Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Wedding

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Is there anything more magical than a Christmas wedding? The time of year associated with all things party, everyone is in a festive mood – houses are twinkling with fairy lights and Christmas trees adorn the high street, glittering invitingly in windows. Decorations are covering the trees and street lamps. People are infused with the enchanting mood of Christmas and smiles are abundant so really, what could be more spectacular than getting married during the season of peace and goodwill? Hopefully, family and friends are already planning to be close to each-other so if you’re planning your wedding over the party season then let the fun begin.

Christmas-Wedding

If you haven’t thought about it already, when choosing your venue for your Christmas wedding you should always bear in mind the distance to travel from the car to the front door. If it’s in a country house for example, you may need to walk from the road. If it is very snowy or icy this could pose a problem so look at car parking and make sure you (and elderly guests) won’t have too much trouble getting in and out of your venue of choice. Do look at the view as well. Country hotels, country houses and village churches should have a pretty backdrop as you would want your photographs to reflect the wintery Christmas mood. If you’re lucky enough to have snow don’t panic, photographers will be ready for anything and the photographs will be incredible. Check out Wedding Idea’s Top 5 wedding venues for a wonderful winter celebration for more inspiration.

christmas weddingWhen people conjure up images of Christmas, minds becomes a swirl of seasonal colour – think gold and silver, winter wonderlands of snowy white and use this as inspiration for your church and room décor. There are of course limitless choices of colours but the two we will focus on are the traditional berry tones and sparkly winter wonderland. Traditional colours work beautifully when the outside is cold and wintery – they are inviting and warm. When the shops are full of poinsettia and holly it is only fitting for your wedding to complement these seasonal colours. White table linen with berry runners and Christmas lanterns with chunky, golden church candles, holly and berries surrounding them at the base and a table centre of deep red roses interspersed with greenery and hints of gold will make a remarkable looking room. Adorn the ceilings or pillars (if you have them) with sparkling fairy lights, keep the lighting low and you will create a truly spectacular looking venue. You can also request golden chairs or if not, consider covering them and trimming with heavy, deep red velvet sashes. In line with the traditional Christmas theme, don’t forget to serve mulled wine at the reception with tiny Christmas puddings and mince pies covered with a swirl of thick, melt-in-your mouth cream.

Winter bridesmaidsIn keeping with your traditional room theme, bridesmaids and page boys will look wintery wonderful in berry tones. Plum, raspberry, grape, purple all look superb set against a backdrop of wintery trees and even snow. They bring a dash of colour to the season. Alternatively if you don’t fancy your bridal party dressed in these colours, consider a sash or the bouquets in red and gold, berried ivy, red hypericum and glossy green foliage and mirror this in the men’s buttonholes.

If you prefer something more modern you may be tempted to choose a silvery theme with a room of white and glittery silver decorations. Your table linen could be crisp white with silver organza runners, the chairs brushed silver and the table centres mouth-watering with silver twigs, rosebuds and crystal drops, surrounded by white roses, eucalyptus and hellebores amongst glittering silver baubles and sprayed pinecones. Add grand storm lanterns to various areas of the room with large church candles, the soft glow will bring the theme together perfectly. Your place names on the table could even be silver and gold Christmas crackers!

choirWhen it comes to entertainment there are so many different types of choices it’s hard to know where to begin. Brides & Grooms often ask for a choir especially over the December period. The sound of Christmas carols as the guests are seated then moving effortlessly to the traditional wedding march as the bride makes her way up the aisle brings plenty atmosphere and definitely makes it extra-special but choirs will depend on space. If you are getting married in a large church the acoustics are perfect. Speak to your officiant and ask their opinion on acoustics and size, you don’t want the sound to be overpowering, however, if you are getting married in a smaller church or venue you can still have a single operatic singer, grand voices carry beautifully. Alternatively, a string quartet or a single harpist will create oodles of atmosphere before you say I do.

