Wedding Pianist for Hire - England, Scotland and Wales

Are you thinking about hiring a pianist for your wedding in England, Scotland or Wales?

PianoDJ is a family run company that represents a nationwide team of amazing wedding pianists.

Click to watch a video of wedding pianist playing for an autumn wedding at Gaynes Park.


Each wedding pianist has been carefully auditioned and hand-picked by James and Nina (owners of PianoDJ)

This will take a weight off your mind because you can trust that your wedding pianist will meet the high standards that are required to play at your wedding.

Lots of couples choose to book their wedding pianist from PianoDJ because they like the caring and personal service that goes hand in hand with a family business.

James and Nina have a great relationship with their wedding pianists and they offer them a lot of work.

This means that they have been able to negotiate the cheapest prices for these amazing pianists...even cheaper than if you book them directly!

The cheap rates and the high volume of bookings means that availabilty can be extremely limited on busy days and summer dates sell out really quickly.

You might be suprised to know that we have just started taking bookings for weddings in 2021.

"Our wedding pianist was astonishing in his ability and range. He played for over 5 hours, without a single wrong note, repeated piece or moment of silence. Outstanding!"

[Sarah and Ben]

"Awesome pianists!! We are really grateful for the beautiful piano music all day long, thank you. Would highly recommend PianoDJ to everyone!" .

[Karen and David]

When does a pianist play?

You can hire a wedding pianist to play piano music for the following four sections of your wedding.

  1. Wedding Ceremony
  2. Drinks Reception
  3. Wedding Breakfast
  4. Turnaround Period

Most couples book a pianist for 3-4 sections of their wedding day because it offers great value for money and it takes care of the music for the whole day.

1. Wedding Ceremony

Hire a wedding pianist to play for your civil wedding ceremony.

Your wedding ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day.

If you hire a pianist to play for your ceremony they will play for up to 30mins before it starts as your guests arrive. Your pianist will then play one piece as you walk down the aisle, two pieces during the signing of the register and one piece at the end of the ceremony as you walk back down the aisle.

2. Drinks Reception

Hire a wedding pianist to play for your drinks reception.

During your drinks reception, you will be kept busy with lots of wedding photographs and with guests congratulating you on your marriage. You won't be able to stop smiling!

Your wedding pianist will play upbeat, lively, fun and exciting music for your drinks reception to keep your guests entertained while they wait for you to have your wedding photos taken. The music will act as an ice breaker for guests who do not know each other that well and it will create a fantastic atmosphere.

3. Wedding Breakfast

Hire a wedding pianist to play for your wedding breakfast.

Put your feet up, tuck into the greatest feast of your lifetime, sit back, soak up the atmosphere and let it all sink in.

If music is important to you then you should book a wedding pianist to play all of your favourite songs and pieces of music on the piano during your wedding breakfast. This is a way for you to add your personality and style to your meal and background piano music will break the uncomfortable silence that you often get at weddings.

4. Turnaround Period

Hire a wedding pianist to play for your turnaroud period.

The turnaround period is the "lull" in the wedding after the speeches. Your evening guests will arrive during this time and the venue staff will clear the tables, stack chairs, sweep up mess, lay a dance floor and get the room ready for the evening dancing.

Your wedding pianist will play toe-tapping music during this time, becoming the warm-up act for your evening reception, and they will play music that will help get your guests in the mood for a night of dancing.

"Our pianist played so beautifully and it was very much appreciated. Some our guests were moved to tears during the ceremony by her playing and it created memories that will last forever.".

[Rishi and Susannah]

How much does a wedding pianist cost?

Your daytime wedding reception is split into 4 sections: your ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and turnaround period/evening drinks reception.

You can choose to book a pianist for 1, 2, 3 or 4 sections of your wedding day.

Most couples choose 3 sections

Wedding Pianist Price List

£270 - pianist for 1 section
£340 - pianist for 2 sections
£415 - pianist for 3 sections (best value for money)
£500 - pianist for all 4 sections

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What Does This Include?

1) Your wedding pianist on the day
2) A professional keyboard (if required)
3) The rehearsal time before your wedding learning your requests
4) All travel and expenses
5) VAT

Possible Extra Costs

Food for your Pianist

If you choose a pianist to play for 3 or 4 sections of your wedding day then we ask if you could provide them with some food to eat during the speeches.

Piano Upgrades

If you don't like the look of a keyboard on a stand then you can choose to hire a fake grand piano shell to make the keyboard look like a real piano.

The price of this is an additional £200-£300 depending on location.

You can look at photos and read more about the professional keyboards and the grand piano shell in some blogs that we have written to help you decide on the piano option that works best for you.



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If the price fits within your budget and you would like to hire a pianist for your wedding then you can check availabilty for your date using the form below.

You will get a personal email back from James (owner of PianoDJ) to let you know if there is still a pianist available for your wedding and confirmation of the price for a piano shell upgrade for your location.

UPDATE: Limited availability for dates in 2018


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You can check the availabilty of a pianist for your wedding using the form below.

If you got here and missed the wedding pianist price list then you can easily get to it by scrolling up or clicking: Price List

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IS A PIANIST AVAILABLE FOR YOUR WEDDING?

"Our pianist was exceptional.
He was also incredibly polite and couldn’t have been more accommodating taking song requests from our guests.
His talent was amazing and all generations loved the music.
We are so glad we booked him and we will definitely be recommending PianoDJ to other couples! ".


[Amanda and Lee]

Can I choose the music?

Your wedding should be packed full of the music that you love.

When you hire a wedding pianist from PianoDJ you get to choose the music that the pianist plays throughout your wedding day.

The piano is an amazing instrument and you can play almost any style of music (except rap) on the piano.

This makes it perfect for a wedding because you can have a different style of music playing for each section of your wedding day.

To give you an idea, here are some recent set lists that couples have requested for their wedding.

Love Songs



Top 10 Love Songs for a Wedding

  1. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
  2. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
  3. All of Me - John Legend
  4. The One - Kodaline
  5. How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
  6. Songbird - Eva Cassidy
  7. At Last - Etta James
  8. Is This Love - Bob Marley
  9. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
  10. Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart

Metal



Top 10 Metal Songs for a Wedding

  1. Chop Suey - System of a Down
  2. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
  3. Vermillion - Slipknot
  4. Numb - Linkin Park
  5. Papa Roach - No Matter What
  6. Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills
  7. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
  8. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
  9. Motorhead - Ace of Spades
  10. Judas Priest - Breaking the Law

R&B and Soul



Top 10 R&B and Soul Songs for a Wedding

  1. Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
  2. Ordinary People - John Legend
  3. Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
  4. Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys
  5. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  6. Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
  7. Love On Top - Beyonce
  8. Closer - Ne-yo
  9. Four Five Seconds - Rhianna
  10. U Remind Me - Usher

Indie



Top 10 Indie Songs for a Wedding

  1. Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
  2. She Moves in Her Own Way - The kooks
  3. Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
  4. Reef - Place Your Hands
  5. Mr Brightside - The Killers
  6. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
  7. Naive - The Kooks
  8. Country House - Blur
  9. Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
  10. Alright - Supergrass

Rock



Top 10 Rock Songs for a Wedding

  1. Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses
  2. Pieces - Sum 41
  3. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  4. Basket Case - Green Day
  5. Times Like These - Foo Fighers
  6. I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
  7. One Day Like This - Elbow
  8. Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
  9. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  10. Feeling Good - Muse

House and Dance



Top 10 Dance Songs for a Wedding

  1. Show Me Love - Robin S
  2. Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
  3. Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
  4. Levels - Avicii
  5. Man With the Red Face - Mark Knight
  6. Calling (Lose My Mind) - Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso
  7. Children - Robert Miles
  8. Ride on Time - Black Box
  9. Finally CeCe Peniston
  10. Titanium - David Guetta feat. Sia

