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:

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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

26/11/16 – Richard and Sarah: The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wolds

Ok it’s Monday the 28th November and I’m well aware I haven’t updated my wedding guitarist blog for a longggg time! I was trying to blog about every wedding I attended; I missed one, then I missed another…. before I knew it I’d missed nearly a year of weddings! Time to get back on it. I’ll also be backfilling the blog, so hopefully at some point I’ll catch up on all the posts I’ve missed.

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So, Saturday saw a trip up to picturesque Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds. The venue: The Porch House, the occasion: Richard and Sarah’s big day. I arrived at roughly 1.30pm and bumped into Kirsten, aka The Little Wedding Helper who was busy working her magic to make the place look amazing, as she always does. With some amazing calligraphy and stationery from de Winton Paper co and floristry from The Rose Shed, the place was looking classy and absolutely stunning!

I set up ready for the drinks reception and awaited the guests arrival. The ceremony began at 2pm in the nearby church, and from 3pm people started to filter in from the cold, crisp day outside. The log fire was very welcoming, and I began some acoustic music as people mingled.

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We had just over and hour and a half of acoustic tunes (playlist below). It was an absolute pleasure to meet the newlyweds, and to be a part of such a stunning occasion. Congratulations Sarah and Richard!

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Afternoon playlist:

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
One Direction - Little Things
Bastille - Pompeii
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
Ed Sheeran - Lego House
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
James Bay - Let It Go

American Authors - Best Day Of My Life
Adele - Rolling In The Deep
Amy Winehouse - Valerie
George Ezra - Budapest
Walk The Moon - Shut Up & Dance
The Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir
Paolo Nutini - Last Request
Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Tracey Chapman - Fast Car
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

 

Top 10 Wedding Ceremony and First Dance songs

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

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.

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

“The Acoustic Wedding Album” – now available to download

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just released my first album of acoustic wedding songs! I’ve picked nine of my most requested tracks, and two versions of the acoustic bridal chorus – one full length and one shortened version, at just under a minute long it’s perfect for the walk down the aisle.Pat McIntyre - The Acoustic Wedding Album


Download on iTunesDownload Amazon Music mp3 Download on Google PlayStream on Spotify

Tracklist

1. Can’t Help Falling In Love
2. Thinking Out Loud
3. Grow Old With Me
4. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher
5. A Thousand Years
6. Crazy Love
7. Wonderful Tonight
8. Marry You
9. Love Me Tender
10. The Acoustic Bridal Chorus (Short)
11. The Acoustic Bridal Chorus (Full Length)

Album preview/teaser video

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.

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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.

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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/

 

 

Live acoustic music at the Lynhurst, Devon: Sarah & Kevin’s afternoon wedding reception

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

image: The Lynhurst, Lynton, North Devon

Saturday 11th July saw a trip down to the beautiful surroundings of Lynton in North Devon. Sarah and Kevin were married in the afternoon at the local church, and booked out The Lynhurst for their afternoon/evening celebrations. They booked me to play a couple of acoustic sets during drinks and cream teas, with speeches during my break.

Following an unsuccessful fight with my sat-nav, I eventually located the venue thanks to some help from the locals. GPS/3G hasn’t quite reached Lynton yet! I walked up the pathway to the Lynhurst and was greeted by fantastic views with the sea twinkling in the distance.

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I set up my PA system, while the caterers carefully prepared cream teas, and we awaited the entrance of the newlyweds and their bridal party.

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Shortly after 3pm, the church bells rang out and I began my first live set:

Jack Johnson - Better Together 
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun 
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours 
Newton Faulkener - Dream Catch Me 
Lumineers - Ho Hey 
Mumford & Sons - The Cave 
Avicii - Wake Me Up 
Biffy Clyro - Many of Horror 
McFly - It’s All About You 
Bon Jovi - Livin’ on a Prayer 
Green Day - Time of Your Life 
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go 
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

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We then had a little break, during which the wedding speeches took place. At 5pm-ish I began my second set, which started with the happy couple’s first dance:

First Dance: Jason Mraz - You & I Both 
Justin Timberlake - Not A Bad Thing 
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight 
George Ezra - Budapest 
Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher 
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror 
Bruno Mars - Marry You 
Jessie J - Price Tag 
Amy Winehouse - Valerie 
Rihanna - Umbrella 
The Killers - Mr Brightside 
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire 
Bryan Adams - Summer of ‘69
Van Morrisson - Brown Eyed Girl
Ben E King - Stand By Me

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A fantastic late afternoon/early evening with lots of dancing and singing along! Looks like the celebrations were set to continue long into the night, as a band were setting up as I was leaving 🙂

Huge congratulations to the happy couple – once again, thanks for choosing to have me play at your wedding – hope you enjoyed the tunes, and that you had an amazing evening after I left!

Friday 10th July – Rachel and Ali’s wedding at Aldwick Court Farm

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

It’s always a pleasure to visit the fantastic Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard and we had a beautiful afternoon for Rachel and Ali’s wedding reception.

Aldwick Court Farm

I played two sets outside in the afternoon sunshine, including a couple of special requests from the bride and groom. An absolutely stunning afternoon – massive congratulations once again to the happy couple and I hope you enjoyed the live music as much as I enjoyed playing it!

Live acoustic music at Aldwick Court FarmHere was Rachel and Ali’s acoustic set list:

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Elvis - Can’t Help Falling In Love
Zutons/Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Passenger - Let Her Go
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
Eric Clapton - Layla
Bryan Adams - Heaven
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Jack Johnson - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
Noah & The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Otis Redding - Dock OF The Bay
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Jack Johnson - Better Together
John Mayer - Half Of My Heart
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Vance Joy - Riptide
Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
Bastille - Pompeii
Oasis - Wonderwall
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Tracey Chapman - Fast Car
Ben E King - Stand By Me

Saturday 27th June – The Mill End Hotel, Chagford, Devon: Wedding drinks reception live music

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

Saturday 27th saw a trip down to Devon and the beautiful Mill End Hotel for Claire and Matt’s post-wedding ceremony drinks reception. They booked me to play some acoustic songs as guests arrived to the reception venue, and we had a lovely warm day for the occasion.

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I set up just outside the main marquee where the wedding breakfast was due to take place and played two acoustic sets in the sunshine.

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Here was the playlist from the day:

Set 1
Pharrell - Happy 
Damien Rice - Canonball 
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine 
Coldplay - Magic 
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me 
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do 
McFly - It’s All About You 
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony 
Elbow - One Day like this
Set 2 
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk 
Daft Punk - Get Lucky 
Ben Haenow - Something I Need 
Kodaline - The One
Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven 
The Jam - A Town Called Malice 
The Beatles - Let It Be 
John Legend - All of Me 
Ben E King - Stand By Me

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Bishopstrow House, Warminster: Live acoustic music at Mike & Kelly’s wedding

Pat McIntyre - www.guitaristforweddings.co.uk

Friday, 19th June 2015 – British Summer seems to have started warming up finally! We had beautiful blue skies for most of the day and it was lovely and warm when I arrived at the stunning Bishopstrow House Hotel.

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Mike & Kelly booked me to play during the break between the wedding breakfast and the evening party. With the weather set fair, I set up outside on the patio area.

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I kicked off the live music at 6.30pm – here’s Mike & Kelly’s acoustic playlist:

Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Magic! - Rude
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours
Ellie Golding - Love Me Like You Do
Bob Marley - Stir It Up
Eric Clapton - Layla
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Lumineers - Hey Ho
Mumford and Sons - Lover of the Light
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Bastille - Pompeii
John Legend - All of Me
Lifehouse - You and Me
Ed Sheeran/Macklemore - You Need Me/Thrift Shop mashup
The Killers - Mr Brightside
MGMT - Kids
The coral - Dreaming of You
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Green Day - Time Of Your Life

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And, before I left, there was just time for one more song! A very important one – Mike & Kelly’s first dance as man & wife. They chose “Still Into You” by Paramore, I played a stripped back acoustic version which worked really nicely. Huge congratulations to the happy couple and hope you had a great day and evening!