Jessica the Wedding HarpistDeck the Halls – after all, it is Christmas so it’s elegant to have an exquisitely decorated Christmas tree instead of floral displays at the reception in keeping with your colour theme so whether it’s a traditional tree with berry shades of red, ruby and purple or a twinkling, glittery silver and gold tree make it really superb and bring a splash of colour or a dash of glamour to the reception area.

On the theme of reception, you could also keep guests entertained with something special. If you have plenty of children attending why not invite Father Christmas to the reception? He’ll have children mesmerised while guests mingle drinking champagne or mulled wine. Of course if Santa Claus isn’t really your thing, then choose from a single pianist with background music or a classical wedding singer – nothing too overbearing. If your reception area is large enough, you could consider a small jazz band, popular with all ages and getting everyone in the mood for the wedding party later on and if you think you will have a long reception then add in a magician or a caricaturist to keep guests engaged. Your magician could double up during the wedding breakfast too, visiting each table for a short period of time or if you want to try something different – how about a mind reader?

Talk to your venue about the food – in keeping with the tradition of Christmas, you could serve a roast, either turkey, beef or ham but add all the succulent trimmings such as sausages, stuffing, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Desserts are easy at this time of year, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mini mince pies, a traditional Yule log, cinnamon ice cream or even a fully-loaded alcoholic trifle!

Wedding DancingAfter the speeches it’s time to dance – this is where anything goes! You don’t want a “Silent Night” Christmas is all about having a party so choose a rip roaring band guaranteed to thrill even your oldest relative! Make sure they have a good repertoire of Christmas songs too and get the younger guests going with some giant sunglasses, glow in the dark necklaces and blowers…If you prefer a disco it’s always a good idea to listen to plenty of options before you decide what you want and again, take into account size of room and acoustics. You want a fantastic party so you need a superb DJ who knows how to get people onto the dance floor! Some weddings have a band up until late evening turning into a disco into the early hours. For extra wedding wow factor and if you really want to go to town, we’ve even seen dancing Christmas Trees join in the wedding festivities – after too much mulled wine, Great Auntie Edith will wonder if she’s seeing things…

Christmas TreesWith a carefully planned Christmas wedding your guests will have a sensational day, as the song goes, Walking (or dancing) in a Winter Wonderland.

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Football Themed Entertainment Ideas

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Apparently, Scotland Vs England is the oldest international fixture in the world and was first played in 1872 in Glasgow. For all the football geeks out there you can check out more interesting history and facts on this subject here, but for the rest of us, we’re just interested in another excuse for a party and more importantly a themed party!

Football-themed-entertainment-ideasObviously our theme today is football, which you’d think would be a difficult one to pull off but after the shenanigans during the world cup over the summer it’s clear that we have an abundance of football theme entertainment to play with!

world cupWe’ll start with this chap, because often when you think of football in the UK David Beckham springs to mind as one of our football legends and whilst it may not be possible to have him rock on up to your party you can certainly have the next best thing. Andy, our David Beckham lookalike is the most sought after in the UK and as you can imagine, he has had a very busy year so far! It’s easy to see why…! He can showcase some amazing football tricks as well as being extremely easy on the eye, which makes for a great photo-op and in the new age of selfie mania, this is extremely important, not only for our Facebook profile pictures but also for spreading the word about how awesome your party or event was.

David BeckhamNext up, if you’re looking for showcase style entertainment then The Football Freestyler is a fantastic option. Colin has traveled all over the world captivating audiences with his football wizardry. He is able to be very versatile and adapt his performance to meet your needs and can incorporate stage shows, interactive meet and greet performances as well as short workshop for your guests!

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Now we need to add some music to proceedings and go Football Crazy! These guys are able to provide a strolling Jazz, Brass or event Military band who will perform all your favourite team songs as well as the national anthems to really create that match day experience and lift the crowd at your football theme event!

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For that grand finale, what better than an an explosive performance from our cheerleaders who will provide fantastic costumes with electric choreography… And LOTS of pompoms!! A sure fire hit with all your guests!