Chart Hits



Top 10 Chart Hit Songs for a Wedding

  1. One Dance - Drake
  2. Latch - Disclosure feat. Sam Smith
  3. 7 Years Old - Lucas Graham
  4. Sugar - Maroon 5
  5. Where Are You Now - Jack U feat. Justin Bieber
  6. Cheerleader - OMI
  7. Bills - Lunchmoney Lewis
  8. Cheap Thrills - Sia
  9. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
  10. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes

Bollywood and Musicals



Top 10 Bollywood and Musical Songs for a Wedding

  1. Bole Chudiyan
  2. Kuch kuch hoti hai
  3. Tu Hi Re
  4. Tum Hi Ho
  5. Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai
  6. Pure Imagination - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  7. Hungry Eyes - Dirty Dancing
  8. All I Ask of You - Phantom of the Opera
  9. Tonight - West Side Story
  10. As Long As You're Mine - Wicked

90s Pop



Top 10 90s Pop Songs for a Wedding

  1. It's All About You - McFly
  2. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
  3. Waterfalls - TLC
  4. All Rise - Blue
  5. 7 Days - Craig David
  6. Hey Ya - Outkast
  7. Spice Girls - 2 Become 1
  8. MMMbop - Hanson
  9. Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
  10. Never Forget - Take That

Disney



Top 10 Disney Songs for a Wedding

  1. A Whole New World - Aladdin
  2. Tale as Old as Time - Beauty and the Beast
  3. Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Lion King
  4. Let It Go - Frozen
  5. Someday My Prince Will Come - Snow White
  6. He's a Tramp - Lady and the Tramp
  7. Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid
  8. I Wanna Be Like You - The Jungle Book
  9. When You Wish Upon a Star - Pinocchio
  10. Colours of the Wind - Pocahontas

Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Gaming



Top 10 Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Gaming Songs for a Wedding

  1. Jurassic Park
  2. ET
  3. Star Wars
  4. Harry Potter
  5. Lord of the Rings
  6. Twilight
  7. Back to the Future
  8. To Zanarkand - Final Fantasy
  9. The Legend of Zelda
  10. Game of Thrones

Drum and Bass



Top 10 Drum and Bass Songs for a Wedding

  1. Shake Your Body - ShyFX
  2. No Good - The Prodigy
  3. Love Me Again - John Newman
  4. Nobody to Love - Sigma
  5. Waiting All Night - Rudiental
  6. Rio - Netsky
  7. Afterglow - Wilkinson
  8. Let Me Be Your Fantasy - Baby D
  9. Watercolour - Pendulum
  10. Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh

"Our guests are still talking about what great music we had throughout the day and what a fantastic pianist we had.".

[Karen and Robert]

Who are PianoDJ?

PianoDJ is a family run music agency that is owned by husband and wife team - James and Nina.

James and Nina are both highly accomplished pianists and over the last 10 years they have personally auditioned and carefully selected their team of wedding pianists who are now in demand to play for weddings all over the UK.

James and Nina are the owners of the family run wedding pianist music agency - PianoDJ.

PianoDJ is the UK's only specialist wedding pianist agency and the pianists are the most experienced and talented wedding pianists currently working in the UK.

What makes PianoDJ unique?

The thing that makes PianoDJ different from all other music agencies is that your pianist is handpicked especially for you.

During the booking process, you tell us about the music that you love and your vision for your wedding.

From this information, Nina and James will personally choose a pianist from their team who loves the same music as you and somebody who will be perfect match for your wedding.

Your chosen pianist will spend hours learning and preparing a custom set list especially for your wedding. It will be packed full of your favourite songs and the focus is on the music that you love.

Just to be clear....there is no additional charge for learning new music. Our pianists do it for free because they love coming up with exciting new piano covers!!

PianoDJ - Company Ethos

1) We believe that avid music fans deserve incredible music on their wedding day.

2) We believe in working tirelessly to make sure that every second of music at your wedding is performed brilliantly.

3) We believe that the time we spend rehearsing and preparing your requests will help us become even better musicians.

4) We believe in helping couples at every stage of their wedding planning.

"From my first phone call to James right up until my wedding day they were complete professionals. They kept in contact with song requests, timings and who would be there on my day. The piano playing during our wedding was superb. In short PianoDJ made my wedding perfect. ".

[Lisa and Lee]

How to choose a pianist

Twice a year, PianoDJ holds wedding pianist auditions across the country. We meet 100s of pianists and from these only the very best are handpicked to join our team.

Here are some useful insights from our wedding pianist auditions that will show you just how tricky it can be to find a really good wedding pianist.

The PianoDJ London wedding pianist auditions are held in the prestigeous 1901 Arts Club.

Concert Pianists

A concert pianist is a virtuoso musician and an incredible performer. You might have seen a concert pianist play at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal Variety Performance or in a jazz venue like Ronnie Scotts. These musicians are arguably among the best pianists in the world and they tour the classical and jazz concert circuits playing really difficult and impressive “serious” piano music. They command extremely high fees which can be in excess of £1000 an hour and as wonderful as they are to watch perform, they are just not appropriate for weddings as they have completely the wrong repertoire. They will be playing music by Shostakovic and Stravinsky rather than Ed Sheeran and Christina Perri.

Professional Pianists

A professional pianist is a highly trained musician that works full time as a pianist. They spend their working week playing at weddings, performing in touring bands with celebrity singers, accompanying ballet dancers, playing in the orchestral pits for west end shows, recording in studios, etc. Every penny that they earn is from performing on the piano and they are absolutely brilliant. They are so good that they never make mistakes, they have time to practice and learn lots of requests, their repertoire is huge so they can play rock, pop, classical, jazz, indie, dance, RnB, soul, etc. They can also play really musically and this elevates their performance to something magical and wonderful. A professional pianist will charge £600-700 for half a day (5 hours) of music. This is an industry standard price for professional musicians across the UK and represents good value for money. A professional pianist will spend over 30 hours a week playing the piano and PianoDJ has a small team of the best professional pianists currently working in the UK.

Amateur Pianists

An amateur pianist is anybody that plays the piano. This can range from a beginner student to a professional teacher that plays the piano part time at the weekends. An amateur pianist does not make their full time living from playing the piano because they do not possess the necessary technical skills. They are not consistent and reliable in their playing which means that they regularly make mistakes and you will hear lots of wrong notes. They are not in command of all of the skills required to play everything on the piano and they will only have a limited repertoire. An amateur pianist will not have the range of music under their fingers to adapt their set to play to different audiences and their standard of playing is likely to be so low that you would feel embarrassed or upset if they played for your wedding. My 8 year old daughter calls herself a pianist and there is absolutely NO WAY that you should book her to play for your wedding (maybe she will be ready in 10 years time).

The PianoDJ Bristol wedding pianist auditions are held at St Georges.

Anybody Can Make a Flashy Website

Lots of amateur pianists will pose as professional pianists in order to earn money from playing the piano. It is really easy to put up a flashy website with nice photos, the names of some impressive wedding venues, a couple of recordings and a repertoire list. It takes 2 seconds to write the words “professional pianist” or “best pianist in the UK” on a website. It takes 20 years of training to get even close to earning either of those titles.

In our wedding pianist auditions, we have a 15 minute question and answer session during which James and Nina chat to the pianist about their experiences and their work history.

AUDITION FACT - 4 out of 8 pianists over exaggerate on their website the experience that they have of playing for weddings.

