How to Keep Calm (in the run-up to your Wedding Day)

Keep Calm Wedding Bride

Oh my goodness! You’re getting married in just a few short weeks and suddenly the reality of what’s ahead of you is starting to hit home. Don’t worry about those little nervous feelings that are giving your butterflies in your tummy they are just wedding jitters and if you treat them as that then you won’t build them into unsurpassable mountains.

Firstly – what you MUST remember is that it is entirely normal to have wedding nerves – easy as it sounds, try and enjoy them because (hopefully) you won’t be repeating the lead up to your wedding day ever again. Did you know that apparently 92% of brides feel nervous on the actual wedding day and 71% feel nerves in the lead up? You are normal and not alone – and it’s not just the bride who can feel nerves either, many grooms feel this way too! REMEMBER! These are genuinely special times, exciting, yes, nerve racking, of course – but exhilarating too! Your wedding is not just about the day, it’s about the lead up, the day and your new life as husband and wife.

Wedding Diary ListWhat are you nervous of? Perhaps pinpoint what exactly is making you feel like a headless chicken if that’s what you do feel like – is it the preparation that is beginning to spiral out of control? Stop! Take a breath and re-evaluate. You could be nervous about the actual wedding day itself, there is so much happening without doubt, the flowers, the catering, the drinks, the venue, the music, the entertainment… oh my goodness the list is long. Did you remember to confirm the DJ? Should you hire a magician? Which is the best toastmaster? Phew – sit down with a cup of tea (or a “small” glass of wine) and re-write the list that you have probably already devised. Here are some suggestions from Warble Entertainment on how to keep it all in perspective:

  • Keep a wedding scrapbook where you have useful notes/tips/magazine cut outs
  • You could buy ring-bound folder where you can divide it into sections such as: venue, catering, wedding dress, gift list, entertainment etc. Within these sections you can file away all your notes and information so everything is in one easy, accessible place. It’s all about feeling organised
  • Make a list to stick on the front of the folder of pending items and give it a “timeline”. For example if your wedding day is on Saturday 2nd August see the below list which is just an idea of what to use it for – you can add whatever you want to the list – even who’s feeding the goldfish while you are on honeymoon:

EXAMPLE LIST

W/C 14th July:

  • Confirm hairdresser – 16th July
  • Check giftlist – 17th July
  • Speak to florist – 17th July
  • Chase printers for hymn sheets – 18th July
  • Confirm honeymoon – 19th July
  • Buy toiletries for honeymoon – 19th July
  • Find time to relax – 20th July

W/C 21st July:

  • Confirm final dress fitting – 21st July
  • Check groom outfit – 21st July
  • Check bridesmaids dresses – 22nd July
  • Confirm wedding bouquet/button holes/other bouquets – 22nd July
  • Go through wedding meal – 23rd July
  • Check table decorations – 23rd July
  • Confirm photographer/videographer – 24th July
  • Finalist table plan – 24th July
  • Book beauty treatments – 25th July
  • Buy gifts for bridesmaids – 25th July
  • Organise flowers for mother of bride and mother of groom – 25th July
  • Pack for honeymoon – 26th July
  • Find time to relax – 27th July

W/C 28th July

  • Confirm First dance and play list with Band or Disco – 28th July
  • Confirm wedding cake delivery – 28th July
  • Confirm wedding cars – 28th July
  • Confirm hairdresser/make-up artist – 29th July
  • Check wedding speeches are done! – 29th July
  • Pick up wedding dress! – 30th July
  • Pre-wedding beauty treatments – 31st July
  • Find time to relax – 1st August

It’s also a good idea to keep a notebook and pen beside your bed so if you are finding that wedding nerves are disrupting your beauty sleep, you can simply write down what’s woken you up to be dealt with the next day, so no more racking your brains about what was troubling you at 3.07am.

Why not enlist the help of your Maid of Honour if not done so already? For the boys – your Best Man should be helpful too, we know it’s their job to play the buffoon but they have another role, to keep the men calm and organised!

R & R
Still don’t feel like the serene bride to be or the calm, refined groom to be? Then it’s time to indulge in some proper relaxation! Easy to say right? You’re panicking over the playlist for your wedding (speak to your band, go through what you both enjoy and don’t forget to take their advice on the best music to get people dancing – don’t you feel better already?). He’s worried that his Best Man will forget the rings… you’re concerned about your new drop earrings – are they too much or too simple? Just remember, your wedding day will go ahead, everything will be fine, even if there is a hitch no one will notice and it will be the best day in the world.

Relaxed Bride Before WeddingTreat yourself to a massage, facial or if you’re the type of person who needs to let off steam get down to the gym and pump some iron. Don’t let a full schedule hamper your plans to relax. Diarise it, put it on your list and make sure it happens. It’s not only for relaxation purposes but also plays a part in pre-wedding pampering. It’s important to feel great on the day (you will!) and adding in a couple of facials, a deep tissue massage or a beauty treat only helps you unwind and feel good about yourself. We know it’s getting expensive so if money is an object, enlist a friend to help, perhaps have a night in with some beauty products and give each other a face mask or a manicure. Some girly time will help alleviate the nerves. Men – get down to the gym or go for a run with a mate or you could go to a football match – let off steam there!