American CheerleadersFor additional entertainment ideas on a football theme, or pretty much any other sport check out the website at www.warble-entertainment.com or give us a call on 0845 643 9384.

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK

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On the fourth Thursday of November every year millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day all around the world. This year it falls on the 27th, so with the date fast approaching we at Warble have put together some ideas of how to celebrate over here in the UK.

UK Thanksgiving EntertainmentWhat does Thanksgiving day actually represent?
The tradition began hundreds of years ago, in 1621, with the first Pilgrims and Puritans in Massachusetts, who, legend says, were thankful for a good harvest that year. Over a century later, in 1789, George Washington, the first President of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving day. Typically a day to give thanks for food, family, and health, Thanksgiving day has been an official annual holiday in the U.S since 1863. Nowadays, the holiday is celebrated by getting family and friends together to indulge in a huge meal, normally whilst watching American Football on the television. Most major American cities put on Thanksgiving day parades which provide entertainment for the family, and the day after Thanksgiving, known as “Black Friday”, signifies the start of the shopping season in the run up to Christmas.

What if you’re not in the US?
If you want to celebrate Thanksgiving but you can’t get to the States to see the parades, there’s no need to be miserable, you can celebrate over here! Thanksgiving is not based on any specific religion, so if you feel like giving thanks and celebrating with friends and family, this is definitely the day to do so.

Eat food: With every year that passes it is becoming more and more fashionable for British restaurants to hold Thanksgiving themed events in November, so why not book into a restaurant for a pumpkin pie or slice of turkey? If going out isn’t your thing, you could try your hand at cooking your own Thanksgiving day feast at home. Have a look here at this amazing menu to give you some festive ideas.

Brixton BarndanceHire a band: As an entertainment agency, Warble believe that live music is one of the best ways to celebrate any holiday. But if you need persuading any further take a look at Brixton Barndance, an acoustic trio who love entertaining their guests with rich soulful bluegrass up-tempo covers. This 3-part vocal harmony create music that is great to sing and dance to. Consisting of a guitar, mandolin and double bass, the group can also boast the use of a banjo and drums at no extra cost, to give your Thanksgiving event that extra sparkle.

Alternatively, if you want to go extremely rock and country, the Hoedown Band are the ones for you. This 4 piece band are committed to providing the best country/rock entertainment around. The ‘Hoedown’ is an American barn dance originally performed by agricultural workers in the South East at the end of the day when they actually put down their hoes and could stop working for the evening. This band’s female vocalist, Dawn, takes the role of ‘caller’ during the performance, providing expert dance instruction to the crowd. Guests are guided through line dances, square dances, and other country moves. Your guests will find it extremely hard not to join in the fun with Dawn’s bubbly personality and this excellent American themed entertainment.

Hoedown BandMake your own parade: If you can’t be in New York for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Warble can help you to re-create the parade at your own event. Our Cheerleaders have performed at numerous corporate events and can design their performance to suit your needs. This act perform breathtaking choreography and will produce a custom show to suit whatever budget you have for your event. The group also range between 2 and 12 dancers, so let your imagination take the lead to design your very own Cheer-leading show.

American CheerleadersAnother great entertainment option for bigger events is the American Marching Show Band. Specialising in arena displays, corporate events, and parades, this group perform musical routines to choreographed movement. The band can also perform a drum line to end your event with that extra bang.

American Marching Show BandIf you are celebrating on a smaller scale then how about re-creating the huge balloons of New York’s parade in your own living room for friends and family by having Polly put together some American themed balloons? Polly models balloons of all shapes and sizes so whether it be turkeys, footballs, or whatever you can think of, try Polly!