A Handful of Recordings Means Nothing

When you listen to a recording on a website, there is no way of knowing who actually played the music in the recordings. The recording may have been edited or it may have taken 20 attempts to play it without a mistake. At your wedding the pianist has to be able to play everything perfectly on the first attempt. Do you know how hard it is to play the piano perfectly for over 5 hours? It is ferociously difficult and only the best professional pianists can do this.

When we audition pianists, James and Nina listen to all of their recordings and videos before they invite them to attend an audition.

AUDITION FACT - 7 out of 8 pianists cannot play the piano as well in real life as in their recordings.

The PianoDJ Scotland wedding pianist auditions are held in Glasgow.

A Repertoire List Is Just a List of Songs

If a pianist lists 100 songs in their repertoire on their website then there is no way of knowing if they can actually play the music. It is a common trick for a pianist who is just starting out to browse the internet and look for all of the “wedding appropriate” songs that they can find on other pianists websites. They then put together their favourites in a list and declare it as their set list. There is absolutely no way for you to be able to tell which of the songs the pianist can actually play.

In the PianoDJ wedding pianist auditions, we spend 15-20 minutes asking the pianist to play a selection of songs from their set list. James and Nina try to pick the most challenging pieces to trip up any pianists who have made false claims about their repertoire list.

AUDITION FACT - 6 out of 8 pianists cannot play most of the pieces on their set list without an unforgivable amount of mistakes.

A Cheap Professional Pianist Doesn’t Exist

Please don’t be tempted by amateur pianists who dangle a cheap price in front of you as a way of tempting you to book them for your wedding. If you can’t find room in your budget to afford a professional pianist then just buy a CD of piano music and play it in the background. It will ruin the memories of your wedding if you have an amateur pianist who can’t play the piano well enough.

All full time professional pianists charge the same (or a very similar) rate. There is an industry standard day rate and night rate for all full time professional musicians across the UK and the fee is the same for weddings / session work / stadium tours / west end shows, etc.

Sometimes, a pianist might be let down – for example, the cruise ship they are playing on may cancel or the show that they are performing in may end early. In this instance, you might be offered a better price because they are looking to quickly fill up some unexpected last minute dates. This is a way to get a bargain, but I wouldn’t hold out for this because it is quite rare.

"Wow!!! What a great pianist. We truly loved the music you played! Thank you so much for being there for our big day! Everyone said how great the piano music was! You were very professional! Fantastic! Highly recommended!!!".

[Ricky and Billie]

Wedding Pianist FAQ

Most Common Questions





What is the difference between a wedding pianist and a pianist?

A wedding pianist is a pianist who specialises in playing wedding piano music.

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a modern pianist, a jazz pianist or a classical pianist to play at your wedding.

A wedding pianist will play music with a romantic theme and they will play a range of music that appeals to guests of a variety of ages from your preferred genre (classical / jazz / modern).

You wouldn’t want your guests to be bored by long and tedious classical piano music, confused by complicated jazz solos or uninterested with modern piano songs that only the teenagers would know.

A wedding pianist has experience in playing music that your guests will recognise and they have spent a lot of time putting together a set of music that will make the day feel even more romantic and special.

Most wedding pianists will be more than happy to learn requests for your wedding because they understand the importance of adding a personal touch to the music.

As a pianist you can specialise in various areas: concerts and recitals, live bands, shows and musicals, recording music in studios, teaching, accompanying other musicians, ballet and dance, playing in bars and pubs, etc. All of our pianists specialise in weddings.

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Will a digital keyboard sound like a real piano?

Digital pianos are designed to replicate the sound of a real piano. Keyboards are designed to play a range of different sounds, effects and rhythms. All of our digital pianos have the full range of 88 keys (the same amount of notes as a real piano) and many of them have wooden keys with a weighted action so that the feel of pressing a note on the digital piano is the same as on a real piano.

This means that our wedding pianists can play the same pieces of music that they could play on a real piano. The sound of the digital piano depends on the quality of the instrument – just as a cheap real piano will sound horrible, a cheap digital piano will sound horrible too. Our musicians use top of the range professional instruments that sound absolutely beautiful. You can listen to over 100 recordings made using our digital pianos.

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How much does a wedding pianist cost?

The cost of a wedding pianist is the same for every day of the year and for every venue with the exception of New Years Eve. On New Years Eve the price is double.

You can book a wedding pianist for the ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast, turnaround period or any combination of these.

PianoDJ has a network of exceptional pianists across the UK and this means that there should always be a wedding pianist living within a reasonable driving distance of your wedding venue. In the event of a local wedding pianist not being available, we may look to charge travel expenses on top of the advertised price. You will be advised of this at the time you make your booking.

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Can I have a wedding pianist if my venue doesn't have a piano?

The short answer is yes, you can still have a wedding pianist.

All of our wedding pianists have professional digital pianos that they can bring to your wedding venue and this is included in the standard price of a wedding pianist. We have a trade account with Roland (the best digital piano manufacturer) and we encourage all of our wedding pianists to use their digital pianos. Our wedding pianists use digital pianos that sound just like a concert grand piano and every note will sound as stylish and beautiful as you would expect from an acoustic instrument.

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How loud will the piano be? Is it loud enough or too loud?

If your venue has a traditional real grand piano then the volume of the piano music will depend on the instrument and the size of the room.

If your wedding pianist is using a professional keyboard then the volume of piano music can be controlled by the pianist so that it is just right.

The piano music will be loud enough to float around the gardens/rooms of your venue so that all of your guests can hear the music and it will be quiet enough for your friends and family to chat without struggling to hear each other.

The piano is a really versatile instrument and it is absolutely perfect for background music at a wedding.

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Which venues/areas do your pianists play at?

We have a team of wedding pianists based all aroud England, Scotland and Wales. Our office is based on the border of Essex and Hertfordshire and our pianists play for a lot of weddings in the surrouding couties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Kent. Our pianists also work regularly for weddings in London, Midlands, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottinghamshire, Glasgow, Bristol and Oxfordshire.

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Will my guests be able to chat over the top of your piano playing?

Your wedding guests will be able to talk comfortably whilst enjoying the piano music. The piano is a beautiful instrument. When it is played sensitively, it forms a lovely backdrop to conversations in sophisticated and romantic settings.

There is a long standing history of high-end restaurants and hotels using live piano music to create a really special environment for afternoon teas and fine dining. The UKs most famous restaurants have a live pianist playing background music – Harrods, the Dorchester Hotel, the Ritz and the Savoy.

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Can we buy a piano recording instead of hiring a pianist?

For us to be able to make a recording of your chosen track and have the licensing rights to give it to somebody we have to pay a licensing fee and for a pianist to goto a studio to record the track.

As a special request we can offer this service for our customers at a cost of £50 per track. If you would like to request a song to be recorded please use our contact form to make an enquiry.

PianoDJ have a Christmas Piano Album and this is available to buy from Amazon.

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What qualifications and experience do your pianists have?

All of the pianists that we supply for weddings undergo a thorough selection process:

  1. The pianist must provide recent demo recordings or videos which reflect an exceptional standard of piano playing.
  2. They must have already been performing at weddings for a minimum of one year.
  3. Each applicant must be able to provide a minimum of 15 positive testimonials from their previous clients.
  4. A reference must be provided from a venue / restaurant at which the pianist regularly plays to show that they are reliable, trustworthy and punctual.

If a pianist meets and exceeds all of these standards, then they will be called to audition.

In the audition, the pianist will be asked to play an hour of background music in their preferred style. They will also have to play three “set pieces” that they will be asked to prepare at the time they are invited to audition.

Our pianists are exceptional musicians and are the best pianists available to play for weddings.

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Where can we see you play?

Our wedding pianists are specialist musicians and they only play at weddings – unfortunately, we cannot invite you to somebody else’s wedding!!

