When Sam and Charly asked me to play at their wedding at Villa Grabau near Lucca in Italy recently, I was in the fortunate position of having already sung at a wedding abroad. Last year I played for Jess and Nik’s big day on Lake Como, so I know that it would be logistically possible. It was a case of getting my guitar through security at the airport, purchasing an extra seat and bringing what I could!
Sam and Charly’s wedding was organised by Wiskow and White, a partnership between Lucy and Danielle that ensured the day ran seamlessly. Lucy had liaised with the DJ, who provided me with the required speakers, speaker stands, mixing desk and mic stand.
I played during Sam and Charly’s ceremony, afternoon drinks reception (aperitivo) and most of the meal. Sam chose to walk down the aisle to Only Love by Ben Howard, and the couple also picked Wasn’t Expecting That by Jamie Lawson and Be Mine by David Gray for their ceremony.
The setting of Villa Grabau was spectacular, and following the ceremony guests headed to the fountain near the villa for some canapés and drinks, and of course some gelato! We experienced a little rain but this quickly blew over, and guests then settled in to their seats for the meal, which was held in a beautiful old building that would not have looked out of place on the set of the film Gladiator.
Friends and family were starting to enter the party spirit so I played some livelier songs, including Faith by George Michael, Hold Back The River by James Bay and Blame It On Me by George Ezra. Before long the dancing was underway. We even had a raucous singalong to Wonderwall!
Weddings abroad or ‘destination weddings’ are becoming an increasingly popular option for engaged couples. Often the costs can work out to be very reasonable in comparison with having your day in the UK. True, guests have to travel, but believe me if you select somewhere as picturesque as Tuscany to tie the knot, you won’t regret it.
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