Today’s wedding was in the unusual, but delightful, setting of the Roman Baths which are attached to the Pump Room in the City of Bath.
One of the most iconic and unique wedding venues in the country, the award-winning Roman Baths & Pump Room is perfect for elopements and both intimate and large ceremonies and receptions.
The enchanting venue offers unprecedented photo opportunities and the chance to exchange your vows in an ancient monument. With the perfect combination of beautiful outdoor space, protected from the elements, and spacious historic rooms, this venue offers both variety and atmosphere.
Whether you would like a small, informal Sunrise wedding, or a vibrant evening reception and party, a wedding at the Roman Baths will provide a truly romantic start to your married life.
Setting up to one side of the Roman Baths, accessing the venue was our first challenge. To this end we had visited the Roman Baths a few days before while out shopping in Bath to research just exactly how one loads instruments into a city centre venue which doesn’t have parking and is on a pedestrianised street… It turns out the answer was fairly straightforward – you wait until 6pm at which point cars are permitted into the centre of Bath.
With a bit of preparation, everything went smoothly on the day. The security team at the Roman Bath’s were very helpful and carried our kit down to the Baths whilst the car was taken to a car park elsewhere in Bath.
Vick and Rich had chosen an evening wedding at the Roman Bath’s, which apparently is a thing and registrars will come out for a 7.30pm wedding in the centre of Bath. When you see the setting it is not difficult to understand why. The Roman Baths make a delightful back drop and this is certainly one of the most unusual settings we have played in.
Bridal Entrance – Thousand Years
Signing – Canon in D
Exit – Never Ending Story
The bridal entrance involved walking three sides of the Quad which makes up the Roman Bath which meant with Bridesmaids and Flower Girls this was one of the longer bridal entrances we have played for. But no matter with a repeat and a small adjustment to extend Thousand years the music was timed perfectly for the Bride’s arrival.
After the ceremony we played for a short while as guests enjoyed a glass of champagne by the Great Bath before then making our way upstairs on to the terrace to continue playing music during an informal wedding meal.
Once again the staff were kind enough to help us move out instruments as we had approximately 10 minutes or so to relocate before the guests were called up stairs. This mostly went well apart from the moment when we were briefly trapped in a lift. Anne-Marie has a phobia of lifts and wasn’t overly comfortable when the staff insisted we use it so when it stopped half way up…..
Anyway, fortunately this was quickly solved and everything continued on track to allow us to provide more music whilst the guests enjoyed food inside back in the warm.
We really enjoyed being part of this unique wedding and we wish Vick and Rich every happiness as they embark on their married future together xx