However, we completely understand that you would want to hear and see our pianists playing the piano before you book them for your wedding, so we have taken the time to make the following options available to you.

You can listen to over 250 recordings on our website, watch videos of our pianists on YouTube or come and meet us at a local wedding fair.

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What type of keyboard do your pianists use at weddings?

All of our pianists own state of the art professional keyboards for weddings and these keyboards are included free of charge in all of our piano music packages.

We cannot guarantee any specific keyboard for any event.

The majority of our pianists use Roland professional keyboards and these instruments are designed and built to sound exactly the same as a real piano.

When you book a pianist to play for your wedding, they will bring their own personal professional keyboard(s) with them to use for your event. Most of our full time pianists have two professional keyboards and this works really well for venues that have multiple rooms – because you can have different keyboards set up in different areas of your venue.

Professional keyboards come in all different shapes, colours and sizes and a pianist will choose their instruments to fit in with their own circumstances. We cannot guarantee any specific keyboard for any event.

For example:

  • Size Of Keyboard – All of our pianists have different sized cars and vans and they will have chosen a professional keyboard that works with their vehicle. Our pianists also work abroad and will often have at least one lightweight professional keyboard that is suitable for taking on an plane / train / taxi.
  • Sound Modules On Keyboard – As well as playing background music for weddings, our pianists often work as session musicians for bands (with artists such as Tinie Tempah, Shirley Bassey, etc) and the type of professional keyboards that they use needs to be compatible with the software that they use to program sounds for these performances.
  • Height Of Musician – When you are playing a professional keyboard for over 5 hours a day, you have to pay a lot of attention to the physical demands that playing the piano has on your body. Although most people assume that pianists will have sore fingers, the most common ailment is back pain. Some of the nicer looking keyboards with fixed sides and fronts are fixed position keyboards that are designed for the ‘average person’. This means that they are not suitable for shorter or taller pianists and they are not appropriate for them to play. Instead, these musicians require a keyboard on a stand so that the height is adjustable.
  • Keyboards For Large Rooms – If your have booked a pianist to play outside or in a large room then it is likely that they will need to connect their professional keyboard to a more substantial sound system. In this instance, the sound of the sound system starts to become just as important as the sound of the keyboard. A lot of the “prettier” looking pianos do not have the right outputs to connect to a high quality professional sound system, as these instruments are really designed to be used in a residential home.

Remember, we are unable to guarantee any specific keyboard for any event. If it is important for you to have a really stunning instrument for your pianist to play at your wedding then we recommend hiring our digital grand piano.

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Can I hire a grand piano from you?

We have two stunning Roland digital grand piano's for hire and they can be hired with one of our wedding pianists or on their own.

This instrument makes an incredible sound and when we tested the digital grand piano in Harrods, we had so many shoppers stop and look inside the lid for the strings. Even when they saw the internal speakers, they still couldn’t believe that it wasn’t a real piano!

It is much cheaper to hire a digital grand piano than a traditional acoustic grand piano, it is easier to transport and set up and it will sound just as good.

Remember, we are unable to guarantee any specific keyboard for any event. If it is important for you to have a really stunning instrument for your pianist to play at your wedding then we recommend hiring our digital grand piano.

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Do your musicians have public liability insurance?

All of our musicians are covered by £10,000,000 public liability insurance and we actively encourage all of our musicians to join the Musicians Union. This membership includes a £10,000,000 public liability insurance policy.

All of our pianists have to send a copy of their public liability insurance certificate to our head office to prove that they have sufficient cover before we book them to play the piano at any event.

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How far in advance do I need to book a pianist for my wedding?

We currently have bookings in the diary for weddings that are in two years time.

We find that couples who have seen one of our musicians playing at a friend or relatives wedding tend to book us as soon as possible to make sure that we are definitely available.

In the summer, we are exceedingly busy and often have 9-10 weddings every day. If you are getting married between May and September, we recommend that you book your wedding pianist at least a year in advance, in order to make sure that one of our brilliant piano players are available for your wedding.

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What style of music will the wedding pianist play?

We will choose a wedding pianist who specialises in your favourite styles of music.

You will probably have visited other pianist websites and read numerous claims that “the pianist is an expert in all styles of music”. I would advise that you treat this statement as dubious.

All of our wedding pianists play a varied selection of piano music that will appeal to your guests young and old. They will play piano music in different styles and from different genres and they will mix together old and new songs.

We will be the first to admit, however, that a pianist can only really be a true expert in one or two styles of piano music.

Styles of piano music could include: classical, jazz, music from films, indie, the great American songbook, music from musicals, pop songs and chart hits arranged for piano, 90s dance music played in a chill-out style, etc.

One of the benefits of booking a wedding pianist from us is that we are able to pick the wedding pianist who is most passionate about the same styles of music that you like.

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Can you help recommend what music I can have playing on the piano for my wedding ceremony?

I would like to invite you to check out our free online guide with recordings, hints, tips and suggestions about choosing your wedding ceremony music.

Hopefully, this easy to use guide will give you some inspiration.

If you have a favourite song that you would like to have played on the piano for your wedding ceremony then why not drop us an email with your ideas?

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Can Your Wedding Pianist Play “Our Song” on the Piano?

We are often asked by couples who have booked our wedding pianist to arrange a piano instrumental version of their favourite song especially for them. Requests have ranged from love songs and chart hits to rock and UK garage.

You can be sure that our wedding pianist will make every effort to learn a piano cover of “your song” – even if it has not been done before.

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How will my song sound played on piano without lyrics?

A piano arrangement of a song will always sound different from the original, but the live music will add an extra special sense of occasion and intimacy that you cannot get from a recorded track.

We hope that live piano music will be able to give you that “spine tingling” sensation as you walk down the aisle towards your other half.

Please contact us and we will be happy to record a sample of how your chosen song will sound played on the piano.

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Can you accompany my friend who I would like to sing for my wedding ceremony?

Our wedding pianists are more than happy to accompany singers for your ceremony.

However, there are a couple of stipulations:

  1. You must provide the sheet music for our pianist. The music must be the same version as the song that the singer has learnt and it must be in the correct key.
  2. We recommend a 15 minute rehearsal on the day of the wedding to run through the song. Our pianist will be able to play the piano part to an exceptional standard, and the rehearsal is just to give the singer and the pianist a chance to play together before the performance. This rehearsal will take place 1 hour before the ceremony and it is included in the price that you have paid for our wedding pianist.
  3. If you want to book an additional rehearsal prior to the day of the wedding, then this is possible but it will incur an additional fee of £150 for each hour of rehearsal.

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Can my pianist friend play a special piece for me?

We sometimes get asked about if the bride or grooms friend can play a special piece for them. Would it be OK for them to use our piano?

We are happy to trust your judgement about your friends piano playing and we would love to help you with such a special request.

It is important that you let us know about this before the wedding so that we can pass on the message to our pianist.

Also, if your friend is a guest at your wedding, then it is likely that they will have been eating and drinking. To protect our instruments, we insist that your friend must wash their hands before playing the piano – sticky piano keys are never a good thing!!

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Can your wedding pianist play outside in the summer?

In the summer, we often provide wedding pianists to play outside for the drinks reception. It is really lovely to hear the sound of live piano music drifting through the courtyards and across the gardens at your wedding venue.

You should consider that our pianist will need a safe supply of electricity, and they should ideally be playing in a spot that is sheltered from the wind.

Our musician will check the Met Office weather forecast on the day of the wedding and if they feel that it is likely to start raining, then they will set up the piano inside with speakers positioned so that you can still hear the piano music outside.

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Will the wedding pianist need to take any breaks?

