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7 Awesome Entertainment Ideas To Make Your Corporate Event Sparkle

It’s getting to that time of year where we’re all starting to think about Summer and now is the ideal time to think about planning your summer corporate events and, if you’re really organized, your Christmas parties!! With that in mind, here are my top 7 awesome entertainment ideas to make sure your corporate event is one that everyone will remember!

Live Music

A good DJ can get a party started but if you really want the room rocking, you need a live band or singer. From Soul & Motown to rock and roll, swing to disco and pop to indie, there is a band out there that will suit every type of event! See which is your favourite here:

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Andy Otley & His Band

 

View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Live-Bands

Star Name

Looking to add a bit of glitz and glamour to your event? Why not add a household name to proceedings to make sure that everyone has an evening they won’t forget with a well-loved celebrity in attendance!

Shayne Ward

Shayne Ward

 

View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/X-Factor-Britains-Got-Talent-The-Voice-Contestants

Tribute Artiste

Want a star performer but can’t accommodate an entourage and haven’t got the time to pick out all the brown M&Ms? Then a tribute artiste is ideal for you! From ABBA to Oasis, Elvis to Michael Bublé, Freddie to Bowie and everything in between, if you want something as good as the real thing on a fraction of the budget

Beyoncé Tribute

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View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Tribute-Acts-and-Tribute-Bands

 

Magic

Amaze your staff or guests with the sparkle of a bit of magic. Either close-up magicians for the personal touch or full illusion shows to add a wow-factor, magic can be used in many ways to make sure people are talking about your event for months!

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Magic Acts

View – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Magicians-and-Magic-Illusion-Acts

 

Caricaturist

What better way of making sure that your event sticks in the mind of your guests than giving them something to take home with them? A caricaturist can provide a permanent memento with a twist!

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Nick – Caricaturist

View – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Caricaturists

 

Speciality Artistes

If you want to make sure your event is unique, then a speciality artiste may be the way to go. From a Mariachi trio to football freestylers to UV light shows to a full circus performance in your venue, a speciality artiste can lift your event above the normal and cement your place in history as the best corporate event organizer ever!!!

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View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Speciality-Acts

Singing Waiters

Imagine you’re sitting and enjoying your meal but you’re bored. Then, imagine if one or more of the waiters start singing and turn the meal from simply eating into an experience. This is the whole premise of singing waiters, a concept that can turn a potential lull in the evening into a focal point!

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Simply Singing Waiters

View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Singing-Waiters

So there you go, 7 awesome ideas to make your corporate event to greatest ever to be held (or the best one in your organisation’s history at the very least!!). If you need help or inspiration planning your next event, just give us a call on 0845 071 0988 or drop me an email to dave@garston-entertainment.co.uk. You can also look at our industry leading corporate entertainment at www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Corporate-Entertainment/. Look forward to hearing from you!

7 Valentine’s Day Entertainment Ideas Guaranteed To Find You Love*

Are you ready for lurrrrrve?

If not, it’s time get yourself in gear as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you are looking for an awesome all-singing, all-dancing show or something low-key to add to your event. Here are 7 Live Entertainment ideas to add a little sparkle to your Valentine’s Day

 

1. Swing Singer 

Nothing says Valentine’s Day more than a bit of Bublé or the smooth laid back sounds of the rat pack. If you want to add a bit of Vegas to your Valentine’s Day, look no further than a bit of Swing and Rat Pack!

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www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Swing-Singers-and-Rat-Pack-Singers/

 

2. Soul & Motown Singer

If you want something a bit more upbeat but still want the mood for love then why not go for the silky vocals of a Soul & Motown singer. From Sexual Healing to You To Me Are Everything, a Soul & Motown singer can provide romance and an upbeat atmosphere to your Valentine’s Day

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www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Soul-and-Motown-Singers

 

3. Live Lounge & Acoustic Artistes

Want something a bit more laid back? If you want a chilled out vibe for your event or venue, then an acoustic artiste could be perfect for you. If you want everything from Ed Sheeran to acoustic twists on modern classics, a live lounge act can do it all!

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www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Acoustic-Acts-and-Live-Lounge-Acts

 

4. Singing Waiters

Everyone loves surprises, especially on Valentine’s Day! Imagine sitting in a restaurant and, suddenly, the waiters serenade you with ‘your song’ as everyone looks on….the definition of something different!

Singing Waiters

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Singing-Waiters

 

5. Close Up Magician

Fill your Valentine’s Day with amazement as a close-up magician makes the engagement ring (or other non-commitment based gift) appear from nowhere – cue gasps and amazed noises – and makes you look like the most awesome person ever!

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www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Magicians

 

6. Musician

Want to be entertained but also want to enjoy a nice chat over dinner? Then a musician is perfect for you. From classy string quartets to sultry saxophone, Guitarists to Pianists, a musician can really add beautiful ambience to your event

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www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Event-Musicians

 

7. Tribute Artistes

If you are after your favourite superstar but at a reasonable price, why not Hire a Tribute Artiste, the closest you can get without hiring the real thing! Popular Valentine’s choices include Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Neil Diamond, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Frank Sinatra, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, George Michael, Lionel Ritchie and many more!

Tribute Artiste

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Tribute-Artistes

So there you go, 7 ideas to make your Valentine’s Day go off with a bang (in a good way) and be one that everyone there will remember.

Remember, just because I’m telling you these are good ideas, it doesn’t mean they’re right for you so if you would like more inspiration, why not go to www.garston-entertainment.co.uk or drop us an email at info@garston-entertainment.co.uk

*love may or may not result from any of the suggestions, results can vary!

