It’s a new wedding season and F&F had the pleasure of playing at Sugarland barn again this year…well, F did.

Felix and Fingers is known for their dueling pianos concept, and it’s a show that is perfect for wedding and corporate clients.  Some weddings are a bit smaller though and call for a bit more finesse, so Felix and Fingers have no problem sending just one performer for a wedding.  That was the case for this second trip to Sugarland Barn.

For our first Sugarland blog – click here!

Pianist Needed?  Will Travel!

The couple found us online, and after the usual discussions about desired experience, music, and budget, it was determined that a solo pianist would be the perfect fit!  Music was needed from the ceremony through cocktails and dinner, and then continuing into dancing at the end of the night.  Unlike our first visit to Sugarland Barn, the ceremony was inside the beautiful barn, along with dinner and dancing.

Barn Ceremony at Sugarland

Ceremony Setup at Sugarland Barn

The ceremony was great and consisted of some interesting music choices from the groom, including “Don’t mess around with Jim” by Jim Croce and “Peaches en Regalia” by Frank Zappa.  Neither of these tunes made my Ceremony music blog post, but the groom embodied the fun-loving approach that I write about!

Cocktails were quick to follow, and after a few tunes to play during the recessional, I was instructed to DJ throughout cocktails to prepare for introductions.

They DJ too?

Yes!  Felix and Fingers is a full service DJ option for your wedding as well!  Though most of this wedding was performed live, I had specific set lists created by the groom for every part of the evening.  Don’t worry, we can put together a set list for you, but for the bride/groom who want to customize every song choice, we’re happy to oblige.

The DJ option is actually one of my favorite parts of these shows.  I’m stuck behind the piano most of the night, but as a DJ, I love the ability to get out on the floor and interact with people while the music continues to play.  And Felix and Fingers aren’t just the typical DJs you find at other weddings.  We’re performers and entertainers, and that comes through all the way till the end of the wedding!

Solo Pianist for the Reception

Dinner Setup for Sugarland Barn

Dinner at Sugarland Barn

Maybe a solo pianist can’t get people dancing the exact same way a full dueling show would, but sometimes that’s not an issue.  For a smaller wedding, the solo pianist has an opportunity to interact with people on a much more personal level, piano bar style.  Chances are that your guests won’t be dancing till the sun comes up, but they will definitely be singing a long and making requests through out the night.  The flexibility of a one man show is unmatched, and the experienced piano entertainers can take any room and entertain every single guest.

Going away gifts

In all the weddings I’ve played, I’ll remember how this one ended.  After everyone had left and I had some time to hang with the bride and groom, I was invited to the bar.  We did a shot of a liquor called “Kinky”…after which the groom gave me a bottle to take home.  Next I found myself with a bottle of Jack to take home as well.  Then after a generous tip (thanks!!) I was given a framed picture of a pianist (who indicated and saved my seat at my table).  I’ve never walked out of a wedding with so many gifts before!  None of these things were necessary at all, but it’s great working for wonderful people.  And adding something special to a couple’s wedding day is a fulfilling (and intoxicating) experience.

Thanks for the opportunity to revisit Sugarland Barn and all the best to our latest married couple!

The Venue – Sugarland Barn

Sugarland is a gorgeous venue in all seasons.  The barn is huge and picture perfect.  With barn weddings becoming so popular, Sugarland offers a perfect mix of the outdoors barn vibe, but still offers clean bathrooms and amenities.  The grounds are also vast, allowing for different locations for the ceremony, cocktails, and dinner.  It’s a bit of a hike west of Madison, but what would a barn wedding be without a drive into the country?

For more info, check out their website at http://sugarland-weddings.com/

Seeya next time Sugarland!

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