Take photos: Whilst stuffing yourself with fantastic food is a brilliant way to get the family together, this holiday is not just an excuse to eat. The friendly approach we take at Warble can be seen all over our blog and website by the amount of pictures we take at our own events. Taking photos is a great way to mark the day, record special moments and gives you a momentum to keep forever. If nobody you know fancies having control of the camera then hiring a Paparazzi Photographer could be perfect for your event. Acting as paparazzi these professional photographers can add that celebrity feeling to your event.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in the UK may seem impossible at first, but in fact it is easy to organise when you realise you have lots of American themed entertainment at your fingertips. Whether you are organising a large scale event for hundreds of guests, or celebrating at home with friends and family, take a look at www.warble-entertainment.com to find some awesome entertainment.

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Warble Showcase – The Monster Mash Ball 2014

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Warble understands that many of our customers would like to see our acts perform live to help them with the decision on booking the right entertainment for their special occasion. This is why we’ve hosted more showcase events over the last 18 months than ever before, providing our customers with a great opportunity to see just what our acts could bring to their Wedding, Party or Corporate event. These events, also see several people who have booked entertainment from one of the acts before, but enjoyed them so much, that they come along them to see them once again!

This year, one of our flagship events, The Monster Mash Ball, took place at Nantwich Civic Hall in Cheshire for the third year running. We welcomed a number of acts that not only brought a real wow Factor to the event, but also gave people a chance to see them up close and personal.

Trees Alive! are a great act that will bring  constant photo opportunities for every kind of event. Wearing appropriate accessories, such as flame design “pots” for feet and armed with toy tridents, the Trees proved massively popular at The Monster Mash Ball and there was no shortage of cameras and phones out to take pictures with this quirky and original pair. The Duo can don accessories for many different types of events, making them perfect for Corporate, Weddings and Private Parties.

Trees AliveJoining them as walkabouts at the early part of the evening were the Stilt Walking Characters, who provide a larger-than-life ice breaker to people attending events. They combine height with well-acted performances – something which delighted guests at the entrance and welcomed them in with a warm and engaging humour to really settle them in on arrival.Walkabout CharactersCompleting the walkabout entertainment for the first part of the show was Ben the Mind Reader. Ben worked from table-to-table making guests’ jaw drop in surprise as he performed a host of Sherlockian style feats of mind reading that left any table he visited both perplexed and wowed at his talents. From reading peoples thoughts to card tricks of illusion, Bens act is both versatile and curious at the same time and one that has universal appeal across all demographics.

By the time the walkabout acts had entertained, the venue had filled with all manner of Halloween costumes and props and one thing that never fails to surprise at the Monster Mash Ball is people’s imagination. Almost every monstrous genre was represented from Fairytale Horror and Comic book characters to the icons of some of the goriest film franchises and the sight of such fantastic outfits in such detail really added to the evening.

Monster Mash Ball 2Kicking off the Stage entertainment was X-Factor Finalist Kitty Brucknell. Kitty made a name for herself back on the hit show in 2011 when her quirky antics drew the attention of the judge’s right through until the final episodes of the series. Here she performed a 45 minute set of upbeat tracks which consisted of a mix of covers, that Kitty put her own spin onto, and her own material.These included “Glitter in the Sky” from her new album and also “Yearning”, a song that she’s entered the Eurovision Song Contest with. By the time concluded her set with a costume change and a rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love”, it was clear to see why the X Factor judges were so taken aback with her vocal talents.

Host for the show, DJ Adrian kept the evening flowing between sets the dance floor was filling. Adrian provides lighting for the room as well as playing party music from across the genres and decades. The lighting looked fantastic at last year’s event and the bar was set incredibly high by that, but Adrian once again showed what can be created with his years experience adding flair to all kinds of events.

Indie Killers 4The final act all set to close off a fantastic evening of live entertainment were The Indie Killers. Back at the Monster Mash Ball for a third year, the flagship band for Warble Entertainment did not disappoint. Being able to mix a set of Taylor Swift, Daft Punk, The Kinks and Pharell with twinges of Rage against the Machine and have it all fit and keep the dance floor brimming throughout is no mean feat but the Indie Killers manage it time and time again at Weddings, Parties and Corporate events – week in, week out.