Can’t Get no Sleep
If you are having trouble sleeping, even laying down for a few hours will give your body a rest so don’t worry, if you can’t sleep try and shift your mind somewhere else. You could “visualise” – picture yourself and your husband or wife-to-be laying on that soft, sandy beach with the hot sun tantalising your limbs – your only worry whether you should take a dip in the sea or ask the waiter for another Mojito. Ahhh there you go, snoring already.

For those of you who haven’t fallen asleep yet, try deep breathing. Place your hand on your chest and feel your lungs fill with air, and then exhale slowly. Keep doing this until the nerves subside. If all else fails, get up, read a book, have a hot drink but don’t let sleeplessness trouble you. You’ll sleep when your body is tired.

Hypnotherapy for BridesIf your nerves are really getting on top of you then you can try a variety of different treatments such as visiting a hypnotherapist who will help identify triggers and give you methods to control stress. Your doctor can help too – it may be that the nerves are centred round family members; perhaps disagreements in the past which are rearing their heads, your doctor can advise, help and treat if necessary. The pharmacist is another person who can help and offer advice such as mild over-the- counter medication to help with sleeplessness (rescue remedy is excellent for calming nerves). Alternative therapies such as Reiki, aromatherapy or even acupuncture can help too.

The Night Before the Big Day
The night before you get wed should be as calm as possible for both bride and groom. Think about taking some gentle exercise before indulging in a long, hot bath with candles and some sensual oil to help. A small glass of alcohol if you insist never did anyone any harm (don’t drink too much though as you don’t want to feel hung-over). If you can’t sleep due to the excitement, don’t worry – natural adrenaline will see you through your wedding day with ease. Many brides (and grooms) have sleepless nights, they all get married and they all look radiant and they will all tell you it was the best day of their life!

Dancing Bride

The Big Day
On the day DO eat breakfast as it will calm nerves. Even if you can only manage one piece of toast it’s important as not eating can lead you to feel faint – you need to keep blood sugar up. Don’t drink too much – you don’t want to go through the day in a blur or risk being sick, you want to take everything in.

Remember, your friends who are married have been through all of this and can advise you as well – soon you’ll be the one doling out advice to your next nervous bride or groom friend!

Above all – enjoy – these are precious moments and won’t last forever!

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How Social Media has Influenced our Wedding Decisions

Social Media Weddings

Time was, when it came to planning a wedding we’d only have to deal with a relatively small number of people to keep happy. Bride’s family, groom’s family, the friends who might be attending, and of course, the happy couple at the heart of it all. When it came to the actual planning side of things – magazines, photos and other people’s wedding were probably our main sources of inspiration.

Those simple times are far behind us now though, as it seems as if social media permeates through every conceivable aspect of putting a wedding together. From teary-eyed sessions of scrolling through endless Facebook videos of other people’s big day, to the dreamy Pinterest fantasy wedding board (neatly divided into sub-sub-sub categories), Twitter – for those emergency “find a wedding cake” scenarios and of course, Instagram – to immortalise the big day in a perfectly sepia tinged candid shot, social media shapes and influences virtually every aspect of our wedding decisions. So, how exactly can you make the most of your social networks to get the perfect wedding experience?

Need Inspiration?
If you’re stuck on deciding on a theme or need some handy inspiration to get your wedding journey started, then Pinterest is a fantastic starting point. Dive in and start pinning – create boards for different concepts and themes, and you’ll soon gather a rich collection of inspiring images. The great thing about Pinterest is that you can easily break down your boards into different categories – providing a useful online resource throughout the planning process. Plus, with links straight to the stores and companies that provide many of the services shown, you don’t need to spend ages searching aimlessly to find something that ‘looks like the one in the picture’!

Social Media WeddingsTweet It
Twitter is a great way of accessing the vast hive mind of inspiration. When you’re looking for a quirky entertainment idea, or want a recommendation that is truly tried and tested by real people, get online and tweet it. You’ll find everything from incredible indie florists to fantastic wedding bands, to make sure the dance floor is a Youtube-ready smash hit.

Social Media Rules?
Not only will the bride-to-be spend every waking minute glued to her phone/tablet/laptop, eagerly updating everything from her Twitter feed to her Facebook page with the latest goss on the planned wedding, everyone else involved will be too. While social media is great for sharing, sometimes that can be such a thing as oversharing – and it’s easily done. There are often times when you don’t want everything you do broadcast to all your friends and followers online – and it’s at these times that being wary of the potential pitfalls of social media is a must. Think before you post – do you really want to badmouth the snarky florist to your friends, when she’s still responsible for putting your bouquet together? Or do you really want to share that secret Pinterest board of naughty wedding night treats with your future mother in law?

