Wateraid are part of an active global network and work hard getting water, toilets and hygiene to the millions of people still living without these basic human rights.
While one billion people have escaped extreme poverty in the last 20 years, at least 10% of the world’s population still live without safe water to drink and one in three people live without a decent toilet. As a result, 500,000 children die every year. This wholly unacceptable situation causes untold suffering, holding back human and sustainable development. It particularly affects the lives of women, who carry the burden of collecting water and caring for sick children, and the lives of girls who often fail to finish their education because of a lack of toilets in schools.
We had an absolutely fantastic time and we would like to thank the folks at Yorkshire Water for having us on board at this great event. Lots of money was raised for a great charity with a fantastic cause.
Getting married next year? Read our handy guide on how to get the most from your wedding band!
1. First! Make sure you have an EXPERIENCED band. They will likely have encountered just about everything that might happen at a wedding before. They should know how to take care of most things which takes much of the pressure away from you!
2. Save 25% on your wedding band! Agencies will always add a large booking fee so find the band you want on the agency site or google, and then approach them directly. Saving is nice!
3. SONG CHOICES – It sounds obvious, but pick a band that plays the type of music that you like. At an early stage ask to see their setlist and check that their music is the type of thing you want. Bear in mind that the band will not sound the same as the original. Songs that you like from your ipod might not work that well with a live band but conversely, songs that you wouldn’t normally listen to might sound amazing!
4. THINK ABOUT YOUR GUESTS. What type of music do your guests prefer? Other people might not share your music tastes so ask the band to play things that would appeal to everyone over the course of the evening. If you manage to hit something that everyone enjoys then you are on to a winner.
5. FIRST DANCE OR NOT?! Would you like the band to play your first dance? This is a super special moment and having a live band play your special song is something you will remember forever. Be sure to give them plenty of notice so they can have a think about the best way to play it.
6. Finally – An experienced wedding band will know which songs to play and in which order. Use their knowledge of what works and then suggest some songs that you like too. That way you have the best of both worlds. Use their experience to make sure you get what you want – all your guests having a great time!
We had a great time playing at a recent event for AEC at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester. It was their 20 year event and special thanks to Tracey for asking us to play and being such a good host! The Halle suite is an amazing space – the sound was brilliant and the lighting just as good. We have been regulars at the Radisson Blu Manchester over the last couple of years are we always love playing here
The Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester is a 5 star hotel in the centre of the city which hosts lots of events all year round. The food was amazing as usual and the staff super friendly.
Thanks again to Tracey and AEC for having us at your event at the Radisson Blu!
This weekend we played a tipi event at a new venue in Pontefract, Yorkshire called Ackworth Grange. This grade II listed building has a private walled garden area and is in close proximity to neighbouring towns and areas of Wentbridge, Pontefract, Doncaster, Barnsley and Wakefield. It has hosted many private parties over the years and is now opening its doors as a totally new venue.
We were lucky to be involved with Juste Nous catering who provide great quality outside catering for all sorts of different events. Thanks to Clare for a fantastically well organised event!
Ackworth Grange will be open for events for the forseeable future and hopefully we will be back here at some point for another great event.
Last month we played a great event for the Ferrari owners club at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. The Queens Hotel is a really popular event venue choice in Leeds and they host many weddings, conferences and amazing events like the one we were invited to play for the Ferrari owners club!
The Queens Hotel is one of the most famous landmarks in Leeds with it’s beautiful Art Deco-style rooms and lovely restaurant. We always love playing here and the event for Ferrari was no exception.
Thanks again to the Ferrari owners club and the Queens Hotel Leeds for having us!
We were recently asked to play at the Titanic hotel in the dock area of Liverpool for Steve and Charlotte. We love this venue! From the HUGE main room with the big lights to the awesome staircase in the adjoining room, it’s a BIG venue with a great atmosphere.
The industrial history of the building is obvious. It is part of Stanley dock, designed by Jesse Hartley and opened on 4 August 1848 as the only one in Liverpool which was built inland, all the others being built out from the foreshore. The adjoining bar is especially industrial looking with its exposed brickwork, metal girders and pillars.
The happy couple had Ed Sheeran, Perfect as their first dance which was enjoyed by all. Thanks for having us to be a part of your big day!
The wedding season is now in full flow and this weekend we were at the lovely Coniston hotel in Skipton playing for Gemma and Robbie.
After a beautiful day of sunshine the drinks were flowing and the party kicked off with the bride and groom’s first dance – ‘Then’ by Brad Paisley. Gemma’s dad Peter was then invited to the dance floor for a fantastic daughter and father dance which was lovely to see.
