1920s, 1930s, Hollywood, Vintage, Cocktail, Traditional, Classic, Glamour, Boho Chic, Outdoors, Garden, Vineyard
Reception Case Studies
Wedding 1 - Vintage Picture Theatre
“We were delighted to have Greg Poppleton perform as a trio at our wedding. Their charismatic performance created a wonderful atmosphere for our cocktail reception. The music was wonderful and we couldn’t have imagined a better band. We have received so many compliments from guests on the music, thank you for making our day such a success!”
— Amalia and Jakob, Bride & Groom
Amalia and Jacob chose the trio. With Greg Poppleton singing authentic 1920s-30s vocals were guitar doubling banjo and sousaphone doubling trombone.
The size and design of the room needed only a small PA.
Amalia and Jacob used the band mic for their speeches.
During intermissions, Greg played from his exclusive collection of rare 1920s radio band recordings during to keep the vintage theme.
Wedding 2 - Garden Wedding
For Jennifer and David's wedding in the gardens of Hopewood House, Bowral, the Greg Poppleton brass-string jazz duo played before the ceremony. Then Greg sang to guests in the garden for pre-dinner drinks.
Being an acoustic band, outdoor garden receptions are a natural for Greg Poppleton. We have also played vineyard weddings.
Greg and the band can be either wholly electricity-free (with Greg singing through a 1920s megaphone) or plugged in if there's an outdoor power point.
For outdoor, garden and vineyard receptions, the band simply requires a shaded location with a dry and level surface.
Wedding 3 - Boho Chic Converted Milking Shed
Marguerite and Andrew's wedding reception was held in a beautifully restored boho chic milking shed in the grounds of Seacliff House overlooking the ocean at Gerringong NSW.
They selected the Greg Poppleton quartet with Greg singing in the authentic 1920s-30s style, plus baritone sax doubling alto sax and clarinet; guitar doubling banjo; and sousaphone doubling trumpet.
Marguerite and Andrew picked their play list from the Greg Poppleton song list. They also asked Greg to sing their special song 'At Last'. 'At Last' is from the 1941 Glenn Miller Orchestra movie, Sun Valley Serenade.
Because of the milking shed size and acoustics, Greg Poppleton used two 200W speakers for vocals, guitar and banjo and speeches. These speakers were supplied at a special Greg Poppleton band discount.
Wedding 4 - Traditional, Glamorous
Aleis's and Simon's traditional and glamorous wedding reception was held outdoors and in a grand marquee.
They chose the Greg Poppleton quintet to create a mood of vintage chic with real 1920s-30s style for background and dancing.
“Live 1920s – 30s jazz and swing adds spark, style and glamour to receptions no other music can,” says Greg.
Because of the large number of guests, Greg Poppleton used two 200W speakers for vocals, speeches and the guitar / banjo.
The rest of the band of multi-instrumentalists was kept acoustic, including the trumpet and sousaphone, alto saxophone, baritone sax and clarinet, washboard and drums.
The result was good, even sound at a level where guests could easily talk with each other.
Greg prides himself on playing at a volume that creates mood rather than blasts. Only excellent musicians have the skill to play softly.
“You were fantastic!!!! Before we entered the room we could hear you from outside. I said to my new husband “listen to them, our wedding is awesome!!!!” You made the party! Thank you so much for coming.”
— Kate & Andrew, Bride & Groom
“Thank you for your amazing performance at our wedding. Out of the 3 x bands we had performing on the day, you were without a doubt the highlight for us and our guests. We had so many comments from people about how good you guys were, so we wanted to pass on the feedback. You really did help create the atmosphere that we wanted. We hope you all enjoyed the day with us. I think we’ve nearly worn your CD out as it’s been played plenty of times this past month. Thanks, and next time something comes up we’ll be sure to keep you in mind.”
— Kane and Nicole, Bride & Groom (re-booked twice)
“Our guests were thrilled.”
— Katherine and Chris, Bride & Groom
“I’m writing to say how pleased we were with the band - and how much all our guests enjoyed the music. Alex and I were particularly impressed by your rendition of ‘Beyond The Sea’ and how easy you guys made it to perform our first dance (which we were very nervous leading up to it but greatly enjoyed on the night.)”
— Alex and Angus, Bride & Groom
“We couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect musical ensemble! You guys were absolutely fantastic and we enjoyed listening and dancing to every swinging beat. Old and young alike adored the music, and thanks for the special dedication to Grandma Nellie!! She loved it! Thank you also for being so obliging in teaming up with our friend Lanie Lane. It was certainly lovely for us to have our friend perform, she seemed to shine when supported by your band!”
— Hugh and Libby, Bride & Groom
“Greg and his band completed the picture of the evening - a 20s inspired theme was taken to a completely different level with their performance but also his genuine nature and happiness to accommodate all requests... thanks Greg. On the night - I was approached by so many guests asking where we had found them and others were already looking to book them for other occasions. They really were fantastic.”
— Laura and Phil, Bride & Groom
“A very warm thank you for your magical addition to our wedding day. Everyone has commented that the band was just excellent and asked how we found you guys. It was such an honour to have your band playing at our special day and thank you very much for accepting. All in all, the band was a wonderful hit and we will no doubt be recommending you to everyone for years to come.”
— Alenka and Justus, Bride & Groom
“We both thought that the music was fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for more from you in fulfilling our requirements and helping to create the ambience we were looking for. All the band looked amazing on the day and we would like to thank you wholeheartedly for the effort you put into the music and the look, dealing with you throughout has been exemplary. Regularly we listen to your Phantom Dancer CD especially when we have people over for dinner!
We are hopeful that sometime in the future we are in position where we need music for another purpose (maybe for our first child’s birthday party!) as we know who to ask first! We will recommend you to all we know as the results you produced were simply delightful.
Thanks for everything Greg and we wish you all the best for the future, please make sure that if you ever come over to the UK to mention it to us as we would love to meet up.”
— Eva and Andy, Bride & Groom
“You chaps were fantastic, our guests loved you as well. You helped make our night really special. Our only complaint is that we didn’t get quite enough of you! I think its often that way at your wedding though. We spent far too much time talking to our guests and not enough time dancing.”
— Carol and John, Bride & Groom
“A fabulous night. We had a super time that was equally enjoyed by all!”
— Malcolm and Harleen, Bride & Groom
“A wonderful night and everyone really enjoyed the entertainment...Thank you! We would recommend you to anyone wanting a great night of fun, entertainment and music.”
— Jenny and Michael, Bride & Groom
“You guys were just perfect.”
— Petra and Joshua, Bride & Groom
— Tabea and David, Bride & Groom
“Your CD is played often as a reminder of a wonderful day.”
— Maureen and Alex, Bride & Groom
“The night went beautifully and the mood your music evoked was essential to our theme.”
— Samantha, Bride
“My son’s wedding was sensational. I’ve had nothing but compliments from my guests about your band. Thank you for making it such a memorable evening!”
— Jil Swinnerton, Mother of Groom
“You were all smashing!”
— Tara and Matthew, Engagement Party (Rebooked for their housewarming)