Wedding Diary of a Stressed Out Groom!!

Hi, my name’s Dave and I am a groom-to-be who is stressed about the planning of his wedding. There…I admitted it. And I’m quick to add (mainly because she’ll read this) that it’s not because I’m engaged to Bridezilla.

It’s said that as a groom, all you need to do is take your credit card to every wedding fair and show up on the day and I would agree to a point. What they don’t mention is that, even if you believe you are the most level-headed individual you could ever want to meet, there will be times when you are debating the shade of purple of the ribbon on the invite to the degree where you would happily jump through the nearest window to escape the reality of your existence.

I am one of the lucky ones. My fiancée picked her dress in the first shop she went to, picked the second venue we went to, chose the invites from the first shop we went in. So far, so good right?

Then she dropped the bomb on me – you’re sorting the entertainment. Sorry what now? ‘You know what I like so I’ll leave it with you’. Never has a wave of fear washed over me so quickly. As an Entertainment Coordinator for one of the leading agencies in the North-West, you’d think I’d be in the best place to find entertainment for my wedding and you’d be right but looking at the sheer range of what was available and *whispers quietly* not really knowing what my fiancée would want, I started to panic.

After a drawn out period of negotiation with my dad to get him to pay for it, I started to look at wedding entertainment from a new angle. As a buyer, not a seller and, my word, it’s a biiiiig job to take on. I found myself asking all the questions that I’d dismissed as basic to every bride who called or emailed about booking a band for their wedding; what should I book, how do I book, , how big a band do I need, will everyone like them, what if they cancel and most importantly, how do I pay for it?!?!

Suddenly, I turned into Groomzilla. I wasn’t that guy……was I?? Turns out I was. As a result, I thought it might be useful to put together a few answers to the 6 common questions that always arise when people book wedding entertainment because, as I found out, it can be quite stressful!!

  1. Don’t be worried if you aren’t certain what you want!

The whole point of using an agency is that you have access to hundreds of bands, trios, duos, solo singers and other entertainment you wouldn’t even know existed! If you’re not sure what you want, any agency worth their salt will act as an advisor rather than a salesperson to make sure you have as much information as you need to make the right choice for you. Entertainment can be absolutely anything; magic, caricaturists, stilt walkers and everything in-between. There’s no right or wrong, just what makes your day special and unique to you. Trust me, whatever you want, we’ve probably had stranger requests!!

  1. Don’t be afraid to tell us your budget

A lot of people thin that by giving a budget to an agent they are revealing a target to be hit. For any reputable agent, this is definitely not the case. A good agent will try and find you the type of artiste you and get the best they can within the budget you specify without trying to overcharge. A lot of artistes also offer DJ package so you can save money on a separate DJ. Most of us won’t go out of our way to squeeze every penny we can out of you…..Honest! It’s all about making sure you have the best day possible, not making the most profit.

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  1. Book Early! (Especially if you have a wedding in June, July or August!!)

As much as we’d love to be able to clone every band we represent, the technology doesn’t exist yet so if you’re getting married in ‘peak wedding season’ (June, July or August) and you want live entertainment, make sure you get in early so you have the best chance of getting what you want. As much as we like to think that every band/singer we represent is amazing, entertainment is subjective so enquire early to make sure you get your favourite.

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  1. How can I pay?

Every agent I’ve ever worked with will ask for a deposit at the time of booking, usually between 15% – 20% + VAT. Some agents can be flexible with the deposit payment (I know we are) if you just ask; waiting for payday is a popular one!! The final balance is usually requested 1 month in advance for both the band and the client’s benefit. It means you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash on your wedding day and you can concentrate on having a good time. It also means that the band won’t be pestering you for cash after they’ve finished! The balance can also generally be paid in installments if you need to – as you’re booking through an agent, they generally try to make the process as smooth as possible. Makes sense, right?

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  1. Will I be able to speak with the person I’ve booked?

Yeah, of course! The artiste will contact you in the month before your wedding to go through every detail and make sure you’re fully comfortable with what you’ve booked. That being said, if you do have a particular song you want, i.e. your first dance, or any specific requests, then let us know as soon as possible and we can pass on any messages to the artiste. It’s as easy as that!

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  1. What happens if the band can’t make it on the day?

This is unlikely, but as your live entertainment is a human being, this cannot be ruled out. As much as we’d love entertainers to be robots who don’t get ill, breakdown or have lives outside of singing, we found that people prefer humans. Before you confirm your booking and pay any deposit, check that your agency of choice operates a full emergency standby service where an entertainment advisor will do everything possible to provide the best solution to any situation. If they don’t, put your credit card away and back away slowly. To be honest, every agent I know does. Trust me, as someone who’s had to do it, no stone is left unturned and no avenue explored when it comes to sorting an issue with a booking, especially at a wedding!!

So there you go, an attempt at answering the 6 most common questions that we get from people, like me, who are booking entertainment for their wedding. I know there are hundreds of questions but if I tried to answer them all, I’d miss my own wedding next year and, as much as they’d have a great band entertaining them, I’d like to think I’d be missed. If you still have questions, just give us a call or go to www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/weddings and we can help you out, no strings attached. If we can help your wedding journey be less stressful then, from personal experience, it can only be a good thing, right?

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How to book Singing Waiters!

The ‘everything you need to know’ guide by The Sing-a-Long Waiters

Well its nearly the end of 2015 and Christmas is upon us, What a great year it has been here at Garston Entertainments.