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You want TAKE THAT – He wants DEF LEPPARD (how to get the music balance right for your wedding)

Def Leppard vs Take That - Music for your Wedding

Isn’t romance great? You met across a crowded bar or pub or perhaps at a party, you felt like two peas in a pod within moments of talking, everything clicked – from what you like to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon to your favourite type of food… you even support the same football team. In fact, everything is perfect except… you HATE his music choice, oh and he isn’t too keen on your iPod favourites either!

In the car you even argue over radio stations, he likes Absolute – you’re more of a Kiss girl. Your playlist couldn’t be more removed, the truth is you’ve got more in common with your Grandma’s preferred music taste than your man’s… but you love him, he’s proposed, you’ve got the ring, you’re getting married and now you’re deciding on the entertainment for the big day itself.

It’s been hard enough deciding what type of music entertainment you want – right? We at Warble Entertainment Agency know what it’s like – there’s a huge amount of superb choice out there, we’ve got every single type of musical entertainment on offer ourselves!

When you came to making your choice you found hundreds of wedding discos, big band or jazz bandsrock, pop, soul or Motown – there were so many that you could have come to blows! You finally decided (because it works well for a wedding catering to all ages and different music tastes) on a 3 piece wedding band which has promised to give your guests a party they won’t forget. That sounded perfect and both you and your groom were satisfied having listened to various samples and even visiting parties and weddings to see what the band was like in the flesh plus they can throw in plenty of rock in the mix (well, it sold it to your husband to be!).

You’ve been to enough weddings to know what you don’t like in a band, this part wasn’t too hard. That was a few weeks back and the band is all booked in, you are both still happy with the choice (hopefully).

The hardest part is now deciding on the music itself. He is adamant he must have his rock fix and you are immoveable in that you need some good pop and maybe even some dance (which he abhors). Warble is happy to offer some of our best advice! We see this happen a lot between couples of all ages. Music is something to be appreciated and everyone likes something different, it’s about finding the common ground or respecting our other half’s preferences!

First of all find out from your wedding band or wedding disco how flexible they are with regards setlist input (all acts vary with this so be sure to speak to your Warble Coordinator) and then ask them how many tracks they think they will have time for during your function and divide it into 6. These are your music sections, so for example, let’s say there are 40 tracks to be played during your wedding party – this is our suggestion for diffusing any music differences you two love-birds might have…

  • Bride – Choice of 10
  • Groom – Choice of 10
  • Band – Choice of 12 party tracks they feel are the best for your function (with your permission!)
  • Music for older guests – Choice of 5 (get your band to guide you but keep the older generation happy!)
  • First dance – Only 1 and we hope you agree on this!
  • Novelty music – Choice of just 2 – the children love these!

(Note – you can alter the amounts, this is just a suggestion!)

If you are struggling to find 10 tracks you love that include plenty of music to dance to – ask your band for advice or pop onto Google and search wedding party music – you’ll find plenty of excellent ideas using these methods.

We truly HOPE that this helps you decide the music for your wedding. DO remember that it is a day for both of you so there has to be give and take, you both need to compromise to make sure you get the most out of your wedding day. Marriage is all about give and take so best to start right now! After all, are Def Leppard really that bad? All you need is a little Patience for the Greatest Day – Just Take That and Party because a Million Love Songs Later the Hysteria will make you forget you ever disagreed. And, remember, you don’t want to be Bringin’ on the Heartbreak so do include some of his favourites!

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Top Wedding Entertainment Trends for 2014

Whilst planning your wedding, checking out the latest trends for entertainment is seen to be a must. Whether you hold a desire for a traditional ceremony, or something more contemporary & futuristic, checking the ‘must haves’ will certainly bring much detail to your special day. Here’s a few ideas based on the current wedding entertainment trends we have noticed so far for 2014.

Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne

Untraditional Ceremony Music:
Typically in the past a ceremony would take place in a church, but now we are seeing that this is an exception rather than a rule. Meaning, the day may come where the Bridal Chorus aka “Here Comes The Bride” is going to become less used. Instead couples are choosing artists such as John Legend or Ray Lamontagne to be played when the brides brisk walk down the aisle is in play. Another style that’s going up in the world of wedding entertainment is the String Quartet, adding a romantic touch and covering most modern music choices.

A Romantic Harpist

A Romantic Harpist

A Romantic Harpist:
Whether it’s for the bridal walk, drinks between the ceremony, the wedding breakfast or the reception entertainment, a romantic harpist will bring a lovely atmosphere to a wedding. Wonderfully romantic, sending chills down spines, mellowing out your guests, making them enjoy your day just as much as you will. With this added touch it will provide evidence that an attention to detail has been taken to plan this wedding day.

Lighting Can Create a Beautiful Effect

Lighting Can Create a Beautiful Effect

Light Up The Stage With Lights:
Setting the scene will certainly bring positives to your surroundings throughout the day – most of all when the night sets in! Decorating your venue to an eye catching level and placing fairy lights around the stage will bring character and personality… and, add the fairy dust to your happily ever after beginning.