Indie Killers MMRegularly climbing off the stage and onto a dance floor full of Werewolves, Zombies and other frightful creations, both Damien and Luke looked absolutely at home – in part due to their own Halloween attire but mostly due to an affinity with the audience that very few party bands in the country can deliver.

After a set weighing in at over 100 minutes, The Indie Killers played an impromptu request of AC/DC before a crowd sing-a-long of Champagne Supernova saw the close to a triumphant set confirmed by a rapturous reception from the dance floor and also those dancing in various other spots of the room.

Indie KillersWith DJ Adrian taking the show past the witching hour, the evening was a great success and demonstrates the importance of such events. Not only do they give acts a chance to put on public performances and showcase what they do, but they also create a great night of entertainment for a ticket price which offers fantastic value for money.

Monster mash ball 4Warble Entertainment’s next event takes place in December with The Ultimate Christmas Party, once again at Nantwich Civic Hall. The show takes place on Friday 12th December and tickets are priced at £10. See www.warble-events.co.uk for more details.

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Top 10 Unique Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas

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Christmas is one of our favourite times of year at Warble. Partly because we get to eat lots of chocolates, but also because everyone is in the mood to party and let their hair down after a busy old year.

We love helping our customers find Christmas themed entertainment for their Corporate Party or Winter Wedding and we have compiled the following list of our top 10 unique Christmas entertainment ideas.

Big Fat Santa1. Big Fat Santa
You can’t have a Christmas party without inviting Santa! This act will bring the magic of Christmas to your event and fill your guests with that exciting feeling of being small again and waiting to see what Santa brings! We can tell you that this Santa will bring lots of fun, laughter and some great photo opportunities!

Christmas Dancers

2. Christmas Dancers
The Christmas dancers are perfect to liven up and add the glitz and glamour to any Christmas themed event. You can chose the Christmas showgirls to meet and greet your guests and provide a showstopping entrance or you can book a dynamic dance routine to really get the party started.

Naughty Elves

3. Naughty Elves
For lots of silliness and guaranteed smiles these guys are perfect for helping to break the ice and inject some fun and frolics into any Christmas party!

Living Table4. Living Tables
Perfect to help set the Christmas theme and create a wonderful meet and greet centerpiece whilst creating a fantastic talking point. You can use the tables for arrival drinks, nibbles, goodie bags or anything you fancy. We’d suggest mince pies and winter Pimms, eggnog or mulled wine to really set the Christmassy tone!

Giant Snowglobe5. Giant Snowglobe
If you are looking for something truly unique and magical to WOW your guests and providing a talking point for years to come then this act is for you. Watch acrobats perform a stunning routine showing their agility, flexibility and strength accompanied by the perfect music and falling glitter. It really does have to be seen to be believed!

Stilt Walking Christmas Tree6. Stilt Walking Christmas Tree
Our Jack in the box stilt walkers can provide all kinds of themes and costumes including a giant Christmas Tree. With great audience interaction this act will engage with your guests and provide a novel and memorable performance.

Musical Santas7. Musical Santas
Festive, fun and energetic, this is a jazz band with a Christmas twist! They will perform all the Christmas classics whilst dressed as Santas to get your guests in the mood and ready to throw some shapes on the dance floor!

Comedy Walkabout Crimbo Puds8. The Chrimbo Puds Comedy Walkabout
This cheeky little act is great for guests of all ages and is perfect for injecting some silliness to your event. They are perfect for helping to set a more relaxed and fun tone to any event.

Stilt Walking Elves9. Stilt Walking Elves
Full of banter, these guys will create a fantastic Christmas jovial atmosphere to proceedings whilst creating a fantastic visual spectical.

Warbletones10. The Warbletones
Imagine an ensemble of Christmas carol singers waiting at the entrance of your venue to greet your guests. Simply stunning!

