Blairquhan Castle wedding for Jiggered Ceilidh Band

Blairquhan Castle wedding for Jiggered Ceilidh Band

May 2018 seemed to be the month for trans-atlantic weddings! Harry and Megan's royal wedding was followed up the next weekend with another American Megan getting hitched to a British groom. This time it was Gordon and the blend of Scottish and American guests made this a high energy celebration with plenty of lively dancing and jubilation!

The venue was the well hidden Blairquhan Castle, an Ayrshire gem. The stunning grounds and fdormidable castle make this a very impressive, grand setting for a wedding. Lovely. And enough trees to keep Raymie happy.

Gordon got the wedding planner Tracey to phone us after the wedding ceremony to ask if they could change their first dance plans. Previously they'd chosen "Stand by Me" to be played from an iPhone but wondered if there was a chance we could do a live version. With only a few hours to go, we accepted the challenge and we're delighted we did. The song went down a storm and provided the perfect springboard into the evening. Lots of new dances learned by the US first-timers and plenty compliments throughout the evening.

We wish Mr and Mrs Deans all the very best for their future together!

Posted at 9:23 on 28th May 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band wedding at Dumfries House

Jiggered Ceilidh Band wedding at Dumfries House

The weekend after the royal wedding, Jiggered were at Prince Charles' Ayrshire favourite: Dumfries House. It's a phenomenal venue to visit- the restoration and development of the place has been jawdropping.

Josh and Catriona had their wedding celebration in the luxurious marquee- honestly one of the best we've ever seen. They had a first dance "Your Heart Belongs to Me" which was followed up by a lively surprise..."I really like you" by Carly Rae Jepsen which was such a fun way to kick off the evening. Everyone loved it!

The crowd were keen ceilidhers, we had a brilliant night (and so did everyone else, so I'm guessing there were no Liverpool FC fans in attendance).

Buffet was top notch and the first time I've ever been served chips in a china cup. How posh.

We finished off the evening with an Orchadian, Auld lang Syne, Loch Lomond and the happy couple left through an archway- we wish Mr and Mrs Ward the best for the future.

Posted at 9:12 on 28th May 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Kilconquhar Castle wedding!

Jiggered Ceilidh Band at Kilconquhar Castle wedding!

Simon and Lisa recently tied the knot and their wedding celebrations were in Kilconquhar Castle Estate. This was a new venue for Jiggered- always a treat to visit somewhere we've never performed and the journey to Fife in the sun was bathed in glorious sunshine. 

Simon and Lisa had a last minute change to their first dance, opting for "Accidentally in Love". After this, the ceilidh got underway and the guests had their chance to shine on the dancefloor...they didn't disappoint. Memorable moments incuded the Folla Reel getting its debut with Gemma calling and us slipping "Cotton Eye Joe" into Strip the Willow- it's a favourite of the bride and groom! By the end of the night, even the waitresses were dancing along!!

Stovies at the break finished off with the finest wedding madeira cake you'll ever taste. Thanks, Linda!

A lovely evening with some old friends and one or two new ones....we wish the Dewars all the best for the future.

Posted at 8:05 on 13th May 2018 by Chris Smith

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding at St John's Town of Dalry

Jiggered Ceilidh Band: Wedding at St John's Town of Dalry

This was a belter of a ceilidh! 

Tom and Clare were getting married in St John's Town of Dalry (near Castle Douglas). The Town Hall was a lovely venue for their big day. And it was a joy to be involved!

The new Mr and Mrs Carpenter danced their first dance to our version of Sam Cooke's "What a wonderful world". Gemma did a brilliant job with this and I managed to grudgingly sign the lyrics "don't know much about trigonometry....don't know much about algebra....don't know what a slide rule is for" (don't tell pupils from my Maths class about this!!). 

Great music. Great venue. Great atmosphere. And Tom coordinated a round of applause for us at the end of the evening. Another happy Jiggered customer!

All the best for the future Tom and Clare.

Posted at 7:31 on 6th May 2018 by Chris Smith

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