To end the year in style we thought we would treat you to an entertaining and informative interview with our exclusively managed singing waiters act The Sing a Long Waiters

The Sing a Long Waiters have successfully performed hundreds of shows over the last 2 years and are very well placed to answer any questions we can throw at them regarding how their show works and what it`s like to be a surprise singing waiter at your Wedding, Corporate Event, Party or Function

We settle down in a coffee shop and the guys enter looking very relaxed and its immediately apparent that these guys have that `comedy` chemistry between them and a natural ability to make people smile and laugh

Hello Maurice and Darren, thanks for doing this interview for us and how has 2015 been for you guys?

Maurice: No problem and thanks for buying us coffee (he takes a huge gulp but chokes as its too hot)

Darren: (Laughs) 2015 has been the best year for us and long may it continue, well until 31st December anyway, but seriously we have had such a great time performing at our shows and we have met some fantastic characters along the way.

That’s great to hear, now how long have you been doing this act for?

Darren: The Sing a Long waiters act has been running now for around 2 years, before we created this show we were a full time vocal comedy double act that toured all over the world for companies like First Choice and Thomson Holidays.

Maurice: We thought we would bring a bit of light heartedness (if that’s a real word) to the popular genre of singing waiters because everyone needs to laugh at a celebratory event or dinner.

Of course, I bet many people ask whether you are `real` waiters when booking you and if you can wash the dishes.

Maurice: Yes we had a situation a few months ago when the client thought he wouldn`t need to employ any other waiters (laughs)

Darren: When we told him that we weren’t trained waiters and that he will have to draft in real waiting staff for his wedding, we had a good laugh with him about it, but no we are not real waiters, just pretend ones.

How long do you actually `wait on` for the guests?

Darren: We serve the guests through the starter and main course usually and then perform our `reveal` just as the desserts have been served.

Maurice: Although we have performed at events where there was no meal involved like a drinks reception or serving canapés throughout the evening and the hardest part was not eating one but maybe we will in the future (Laughs)

You must have an endless supply of waiters uniforms in your wardrobes? Or does the client supply them?

Maurice: We have all the basics like black trousers, white and black shirts and a black waist jacket but we always contact the hotel or catering company and ask if they ask if they have specific uniforms and in most cases they lend us any branded uniforms to make us blend in with the real staff at the venue

Darren: We have been that convincing that we have been offered jobs at loads of hotels

(All laugh)

Is it just waiters you impersonate or can the client request other type of staff members or even something out of the ordinary?

Maurice: Yeah we wholeheartedly encourage the client to get involved in making and helping deliver the surprise to make it really entertaining or they can just sit back and leave it to us. We can be drunken guests, food hygiene inspectors, grumpy room managers, you name it, we’ve heard it, but if the client wants a certain thing then we do our best to facilitate that.

Darren: We have our own very specific tried and trusted way of starting the show (which they tell us is top secret) but we are always excited when the client wants to get involved as they feel like they have played a big part in the surprise for their friends or colleagues.

So you could say that it`s as exciting for the people booking you as it is for the guests, Can the client request songs that you perform?

Maurice: Definitely, we pride ourselves on great communication prior to the big day it’s often all very secretive and we always ask if they have any songs in particular that they would like to be performed by us, as long as it’s in our vocal range and not something by Mariah Carey or Celine Dion! (All laugh)

Darren: As our name would suggest though the songs we perform are really well known hits that everyone at least knows the chorus to. We even have guest’s get on the microphone if they’re brave enough!

Well that was actually my next question; do you interact with the audience when you are performing as the waiters?

Darren: Yes that`s the most thrilling thing about performing this show, getting involved with the audience, I usually get cuddled by the older women

Maurice: That’s just a normal day for you though (all laugh) we improvise a lot during our performance and try to make sure that the audience feels comfortable with us and we can laugh and joke around with them.

What sort of music do you sing?

Maurice: In short, everything, well, almost everything, Not thrash metal. We sing a large repertoire of music including songs from musicals, swing, soul and all those ‘sing a long’ favourites.

Darren: We try to be as varied as possible, some singing waiter shows perform opera, which is always popular, but after the well known numbers have been performed it can be tough to join in! Though it is something we will be adding very soon, like chocolate cake, it will be in moderation! We guarantee the audience will know and can sing along to all of our songs, we just like to make sure we tailor everything perfectly to the client

How long do you perform for?

Darren: it depends on the event but generally 30-60 minutes of singing unless we are requested otherwise and there is the entire service leading up to the ‘reveal’ which is often around an hour or more

Maurice: Our speciality is to keep the audience engaged after the `reveal` has been made and that`s why we sing songs you know so you won`t even want to nip to the loo!

Can I hire more than 2 of you for my event?

Darren: yes we can add male or female singers, because we have been performers for over 20 years, we have made some fantastic contacts with very talented performers and they all are of a very high standard.

Maurice: We know them all personally, they are of an extremely high standard and know how we work and what we expect.

For people who are not familiar with Singing waiters and have never booked any live music before, do you supply the music system or do you perform acoustically?

Maurice: we don`t perform acoustically, we supply all of the PA (public address) equipment for the performance and we try and keep it in a very discreet area of the venue as to not arouse suspicion.

Darren: we have a fantastic sound system and we can create a really great atmosphere around the room – but not so loud people will be running out holding their ears!

How far do you travel for a show and does this affect the cost in any way?