With all these fabulous, exciting and unique Christmas entertainment ideas there’s no there’s no excuse not to standout from the crowd and make sure your Christmas party or winter wedding is the one everyone is talking about well in to the new year! For additional Christmas Entertainment ideas check out the website www.warble-entertainment.com/christmas

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Warble Investigates: The History of English Weddings

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HIstory of English Weddings

Everyone loves a good wedding – whether old fashioned or new-fangled but have you ever wondered where the tradition came from? Or did you think it was something to do with jumping over a broom? We decided to delve into our old history books and find out just why we love watching two gorgeous people say ‘I do’ and celebrating with a spectacular party afterwards.

While common law weddings occurred for centuries it was only during the Middle Ages a law was introduced (in 1076) stating that marriage must be blessed by a priest. Later on in the 16th century it was declared that marriage must be performed by a priest with witnesses present. This is when documents such as contracts started to be drawn up (a little like the documents we have today – including prenuptial agreements and licenses, they would also state dowry, property and rights).

The wedding license dates back to 1521 (before that you didn’t need a license to get married) but actually only the nobility had “legal” weddings until 1753 when The Marriage Act was passed in parliament. Before that, the commoners had common-law ceremonies often led by phony priests. From 1690 a marriage tax was introduced which managed to disclose many illegal marriages (those not carried out in a church) this resulted in heavy penalties particularly for the clergy as it was their responsibility to ensure that all marriages took place in church. This did not deter the commoners from getting married – many made private vows to each other and lived in common law unions. Some even got married on the church porch or at the door of the church (therefore avoiding marriage tax) but showing the public that they were married in the sight of God.

Well into the 18th Century many couples were unsure whether or not they were legally married, it never became an issue unless property and inheritance were involved. Bigamy was common too, especially as divorce was unknown at the time.

Brides of the Middle Ages would use cosmetics to brighten lips and cheeks, pluck the hairline (high foreheads were fashionable) and dye hair using the sun and lemons to lighten it. Hair was worn loose or with garlands of flowers and brides carried a sachet of herbs (not a bouquet at this stage). Preparing for your wedding would mean taking a nice, hot bath if you were rich and if poor you would just douse yourself in perfume. If men were wealthy they would wear their finest clothing and jewellery – even fur. Dresses were blue rather than white (blue was a symbol of innocence and purity) or if a bride did not own a blue dress (they didn’t have a dress made or bought for the occasion) she would wear something blue – hence the saying today. The garter became popular at this time too as after the wedding, it was traditional for guests to put the bride and groom to bed! Guests would then try and take something from the bride for “good luck” and it was often the garter, which is why it is still a tradition today.

During the Middle Ages, if you were of noble birth, your wedding breakfast would take place in a country estate or manor where you would enjoy a great feast or banquet (not dissimilar today). The entertainment would be in the form of jesters, court fools and medieval music. Medieval banquets are still popular today and our very own court jesters, magicians, circus performers and jugglers are requested time and again by brides and grooms to be.

Take heart for the noble marriages, as while they were grand they were mostly arranged and loveless. However, peasant marriages were different in that many were a race up the aisle after an unplanned pregnancy! On the subject of fertility, the tradition of throwing confetti came from peasant marriages when seeds of grain were used to wish them a fertile marriage.

Your wedding cake, which today may well be a choice of buttercream with soft sponge or rich chocolate perhaps even fruit cake – was nothing like the cakes served in the Middle Ages. In fact wedding cakes were made of meat or mince and the history of tiering came from guests bringing little cakes to stack on top of each other. The bride and groom would then try and kiss over the top of the cakes without knocking them over.

When thinking about your bouquet and who is going to catch it on your big day, bear in mind that this is a relatively new tradition and actually, the superstition of who will wed next was very different. In the 18th century a glass ring was hidden inside the wedding cake and the person who found it (and hopefully didn’t swallow it) was destined for marriage next (or so the tradition said). While on the subject of rings, engagement rings became popular in the late 19th century after an advertising campaign by diamond experts DeBeers (yes, they even had advertising and marketing then!) Thank you DeBeers! Wedding rings have been exchanged since the Middle Ages. If you were wealthy in that time you would give each other a ring but grooms who were poor used to break a coin in half and keep one side giving the other to the bride.