All of our musicians regularly play the piano for extended periods of time without any breaks.

Our professional wedding pianists are more than happy to play without any breaks – unless, of course, they need to answer the call of nature!!

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What will the pianist wear when they play at my wedding?

You can be sure that our wedding pianists will be dressed smartly for your wedding. The male pianists will wear suits and the female pianists will wear dresses.

For more formal occasions, we are more than happy for you to request that our musicians wear black tie, ballgowns or alternatively dress in a more relaxed way as required.

For themed weddings, we will ask our pianist to make every effort to fit in with the theme. We have supplied pianists for masquerade balls, medieval weddings and tudor weddings in the past.

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What happens if our musician I booked gets stuck in traffic or is ill on the day of my wedding?

When one of our musicians is taken ill on the morning of a wedding, they are instructed to call us immediately.

We then put in place our “crisis recovery plan”.

This gives us time to call one of our other musicians and prepare them with all the information they need to play at the wedding instead.

All of the music requests, venue details and logistics of the day are kept at our head office and we can email these over to the replacement musician.

We then send over all the appropriate information to our allocated pianist and the day is saved!

In the unlikely event that none of our musicians are available to stand in at the last minute, we would look to book a musician of a similar or greater standard from another agency and we would incur any additional costs.

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Do I need to feed the pianist during the wedding reception?

This is a very good question – and I recommend that you should ask the same question to your photographer, videographer, toastmaster, magician, etc.

For all weddings, we ask you to provide our pianists with soft drinks. In most situations, the pianist is able to ask a passing waiter for a glass of water and this is more than adequate.

If you book a pianist to play for the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast (over 5 hours of continuous piano playing), or if the pianist is booked to play for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and is unable to leave to eat a meal in-between, we will then ask you to provide the pianist with a main course or a plate of sandwiches.

Our pianist will eat this when they have finished playing for your wedding – at the end of the wedding breakfast (during the speeches).

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Are the electrical pianos PAT tested?

All of our digital pianos and electrical equipment is PAT tested yearly and we are happy to email proof of PAT testing to your venue if they require this information.

Our PAT testing is done by Chris at CB Sound Video Light Ltd.

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How many speakers does a pianist need?

It depends on the size of the room. We have seen and heard other wedding pianists playing for large weddings with only one set of speakers. The result is the people next to the wedding pianist are deafened by the volume of the piano and the people at the other side of the room cannot hear the piano at all.

In large rooms we can keep a consistent volume across the whole room by setting up multiple sets of speakers across the room, so that everyone can hear the pianist at a suitable volume.

Please call us and we will give you advice on the requirements for your specific venue.

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How much space will your wedding pianist need for their keyboard?

We have never yet had a problem fitting a wedding pianist and their piano into a wedding venue.

A wedding pianist can fit comfortably between the back row of chairs and the rear wall in the ceremony room at the Reid Rooms.

The width of the digital pianos that we use is between 130-150cm and the depth from the front of the piano to the back of the piano stool is between 90-100cm.

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Can we choose the pianist we have for our wedding?

When you book with us we always like to get an idea for the kinds of music you and your partner enjoy listening to. From this we will then choose who will be the pianist most suited to your chosen styles of music. The great thing about booking with PianoDJ is that we have pianists with varied backgrounds who all have particular strengths, so we will always pick the most suitable person for your big day.

You will be able to watch your pianist on the videos that you can find on our piano recordings page, to give you an idea of their style and what they look like!

If you have seen one of our pianists playing at a friend or family members wedding or a wedding fair and you like them to play at your wedding, if they are available we will provisionally book them for your wedding day.

Although we try not to move pianists once they have been allocated, this is sometimes unavoidable. This can be the case when we receive your music requests and if we think that another pianist would be more suited to play the songs that you have chosen. We only do this if absolutely necessary and we give you as much notice as we can, so that it does not come as a big surprise on your big day!

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We are having a church ceremony, can you play a keyboard or organ in church?

Our pianists often play during for church ceremonies and we are able to offer several options to ensure that you are offered the best choice for your requirements.

The first is that your pianist will bring their keyboard into the church and play this during the service, as they would at any venue.

Alternatively your church may have an organist that you must use for certain parts of the ceremony, such as the hymns. In this case your pianist will play your procession music, as well as the songs for the signing of the register and the recession song and the church's organist will play the hymns.

Alternatively you may want your pianist to play the organ for your entire service, we are able to offer pianists that have specific organ training, so there really is an option for every eventuality.

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Are you able to accommodate themed weddings?

We certainly are! We often get requests to play at weddings where the theme of the day and the music match, such as musicals, Disney or jazz to name but a few. As a company that do not have a set list of songs that our couples must choose from, we are able to offer you complete flexibility and freedom when choosing your song requests. Each of our pianists have built up an impressive repertoire and have hundreds of songs from every imaginable genre that they can compile to offer you the perfect playlist for your day and theme.

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Can my guests request songs from the pianist on the day?

Of course, you and your guests are encouraged to ask the pianist for requests during the day. If the pianist has the song, they will be more than happy to play this for your or your guests.

It is a great way to interact with the pianist on the day and appreciate the versatility of what they can do. It also really impresses your guests when they can have a song that is special to them played with no prior warning! The pianists themselves also love to receive requests on the day.

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How long will it take the pianist to set up?

The pianist will always arrive one hour before they are due to begin playing, so that they have the time needed to set up, park, be shown the areas they will be performing in (if it is a new venue) and sound check before you or your guests arrive.

If the pianist is using their own keyboard/s for the wedding, then this can be set up within 10 minutes per location.

If you have hired one of our digital baby grand pianos, this will be delivered to your venue on the morning of your wedding and set up by 2 of our piano movers. The legs of the piano are removable, making it easier to transport the piano into venues. Once the piano is in the venue, it can be completely up and ready to play within 20 minutes.

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Why have a wedding pianist for your civil ceremony?

Your wedding ceremony is the single most important part of your wedding day. It is during the wedding ceremony that you will become a married couple and it is at this moment that your life together truly begins.

In a mixed-sex couple it is traditional for the bride and groom to spend the night before the wedding and the morning of their wedding apart from each other – to be joined together again when the bride walks down the aisle at the start of the wedding ceremony.

Setting the Mood for Your Guests

All of your wedding guests will be really keen to arrive in plenty of time for your wedding ceremony. This is a really exciting moment for them as well and you can be sure that they will arrive at your wedding venue ahead of time. It is quite normal for guests to start arriving up to 30 minutes (and sometimes even an hour) before the start of the wedding ceremony. During this time, it is traditional for the bride to be adding the final touches to her hair and make up or driving to the venue and the groom is likely to be making the final arrangements at the venue. These can include sorting pinning on button holes, trying to remember how to tie a cravat, running over final plans with the venue staff and speaking to the registrars.

This means that your guests will largely be left unattended to make themselves at home somewhere at the venue. Most venues do not serve any alcoholic drinks before the start of the ceremony (due to licensing rules) and you will want to avoid leaving your friends and family with nothing to do. You can hire a wedding pianist to play romantic background music as your guests arrive. Music is used by the best directors in films and movies to create an atmosphere and set the mood for the story that is about to unfold and at your wedding you can do the same. In fact, you can do this even better, as live music is countless times more emotional and romantic than a CD/mp3 soundtrack.

You want to set the mood for your guests so that when they arrive at your wedding venue after a long drive, they feel relaxed and well looked after. Live piano music will help them forget about the queues on the motorway, it will make them smile and it will focus their attention on your wedding so that they can really start to get excited about your wedding ceremony.