We managed a last minute addition to the set list – ‘don’t stop believing’ by Journey which was great fun to finish with.
We had an absolutely amazing time and it’s great when family and friends are so inviting and want to bring the party!
So thanks again Gemma and Robbie and we wish you all the best for the future!
Music will probably play a big part in your wedding day. The right music will set the tone, provide a classy backdrop to conversations and probably bring a tear to an eye or two. There are lots of different choices of wedding music for different parts of your day. Don’t worry if you have no clue what to have on, we have some great wedding music ideas for you!
Guests will be arriving, talking and generally mingling so you should have music which is a nice backdrop to conversations. Nothing too intrusive but that will create a nice mood without taking over.
Ave Maria, Schubert
Air on a G String, Bach
Here are some good wedding music ideas for the processional part of the day. You don’t have to stick to the traditional here, you can pick something that fits right with your taste. It needs to be long enough for your brisdesmaids, flower girls and the bride with her father to walk down to aisle. Apart from that you can choose anything you want, something traditional or a more contemporary piece.
Sigur Rós, Ára bátur
Saint-Saens, The Swan
Clair De Lune, Debussy
Bridal Chorus, Wagner
A Thousand Years, The Piano Guys (Originally Christina Perri)
This is probably the music you will have deliberated over for the most time as it’s a very special moment for the new bride and groom. Luckily there are lots of great songs that reflect the right sentiment. Just choose something that you both love as it will become a special song for you for the rest of your lives. Here are some great first dance wedding music ideas.
At Last, Etta James
Lets Stay Together, Al Green
Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
All Of Me, John Legend
Songbird, Eva Cassidy
The Reason, Hoobastank
You’re Beautiful, James Blunt
We hope that we have helped you with some handy wedding music ideas! Remember, it’s your days so choose something that’s special to you. Take advice from other people but make sure you come up with your own ideas for your wedding music. These songs choices will become special for you for years to come so make sure you take a good look through all of your wedding music ideas before hand and choose pieces that you love!
Live bands certainly add something to your wedding day that no dj can come close to. The right band will make sure that you and your guests have a great time and will get everyone out of their seats for the whole night. It’s also much harder to find the right band for you than it is to find a dj.
There are lots of choices and the differences can be subtle but important. Do you want a 4 or 5 piece? Brass section or not? Male or female singer? Don’t worry, we are here to guide you to finding the right band for you!
Q. How would I start finding a band?
A. There are a few different approaches you could take here. The most obvious is to ask people that you know for recommendations. Does anyone know a band who they rated highly who they can recommend to you? You may have seen a band you liked the sound of at an event or local gig. Send them a message to see if you can book them! One of the most common methods however is to search online for wedding bands in your area. A search for ‘wedding band in Leeds and Manchester’ will give you a list of likely results and you will be able to review the websites of them all to see who you like.
Q. How can a bride and groom be sure they are getting the right band?
A. Take a good look through the website of the band you are interested in. They should have photos, video and recordings for you to get a good idea of what they do. You could give them a call to check their current line up as things like this do change from time to time. Take a look at the band’s testimonials section to see if past clients have been happy with the service they received.
Q. What questions should I ask the band that I am interested in?
A. You should start by checking that the band will be playing the music that you want. Do they have the right kind of look and sound that you would like for you big day? You also need to know that they will be able to fit in with the general arrangements of the day, load in times and compliance with insurance demands of the venue. Will the band provide a ‘dj service’ on the day in between their sets? Will they be able to learn a first dance or other songs of your choice? See our full guide of ways to make the most of your wedding band
Q. How much should I expect to pay?
A. Bands vary in price and it depends how you book them. If you go direct through the band’s website and contact them directly then the price should be as low as it can be. If you book through an online agency then you will typically pay a fee to the agency too, bumping the price up by several hundred pounds. Direct, wedding bands in Leeds and Manchester would typically cost between £800 and £3000.
Q. Is there any thing else I need to know about wedding bands?
A. If your wedding or event is being held at a regular venue (hotel or restaurant) then the band will typically need to be covered with public liability insurance and their equipment should be PAT tested for safety. If the event is outside (marquee or something like that) then there may be issues to consider regarding a generator for power.
Most bands will have everything you need to see on their own website. Take a look and then contact them to check any details that you need. Speaking on the phone is a good idea as you will be able to get straight to the salient points and make sure that you are booking a great band that you will be happy with!