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Pick The Great Outdoors As Your Venue:
Why not think different for your venue? Try placing your dream day in the great outdoors. In the woods, or a meadow would really give your guests a nice surprise. You could set your music entertainment stage up in the nature, using green generators – Mother Nature and the environment would certainly end up thanking you. This idea for the venue would be perfect in the summer, obviously being in the UK, it is impossible to rely on the weather – but there are ways in which you could work around holding your ceremony/reception outside, such as putting up a marquee.

Live Wedding Bands

Live Wedding Bands

Live Wedding Bands:
Having a live band play at your reception will not only show your guests your taste in music, personality and idea of fun – it will also get your guests moving. A drink fueled evening, with live music equals a combination for success! Whether you chose to hire an indie, rock or folk band, it will present your musical preference through the PA and create an atmosphere where your guests can celebrate you and your new life partner.

Pick a DJ that ROCKS!

Pick a DJ that ROCKS!

Make Sure You Have A DJ That Rocks:
If you fancy a more traditional wedding entertainment vibe, then make sure you at least choose a DJ that rocks. If you trust that your DJ will perform to the highest of standards, then there is no doubt that you should follow your heart on this choice. However, don’t just pick an average DJ as a last minute deal to fill the gap in your wedding day. Arrange a meeting with your DJ, to discuss song choices, set up and lights. Make sure you get them to work to the standard you want them too.

There are new trends every New Year; the main factors to planning your wedding entertainment are you and your partner’s opinions and taste. Following trends can be an option, however plan your day to let your personality shine through, celebrating you and your partners life as well as the love you share.

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Tips for Bands & Musicians Gigging in Europe

Black Cadillac have been operating for 4 years or so now as a quirky vintage function band. The term ‘function’ covers a wide variety of event types, primarily weddings, but also corporate work such as branding for an event or launching a new business venture. Up until December 2012 we had been operating solely in the UK, since then we have been booked for a number of events in Europe with varying restrictions on budget. This article will outline the options available if you are getting married or staging an event abroad and you want to take an English band over there with you.

Black Cadillac Band

Black Cadillac Band

Our first venture into work abroad back in December 2012 was actually an office party in Brussels, Belgium. It was an extremely lengthy and arduous process as it was the first time we had organised an event of this nature. The company wanted to fly us out to Belgium and had already got Ryan Air in mind for the flights and a hotel called The Aqua Hotel (with an impressive giant water feature in the central lobby). Although this was all very organised it caused a few problems as Ryan Air are not a great airline for musicians, with their strict policy on the size of baggage you can bring onto the plane. This meant that we had to just get ourselves over to Brussels, with the plan to hire all the equipment we needed from a company near to the office where we would be playing. This is where the fun started for myself in sourcing such a company…

The band eating out in Brussels

The band eating out in Brussels

The language barrier wasn’t as difficult as I thought. People in Belgium (in my experience) generally speak English so I received a number of readable quotes from companies I contacted by e-mail. The problem was finding a company that did everything we needed. It was easy to find a company with PA speakers and microphones etc, it was not so easy to find a company that hired out guitars, drums kits and keyboards. We eventually found a company called ‘Tour Support’, this name should have rung alarm bells but they were so helpful and had all the equipment that we needed so we approached the client with their quote. In the end, the hiring of this equipment cost the client the same amount as hiring the band. The ‘Tour’ part of the name that didn’t ring any bells presented itself in the form of equipment large enough to play a small stage at Glastonbury… inside a small 30 person office. At this point we realised the language barrier may have been more of an issue than we first thought. In addition, the ‘Corporate’ nature of the event passed the sound technicians by as they sat in the middle of the event in their hoodies and baseball caps laughing at photos on Facebook through their laptop.

Hired Equipment in Brussels

Hired Equipment in Brussels

We very quickly explained to them how they needed to conduct themselves in such an environment! The gig was a success however and the client was very pleased. The purpose of the event was to raise the profile of the business, importing a band from the UK went a long way to impressing their potential clients we were later told.

So this is one of the options for a European gig with an English band, fly over the musicians and hire all the equipment they need in the host country. This is by far the most expensive option for the client but can be very impressive and successful.

Ella in the car on the way to Bordeaux

Ella in the car on the way to Bordeaux

On October 19th 2013 we tried a different approach when we played at a wedding in a beautiful chateaux in Bordeaux, Southern France. This time we were booked as Black Cadillac with the addition of singer Helena Scott from The Black Cadillac Sister Band. Three of the band members (Nick on bass, Andrzej on piano and Rob on drums) flew over to Bordeaux and hired a car to get from the airport to Chateaux Rigaud which, was less than 20 miles away. Helen and myself (as we are a couple) drove from Manchester to Bordeaux with all of the equipment in the car with the help of an enormous roof rack. It was a bit of a squeeze (especially seeing as we had our dog Ella in the car with us too! n.b. This was already agreed with the dog loving Bride and Groom) but being a couple we turned this trip into a holiday.

This meant we had around 5 days to get to Bordeaux, stopping in various places along the way, such as Paris, Rocamadour and Tours.

