dance song. Jackie Wilson’s soaring voice and the infectious energy in the song is perfect to get everyone feeling upbeat and happy.

I think it’s popularity at weddings is also down to the fact that it’s not necessarily as well known as some of the other songs on the list, so while it’s a familiar song to hear, it doesn’t feel tired or overplayed. It’s one of my favourite songs to play at weddings!

Download Higher and Higher on my acoustic album

See also – My Girl by The Temptations


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Pat McIntyre is a singer and acoustic guitarist from Bristol, UK. An experienced live performer and music aficionado, Pat is available to book for weddings and other events.

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6th October – Updates!

Well, 2015 has been an amazing year for me I must say! I’m proud to say that being a musician is now my full-time occupation, and I’ve watched my little business go from strength to strength in the past couple of years.

2015 saw a 300% increase in wedding bookings, and 2016 is lining up to be my busiest year yet.

I’ve been busy filming and recording audio from many of my 2015 weddings and have a huge amount of footage to work through! So that means there will be lots of new live videos coming soon, along with some new professional demos – so keep an eye on my video page and YouTube page throughout the Winter.

On every booking form this year I’ve included an optional section for website feedback and improvements. I’ve been listening to everyone’s comments and will be implementing lots of the great suggestions that have come in – thanks everyone! One of these was an option to sort the repertoire by era rather than just list it in alphabetical order. This is the first improvement I’ll be bringing in, so keep an eye on the repertoire page which will have a new look for 2016.

 

 

15th Sep 2015 – Extra live dates added

For anyone hoping to come and see me play, I’ve added a couple of extra dates to the Winter diary:

Illusions Magic Bar BristolIllusions Magic Bar
2 Byron Place
Bristol BS8 1JT
(On the Clifton Triangle)

 

Friday 20th November 10.30pm – 12.30am
Saturday 28th November 10-30pm – 12.30am
Saturday 5th December 10.30pm – 12.30am

Jenny & Shaun’s wedding at Ever After nr Tavistock, Devon

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

July 18th, 2015 saw a journey down to Ever After at Lower Grenofen (near Tavistock, Devon) for Jenny and Shaun’s big day. Lots of organisation went into this amazing wedding day, with the bride and groom arranging everything from their home in New Zealand!

Jenny & Shaun booked my all-day package – so that included welcome music as guests arrived, live songs during the wedding ceremony, the afternoon drinks reception and the evening party. Lots and lots of live acoustic tunes!

After an hour or so of music out on the green as guests arrived, we made our way over to the Orchard for the wedding ceremony.

image: the ceremony

Beatles - Here Comes The Sun 
Ben Howard - Only Love 
Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine 
George Ezra - Listen To The Man 
Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes 
Coldplay - Yellow 
David Gray - This Years Love 
Ed Sheeran - Lego House 
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon 
The Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way

Bridal Entrance: Foo Fighters - Everlong
Recessional: Etta James - At Last

With my PA system already set up on the decking area near the main marquee, I moved down to play some songs during the afternoon drinks reception.

  Ever Afteracoustic guitarist Devon

Jack Johnson - Better Together 
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds 
Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song 
Ed Sheeran - The A-Team 
Jack Johnson - Good People 
Eric Clapton - Layla 
Passenger - Let Her Go 
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours 
KT Tunstall - Black Horse & The Cherry Tree 
Jack Johnson - Sitting Waiting Wishing 
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me 
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love

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Time for a rest ready for the evening! I had a chill out on the giant deck chair (pictured!) and Jenny and Shaun were kind enough to provide me with some food – so I refuelled, before moving my PA into the marquee ready for the evening celebrations.

I love playing songs I’ve never heard before for a first dance – and Jenny and Shaun chose “My Baby” by Plush, which worked perfectly with the guitar!

 

First dance: Plush - My Baby
Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher 
George Ezra - Budapest 
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight 
Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine 
Lumineers - Ho Hey 
Blackstreet - No Diggity 
Ed Sheeran/Macklemore - You Need Me/Thrift Shop 
James - Sit Down 
Green Day - Time Of Your Life 
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

- break -

Pharrell - Happy 
Stevie Wonder - Superstition 
Daft Punk - Get Lucky 
Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany’s 
George Ezra - Blame It On Me 
The Killers - Mr. Brightside 
Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire 
Ed Sheeran - Sing 
Tenacious D - Tribute 
Bryan Adams - Summer of ‘69 
Van Morrisson - Brown Eyed Girl 
Ben E King - Stand By Me
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

An absolutely amazing day all round – huge congratulations to the happy couple, and I loved discovering this gem of a wedding venue. A really magical little spot, and I’m excited to head back to Ever After next year for Cherie & David’s big day!

The acoustic First Dance

Image courtesy of https://www.grwphotography.co.uk/ – view more of Jenny & Shaun’s photographs at https://lowergrenofen.co.uk/real-weddings/jenny-shaun/