Impatience, Nerves and Excitement

I meet a lot of grooms at wedding fairs, showcases, exhibitions and weddings around the country and in the 10-15mins before the start of their wedding ceremony you see all sorts of different emotions start to kick in. I can remember from my own wedding day that I was extremely impatient for the wedding ceremony to get started. I kept looking at my watch and checking the time. It felt as if time was standing still!!

The other two key emotions that you see are nerves and excitement. I have met grooms who are so nervous about standing in front of their friends and family for their wedding ceremony, or grooms who get suddenly really nervous about the enormity of the event. They will stand rooted to the spot, pale as anything – it reminds me of the first day at secondary school feeling!! On the other end of the spectrum, you see extreme levels of excitement, pacing around, gibbering chatter and sometimes even tears of joy and last minute sobs / hugs with the best man.

The top and bottom of it is that the 10-15mins before the wedding ceremony are probably going to be one of the most intense experiences of your life so far.

This is where a wedding pianist will really help you out. It can be so calming to have your favourite pieces of music played on the piano as you wait for the wedding ceremony to begin. You can hand pick all of the songs that you find relaxing and send these over to the pianist to learn so that on the day of your wedding you stand the best chance of making it to the start of your wedding ceremony in one piece. I know that it really helped me on my wedding day.

The Most Magical of Entrances

The entrance of the bride is a moment that most women have been dreaming of for years and years and years. It is one true fairytale moment of a lifetime and it is the most magical moment of the whole wedding day. This is the moment where your fiancé, all of your friends and family will see you for the very first time in your wedding dress. WOW – what a moment.

After years of planning, this is what you have been waiting for. A mind blowing wonderful dress, new shoes, beautiful flowers, stunning hair, perfect make up and hours of preparation. This moment has to be perfect.

If your wedding was a piece of cinema, then the director would save the best piece of music for this moment. This is your chance to make an unforgettable impression on your fiancé, to create a memory that you both will cherish for the rest of your lives and you deserve to have your favourite piece of music in the world played on the piano by an incredible wedding pianist. Piano music can set an atmosphere in a handful of carefully played notes and it will heighten the experience of your wedding entrance (and probably make a few people cry with happiness).

Other Key Moments for Music in the Wedding Ceremony

After your wedding entrance, the formalities of your wedding ceremony begin - the marriage service, the ring ceremony, the readings, your promises and your wedding vows. At the end of these formalities you will officially be married!

The celebrations don’t begin straight away, however, as you have to fill out all of the legal paperwork and sign the marriage register. This admin process usually takes 5-10 minutes (depending on how long it takes your photographer to stage all of the photos) and during this time, your guests are left seated with nothing to do. They have to sit and wait until you have finished signing the register.

If you choose not to have any live music during this time then it can really kill the atmosphere as your guests sit in silence with a few occasional whispers. One of the great things about a wedding pianist is that the volume of the piano music can be controlled by the musician so that it is at a perfect level to accompany this part of the ceremony. Your guests will feel less awkward chatting over the top of gentle background music and it gives them something to enjoy during the admin period of your wedding ceremony. You can pick two of your favourite songs and the pianist will learn a wedding piano remix version especially for your wedding day.

As soon as the legal paperwork is complete, your wedding ceremony will draw to a close. The final moment of your wedding ceremony is when you walk back down the aisle – this time together as a married couple. You are now married, all the nerves will be gone and they will be replaced with the best feeling of happiness…ever!!

This is where the celebrations start and you should pick a really upbeat song that is going to lift your spirits even further. Let the party begin!!!

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Why have a wedding pianist for your drinks reception?

The drinks reception is the start of your wedding day celebrations and during this time you will be kept busy by your photographer taking your wedding photos, you will have short conversations with all of your guests who will be dying to wish you congratulations and with any luck you will get to enjoy some lovely champagne and canapés.

Church weddings

If you are getting married at a church then it is likely that you will have a short photo shoot in the churchyard before you head over to your reception venue. If the weather is behaving itself then it can be really nice to use the backdrop of a beautiful church for your group photos. When these photos are coming to an end, your wedding guests will start to make their way over to your wedding reception venue. It is traditional for your wedding guests to arrive at your wedding venue before you so that they can give you a really special welcome when you arrive. Top tip: ask your driver (whether family member or professional chauffeur) to have a drink ready for you for the drive so that you can both have a romantic toast on the way over!

Your wedding guests will arrive at your reception venue in dribs and drabs, gradually congregating in the area that you have chosen for your drinks reception. One of the common mistakes that couples make for this part of the day is that they forget that their guests will be standing around waiting and doing literally nothing for about 20 mins. The venue will often not serve food and drinks until you arrive and this means that your guests are left unattended and with nothing to do. You don't want your guests to have a bad first impression of your wedding venue and be quiet and subdued - you want them to arrive, be wowed and for a buzz of excitement to be created ready for your grand arrival.

Imagine if your guests arrive at your venue and they find a wedding pianist playing really cool, upbeat arrangements of catchy songs or if they arrive and find a pianist playing stylish and sophisticated cocktail jazz or if they arrive and find a piano player performing romantic classical piano music. You can craft the perfect impression of your wedding venue and set the exact style and mood that you want to create for your guests with a pianist. For example, for a festival themed wedding the pianist could be playing wedding piano remixed of indie and alternative festival anthems or for a wedding in a grand country house the pianist could be playing Gatsby themed swing songs.

Civil ceremonies

If you are having a civil ceremony then it is likely that you will have chosen a wedding venue that allows you to have your wedding ceremony and wedding reception at the same location. Many hotels, country houses, wedding barns and restaurants now have an area of the venue in which you can get married. This means that at the end of your ceremony, you and your guests will already be at your reception venue and the drinks reception will start as soon as the ceremony is finished. In light of this, you want to make sure that your wedding pianist has two professional keyboards so that they can have one set up for your ceremony and another set up for your drinks reception. This means that the pianist can move from the ceremony area to the drinks reception area without any delay and can start entertaining your guests without an awkward 15 minute gap while the keyboard is moved.

Spring and Summer drinks reception

In the spring and the summer, it is likely that you are planning to have your drinks reception outside. The UK has a reputation for throwing the best summer garden parties and this is recognised across the world as a stylish, fun and quintessentially British activity with picnic style food, refreshing drinks, games and live music. There is nothing better than standing in a beautiful garden and sharing a couple of hours in the sun with family and friends. It is really lovely touch to add live music to your outside drinks reception and there is nothing better than the sound of piano music drifting across the lawns and gardens and (weather permitting) pianists absolutely love playing outside for drinks receptions. Professional keyboards are such flexible instruments because they can be connected to discrete external speakers that spread the sound of the piano music around the garden. This means that everybody can hear the music but it is at background level so that all of your guests can chat over the top.

It is likely that you will be involved in a lot of different photos during your drinks reception. Traditionally, wedding photos taken during the drinks reception include lots of different group shots with photos of you in combination with different sets of your guests (brides family, grooms family, each set of parents, siblings, friends, work friends, relatives, stags, hens, etc).

These photos are still popular, but one of the current trends in wedding photography is now moving to a photo shoot style of photos. Your photographer will take you both away from your guests and you will visit 4-5 different locations at your venue to get some really beautiful and stylised photos of you as a married couple. Form chatting with photographers, I understand that they focus on these styles of photos because they were finding that after the wedding, most couples were picking these type of photos for their wedding album and not the groups shots. The downside of this is that it means that you will be taken away from your guests for a considerable amount of your drinks reception. This means that you will not personally be able to entertain them and do the rounds. Many couples choose to book live music and arrange activities for their drinks reception to keep their guests entertained during the wedding photos. Piano music is the favourite live music choice for couples who booking music for their drinks reception and it can be combined with other elements such as garden games, a magician, a charactaturist, archery, a treasure hunt, canapés, a video guestbook, cocktail waiters, an ice cream cart, street performers, bouncy castle, vintage funfair stalls and many other lovely ideas.