 Maurice: We travel all over the UK and beyond to perform our shows, I wouldn`t call us jet-setters more car-setters! but obviously if we get booked for a gig on the moon it will cost more than a show ‘round the corner’ (Maurice then goes on to assure me that if a booking came in for the moon that they would definitely consider it)

 

Now lets get to the nitty gritty guys, how much do you cost and do you offer any other packages when people book your Sing a Long Waiters

 Darren: Our price varies depending on location and which package you decide to have, we can provide the basic waiter package which includes up to one hour of service in which we really get to know your guests by getting up close and personal with them, but not too intrusive! Then up to an hour of singing performance once we have revealed ourselves as singing waiters. We always say for the best quote you should contact Garston Entertainments and get a bespoke price and all package details for you event

 

Maurice: Yeah definitely not too intrusive, we don`t ask for any phone numbers, lets just get that straight! (All laugh) We also offer the choice of a 2nd lively set later on and the option of a DJ service throughout the night.

Darren: We offer a dedicated swing and soul show too, along with literally hundreds of other songs, you can mix and match as much as you like. We are pretty versatile but I can`t do the splits anymore (laugh)

Sounds great guys, Is it just weddings you perform at or can people hire you for their party?

 Maurice: we perform at any event from house parties, corporate events to weddings and we have even performed at a divorce party which was slightly weird but good nonetheless.

 

That sounds interesting, with regards to payment, can the client pay you on the day or can they pay Garston direct prior to the day?

 Darren: It`s totally up to them, a deposit of 15% + VAT of the agreed amount is required to secure the date, this is paid directly to Garston. You can then pay the final balance 1 month before the event or the remaining fee to us on the day.

 

Brilliant guys, well thanks for joining me here and speaking to me,

 Darren: No problem, thanks for the extremely hot coffee and biscuit on the side which I will have later.

Finally, do you have any funny stories from your time performing as The Sing a Long Waiters?

 Maurice: We were once asked by a bride and groom to ‘accidentally`drop the wedding cake as we brought it in to the venue, it was hilarious, we really messed up the floor and people were running around and panicking but the bride and groom were laughing so much, when we burst into song it all made sense and then the `real’ waiters brought out the `real’ cake.

Darren: I also carried a birthday cake (at a wedding?!) to the top table that had a giant sparkler in it, which then caught fire to the ribbon round the side, it was a bit awkward. We do love it when people want to get involved with the surprise as it validates the humour and makes it more believable but the guests were quite shocked with the cake drop..

 

The Sing a Long Waiters can be booked exclusively through Garston Entertainments at http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/1488/The-Sing-a-Long-Waiters or by calling 0845 071 0988 

Please click here to view our full range of Singing Waiter Shows http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/category/124/Singing-Waiters/ 

For more Entertainment Ideas & Inspiration for your Wedding Entertainment, please click herhttp://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/weddings/

 

Hire Entertainment for your Corporate Event

Hire Corporate Entertainment from Live Bands, Musicians, 

Magicians, Singers and more…

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Corporate Entertainment can be very important to a company, as it can help promote your business internally, to current employees and colleagues and also to outside clients, colleagues and can reinforce your brand to your peers and to a wider audience.

When choosing the right entertainment for your event, it is important to consider a few things.

Consider your audience – what is the age range of the people you are providing entertainment for? What would they enjoy? Its important to consider your audience and what they would consider high quality entertainment. For example, A One Direction tribute may not be suitable for your annual black tie event, however may go down a storm if you are providing a family fun day where children will be present.

Venue size and location – Is your venue suitable for the type of entertainment you are looking for? This is important to consider, for example if you are looking at booking a 34 piece big band but the room you have booked can only accommodate a 5 piece band, you will have a problem when it comes to performance. Knowing the size of the room and what your venue can accommodate is vital.

Consider your budget. – Do you have a specific budget that you must work within? Knowing how much you have to spend will help when looking to secure the right entertainment for you event. Garston Entertainments have artistes to suit all budgets and knowing what you have to spend can help guide us to the right artiste for you.

There are many artistes across the UK that are geared towards the corporate entertainment market. In order to get the best from your entertainment, consider a unique idea, something that will impress and what people will talk about and remember. Be aware of the latest entertainment trends so you can be ahead of the game and know what will really grab the attention of your audience.

Some ideas you may consider….

Singing Waiters


The ultimate surprise for your guests and clients. The Singing Waiters will wait on  and service your guests and clients incognitos before bursting into amazing song to surprise and thoroughly entertain the audience. The Singing Waiters will have a range of uniforms to suit and can theme their music from Opera to Musical Theatre, Swing to Soul, Current charts to Rock!

Mariachi Bands

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Perfect wandering entertainment for any Event.

Their aim is to get your guests joining in, singing and dancing.

They are completely adjustable to any event and can perform at intimate dinner parties with 20 people present, or larger corporate events. This type of act is perfect for going between the tables while your guests dine, or they can mingle in with the crowd at sophisticated drinks receptions.

Magicians

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A Superb range of professional Close up Magicians, Table Magicians,  Street Magicians and Magic and Illusion Shows to help add that something special and to inject a little bit of magic into your event.

 With their sleight of hand card trick and baffling magic and illusions, hiring a magician provides great entertainment for your guests and clients, adding atmosphere, a talking point and create a memorable occasion for all.

Electric String Groups

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A dramatic performance that can add the wow factor to your event. With Electric  performances, they utilise all the latest technology to create a dramatic, stunning and epic performance for all. Creating a choreographed and dynamic musical spectacular that will leave your guests in awe.

Live Bands

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A fantastic selection of professional, superb quality live bands party bands able to perform across all styles from Current charts, Soul & Motown, 70s, Disco, Funk, 80s Pop, 90s, Indie, tribute Bands and more. We have hundreds of viewed and approve live bands that perform at thousands of events every year. Based nationwide across the UK and guaranteed to get your party started.

