Drinks Reception

Make your wedding reception enchanting

Thinking of having piano for your wedding drinks reception in 2024 or beyond?

After your ceremony comes the period before dinner. This is the perfect time to treat your family and friends to a two hour set of live piano playing.

Allow your guests a chance to enjoy a backdrop of beautiful piano while they become immersed in the splendour of your wedding.

Paul performs a variety of music so as to have a little something for everyone; jazz, film themes, popular songs and a touch of classical are all covered.

In addition to hiring Paul for your wedding ceremony, you can opt for one of the following two packages:

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Diamond Package

You can hire Paul to perform for:

Your ceremony and your drinks reception


Your drinks reception and your wedding meal


What kind of music do you play during the drinks reception? 

I play a variety of styles during your drinks reception. I will typically lead with Popular and Rock music, interspersed with Film music and some flavours of Classical and Jazz. 

How long do you typically play during the drinks reception?

My standard set is two hours of continuous music so as to lock in and give you and your guests the best value I possibly can. 

Do you take requests for songs during the drinks reception?

Absolutely. I love to give most anything that guests suggest to me a go. Armed with my iPad and a WiFi connection, I can quickly pull up sheet music for anything I don’t already know. 

Can you provide your own piano or do we need to arrange one?

I certainly can. I have a beautiful high-end digital piano which I use for most drinks receptions and I also have a top quality PA speaker to give the room that perfect sound that only the best pianos can offer. Nonetheless, if you have a piano in situ at your venue, I’m more than happy to play that instead, assuming it’s tuned to a reasonable standard. 

Can you perform outside or does the piano need to be under cover?

I am perfectly happy playing outside and all I need is a power source. My PA speaker provides the necessary power to transport the sound over a larger distance. 

Can you provide music for the entire wedding day, including the ceremony, drinks reception and meal?

Yes indeed. I have packages catering to this very scenario whereby I can offer a generous discount to you if you hire me for these two or three parts of your day. 

Is it a thing to have piano during the meal? 

Having piano at your wedding meal is an increasingly popular option and I’ve performed many meals as well as or instead of drinks receptions. It works beautifully as your guests are seated, the ice has been broken and everyone is in very high spirits by this point. 

Can you provide a sample setlist for the drinks reception?

My current sample setlist is in the next row down from this FAQ section and it’s getting continually updated. With that said, I’m very happy to send it on in PDF form and to discuss a personalised setlist which you’d like to work into your drinks reception. 

Sample Setlist

  1. Adele – Hello
  2. Adolphe Adam – O Holy Night
  3. Alan Silverstri – The Avengers (Main Theme)
  4. Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game (Main Theme)
  5. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
  6. Avicii – Without You
  7. Camila Cabello – Havana
  8. Chopin – Minute Waltz
  9. Claude Debussy – Clair De Lune
  10. Coldplay – Clocks
  11. Coldplay – Speed Of Sound
  12. Coldplay – Magic
  13. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
  14. Danny Elfman – The Simpsons Theme
  15. David Guetta – Titanium 
  16. Ed Sheeran – I See Fire
  17. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  18. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
  19. Ed Sheeran – Barcelona
  20. Elton John – Your Song
  21. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  22. Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling – La La Land (City of Stars)
  23. Foals – Sunday
  24. Foals – Into The Surf
  25. Foals – London Thunder
  26. Foo Fighters – Times Like These
  27. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
  28. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me
  29. Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon
  30. Frank Sinatra – Moon River
  31. Freya Ridings – Castles
  32. Green Day – Time Of Your Life
  33. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
  34. Gustavo Santaolalla – The Wings (Brokeback Mountain Theme)
  35. Hans Zimmer – Gladiator (Main Theme)
  36. Hans Zimmer – Planet Earth II (Main Theme)
  37. Hans Zimmer – Inception (Main Theme)
  38. Howard Blake – Walking In The Air (The Snowman)
  39. Howard Shore – Lord Of The Rings (Thematic Suite)
  40. Idina Menzel – Let It Go & Into The Unknown Mashup
  41. Irish Traditional – She Moved Through The Fair
  42. Irish Traditional – Red Is The Rose
  43. Irish Traditional – Give Me Your Hand
  44. Irish Traditional – Spancil Hill
  45. Irish Traditional – The Parting Glass
  46. Irish Traditional – The Foggy Dew
  47. Irish Traditional – Wild Mountain Thyme
  48. James Bay – Let It Go
  49. James Horner – A Beautiful Mind (Main Theme)
  50. James Pierpont – Jingle Bells
  51. John Legend – All of Me
  52. John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper – Harry Potter (Thematic Suite)
  53. Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
  54. A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman)
  55. Klaus Badelt – Pirates Of The Caribbean
  56. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (A Star Is Born)
  57. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
  58. Lily Allen – Somewhere Only We Know
  59. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
  60. Metallica – The Unforgiven
  61. Michael Giacchino – The Batman 
  62. Billie Eilish – No Time To Die
  63. Noel Gallagher – In The Heat Of The Moment
  64. Oasis – Wonderwall
  65. Oasis – Half The World Away
  66. Oasis – D’You Know What I Mean?
  67. Radiohead – You And Whose Army?
  68. Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones (Main Theme)
  69. Rihanna – Diamonds
  70. Snow Patrol – Run
  71. Snow Patrol – Life on Earth
  72. Snow Patrol – Take Back The City
  73. Take That – Greatest Day
  74. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
  75. Tears for Fears – Mad World
  76. The Beatles – Blackbird
  77. The Beatles – Yesterday 
  78. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun 
  79. U2 – With or Without You
  80. U2 – Stuck In A Moment 
  81. U2 Beautiful Day 

About Paul

Paul is an accomplished Irish professional pianist with an impressive musical background. With over 25 years of experience playing the piano, Paul has attained Grade 8 Honours piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, an achievement which reflects his exceptional level of musicianship. Additionally, he holds a degree in music from Maynooth University, a testament to his dedication and passion for the art. Paul is a signature artist with Musicnotes.com, and has a thriving YouTube channel with over 2000 subscribers, where he shares his captivating performances with an engaged audience. Having played at hundreds of weddings across the country, Paul has gained a reputation for his ability to provide a premium service that brings an extra touch of elegance and sophistication to any special occasion.