SALUT are lucky enough to have been flown around the world to perform at an array of exclusive weddings for famous & celebrity couples but rarely do we have the honor of playing at a royal wedding. The details in the lead-up were extremely confidential and so must they remain after, but we are able to share a few snippets that tell the tale of this unique day.
The venue was one of the finest Swiss castle residencies, perched above Lake Geneva and surrounded by a huge expanse of manicured gardens and vineyards. The property has been passed down for many generations in the wedding party’s family and is still privately owned today.
As is the case with many large wedding (over 500 guests) the celebration moved across several locations through the course of the day. On arrival, guests gathered on the laws between the castle and the lake and were serenaded by the soulful tones of SALUT’s afternoon acoustic set to accompany their champagne and canapés. Our custom-made afternoon sets have become extremely popular at weddings where we are also playing in the evening. These range from solo piano or saxophone right up to the whole band playing either jazz, instrumental soul or pop. For this event, the bridge and groom wished for laid-back soulful vocals with half the band backing the singers. A short snippet of this can be seen in the video below:
As the evening progressed, dinner was served in a beautifully designed outdoor structure. With the wine flowing and the clock striking midnight it was time for SALUT to take to the stage and entertain the expectant crowd. As an interesting observation, the UK has a unique culture in having a formulaic wedding schedule, finishing between 11pm and 1am. The rest of the world seem to have a more varied and fluid schedule, which can vary greatly but certainly almost always continues longer into the night. It is common practice in the rest of Europe and across the Middle East that evening meals don’t finish until 11pm and SALUT play until at least 2am. This was the case at this royal wedding and the DJ after SALUT (a famous Swiss radio DJ) played until the last guest was still dancing, (we’re told this was breakfast time the next morning). The weather and the outside culture may have something to do with this, but perhaps the Brits aren’t such big party animals as they’re labeled.