Bandeoke

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Bandeoke & Rockaoke gives you the chance to perform a song live with professional musicians as your backing band. Feel like a Rock Star, Sing L like a Rock Star and perform like a Rock Star! Great Fun and entertainment! Perfect for getting your guests involved in the event and creating a fantastically fun atmosphere your guests will never forget.

If you need any further advice on entertainment for your corporate event, please contact Garston Entertainments, we would be happy to help and give any advice we can.

 

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Garston Entertainments has a wide range of top quality Wedding Entertainment based Nationwide throughout the UK and to suit all budgets and have been providing entertainment since 1978.

For any professional help or advice on booking your Corporate Entertainment, please contact one of our Entertainment Co-Ordinators on 0845 071 0988 or email info@garston-entertainment.co.uk or visit our website on www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

Hiring Live Entertainment for your Wedding

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Hiring Live Entertainment for your Wedding!

When booking your wedding, there are lots of things to plan for and so much to think about, the dress, the venue, the cake, the cars, the guest list and so much more. All this can be a daunting task for even the most organized of Brides, so when planning your live wedding entertainment, the team here at Garston like to make choosing your Wedding Entertainment as easy as possible for you.

Live Entertainment is such a big part of the day, whether it is during the reception drinks, the wedding breakfast, or later on into the evening reception. Choosing the right live entertainment that fits with your taste, budget and you as a couple whilst keeping your guests entertained will be the cherry on top of a perfect day.

Live Bands

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A live band can add real energy to your evening reception, fill the dance floor, and create lasting memories for you and your guests. The band can learn your first dance song if required, and tailor their set lists to suit your wedding. We have bands to suit every budget from trios all the way up to 32 piece, and can perform a variety of styles from Modern Charts to 60s, Soul & Motown Bands, Swing Bands, Tribute Band, Decade themed bands – 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Jazz bands and more

Duos

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A duo is a great option if you are short on space and looking for something on a lower budget, as you still get the feel of a live band, just with less people. With many fantastic duos to choose from and performing in a variety of style – from modern to soul, motown to swing, acoustic to rock and much more we are sure to find the perfect duo for your wedding

Solo Singers

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A popular option for the wedding breakfast and/or for the evening reception is to hire a solo singer who will perform to high quality backing tracks providing the sound of a full band. Our solo wedding singers perform at small and large weddings and have professional sound equipment to cater for small and larger venues.

Hiring a solo wedding singer can also help with budget and space eg if you have a small area for performance but still want the live entertainment buzz at your wedding, then this is a live entertainment option for you.

With a wide choice of singers, male and female, modern to pop, soul to swing, rock to opera, there is a singer for every occasion and audience.

Wedding Musicians

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Hiring a musician to perform at your Wedding can add a touch of elegance, is not too imposing and creates a perfect atmosphere at your ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast. There are many to choose from: Harpists, Guitarists, Violinists, Pianists, String Quartets, Electric String Artistes, Jazz Bands, Acoustic Artistes and many more. This is a popular choice for drinks receptions, ceremonies and wedding breakfasts

Magicians

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Hiring a magician can add a different entertainment aspect to your wedding and can really help break the ice at the drinks reception or wedding breakfast keeping your guests entertained with their amazing skills and good humour.

Each magician is unique and (we even have a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike/close up magician) and we have a range of Close up/Table magicians based nationwide throughout the UK who will perform amazing card and sleight of hand tricks adding a new dimension to your wedding and leaving your guests wondering “How did they do that?”

Wedding Entertainment Packages

Garston Entertainments offer a selection of wedding packages to suit all budgets and requirements. Below is a list of Wedding Entertainment package examples but we can also tailor the packages to suit your individual requirements

Bronze Package – Daytime or Evening

1 x 60 minutes singing set Daytime or Evening
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Silver Package – Daytime or Evening

2 x 45 minutes singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Gold Package – Evening

2 x 45mins singing sets (or 1 x 60mins)
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice
Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am (times can be amended to suit your wedding)

Platinum Package – Full Day package

Afternoon – 1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minutes set chilled `swing` or music of your choice, live vocals during the wedding breakfast
Use of microphones for speeches and announcements
Background Music
Evening – Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am
1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minute lively evening singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Diamond Package – Full Daytime & Ceremony

1 x 15 minute set at the church singing songs of your choice
Afternoon – 1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minutes set chilled `swing` or music of your choice, live vocals during the wedding breakfast Background Music
Use of microphones for speeches and announcements
Evening – Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am
1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minute lively evening singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Again, the above are just examples of our Wedding Entertainment Packages, our artistes will be happy to individualize the live entertainment to your requirements

 Wedding FAQs

There are many important questions to ask and answers required when choosing your wedding entertainment supplier. Below is our responses to some of the most frequently asked questions

Q. How do I choose the artiste which is right for my wedding?

A. Our website contains hundreds of artiste profiles of different music genres from all over the UK. The majority of artiste profiles contain audio clips, photos, video clips, song lists, testimonials etc to help you in your search for the perfect live entertainment for your wedding

Q. Can I speak to an experienced entertainment advisor who can help me further in choosing my wedding entertainment?

A. Yes, we positively encourage this! Our office is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.00pm. All of the artistes on the website have been seen performing live (often many times) by a member of the booking team who will listen to your requirements, provide advice and recommend the most suitable live entertainment

Q. I would like to see the artiste perform live before I proceed and book

A. Understandable, but not always practical and possible. We can only provisionally hold a date on one of our artistes realistically for a few days. Our artistes perform at many weddings and functions throughout the UK and these may not be open to the public for obvious reasons. It may be a few weeks or even months before they have a booking which is open to the public, in this time your artiste may not be available on your chosen date leading to disappointment. Garston Entertainments advertised wedding singers, bands and entertainment is carefully selected, quality and reliable live entertainment. Your entertainment advisor will honestly and professionally advise and recommend the artiste most suitable for your wedding