Another trend in wedding photography is reportage photography where the photographer takes natural photos of you and your guests having a good time and enjoying yourselves. If you prefer this style of photography then you need to do a bit of forward planning to make sure that you and your guests are going to have a good time. You need to think about interesting things for your guests to do (so that there is something for your photographer to take photos of) and you want to make sure that everybody has a smile on their faces! You will treasure your wedding photos for ever so it is worth putting in the effort now to capture a really happy moment. Live music can make people laugh and cry and feel happy or sad. Live music had the most amazing qualities and it has been proven to have incredible emotional effects on humans. A talented wedding pianist will react to guests in the same way as a professional DJ does on the dance floor. The pianist will see what people are enjoying and they will focus on playing music that will make people smile. For a drinks reception, it is really easy for your guests to interact with your pianist and make requests. You will often find guests having a little dance to the piano music. You will see feet tapping, conversations starting and the atmosphere will be fantastic.

Autumn, Winter and bad weather drinks reception

For weddings in the early autumn, British weather is too unpredictable to know whether you will be outside in the sun or inside in the rain for your drinks reception. If you hire a wedding pianist to play for your drinks reception then you already have a contingency plan for bad weather. After a couple of pieces of upbeat piano music, your guests will soon forget about the bad weather and the mood will be lifted. There is nothing worse than rushing inside when the rain starts and standing in a silent room in a soggy jacket or wedding dress. A wedding pianist will work really hard to transform the mood. They will have lots of tricks up their sleeves and you will find that the chatter and conversation starts up again really quickly and that it moves away from moaning about the bad weather to more exciting and fun topics - such as your wedding!

In a way, for autumn and winter weddings, you almost need to do a bit more work to make up for the fact that there are not huge gardens to enjoy and interesting spaces for children to explore. You are more limited to the types of entertainment that you can choose and you need something that compliments the indoor space and makes your drinks reception even better. There is something really nice about being in a warm room in the winter. It is cosy, intimate and a great environment to catch up with family members. The focus of an indoor reception is more on conversations and enjoying the pleasure of each other's company. Live music provides a really good ice breaker for guests who do not know each other that well and a wedding pianist can play such a variety of music that appeals to a whole range of people that there is going to be something for everybody to enjoy. Music is known for triggering memories and when this happens, it often starts a conversation. For smaller spaces, a wedding pianist can control the volume of the keyboard / piano to create the perfect balance so that everybody can hear the piano music yet it does not become too loud or intrusive in any way. For festive weddings, an indoor drinks reception can be the perfect place for Christmas music on the piano. Nothing beats festive favourites being played live on a piano next to a roaring fire.

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Why have a wedding pianist for your wedding breakfast?

After your wedding ceremony and drinks reception - a good two hours of standing up and a whirlwind of activity - you will finally get to sit down and take everything in when you take your seats for the wedding breakfast. The wedding breakfast is the main banquet meal of your wedding reception. It is called a wedding breakfast because it is your first meal together as a married couple. I can remember from my own wedding, when I sat down next to my wife and everything started to sink in. I can remember looking around at my guests and thinking how happy I felt and how lucky I was to be surrounded by such amazing people.

This is the time that you can really sit back and enjoy yourself. You are going to be served a menu of your favourite food that you have both handpicked especially for your wedding day and inbetween courses there is nothing better than sitting back and enjoying some of your favourite songs in the world being played on a piano. Piano music is the epitome of style and romance and all of the best hotels and restaurants have a live pianist playing in their premier bars and restaurants. Your wedding day deserves the best and it is little extra touches like a wedding pianist that help to transform a meal with friends into an occasion worthy of your wedding day. Top tip: I went to a friends wedding and they had booked a string quartet to play for their wedding breakfast. The string quartet played for half an hour and then took a 15 minute break. Their break coincided with the gap in-between courses of the dinner and we were all sat in silence waiting for the next course to be served and for the string quartet to return. A wedding pianist can play for 2-3 hours without a break, although you should expect a short 5 minute break if a call of nature is required!

As a special treat for your friends and family you can arrange for the wedding pianist to play a selection of their favourite songs. In the run up to your wedding, you could do a little bit of detective work and find out what song your parents / best friends / favourite family members had for their wedding as they walked down the aisle or for their first dance. You can then ask the pianist to prepare these songs and play them during the wedding breakfast. As the meal progresses, you will hear murmurs of excitement from around the room as your guests recognise their favourite song being played. This is a really subtle trick that works really well to heighten the experience of the music and the meal for your guests.

If you are a music lover, then perhaps you have a music theme for your wedding. It is quite common for music lovers to name the tables on their table plan as different songs/bands/musicians. Another common theme for table names is films / movies / Disney. If you are going for a musical theme then it follows quite naturally to have a wedding pianist to play for your wedding breakfast. To cement the theme, you could ask your pianist to learn one piece of music that reflects each table name.

It is quite a fun idea to include done some of ice breaker on your table. You will have a group of 10 people sitting together for 2-3 hours and even good friends might need something to liven up the conversation after a while. You can buy packs of ice breaker cards which have interesting questions that guests can ask each other or fun games that you can play. These can be a really nice touch. A recent trend is to have a quiz running throughout the meal with a (alcoholic) prize for the winning table. Our wedding pianists regularly get asked to provide some specific music for the music round of the quiz...and it can be quite fun for one of your ushers to have the job of organising this so that you can both take part in the quiz as well.

Towards the end of the meal it will start to dawn on certain people that they are about to stand up and give a speech in front of all of your guests. This can be a nervous moment at the best of times - especially for the best man who has the tough job of playing a comedian for the day. Ask your wedding pianist to play some more relaxing and calming music towards the end of the meal just to help settle the last minute jitters of the speech makers. On one occasion we were asked to prepare a special piano accompaniment for the groom who sang his whole speech. That was a really amazing experience and it was such a beautiful and emotional moment.

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Why have a wedding pianist for your turnaround period?

Not all weddings have a turnaround period, so this might not apply to you. At some venues, the evening reception and the dancing happens in the same location as the wedding breakfast. For example, Gaynes park and Down hall. At the end of the meal you will all be asked to leave the main reception room and move to an ante room for 45mins to an hour. During this time, the venue will clear away some of the tables, tidy the room, unveil the dance floor and the DJ will arrive to set up ready for the evening party.

Depending on your wedding venue, this can be a really successful part of the evening or it can be a bit of a disaster. Essentially, you want to avoid the feeling that you are being turfed out of the room into a holding area. It is your wedding day and every single part of the day should be really special and have an important role.

I personally think that a well mastered turnaround period can actually set up the evening party for an incredible night.

Try and imagine the experience of eating a three or four course banquet and then sitting through 30-60 minutes of speeches. You are absolutely going to want to stretch your legs and stand up. You will have been sitting down and relaxed into a comfortable and perhaps sleepy state of mind. The best thing that you can do is get all of your guests onto their feet and arrange for something to get them out of this lull. You should make sure that the room that you go to for the turnaround has an assortment of drinks (including teas and coffees), that there is minimal seating so they your guests don't get into a sitting down state of mind and that there is something exciting going on to put energy back into your guests. A wedding pianist is a great option for the turnaround period. You should ask your pianist to play an upbeat set of music - almost a warm up set - to get everybody in the mood for the DJ when you go back into the other room for your evening party. This is where you want the pianist to be showing off and showboating with exciting music that will really put an oomph into the atmosphere. This is the hardest spot for a musician as they really have to pull out all of the stops to inject a huge amount of energy into their playing. Only a really talented wedding pianist will be able to achieve the desired effect here.