Stop Off at Rocamadour

Stop Off at Rocamadour

We had about the same amount of time on the way back up, which made it into an amazing 10 days away for us.This showed in our performances at the wedding, which were full of energy and vibe. Here is a testimonial from the happy couple:

Paul and Helen Tired on the Journey

Paul and Helen Tired on the Journey

“Booking a band for a wedding in France when we live in Australia was always going to be a challenge… which is why we can’t thank Black Cadillac enough. Their enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism throughout the process made everything so very easy and enjoyable. We developed our setlists with them, they learned new tracks and having exchanged just a few e-mails they arrived in Bordeaux. The mood they set, from the busking on the lawn in the afternoon sunshine to the full set in the evening could not have been more perfect and they created exactly the atmosphere we were hoping for. They are a group of very talented singers and musicians and they were such an integral part of making our day so special, we cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Chateaux Rigaud

Chateaux Rigaud

Bordeaux Wedding

Bordeaux Wedding

This option was much cheaper than hiring the equipment in France… and we thoroughly researched this claim. For this option to work, it would however rely on band members having no gigs either side of the event, as the drive to the South of France is not a quick one, even without the extra days Helen and myself took to make it more pleasurable. The advantages of this option are reduced cost and the knowledge that the equipment will both be appropriate and reliable for the event.

Chateaux Rigaud

Chateaux Rigaud

Recent Blog of this wedding: http://www.stylemepretty.com/destination-weddings/2014/03/27/france-wedding-at-chateau-rigaud/

We have been booked to play at another wedding back in Bordeaux in May 2014. We are going to be trying out a third option which involves flying with British Airways. This is the most musician friendly airline, as their baggage allowance and dimensions allow you to take guitars, drums and even double basses on the flight. There are very little, if any, extra baggage costs to take instruments on the plane. This has meant that we have been able to fly over with acoustic instruments to play at the wedding: our Unplugged option (which many bands may be capable of doing). On the plane we will take an acoustic guitar, accordion, electric stick bass (like a double bass but smaller) and a small drum kit.

British Airways

British Airways

In Bordeaux we have hired a very small PA with microphones and leads included and a small lighting rig. This has been very simple as we found a number of companies that offered the equipment we wanted, which gave us the chance to haggle a low price. This is by far the cheapest option of the three we have tried, the only downside could possibly be a slightly quieter band (as we can’t take amps on the plane) but if the Wedding in October 2013 was anything to go by, this will completely fit the mood. With the sunshine beating down our band will be able to play outside also (with a simple extension cable for the 2 PA speakers) which will undoubtedly be a memorable feature of the wedding for guests.

So it isn’t out of the question to take a British band abroad, it just takes some planning from both the wedding party and the band. If you have a helpful venue that have done this before, or a band who have also attempted it before, then you are already a few steps ahead. In terms of ease for the band, flying over with some of their instruments on British Airways is probably the most favourable option. Although BA flights are more expensive than a budget airline, it will save a lot of money on hiring equipment (usually between £100 to £200 per instrument). If your venue already has a sound system that can be used for a band, then the process is quite straight forward. All you then may have to think about is transporting the musicians from the airport and finding some cheap accommodation that allows them to bring their overall quote down for you. At the end of it all, musicians love the romance of being asked to play abroad, and if the numbers add up they will do all they can to keep their diary free to make it happen. After all, we are musicians first and foremost for the lifestyle and not the bank balance!

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Candy Carts from Sarah K Events

Whilst at the Cheshire Wedding Fayre recently we were magically drawn to the candy cart setting up next door… who wouldn’t be! After surviving the magnetic tractor beam pull of the sweets on offer we managed to stop eating for a few minutes and have a chat with Sarah K, the lovely owner, and asked her to tell us a little bit more about what she offers and the ethos of Sarah K Events.

Sweets

“Who doesn’t love a good wedding? I certainly do!

When looking back to any event, I usually remember how I felt while I was there. That look on people’s faces, that song, that unusual cocktail… It’s always the little things for me which start me off on my walk down memory lane. Who knows what will bring emotions of the big day flooding back to the bride and groom, and their guests. Memories of great times are unique to each and everyone of us, but I’m sure the feelings we experience are similar. What pulls at your heart strings?

Sarah K Candy Carts

Sarah K Candy Carts

This important question is why I like to get ‘up close and personal’ with all my brides, grooms, birthday boys and girls, parents and event planners. No two people are the same, no two couples are the same and no two relationships are the same. This is something which I believe needs to be brought out in the experience of the wedding, and all too often can be overlooked. It is very easy to get caught up in the latest trend and everyone else’s opinions of what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ do and forget the essence of the event… YOU!

Sarah K Candy Carts

Sarah K Candy Carts

Whilst Candy Carts are becoming more common these days, at Sarah K events I see an increasing need for a personalised service, one that is dedicated and especially for you. I work together with you to add a certain je ne sais quois to your day.

When considering a Sarah K Candy Cart for your wedding, I would encourage you to think about the following things and ask yourselves; What symbolises you? What symbolises your relationship? Is it a colour? A theme? Favourite childhood sweets? Or, an eclectic mix of past and present yummy treats? Whatever it may be Sarak K events will work our magic to add that sweet little extra as the finishing touch to your special day.