Q. How do I know that the wedding singer or band that I choose is the one I will see at my wedding?

A. Simple, everything you see and hear on our website is what will perform at your wedding if you choose to book. Personnel in bands particularly do change from time to time and we are vigilant in maintaining our knowledge of each individual band and its` members. If a member change does not alter the quality of the band in a negative sense then we will continue to allow the band to honour existing bookings. If the band has a major change of line up or the singer is replaced we will review the band and advise any client with an existing booking, that there has been a significant change and consequently either reassure them to continue with the booking or recommend replacing with a quality alternative band

Q. If I book an artiste with Garston, how secure is my booking?

A. When you book an artiste with Garston Entertainments you have the security and peace of mind of dealing with a professional company that was established in 1978. Every year we supply live entertainment to thousands of events, functions, venues and weddings. Garston Entertainments use industry approved contracts. The contracts are legally binding and cannot be cancelled except in the case of a fatality, illness, force majeure, war, act of god etc. Full terms will appear on the contract

Q. Why book with an agency and not direct with the artiste?

A. There are many beneficial reasons to secure your wedding entertainment with Garston Entertainments, please see 10 top reasons to book your wedding entertainment with us. Other essential points to consider and common misconceptions are that artistes are not necessarily cheaper by booking direct! They may be performing many bookings with us per year and therefore we have buying power to secure the most competitive price.

Our office is a full time structured organization that books and deals with artistes in a professional capacity every day of the year. Artistes have a responsibility to us when performing on our bookings to uphold our reputation and to adhere to our codes of conduct. A direct booking with an artiste may not be contracted which could lead to them not turning up, or cancelling to accept a better/higher priced booking.

We are full members of the largest trade association of its kind (The Agents Association of Great Britain) and as such adhere to a strict code of conduct. For security, peace of mind, quality and professionalism, book your wedding entertainment through Garston Entertainments

Q. What happens if the artiste cancels due to illness/accident?

A. This is unlikely, but as your live entertainment is a human being, this cannot be ruled out. Firstly, full evidence from the artiste – example – medical note, breakdown report etc would be required from the artiste within 7 days. Secondly, Garston Entertainments has a superb network of artistes and will utilize our experience and contacts to seek to offer a similar standard artiste as a replacement. We operate a full emergency standby service till 9pm, 365 days of the year, where an entertainment advisor will do everything possible to provide the best solution to any situation that may occur

Q. Can I speak with the artiste directly before my Wedding?

A. Once you have booked your live entertainment with us you can update your entertainment advisor at any time with any additional information example, first dance, wedding itinerary etc. These will all be forwarded and confirmed with your chosen wedding entertainer. If you would then like to speak directly with your artiste then this can be arranged a few weeks before the wedding.

Q. Do I have to pay a deposit?

A. In order to secure your booking, Garston Entertainments will require a small deposit (usually approximately 20% + vat of the total fee). This deposit is none refundable. However, If the artiste cancels due to illness/accident/fatality we will seek to offer a suitable, replacement artiste (s). If you decide not to accept the replacement(s) offered then we will refund 50% of your deposit paid. The remaining 50% deposit balance will be retained by Garston Entertainments towards ours administration costs in maintaining the booking

Q. What Payment methods do you accept?

A. We accept cheques, postal orders, BACS payments and direct payments into our business account.

A few words from popular wedding singer…… Paul Hand.

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Paul is an exceptional singer, musician and performer in demand across the UK.

A massive fan of all musical styles Paul performs a wide range of material from a large repertoire making him suitable for all occasions and events. He prides himself on performing an up to date set together with a range of classics guaranteed to get the party rocking, whether it be Wayne Rooney’s house party as he has previously performed or a Corporate event he has the versatility, charisma and professionalism to ensure your event is a success.

What do you love most about your job?

I love going to different places, venues and meeting lots of different people and characters at my performances.  I really enjoy performing and entertaining people and especially enjoy being part of peoples special occasions at weddings and parties.

I love that every show can be a little bit different and its great to be doing what I am doing.

Tell us a little about the shows you offer….

I perform 3 shows as well as my standard show performing a mix of classics right through the decades with classic pop hits from the 50’s right through to the latest chart hits.

I also perform an acoustic ‘Live Lounge’ show where i perform with my acoustic guitar and loop pedal a range of acoustic pop covers stripped right back to the core of the song.

Perfect for corporate events, wine bars/restaurants and weddings. I perform classic songs where i also create multiple guitar parts and vocal harmonies looping elements of the song for creative rich songs.

I offer a tribute to Britpop show, ‘Britpop Anthems’ featuring classic tracks from the 90’s Britpop genre perfect for the indie lovers out there.

I also perform an 80’s tribute show ‘Smash Hits of the 80’s’ performing great range of songs from one of my fav genres of music, featuring synth pop, guitar rock ballads and some of the alternative hits from the 80s years.

Do you have a most memorable moment of an event you have performed at?

I perform at Manchester City writing and performing original comedy songs about match days and players and i also arranged and recorded an new version of the clubs song Blue Moon. I sang this on the pitch just before City played Manchester United in front of forty seven thousand fans in an electric atmosphere. As a big City fan it was an amazing experience and a memory i’ll hold forever.

What kind of requests do you get for weddings?

