Destination weddings to Nantucket remain a popular choice for brides seeking an exquisite experience offered by the many venues on the island. That unique experience comes together because of the skill and knowledge of the vendors chosen by the happy couple. Boston Premier is a talented band that has been integral to many successful Nantucket weddings and events. Over the years, we have had the pleasure and honor of performing at several epic destination weddings on the island. We love to be a part of such memorable occasions!
One of the most recent weddings we performed at was for Emily and Matthew, a wonderful couple from New York that held their wedding reception at the Nantucket Yacht Club. It was a fantastic time! Performing a wedding on Nantucket is an intricately coordinated venture, so preparations began the day the couple secured the band for their event. The details behind the scenes are essential to highlight for those looking to secure a band as part of their special day on the island.
When Emily and Matt settled on Boston Premier to provide a fun night of entertainment for their event, we immediately started planning the logistics. The most pressing concern, always, is to secure a spot for our equipment vehicle on the ferry. As you can imagine, the Steamship Authority has a limited number of ferries that leave from Hyannis on the weekends. We closely watched the calendar for when tickets became available and were quick to reserve a space on the boat on the event's date and return passage the following day.
Judy Wodynski from Best of Nantucket, a reservation & destination management company located on the island, helped secure our musicians' single-night accommodations at The Nantucket Inn. If you are wondering about room reservations, our six and seven-piece bands require four rooms. If you choose our 9-piece band, five rooms are needed.
Once the wedding day arrived, Ceasar (band manager), Jonathan (guitarist), and Nick (sound engineer/DJ) met at the Hyannis port at 8 am with the band's equipment vehicle. We arrived in Nantucket a few hours later and immediately made our way to the yacht club to unload and begin setting up the band's PA system. The remaining band members arrived at 3 pm to finish setting up drums, keyboards, horns, etc. After all of our musicians and vocalists were fully set up and plugged in, the band performed a thorough sound check before any guests arrived at the venue.
At 5 pm, the cocktail hour began in the Anchorage Dining Room. While guests were enjoying tasty drinks and delicious hors d'oeuvres, our trio (guitar, piano, & drums) provided the perfect musical backdrop as they performed a variety of familiar smooth jazz standards and pop favorites that everyone enjoyed.
At 6 pm, Boston Premier began performing tasteful background music in the main ballroom as guests filtered in from the cocktail hour area. As soon as we got the "thumbs up" from Karina, the couple's wedding planner from Magnolia Affairs, we asked the guests to stand and cheer as we formally introduced Emily and Matthew into the ballroom.
Emily and Matt decided to perform their first dance immediately as they made their grand entrance onto the dance floor. Boston Premier prepared a beautiful arrangement of their song, Everlasting Love, for their special moment. Next, we invited Emily's father to join her on the dance floor and played My Wish by Rascal Flats for their dance. Matt and his mother followed and danced to Summer Wind.
Between the salad course and the main entree, we heard a heartfelt welcome speech from the bride's father. The best man and maid of honor followed up with beautiful toasts to the couple.
After dinner, the couple performed a traditional cake-cutting ceremony and then took a moment to thank their guests for joining them and sharing their special day.
After wrapping up the remaining formalities, Boston Premier kicked off the night's second half in grand fashion. As the venue's house lights dimmed, our dance floor lighting came on and lit up the room brilliantly. It was a real treat watching Emily and Matthew surrounded by family and friends, dancing the night away, and having the time of their lives! Boston Premier Band provided a great mix of dance favorites ranging from Earth Wind and Fire, to The Jackson 5, to modern hits from Dua Lipa and Bruno Mars! It was clear that everyone was just so happy to be celebrating with this special couple. It was a fantastic, non-stop celebration as Boston Premier carried the rest of the evening with great energy and enthusiasm.
It takes a great team of vendors to execute a Nantucket wedding flawlessly. Throughout the day, we worked closely with a group of talented wedding vendors, including a fantastic wedding planner and function manager, that did their part to make the day a great success. Below are the wedding professionals who helped make this event extraordinary in many ways
Entertainment: Boston Premier
Venue: Nantucket Yacht Club
Photographer: Lane Caroline photography
Wedding Planner: Magnolia Affairs
Flowers: Soiree Floral
Stationary: Wouldn't it be lovely
Dress: BHLDN Weddings
Hair and Makeup: Boston Beauty
Transportation: ACK Island Tours
If you're searching for a top-rated wedding band for your Nantucket celebration, we would love to hear from you!