During Elizabethan times, Crying the Banns appeared. This was announcing the intention to marry and still happens today but at the town hall where we post our banns. The announcement would be made in church three weeks in a row on a Sunday and anyone marrying without doing this would be declared an illegal marriage. Weddings were held in the morning before lunchtime – hence the feast afterwards being called the Wedding Breakfast.

In these times, bouquets became popular and bridesmaids would be in charge of making them – the popular flowers at the time were rosemary and roses and the bride would carry the garland until after the ceremony when it was then placed on her head. It was up to the father to foot the bill of the wedding but in poor circles, guests would lend a hand bringing dishes to the feast. There was another tradition too… the bride ale! A bride would sell ale to people in her courtyard to raise funds for her wedding. This tradition didn’t hold though – luckily! There were no invitations as yet, if in court you may be slipped a note but invitations were word of mouth generally.

Wedding tradition changed during the Regency period becoming more private affairs. White weddings became popular as white was fashionable to wear then. Reading of the Banns still occurred but you could also now obtain a common license from a bishop or archbishop. Marriages could take place in a church or chapel where either bride or groom would have to have lived for at least a month. You could also get a special license issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Doctors Commons in London which allowed a couple to marry anywhere and at any time.

Queen Victoria put the seal on the white wedding dress by wearing it to her own wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. A white wedding dress in those times was seen as a symbol of wealth as it was a dress to be worn only once and bought by the bride’s father. Flowers were also used to decorate the church and reception. Men started to put flowers into their lapels which became the traditional buttonhole and morning coats became popular at weddings. In the countryside, a bride would walk to the chapel on a carpet of flower petals. Church bells would ring to let people know that a wedding was taking place.

Weddings often included harpists, pianists, violinists and church choirs much like today. We are always asked about our wedding ceremony musicians and it is popular to have string quartets and full choirs if the space is there much like our Victorian ancestors.

Today – anything goes! From small, intimate affairs to full-blown big, fat weddings, beach and Boho styles as well as more traditional celebrations. Entertainment can be a nod to the Middle Ages with medieval jesters, jugglers, magicians and circus performers to jazz and blues bands, a funky disco or a fabulous modern band playing favourites from all the ages.

For more information on wedding entertainment from any age contact Warble on 0845 643 9384 or visit the website at www.warble-entertainment.com

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Top 10 Halloween Entertainment Ideas for 2014

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halloween entertainment ideas 2014

This year it seems everyone has gone all out for Halloween! Whether it is for a hotel party night, Halloween themed wedding or private party at a house or venue, people have really pushed the scary ghost ship out and we have received more bookings than ever for Halloween themed entertainment.

Here are our top 10 most booked acts for Halloween events in 2014:

Indie-Killers-Rock-Halloween-20141. Indie Killers
Guaranteed to rock any party, wedding or event, these guys are fully booked throughout the whole of November performing for Halloween events all over the UK, including our very own Monster Mash Ball.

Check out Indie Killers Here >>

 

Daniella D'Ville Halloween Entertainment2. Daniella D’Ville’s Freak Show
As a multiple Guiness World Record Holder with all things dangerous and scary Daniella has been a natural option for frightening party goers with her death defying stunts. Beware of nails, swords and other lethal weaponry!

Visit Daniella’s Profile Here >>

 

Fire Performers for Bonfire Night3. Fire performers
With Bonfire Night and Halloween being so close, our fire performers are always chocca throughout October and November. From solo performers to large choreographed shows our fire performers will be showing off their fire eating, body burning, fire juggling and pyrotechnics.

Visit Warble’s Fire Performers Details Here >>


Unusual Halloween Entertainment4. Trees Alive!

A live walkabout tree with devil horns – what could be more scary?! Especially when at first glance it looks like some decorated topiary… These guys will have some fun surprising guests at our annual Monster Mash Ball! A very unusual Halloween entertainment idea that is proving very popular!

