Everything is organised and the big day is finally here. At your wedding venue or church the guests are beginning to arrive to help you celebrate. The length of a wedding ceremony can vary enormously depending on whether you are having a civil ceremony or church service. Whatever you have chosen you need to think about the music needed for the occasion.
For civil ceremonies the music you choose has to have no religous content. For church ceremonies you will need to choose a couple of hymns for during the service. Apart from those conditions the music you can choose is pretty much up to you but choosing what music is to be played can be a minefield as there is so much choice available.
Your guests are arriving, chatting, minging and taking their seats. This can take up to about 20-30 minutes and you’ll need some form of background music playing in the background whilst they are anticipating your arrival.
Depending on whether you are arriving separately or together you will need between 2-6 minutes of music for your grand entrance
You’ll then need roughly 5-10 minutes for the signing of the register and a further 5-10 minutes for your grand exit as a married couple and the guests to depart the ceremony room.
We receive all types of requests for musicians to play at this time and have a range of options available for you to choose from depending on the style, theme and budget available.
The most important part of the day is over and there isn’t a dry-eye in the venue! After you’ve exchanged vows it’s time for your drinks reception and photographs.
This is the time that your day guests enjoy catching up with each other and talking to friends and family they may not have seen in a while and to meet new friends and family.
At this time you may have a drinks reception where your guests enjoy a glass of prosecco or champagne whilst you take everything in or perhaps have a few photographs taken.
At this time you may be at your venue and enjoying the grounds, in a field for a festival style wedding, or in your own gardens at home. Photographs and mingling at this time may last anything from 30 minutes up to a couple of hours and it’s the perfect opportunity for some music.
We can provide you with several different options to match your budget, theme and style. Whether it’s a trombone quartet playing funky classical or popular songs, a duo with some jazz and swing, or a trio playing laid back popular songs – we have something to suit.
The ceremony has taken place. The photos have been taken and the speeches are over.
It’s time to get the party started! You need a funky, upbeat and interactive wedding band that will really get your guests jumping. Playing only the very best music from the 1960’s to present day chart hits – a mix that will appeal to all your guests and have them dancing the night away.
Doctor Chocolate will play for 2 hours and the sets are full of non-stop, high-energy hits. With 2 soulful singers, a tight rhythm section and 3 piece brass section we have a full and vibrant sound and performance.
We take away the stress and worry of booking a wedding band and can guide you through the whole process and offer advice as needed.
Quality PA Equipment
2 Hours of non-stop high-energy hits
9 professional musicians
1 sound engineer
Stress free booking and fully insured
Doctor Chocolate have played in many venues in the UK from stately homes to marquees, from barns to fields, from hotels to village halls. We have been the wedding band of choice for over 26 years and have a fantastic reputation in the south west area. As such you can be sure that we are an established, professional and reliable band and we won’t let you down. Don’t worry – just contact us and we can help you with any concerns. If you are concerned that we may be too big for your venue please get in contact and we can talk through any questions you may have. We are a big band but you’d be surprised at some of the spaces we’ve managed to squeeze into. With our sound engineer attending every event you can be sure we are conscious of our sound and volume as well but here’s a very small list of venues we have performed in over the years:
Celtic Manor in Wales, Tortworth Court in Gloucester, Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel, Thornbury Castle in Thornbury, Berkeley Castle in Gloucester, Priston Mill near Bath, Webbington Hotel in Loxton, Kingsweston House in Bristol, The Pier WsM, Leigh Court in Bristol, Bath Racecourse in Bath, Ashton Court in Bristol, Grittleton House in Chippenham, Combe House Hotel in Bridgwater, The Bristol Golf Club, Gants Mill in Bruton, Kings Bruton School, Kings College in Taunton, Clifton School in Bristol, Woodlands Castle in Taunton, We The Curios @ Bristol, St Audries Park in Taunton, Quantock Lakes in Somerset, The Paintworks in Bristol, Rockbeare Manor in Devon, Orchardleigh House in Frome, The Manor at Old Down Estate in Bristol, Walton Castle in Clevedon, Walton Park Hotel in Clevedon, Barleywood in Wrington, Chew Valley Lake Tipis in Chew Valley, Coombe Lodge in Blagdon, Yeo Valley in Chew Valley, Clifton College in Bristol, Mercure Bristol Marriott Hotel, The Clifton Club in Bristol, Berwick Lodge in Bristol, Mansion House in Bristol, Aldwick Estate near Bristol, The Avon Gorge Hotel in Bristol, The Winter Gardens W-s-M, The Grand Atlantic W-s-M, Clevedon Hall in Clevedon, Court Farm Weston, Batch Country Hotel Weston, Rookery Manor Weston, Trowbridge Civic Centre, Holbrook Manor in Wincanton, The Bath Priory Hotel in Bath, The Barns at Wick Farm in Bath, The Aldwick Estate in Bristol, Arnos Manor Hotel in Bristol, Wincanton Racecourse in Wincanton, Thornbury Golf Centre Bristol, Radisson Blue Hotel in Bristol, Dillington House in Bristol, Hornsbury Mill in Chard, Forde Abbey in Chard, Assembly Rooms in Bath, Lyncombe Lodge in Churchill, City Hall in Bristol, Hestercombe House in Taunton, Taunton Racecourse in Taunton, Somerset County Cricket in Taunton, Goldney Hall in Bristol, North Cadbury Course in Clevedon, Cossington Park in Bridgwater, Baabington House in Frome, Somerset Hall in Portishead, Holiday Inn in Taunton, Farrington Park in Farrington Guerney, Charlton House Shepton Mallet, Ston Easton Park in Bath, Huntstile Organic Farm in Bridgwater, Tracy Park Golf Club in Wick, Bristol Grammar School in Bristol, Clifton Pavillion at Bristol Zoo, The Old Mill Hotel at Ston Easton, Mendip Spring and Country Club in Congresbury, Haslebury Mill in Somerset, Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet, Grovesnor Club in Bristol, Roman Baths and Pump Room in Bath, Mount Somerset Hotel and spa in Somerset, The Royal Hotel in Weston, Cabot Bars in Weston, Back Bar in Weston, The Brit Bar in Weston, Pontins Sandbay, Longleat Safari Park, Cricket St THomas near Chard, Centreparcs in Longleat, The Hippodrome Casino in Soho London,
You can see how busy Doctor Chocolate have been as a Bristol based wedding band so please do get in contact to discuss your wedding ideas and plans and let us help you make it a fantastic night for you and all your guests.