Down for the Count's band leader, Mike Paul-Smith, is an experienced professional wedding pianist available to hire for your church service or civil ceremony. Whether you want wedding music with a classical or contemporary theme (or even a mix of the two), having a live pianist enhances the ceremony and creates a memorable atmosphere that your guests will remember for years.
Our band manager Mike Paul-Smith is a classically trained pianist and organist, and since the age of 13 has worked with brides and grooms to create music for well over 500 wedding ceremonies.
At most weddings, Mike will play on a digital piano – but it’s also possible to arrange for hire of a grand piano, which adds a unique look and sound. If you're interested in grand piano hire for your wedding ceremony, just get in touch for a quote. Don't forget that Mike is also an experienced church organist and is able to play for religious ceremonies if required.
You can also add additional musicians when you book a wedding pianist. Popular choices are a singer, cellist or trumpeter. It really depends on your music choices - let us know your preferences and we can suggest the best option for your wedding.
When you book a wedding pianist Down for the Count, we will provide the following:
We will also play your choice of hymns for church services, or if you want your audience to sing a modern song together, that’s no problem at all.
If you'd like the pianist to stay and provide background music for your drinks reception, check out our cocktail pianist page.
Deciding what music to have for your ceremony is a very personal choice. There are so many options and we’re incredibly flexible to suit your needs, working with you to create the perfect music for your day.
Here are some suggestions of the broad styles you can go for, along with the additional musicians we’d suggest you add for each style of music. You can hear samples below, and scroll further down to see some suggested songs.
Classical: classical music is still incredibly popular for wedding receptions, and our musicians have a huge repertoire of traditional wedding music. To make the most of classical music at your wedding ceremony, consider adding a cello or trumpet to give the music more presence.
Jazz: we often provide jazz music for wedding ceremonies, which give them a really special feel. We once provided a Dixieland quintet for a wedding ceremony – and whilst that isn’t perfect for everyone, a smaller duo of piano and saxophone adds a sophisticated atmosphere to the ceremony.
Contemporary music: if you want modern pop songs at your wedding ceremony, that’s no problem – let us know your favourite songs, and we’ll suggest either a male or female vocalist.
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"We have had so many comments from our guests about how fantastic the band was and you were definitely one of the highlights of the day. You never fail to get everyone dancing!"
Austin and AmandaWedding Reception, Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire
Here are some examples of the classical music we can perform at wedding ceremonies. We can play a huge range of classical and contemporary music, so please get in touch with your ideas - we'd love to hear from you.
We've suggested pieces that work well for the procession, recession and signing of the register - but there are no rules. If you'd like one of the pieces we've suggested for the signing of the register as your entrance music, that's no problem - just let us know.
Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Elgar)
Salut d'Amour (Elgar)
Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Nocturne in Eb (Chopin)
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)
Air for the G String (Bach)
Air from Water Music (Handel)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Theme from 'Jupiter' (Holst)
Toccata from Symphony No. 5 (Widor)
The Bridal March ("Here Comes the Bride")
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Wedding March (Mendelsohn)
La Rejouissance (Handel)
Grand March from Aida (Verdi)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)