Sarah K Candy Carts

Sarah K Candy Carts

At Sarah K Events we offer different packages for all needs so come on, get in touch and make your day that little bit sweeter!

Visit www.sarahkevents.co.uk or call me on 07841027856.

Treat yourself!”

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Entertainment

Green Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Green Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Choosing to go green for your wedding doesn’t mean you have to cut back on the style. It is easy to get caught up in the fast paced planning of your perfect wedding, trying to create the best day out of your friendship groups, whilst making all your dreams come true.

If you take a step back, choosing to save the environment, you never know – it may even save you some cash, allowing you to spend more on other areas of your big day.

Gypsy St Germaine are a Wonderful example of Acoustic Musicians

Gypsy St Germaine are a Wonderful example of Acoustic Musicians

Acoustic Musicians
For a romantic touch to your special day, acoustic music will create a brilliant atmosphere to your fairy tale day. Because the acts don’t need amplifiers, acoustic musicians can be a great eco-friendly entertainment choice as their power usage stands at zero. Acoustic guitars will echo throughout your venue, sending chills down your guest’s spines. Or, string quartets will create a romantic ambiance to set your day off perfectly. Event organisers be wary however, for larger events a solo acoustic musician may not be loud enough – so amplification may be needed.

Inspire Gospel Choir

A choir is perfect eco-friendly entertainment for a Ceremony

Choirs
Why not invite a Gospel choir to top off your special day, easy to set up, no power needed- just sit back and let them sing till their hearts are content. A choir will fit in perfectly as the bride walks down the aisle, serenading the happy couple. You will even have the option to choose which songs you would like them to sing. They will really get the party started, with very little cost to the environment.

Drummers and Dancers

Acoustic Drummers and Dancers really get a party started!

Drummers
Adding a bit of spice to your big day, and of course culture! From bongo drummers, to steel drummers, they will definitely bring happiness and dancing to your party! Whether you wish to hold an African or Brazilian themed wedding, or simply fancy something different.

Picking drummers to provide entertainment will ensure that your big day is a talking point for years to come.

Green Energy

Green Power Generators = Clear Conscience but plenty of ROCK!

Green Power Generators
If you have your heart set on a live band or a DJ then there are ways in which you can have them but still help save the planet. Plug a DJ and it’s disco lights into a green power generator, you will get the same experience as normal!

Locally Sourced Bands means Less Carbon Emissions

Locally Sourced Bands means Less Carbon Emissions

Shop Local
When choosing your wedding band or entertainment make note of where they are based. If you can book acts that are as local as possible to you then you will cut down on the carbon emissions from their journey.

There are lots of small changes you could make that if all brides and grooms followed suit would make a big difference to the impact we have on our lovely planet whilst still ensuring everyone has an awesome time!

At Warble Entertainment we have loads of ideas to help so feel free to give us a shout!

By Matt Warren

Should you have a Marquee at your Wedding?

Whilst many of the wedding enquiries that we receive at Warble are for lavish venues, hotels and stately homes, there are LOTS where couples will be celebrating in a marquee… and the numbers are on the increase.

But is having a wedding reception in a marquee or party tent a wise move?

Well, we spoke to Robert from North Wales premier marquee hire company, Skye Marquees, to find out a little more…

Should You Hire a Marquee for a Wedding?

Should You Hire a Marquee for a Wedding?

Who are Skye Marquees?
Skye Marquees is a marquee hire company based in North Wales but covering the North West, Cheshire area and the Wirral. Since 2008 we have been providing wedding marquees and party tents across these regions and getting great feedback from many happy couples and private party and corporate customers.

Marquee Hire in North Wales, Cheshire & the Wirral

Marquee Hire in North Wales, Cheshire & the Wirral

So, we have noticed a huge increase in marquee weddings but why are they becoming so popular?
Marquees provide the perfect romantic setting for any wedding and I think brides and grooms all over the country are starting to realise this. The outdoor feel adds a touch of getting back to nature and an element of boho chic through billowing drapes and organic honesty. The fact you are in a tent where a party is happening makes it almost seem like you are at a festival… obviously with much posher toilets… but both the festival vibe and bohemian theme have been hugely popular over the last couple of years and the trend seems to be growing. Also, a marquee is very flexible and so it means you can get married pretty much anywhere as long as you have permission and there is enough space. Plus, marquees come in all shapes and sizes so you can adapt to the number of guests you have. The same can’t always be said for more traditional wedding venues where couples may have to limit numbers or find that the small intimate wedding they wanted gets lost in a vast space.

Marquees are extremely popular for Weddings for many reasons..

Marquees are extremely popular for Weddings for many reasons..

But we live in the UK… are marquees really such a great idea with our weather track record?
We do get this question asked quite a lot. You’re right, we have very unpredictable weather in the UK and where we are based in North Wales it can be quite harsh at times. But, our marquees are protected from all the elements – rain, wind, sun (yes, even sun can be a problem!) – so there really is nothing to worry about. All of our marquees have wind bracing and should it be a bit cooler, or, you’re going for a Winter Wonderland style wedding it’s no problem for us to provide heaters too.