Amongst performing numerous first dance songs for couples weddings i have often been asked to write and perform an original comedy song about the bride & groom and how they met. With information provided separately by the bride and groom I have made song about them giving a totally unique twist to the day and a personal touch for the wedding couple.

Do you have any favourite songs you like to perform?

I make and produce my own little mash up songs of classic hits and party tunes that I blend together to keep the dance floor rocking. I also love to sing ballads that are often hits from female singers. Some of the classic songs from over the years are also great to perform, they have stood the test of time and its great to perform them knowing they are sure to get people on the dance floor.

As a guitar player and Manchester musician I am a fan of some of the all the Manchester bands and artists like Oasis, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays as well as the great indie /guitar tunes from the great guitar bands past and present.

What packages do you offer?

I offer 4 packages, my standard show covering all hits from the decades right up to chart hits of today, an acoustic ‘Live Lounge’ show.

A britpop tribute and an 80’s tribute show.

I can also DJ classic wedding/party sets and can beat mix if you are more into clubbing tunes and funky house sets

I can perform at any point of your day,, there are various packages that cover this, I can even take care of your full days entertainment from your ceremony, right to the very end with a lively DJ set.

Anything you wish to add?

I also have a great sound system and lighting set up to make sure that my show looks and sounds professional and pleasing.

Its great to do what I do and i show that in my performances and its a pleasure to be exclusively represented by Garston Entertainments and all their great team.

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Garston Entertainments has a wide range of top quality Wedding Entertainment based Nationwide throughout the UK and to suit all budgets and have been providing live entertainment since 1978

For any professional help or advice on booking your Wedding Entertainment, please contact one of our entertainment co-ordinators on 0845 071 0988 or email info@garston-entertainment.co.uk or visit www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

The Complete Guide to Singing Waiters

Looking to hire Singing Waiters/waitresses for your event, party or wedding? Then look no further…..follow our advice guide below for everything you’ll ever need to know about hiring singing waiters/waitresses……

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Singing Waiters are a fairly new concept in the UK but are swiftly becoming one of the most popular shows for events, parties and weddings. It is the perfect way to break the ice at any event and get the party started. Whether it is a corporate function, a venue, or your very special wedding day. Singing Waiters will bring a light hearted yet outstanding performance, with professional singers performing the very best in Opera, Swing, Musical Theatre, Pop, Current Chart Hits and even Rock.

So….. What does a singing waiter do?

Singing waiters are performers who disguise themselves as part of your venues catering team. They will dress to match the staff and serve your unsuspecting guests throughout the course of your event before creating the ultimate surprise by bursting into beautiful song. The ‘waiters’ are actually professional singers, who will leave your guests astounded and amazed.

The key to a successful performance…….

Comedy plays quite a large role in the successful execution of a singing waiters show so song choices, the surprise scenario you choose and the performers you book are the key to a great performance. The performers you hire must be quick witted, fantastic actors (as they must remain incognito prior to their performance) and also, incredible singers. Song choices must be varied, fun and suitable  for any audience and the scenario for the ‘surprise’ must be believable…… to keep their masquerade going as long as possible. The longer you can keep the surprise, the more astonished your guests will be.

How long do they perform for?

The misconception when hiring a singing waiters show, is that the performance begins when they start singing. This is not the case. The performance begins as soon as your guests arrive as they must remain in character throughout the duration of your event, from the second you and your guests arrive until the end of their singing performance.

The Singing waiters will arrive at least an hour before you and your guests arrive, this is so they can setup their equipment, and be clear of the room before anyone sees them. By the time you and your guests arrive, they will be in character, dressed similarly to the venue waiting on staff and most likely, will already serving your unsuspecting guests.

There are several packages you can choose from when booking a singing waiter…

Package A – The singing waiters will serve your guests for up to 1 hour incognito prior to performance to add to the element of surprise! Up to 60 minutes live singing

Package B – The singing waiters will serve your guests for up to 1 hour incognito prior to performance to add to the element of surprise! 1 x 45 minute `surprise` singing set Plus 1 x 45 minute lively party dance spot in the evening

Package C – The singing waiters will serve your guests incognito for up to 1 hour prior to performance to add to the element of surprise! 1 x 45 minute `surprise` singing set Plus 1 x 45 minute lively party dance spot in the evening Full DJ/Disco & background Music package for up to 6 hours

What will they wear?

Uniforms are very important as they have to blend in with the waiting staff as much as possible. Our singing Waiters have various waiter/waitress styles and outfits to help blend in with the waiting on staff at your venue. However, if your venue has branded uniforms, it would be helpful if they could assist in providing spares to the singing waiters so they can disguise themselves successfully. Most venues have had singing waiters perform so are usually more than happy to oblige. Some venues use standard black shirts/white shirts and black trousers, which the singing waiters will already have access to.

The Scenario! – How do the singing waiters start the surprise performance?

This is very important as this is what draws the attention of your guests to the singing waiters prior to their singing performance. There are several tried a tested way of executing the surprise which our singing waiters would be more than happy to discuss with you, or perhaps assist in developing a scenario tailored specifically to your event. There are many examples of previous scenarios used for your inspiration

  • Getting fired by the manager in front of your guests
  • Drunken waiters
  • The bad waiter routine – perhaps drop cutlery, spill water, get the orders wrong etc
  • Quitting their job
  • Moving abroad to start a new career after a lengthy spell as a waiter for the venue
  • About to audition for a TV Talent show and need to practice
  • And many more

The choice is yours……our singing waiters are also able to adapt an individual scenario of your own choosing or suggestion

What can I expect to pay for a singing waiter?

