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Titanic Hotel Liverpool Wedding

Titanic Hotel Liverpool wedding
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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.

Titanic hotel liverpool wedding
Titanic hotel liverpool wedding

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.

Titanic hotel liverpool wedding
Titanic hotel liverpool wedding

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!

Lovely Farm Wedding Near York

York Wedding Band

This weekend we had a blast playing for Becki and Rich’s wedding at their lovely family farm near York. The sun was shining and the marquee looked absolutely fabulous!

York Wedding Band
York Wedding Band

We want to thank the family for being so accommodating to us, we loved playing for you and it was great to share the day with you.

Farm Wedding York
Farm Wedding York

We loved the ‘Just Married’ sign upon driving into the farm and the road sign was a great touch!

York Wedding Band
York Wedding Band

Thanks again for having us Becki and Rich and we wish you all the best for the future!

Special mention to Dj Andy who is a cracking chap :)

Wedding at the Coniston Hotel Skipton

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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.

Wedding at coniston hotel skipton
Wedding at coniston hotel skipton

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!

Wedding at coniston hotel skipton
Wedding at coniston hotel skipton

Wedding Music Ideas For Your Big Day

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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!

 

Pre-Ceremony

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

Ariso, Bach

Air on a G String, Bach

 

Processional

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)

 

First Dance

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

 

Conclusion

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!

How to find a great wedding band in Leeds or Manchester

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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

 

Wedding at Kings Hall and Winter Gardens, Ilkley
Wedding at Kings Hall and Winter Gardens, Ilkley

 

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.

 

In Conclusion

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!

 

Wedding at The Met Hotel Leeds

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This weekend we were in our home town of Leeds playing at the Met Hotel Leeds for Martin and Katie’s wedding.

The Met is a stunning grade two listed hotel in the city centre and was a fantastic venue for the couple’s big day. Martin and Katie are a lovely pair and we were privileged to be part of their wedding day.

Wedding_The_Met_Hotel_Leeds
Wedding_The_Met_Hotel_Leeds

Ties on heads was the order of the day and it was great to see everyone having a great time.

So thanks again for having us and we wish Martin and Katie all the best for the future!

” Hey guys just want to say a massive thank you for last night you were absolutely brilliant we didn’t want it to end. You had the dance floor packed all night and seeing Katies dad with his tie on his head rockin out to Bruce Springsteen was awsome ? thanks again” Martin & Katie xxx

Wedding at Deighton Lodge Country Weddings, York

Deighton Lodge Country Weddings

We had a lovely time playing for Jon and Helen on the evening of their wedding at Deighton Lodge near York last weekend. The weather held out which meant a great evening outside and partying in the giant tipi!

Deighton Lodge Country Weddings
Deighton Lodge Country Weddings

The evening was brilliantly organised by Boodika Events and the Tipis were a fab place for friends and family to have a great time together. Photography by UK wedding photographer Picshore Photography

The couple had Etta James, ‘At Last’ as their first dance and the band really enjoyed playing for this really nice bunch of people.

Thanks Jon and Helen for inviting us to play for you!

Deighton Lodge Country Weddings

Huge thanks to Groove Manuva for helping to make our wedding day awesome! They delivered exactly what we wanted and stayed in regular contact in the run up to the day. Hardly a space left on the dance floor all night. Funky, friendly and professional! Jon and Helen

Make Your Wedding Budget Go Further in 2017

Make Your Wedding Budget Go Further in 2017

Weddings can be stressful. You have to deal with family, friends and organising everything as well as worrying about how much everything costs. According to experts the average cost of a wedding in the Uk in 2016/2017 is £20,500.

Luckily if you are organised there are many things that you can do to bring this cost down without sacrificing quality or affecting how good a time everybody will have on your big day. If you are less worried about how you are going to afford your wedding then you are more likely to have an enjoyable day where you can focus on your partner and family.

1. Save 20-25% on the cost of your wedding band by booking them directly. If you book through an online agent, a big extra fee is typically added. You can use the agency websites to find bands you like and then google search them to ask for a direct price. You will be very happy at the cost after receiving some quotes from agencies!

2. Haggle when you by your wedding rings. Specialist dealers buy in bulk and it is a very competitive market for them. Instead of using a high street jeweller, go to Hatton Garden in London or the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. You should be able to find better quality at a better price.

3. Trim your guest list. Have you or your parents spoken to this person in the last year? Are they a colleague or business acquaintance who wont mind? Exes?! Does this person know about the wedding and would their presence make it any more fun? Consider dropping some of these to make room for the people that make you truly happy.

4. Haggle some more! Wedding suppliers want your business so get quotes from multiple companies and then ask the ones you prefer to do you a deal. This applies to cake makers, photographers, bridal car and hair stylists.

5. Consider a DIY approach. A wedding venue can be expensive when you add up everything that goes with it. Why not do some of it yourself? If you know someone with land, hire companies can provide an inside area (tipis?!), food and drinks without the price tag of a stately home.

Wedding at Firth Court in Sheffield

Wedding at Firth Court in Sheffield

We had a great time playing for Daniel and Rachel at their wedding this weekend. The venue was the amazing Firth Court in Sheffield which is an architecturally stunning grade 2 listed building and is the main administrative centre for the University. An impressive stone staircase greets you as you enter and leads up to Firth Hall, named after Sheffield steel manufacturer Mark Firth who played a key role in the University of Sheffield’s early development.

Rachel and Daniel had chosen ‘La Vie En Rose’ as their first dance which we very much enjoyed playing live for them.

From all of us at the band thank you for inviting us to be part of your big day and we wish you all the best for the future!

Thanks so much for playing at our wedding, you guys were brilliant!
Despite the large venue, the sound really filled it. You kept people on the
dancefloor throughout with your energy and great playing! Everyone we
talked to said how good you were, including the reception organisers!
Thanks for helping to make our day special :) Rachel and Daniel

The Place Aparthotel, Manchester Wedding

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Thanks to Alison and Tom for inviting us to play at their fantastic wedding in Manchester last week at The Place Aparthotel.

The newly-weds requested Olly Murs, Dance With Me and it was great to see guests up on the dance floor with the happy couple.

We had a great time playing for Tom and Alison and we wish you all the best for the future!

Thank you for a fantastic night of music and dancing for our wedding on Saturday!! We had a brilliant night and our guests have commented how good the band were! Thank you again, Alison and Tom ?? xx