Tag Archive for entertainment for wedding

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.

andy-otley-band-edit-7

  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.

Harpist on deserted beach

  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?

group of four live musicians

  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!

live band performing wedding music

  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?

garston logo

Most Requested & Popular Live Bands

It has been an incredibly busy year for Garston Entertainment, with our fantastic live bands performing all over the UK and overseas.

We have a fantastic selection of Professional, Superb Quality Live Bands, Party Bands and Wedding Bands based Nationwide across the UK We have Live Bands able to perform most styles of music including Current Charts, Soul & Motown, 70`s Glam, Disco & Funk, 80`s Pop, Electro & Disco, 90`s & 00`s Indie, Brit Pop & Boyband, 50s, 60s, Rock Bands, Tribute Bands, Rock & Roll, Swing, Big Band and more.

As we come into 2015, here is the Garston Entertainment Top Ten Most Requested and Popular Bands for the past year.

2014’s Most Popular and Requested Live Bands – 2014

The Manytones

The_Manytones-Promo Shot Band In

Featuring a collection of some of the UK`s leading musicians and vocalists, the Manytones are a top quality, live party band who we can highly recommend for your Party, Function, Event, Venue or Wedding

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/1085/The-Manytones

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZylXIrqNcgo

———————————————————————————————————-

James Franklyn & The Soul Machine

 James-Franklyn-IMG_0048

Fronted by the incredible soulful voice and stage presence of James Franklyn and backed by some of the Uk`s finest musicians, James Franklyn & The Soul Machine are the ultimate live party band who have performed at prestigious events, venues, weddings and parties throughout the UK

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/573/James-Franklyn-&-The-Soul-Machine

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIghVTsQ_WU

———————————————————————————————————-

Co.uk

Co.uk image

Co.UK have a set list that is ultra up to date but at the same time can pull out great tunes of the last 4 decades making them able to cater for all age groups. They have a massive range of songs they can perform from Pop to Indie, Rock to Soul, Boyband to Motown, Classic 60`s to Current Charts!

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/615/Co.UK

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISv9Eqfcfl0

———————————————————————————————————-

The Groovy Party Band

The_Groovy_Party_Band-groovypartyband

Voted in the Top 5 Bands to have at your wedding by `Vogue` magazine, The Groovy Party Band are a fun, entertaining and musically superb live party band

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/293/The-Groovy-Party-Band-

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2xf3CYd_pA

———————————————————————————————————-

The Soultones

The-Soultones-The Soultonesfinal1

The Soultones are a top quality, live party band who we can highly recommend for your Party, Function, Event, Venue or Wedding. The Soultones bring together some of the UK’s finest musicians to produce an authentic tribute to the Kings and Queens of Soul and Motown.

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/1455/The-Soultones

———————————————————————————————————-

The Essentials UK

Harlequin_New Best_No name

Now one of our most popular wedding and events bands, North West England based, The Essentials feature awesome lead vocals together with a tight live sound.

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/561/The-Essentials-UK

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-jKdq1kemc

———————————————————————————————————-

To The Max

To-The-Max-to the max 2014 BEST COLOUR

To The Max are the Ultimate Live 4 Piece Wedding & Events band that can cater for all age groups. Fronted by the outstanding vocal and musical talent of Darren Shaw together with three other highly experienced and talented musicians who have performed all over the world, To The Max are very popular and highly in demand

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/318/To-The-Max

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJIHgBp0cac

 ———————————————————————————————————

Amber

 Amber-The HYPS - 1 DEFAULT

A Funky, Fresh and energetic UK female-fronted cover band perfect for any party, wedding or event. Available to hire across the UK and Overseas. Amber have played many gigs all over the UK and abroad, namely weddings, parties and corporate events. Their repertoire is extensive, versatile and flexible and covers contemporary old school pop/rock, soul/motown, funk and R&B

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/1115/Amber

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztyrq1xeGGI

———————————————————————————————————-

The Electric

The-Electric-the electric edited 2

The Electric are a modern, cool and edgy party band, suitable for events, weddings, parties and guaranteed to fill any dancefloor. Covering music from the last 50 years, they have a set list that is ultra modern but at the same time can pull out great tunes of the last 5 decades allowing them to cater for all age groups.

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/1350/The-Electric

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz720x0_iQY

———————————————————————————————————-

The Young Swing Things

Use This

Guaranteed to deliver a vintage image and sound, the Young Swing Things offers a combined Male/Female vocal giving versatility and variety – sure to add a touch of class to your function or event

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/912/The-Young-Swing-Things

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtY9P_jeRtY

———————————————————————————————————-

Live Tonight!

Live_Tonight!-Jukebox Eight

Live Tonight deliver a product that is fresh, energetic and totally professional. Whether your event is for 20 or 2,000 people, these incredible musicians will make for a party that will last long in the memory.

Profile – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/957/Live-Tonight!

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOEWGf8eWGQ

———————————————————————————————————-

Garston Entertainments would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2015.

If you need any further help or advice on Live Entertainment for your Wedding, Event, Function or Venue, please contact one of our Entertainment Co-ordinators who will be happy to answer questions and help you source the best quality Live Entertainment at the most competitive prices

———————————————-
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

logo

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

The_Manytones-Promo Shot Band In Co.UK14 Group4_large 29562_433358870069208_1575102050_n

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

The-Trends-The Trends New Feb 2014  JUST 2012 MARCH

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

_C9U0849a  James-Franklyn-james franklyn new Jessica-Bailey-Janice_Lacey_195 Michelle_Lawson-IMG_4032 

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

 Tamsin_-_Harpist-Tam (18 of 44) Mike Duo Sam_-_Solo_Guitar-Samtree

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

Resize Assistant-1.4 fly532 clint 3

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.

PAUL HAND SEPT12 NQ PROMO - 09 PAUL HAND SEPT12 NQ PROMO - 07

http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/605/Paul-Hand

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.

———————————————-

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