​Glen Manor House Wedding in Portsmouth, RI

October 8, 2016

Cara & Kevin

Ensemble: Stax | Eight Piece

An exquisite wedding at the ​Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, RI where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had an amazing time!

East Coast Soul was grateful to be brought to join Cara & Kevin for their stunning ​Glen Manor House Wedding in Portsmouth, RI.

Preprations

Our planning for the wedding day began months in advance, with Cara & Kevin offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the wedding day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). Cara & Kevin were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.

Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Portsmouth, RI and began our standard load in and sound check process for ​Glen Manor House. We're often asked about our process for loading in and sound checking at various venues. This is a part of the day that we take seriously, spending extra time to avoid rushing, and ensuring our gear is properly tuned for the room.

Ceremony

One aspect of our planning involves outlining exactly what portions of the wedding day East Coast Soul will be involved with.

For this wedding in particular, we learned that Cara & Kevin were also interested in East Coast Soul to provide ceremony music. In this case, Cara & Kevin 's ceremony took place at ​Glen Manor House. After East Coast Soul provided roughly 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony began. Specially, we provided a Soloist performance for the processional, bride’s entrance, recessional.

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Cocktail Hour

As is often the case, East Coast Soul was requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a great opportunity for the bride and groom to relax after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, we provided a and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.

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Reception

In a majority of celebrations, the band is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the receptions. This ​Glen Manor House Wedding was no different. With introductions complete, we headed into into the bride and groom’s first dance. The first dance is traditionally one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding day. It's a chance for the couple to take a moment for themselves. With this portion of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After resting briefly, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned.

In many weddings, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. This is a chance for the bride and groom to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their father and mother. In this case, the bride and her father danced together. The groom and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a great way to start the performance portion of the evening. We generally ask for the attention of the guests to start. We then often ask them to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.

Our performances often start with older material. We've found this is a great way to get folks up on the dance floor with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then moved into performing music by artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Finally, we ended the night performing contemporary material that everyone could sing along with.

Guests danced non-stop from beginning to end, and we limited our breaks to ensure people had as much time to dance as possible.

Thanks so much to Cara & Kevin for having us at their beautiful October wedding at ​Glen Manor House!

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