The other thing to consider is that you might have evening guests arriving during the turnaround period and these guests will certainly have some catching up to do in terms of merriness and being in the mood for dancing and a great party. The turnaround period will also be their first impression of the venue and of your wedding day and you will really want to make them feel welcome and part of the group during this time so that everybody gels together ready for a great time later in the evening. You can combine a wedding pianist with some other really fun activities such as a video guestbook, table tennis, table football, wine tasting, fire breathers, casino tables, giant Jenga, beer pong (or other drinking games) etc. The trick is to get everybody having fun and in a really good mood. Start to break down inhibitions so that everybody gets into the partying spirit. Top tip: just before returning to the main room for the evening party make sure that everybody has a drink in their hands. This means that after the first dance there won't be a rush of guests to the bar leaving an empty dance floor and instead, people will crack on with the dancing straight away.

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Wedding Pianist Testimonials

You need to be completely confident that your wedding pianist is going to be absolutely brilliant. They need to be an incredible musician, extremely reliable and have a good backup plan for emergencies.

Here are a selection of testimonials from the couples that have written a review about the wedding pianist they booked from PianoDJ.


Genevieve Mullen

Without a doubt, James was one of the highlights of our day. All of our guests commented on how wonderful his piano playing was. Then, we were all really impressed with his DJ-ing. He played an excellent song selection, and catered for all age groups. We would recommend James to anyone. In fact, several of our guests have expressed an interest in booking him for their weddings.

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Caroline Jane Tucker

PianoDJ played at my wedding at Braxted Park and the music was absolutely fantastic. The skill of the pianist was awesome and the sound was simply beautiful. The booking process and communication was very easy with no hassle. I would have no hesitation in recommending PianoDJ. Thank you so much!!

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Rebekah Simmonds

Thank you to our wonderful Pianist, Michael who did a terrific job at our wedding reception. The Jazz music he played added to the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere we were hoping for. It was such a special day and every one of our guests enjoyed themselves tremendously!

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Les & Rachel Donnelly

We are so glad that we moved Tim from our ‘may be’ to ‘must have’ list. His playing was the finishing touch for our drinks reception, and helped create the ambience I was looking for. we had so many positive comments re: the music, and Tim was so friendly and accomodating for requests. We would absolutely recommend PianoDJ. Thank you

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Kay Winter

Truly professional, great fun and made our day complete! Engaging with all guests ensuring they were all catered for despite our lack of organisation preparing the pianist with a full insight of our requirements. VERY memorable!!

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Jo Simmonett

Cannot recommend James and his pianist Tim highly enough…..Tim played a beautiful selection of songs during the drinks reception and wedding breakfast at our recent wedding at Gaynes Park; numerous compliments from many of our guests – my mum especially was very impressed! James hit exactly the right spot for the evening do, he played all my requested tracks and the dance floor was never empty. Fab service, efficient invoicing and admin. Don’t hesitate, just book!!

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Samantha Bregazzi-Jones

Our amazing wedding on 23rd July, was made perfect with Tim playing the piano during our Blessing and wedding breakfast. The DJ (Tom) was amazing at keeping the dance floor full. The Entertainment can either make or break an event… PianoDJ certainly made our event rock. All our guests said it was the best wedding they had been too. Thank you SO VERY much Tim & Tom and all at PianoDJ. You are simply the best!!

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Greg Hart

Ten out of ten. Huge fun and a hit with everybody (even Auntie Dorothy!!)
James matched our needs with an absolutely outstanding pianist who was brilliant, fun , versatile and great etertainment.
If you want cheap buy a CD.
If you want the very best call Piano DJ

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Julie & Neil

Thank you Nina & James for help making our day so special!
Nina was a fantastic pianist and created a lovely ambiance throught the ceremony and reception drinks.
James was a great DJ and we were both really impressed with the set up and lighting.
Everything was spot on!

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Katie Curtis

Sorry we’ve left it so long guys! All I can say is people are still talking about what an amazing time was had at our wedding, from the beautiful piano playing from Tim to the fantastic disco in the evening by James. You are a brilliant team and all worked so hard to give us a wedding day we’d never forget. From start to finish you were supportive, organised and professional. Thank-you so much to everyone and I would highly recommend you to everyone I know!

Lots of love,
Katie Curtis (White) xxx

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Carol & Sead Bulja

We very impressed with the service and music that you played for us. Excellent commication throughout. Tim was very polite and professional and would and will recommend your services. Shame we did not book your services to DJ as well, as we were not impressed with our DJ as he completely messed up our first dance, he just played the music and did not encourage our guests to dance.

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Vanessa & Ross Butcher

Tim performed at our wedding last week and I cannot praise him highly enough! He played beautifully through our ceremony with all the requests we made! He adapted the songs to different parts of our day and everyone commented on how fantastic he way! Tim was smartly dressed and was a pleasure to have with us on our Wedding Day! Thanks Tim xxx

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Christina

We were very pleased with the music. We had live music throughout the dinner then the disco in the evening and everyone commented on how good it was. I would definately recommend PianoDJ to anyone else. Money well spent.

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Carlie & Chris Graves

Nina was absolutely superb on our wedding day, she not only played beautifully in the church on the organ (also for a bit longer than planned due to the late arrival of the bride!) but her piano playing in the reception received so many compliments from all of our guests it totally made the day. Many of our guests said afterwards that each table were trying to guess the tunes, one after the other but whilst still managing to maintain a nice level of conversation during the meal. We had the piano placed in the middle of the room in the pavilion room at Orsett Hall and that in itself looked beautiful. It really made the reception that bit more special having Nina play throughout and I would recommend it to anyone getting married. Thank you Nina you were amazing.

Carlie & Chris x

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Martin and Hannah

We’d just like to say a huge thanks for the beautiful music you played on our big day! It provided the perfect background to our celebrations. It was also helpful when you moved around to suit where our guests were congregating.

Thanks again,

Martin and Hannah

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Jane Jackson

Our pianist was Lee, and he was such a kind warm soul who played beautifully, encouraged my daughter to sing for a little while, and made her evening too, dressed very smartly, and a pleasure to have with us for the day,we didn’t want a loud disco or a dj as we had several guests who had travelled a long way and was lovely to talk to them with background music, excellent. thank you again lee,

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Tim & Charlotte Lowden

We had Nina come and play the piano at our wedding reception. She played throughout the drinks reception and also wedding breakfast. She was amazing. She just played in the background and added a really nice touch to the wedding.Her standard of playing was superb and the amount of music she could play was amazing. I can’t reccommend Nina and also Piano Dj enough. thank you.

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Emma and Martin Blackley

Pianist was friendly, polite and blended in with the guests and made them feel very comfortable. His choice of music was perfect for the day and many of the guests were singing along to the tunes. Would recommend pianodj for any other functions, thank you so much, you made our day very special!

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Jack Hollands

We had Nina booked for our wedding in Hatfield, Hertfordshire on 5th September 2014. From the point of booking at Brocket Hall wedding fayre to the big day the service we expirenced was very professional and the music that was played was amazing and sounded exactly the same as they do on the sound bites on their website. Would highly recommend these guys, the only downer was that we didn’t have them for our drinks reception as well.

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Laura Jameson

Thank you so much to PianoDJ for making our wedding day unforgettable! Tim did an absolutely fantastic job of keeping our guests entertained throughout the ceremony and wedding breakfast on the piano, my grandparents in particular enjoyed a dance or two to the personalized requests we were allowed to make. Tom created a truly spectacular atmosphere for our evening reception; please can we do it all again next Friday?! All best wishes, the new Mr and Mrs Jameson

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