Marquees can be very versatile

Marquees can be very versatile

OK, you’re convincing us… but what about costs?
Hiring a marquee for a wedding is something that you can’t really quote for ‘off the shelf’. Personally, we like to speak to all of our customers and offer a free site visit so we can chat through options and check the location thoroughly. (Hopefully,) You plan on getting married only once and so we don’t want there to be any glitches on the day. So, before providing a quote we like to discuss the number of guests, how many will be seated, will you require space for a dance floor etc. I’m afraid that there are many factors to be taken into account before I could answer this question… sorry.

Accessories like Star cloths are fantastic party tent & marquee additions

Accessories like Star cloths are fantastic party tent & marquee additions

This brings us onto the next question… dance floors… can you also provide them?
Of course! In addition to the marquees themselves we can also provide lots of extras, including dance floors. With previous weddings we have arranged everything from the chairs, toilets and lighting to star cloths, generators and bars! We’re happy to help wherever we can to ensure that your day is perfect.

One of the many Skye Marquees available to Hire

One of the many Skye Marquees available to Hire

What parting words of wisdom would you offer to anyone thinking of hiring a marquee?
I’d say that before committing to anything make sure you shop around and really find out as much as you can. There are companies out there that will offer a price but neglect to tell you until much later that no wooden flooring is included under the carpet, which then makes their initial lower price not such a great deal. So, be sure to ask the right questions and do your research beforehand. Also, get them to do a site survey – it will put your mind at ease and enable you to meet the person at the other end of the phone or website.

Wedding Tip from Skye Marquees…
Always go for a lined marquee to hide all the technical gubbins. It will make your photos look much nicer without bracing and metal work showing up in the background and add that final touch to your wedding day experience.

For further advice on marquee hire in North Wales, Cheshire and the Wirral visit the website www.skyemarquees.com

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Diaries of a Serial Wedding Crasher

Abi from The Charming Skulls has hopped on board today to give us some insight in to one of their recent wedding bookings…

Our 2014 calendar kicked off in style with a fab wedding party at Rowton Hall Hotel in Chester on 7th Jan.

Rowton Hall, Chester

Rowton Hall, Chester

Our overriding memory of this venue is that the staff were amazing!!

They gave us such a warm welcome and throughout the evening kept checking we were okay and had everything we needed. This is more of a treat than you might imagine, as venue staff are not always overjoyed to see a band turning up… probably because they’ve had mixed experiences of bands. We’ve all heard the horror stories of bands trying to live the rock ‘n roll dream, TV sets flying out of windows and furniture glued to ceilings… but we’re well behaved and we appreciated their ‘take as you find’ attitude :D

The wedding was running late which tends to happen with most weddings, so we were offered a drink in the bar and enjoyed the extremely comfy sofas. We could hear the speeches and there was a lot of cheering, laughing and clapping. This almost always means it won’t take much to get a great party going afterwards, so we couldn’t wait to get started!

Wedding Dance Floor Antics

Wedding Dance Floor Antics

We’d been able to unload our gear from the van through the back of the venue and stack it just outside double doors onto the stage end of the reception room. So as soon as the speeches had finished we moved in like a bunch of ninjas (Is ‘bunch’ the correct collective word for more than one ninja?). The speedy set up was made even more efficient by the staff clearing the tables from the band area first. This might sound silly but you’d be amazed how many times we have to clear the tables ourselves because venue staff have started clearing at the opposite end of the room to where the band are waiting to set up.

Wedding Dance Floor Antics

Wedding Dance Floor Antics

We don’t see many Masters of Ceremony these days, which is a shame because they usually do a wonderful job. This bride & groom had a great Master of Ceremonies and you could see their guests enjoyed being directed. He made sure we were ready to go with our coloured lights glittering on the walls, then he ushered all the guests back into the room to surround the dance floor. He announced the bride & groom in for their first dance which we’d learned specially, and the groom made everyone laugh by tripping over the bride’s dress on their way to the dance floor. It’s always nice to see a bit of humour and not too much formality.

Wedding Dance Floor Antics

Wedding Dance Floor Antics

The bride and groom spent the whole night on the dance floor, and so did the rest of their guests. At every wedding event the bride & groom are obviously the stars of the show, and everyone else wants to be with them and be part of their celebration of love and commitment. We always notice that if the bride & groom enjoy dancing then it’s easy to keep the dance floor packed all night as everyone wants to dance with them and enjoy their happiness.

Wedding Dance Floor Antics

Wedding Dance Floor Antics

This wedding party were full of enthusiasm and it was a brilliantly raucous night! There was a lot of shoulder-carrying on the dance floor with a few nose dives… although fortunately no casualties. They had a great sing-song together and all danced in a big circle with the bride & groom in the middle. We enjoyed it as much as they did and the setting was perfect. At the end of the night the bride came to show us that her hair was sweaty from so much dancing… Perfect sign of a good night if you ask us – we were extremely proud of her! :o)

Until next time…

Abi x

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Can You Feel It? Try Golf…

Guitars and Golf? What...?!