The price of singing waiters varies from show to show. Prices start from £300 – £2000, this depends on how many waiters you hire, what time of year you are booking them for and what day of the week your event is taking place. There are many factors that go into the costing of the performance which is why each quote is tailored specifically to the event. Show are available from solo singing waiters up to troupes of up to 4 singing waiters.

 

Can they perform as anything else?

Yes, of course!! Our singing waiters have also performed as Drunken Guests, Undercover guests, Firemen, Environmental Health, Chefs, Managers and many more. You can even suggest what you would like them to perform and they will do what they can to accommodate your request.

Introducing……

 

James Franklyn from ‘Franklyn & Wallace – UK Singing waiters’

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Franklyn in performance

 

How long have you been performing as a singing waiter? I have been a singing waiter now for 5 years, and this fantastic job has taken me all over the world.

Do you enjoy performing as a singing waiter?

The sheer joy on the bride and groom’s faces and their guests alike, when suddenly one of their waiters bursts into song during their wedding breakfast, is such a wonderful feeling. Its a fantastic show that I love to perform.

What advice would you give to someone looking to hire a singing waiter for their event?

If you were to book me as your singing waiter, you would hear me sing every genre of music from opera to soul, from pop to rock , all delivered with passion. My waiter show is not just based on my vocals that takes everybody by surprise , I add a fun element to the performance, whether it being a clumsy waiter who is forever dropping things, a cheeky waiter who wanders around the room, helping himself to guests drinks as he is waiting on…..etc, the list of possible scenarios is endless.

What has been your most memorable performance as singing waiter to date?

My favourite to date has to be a wedding I performed at in Italy. I had to be a drunken gatecrasher at an English wedding. I was dressed like I had been playing golf all morning, then been drinking all afternoon, so you can imagine the surprise in a quiet room as everyone is enjoying their wedding breakfast, as I enter rather loudly and extremely ‘drunk’ , making a nuisance of myself. Well, the bride and groom were the only people in on it, so it did not take long for his best man and ushers to carry me out of the room and throw me onto a grass verge just outside the chateau. So you could imagine everybody’s surprise when I entered from the back of the room extremely upset and wanting revenge. Timing is everything in this situation, and as the same 4 men were running around the room trying to catch me, the music starts, I grabbed my microphone and burst into song, stopping these 4 rather tired and angry men in their tracks. Once the cat was out of the bag and the fun had been had, they could not apologise enough. If you would like something that bit different for your wedding , or any other event for that matter. Then booking a singing waiter is what you need to do.

 

Jon Christos from ‘Voci – The Singing Waiters & Surprise Singing Experience’

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‘Voci’ in performance

 

How long have you performed as a singing waiter?

Approximately 2 years

Do you enjoy the performances as a singing waiter?

The Surprise Singing Waiters show is arguably my favourite out of all the shows that I’m a part of; there is such a variety of scenarios we can offer the clients in how we are revealed ranging from being simple waiters, management, kitchen/chef staff, environmental health, security etc who can argue, spill something; what we can offer has the diversity when creating a scene agreeable to the client and venue that works for us all. With that in mind, prior contact with the venue from the singers involved is vital.

In addition, the fact the audience in attendance have seen us waiting on and serving them etc almost lulls them into a false sense of security so as to when we eventually burst in to song, the look of sheer amazement and the opened mouths you see before you is something that creates such a stir, buzz and energy that we the singers can feed off and carry through to the end of the performance.

What type of show would you say works the best?

As successful as they have been, I would have to say that I personally prefer and feel there is a greater success with the shows where there are 2 or three singers involved as opposed to being a solo waiter as it simply maximises the impact and variety of what we can offer. As we the singers pride ourselves in delivering a show, this also allows us to feed and bounce off each other whilst having access to more of the audience which naturally enables us to offer and interact more.

Song choices can be tricky with a show like this…. what would you suggest to advise anyone looking to book a singing waiters event?

With regards to the choice and style of song, I think it is vital to gain as much knowledge not only of the clients personal tastes in music but also of those who will be in attendance as best you can. Naturally, you cannot cater for everyone in the room in such a short time but it allows us to plan and work together with the client in delivering the perfect set list due to the vast array of songs from practically every genre we have at our disposal. What I would however encourage is beginning with something high energy even if from the Classical/Opera genre is a key not only to the success of the reveal but also the mood and energy in the room too. Having some songs in the set where you can get the audience involved whether it be singing along, dancing etc has proven very popular and successful too.

In my experience, if all these points are taken on board, the client and their guests are treated to something that has that ‘wow’ factor and the singers themselves come away feeling they’ve had a rewarding experience.

 

Francesca from ‘Francesca – the singing waitress’

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Francesca – The Singing Waitress

 How long have you been performing as a singing waitress? 

Around two years doing this particular show.

Do you enjoy your singing waitress performances?

Very much so, I always have a ball and meet some incredibly interesting people along the way. Its great fun when the venue staff get involved in the performance as well as the audience.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Its hard to choose, there have been so many! I would have to say either the birthday party in Worcestershire where I was asked to destroy a birthday cake as my grand entrance, it played out well as people were concerned I had hurt myself when I ‘fell over’, which added to the shock factor when I burst into song………….. or perhaps the wedding, in which I started an argument with another staff member in the middle of the wedding breakfast. This annoyed one of the wedding guests who had no idea I had been planted there, who then joined in the argument. Needless to say, after the performance, she was very apologetic…… but it all added to the drama and the fun of the event……the bride was in hysterics!

 

For friendly, helpful advice regarding hiring one of our singing waiter/waitress shows, contact a member of the team today, who would be happy to advise you.

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

tel: 0845 071 0988

info@garston-entertainment.co.uk

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