Guitars and Golf? What…?!

The Jackson’s sang about it and many others talk about it but what does the word ‘Feel’ really mean? Dan Logan from Orchard Studios attempts to shed some light on the matter by playing golf…

When I was about 14 or 15 I found a golf ball on the village green near my house. I took it home and began belting it round the garden, much to my parents’ dismay, but to the delight of my golf-mad next door neighbour who had failed to persuade his two sons to take up the gentleman’s game (they both preferring either football or just beating seven bells out of each other). He gave me some of his old clubs and a couple of practice balls (making my parents sigh with relief for their windows and the cat). I quickly decided I quite liked the game and after a few goes of pitch and putt I moved onto a full round of golf. To be fair I only ever played about 6 rounds and I was terrible, but I kept reading magazines and listening to the tones of Peter Alliss (who I think sounds vaguely like a small diesel engine on tick-over), talking about ‘feel’. I wondered what on earth they were going on about; I could feel the club as I wrapped my hands around it and as I’d had a couple of lessons from the local clubs’ pro I knew I was holding it correctly, so did that mean I had feel? I decided not, as my continual battle from one side of the fairway to the other whilst ever more annoyed bankers, councilors and estate agents looked on trying to get past and play their rounds was proving. Even though I’d decided I didn’t have it, I still didn’t know what this mythical ‘feel’ was, and I wasn’t going to find the answer on the golf course.

After I’d given up making my claim as the next Tiger Woods (who at the time was making the headlines for all the right reasons) I concentrated on playing my drum kit and my guitar. However, try as I might, I still couldn’t escape this word, ‘feel’. Just as I thought I’d finally got rid of it and didn’t need to worry about what it meant anymore, there it was again peaking through the pages of magazine articles like a dodgy French photographer though the bushes at your holiday retreat. I suppose at least I could see it, but I still didn’t know what it was up to, and it looked shifty.

Guitar Face

Guitar Face, Feel or Both?

It wasn’t until after I’d began actually working in the music industry though I finally realised what it really means and just how important it is.

Feel is described by mix engineer Frank Filipetti as, “Something that happens between a group of people instantaneously; microsecond by microsecond.” He’s right, and a band with great feel doesn’t have to be full of the best players. Take The Rolling Stones for example, if you listen, particularly to their newer live material, they are constantly hitting duff notes and miss-fretting their guitars but somehow it just seems to work and maybe the mistakes are as much a member of the band as Charlie, Mick, Keef and Ronnie. This is where the concept of ‘feel’ really shows itself; the way the members of the band interact with each-other’s playing and the music as a whole, breathes life into it allowing the song to move both dynamically and emotionally from start to finish.

Feel is also an individual skill: the ability to feel your instrument as you play it. This is more than just pulling a guitarist’s face when bending a note or pushing your lips out as you hit a drum. Rather, it is allowing your emotional connection with the song to show through your instrument and the way you play it. There’s no doubt that the best players have the best feel but it’s power is dependent on many elements. How much the player has this emotional connection with a particular piece of music, how comfortable they are at the particular time they are playing it, even if they’ve had a good or bad day all these make a difference to how they play their instrument and the song at any given time.

To make matters worse, feel isn’t really something you can teach. I’m currently working with a drummer at the moment who has brilliant technique but really struggles to feel the song he is playing. The rest of the band need the drummer in particular to have the right feel, as this drives the song along. Putting the wrong feel into a drum part can sometimes make a song sound like it’s a lot slower than it is and even sound like it’s stalling.

As a session player I need to make sure I get the right feel very quickly as often I won’t have much time between hearing a song for the first time and playing it live with the rest of a band. When it comes to a recording session with a song that is still being created, I need to find my feel in just a few takes, knowing that once it’s committed to tape that’s what will be heard for ever more.

I hope that with time, my drumming friend will improve and there really is no substitute for experience; playing with as many different players in as many styles as possible to gain confidence in letting out your emotion as you play.

However, feel is also the controlling of emotion just as much as letting it go. A song has ups and downs and being able to ride this ebb and flow is a key part of feeling it. As a drummer and percussion player I can’t just beat Hell out of my instrument; there needs to be a light and shade and everything in between if I’m to really show off the song to it’s full potential. A guitar player can’t just play the most complex riffs and solos all the time, there needs to be subtly in a performance to give it weight and texture. I understand now that this is what they meant with golf: the best golfers have a slight of touch as they swing the club, they contain the power in the swing and they control the momentum of a round of golf.

As far as I can see, feel is an unconscious understanding of and connection to a song or piece of music that allows you to bring out the very best in it, not just showing off the most complex thing you can do but having a slight of touch in a performance as well as producing power when it’s needed to drive the song and the people playing it forward so that the listener can understand what’s being said.

Feel will though undoubtedly mean different things to different people – that’s the point. When you hear a band or artist, or when you play yourself, you’ll know when the feel is good because you’ll just… feel it!

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