Find out more about Trees Alive! >>

Halloween Stilt Walkers5. Stilt Walking Characters
To stand out from the crowd and add some flare to an event, stilt walkers are a great option. And again, we have chosen two scary themed stilt walkers to greet guests at The Monster Mash Ball – they provide a great talking point and photo opportunity.

Check out more Characters Here >>


Johnny S - Sword Swallower7. Johnny S

For outrageous entertainment from another Guiness World Record holder, Johnny S is your man. His stunts include the use of chainsaws, straight jackets and sword swallowing – perfect for keeping your guests on the edge of their tombs!

Find out more about Johnny S Here >>

 

Ben the Mind Reader8. Ben the Mind Reader
Halloween is all about the scary and unusual and Ben can certainly provide the latter! Ben’s show includes mind reading and mentalism which is perfect for any Halloween themed event, wedding or party.

Check out this Entertaining Mind Reader Here >>

 

Lady Gaga Tribute8. Lady Gaga tribute
Queen of all things crazy and bizarre, having Lady Gaga perform at your event is surely a Halloween hit! Take a whacky ride though classic chart toppers and be wowed by the craziest of costumes guaranteed to win any fancy dress competition!

Check out Warble’s Lady Gaga Tribute Here >>


Hula Hoop Entertainer9. Hula Hoop Dancer

Quirky, fun and unique – perfect to provide a great talking point for your guests. This act can be extremely versatile and work as a walkabout act or on a stage as a show. Great to keep the kids (and adults!) entertained as well.

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Bloxed Beatbox10. Bloxed Beatbox

Like any good Halloween event these guys really push the boundaries of their talent. You really need to see them to believe that what they are producing is not some kind of trickery. They may not be scary or traditional Halloween fayre… but they are so good they can literally wake the dead!

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And there you have it, some of the popular Halloween entertainment ideas from 2014 at Warble Entertainment. Check out the website (www.warble-entertainment.com) for all additional entertainment available to hire.

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Warble’s Guide to A Cinderella Wedding

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Cinderella Wedding Ideas

Many little girls start dreaming about getting married just as soon as they see their first Disney Princess movie; beautiful Princess meets handsome Prince, Prince turns into a frog, Prince defeats the baddie, kisses the Princess, Princess wakes up from a 100 year sleep on a mattress with a pea hidden inside, falls in love with the Prince they get married in a castle and everyone lives happily ever after (or something like that). Primary school drawings usually depict a pretty lady dressed in a big meringue wedding dress with a man standing next to her and similarly, stories written at school normally start with ‘Once upon a time there lived a Princess who met a Prince’ etc.

If this was you as a child then no doubt, you’ve been planning your Cinderella style wedding for years behind the scenes and now your very own Prince Charming has popped the big question it’s time to plan your fairy-tale wedding. This will mean everything down to the tiniest detail is going to make your day fit for a Princess even if your other half isn’t blessed with a royal title there’s no reason why you can’t live the dream!

Rowton CastleVenues fit for a Princess
Firstly, it’s all about the venue. Princes and Princesses tend to hold their wedding party in grand, stately homes, majestic castles and sumptuous palaces. Now mostly, royal palaces aren’t for hire but there are definitely some unbelievably elegant castles in the UK which are fit for Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses and of course – you. Warble should know, we’ve provided live bands and entertained in most of them. While there are plenty across the UK we’ve selected just a couple to mention such as Rowton Castle in the Shropshire countryside which boasts 17 acres of ground, English walled gardens and stunning architecture too, complete with turrets and Gothic styling. It was built in the 17th century but has hundreds of years of previous history too. Another fabulous venue is Lumley Castle in Durham in the North East of England, which dates back to 1388 although the origins date back to the 9th century. A castle-hotel steeped in romance, history and a location that entertained Kings and Princes many years ago is certainly a remarkable venue for a wedding. Hold a medieval wedding banquet inside either of these and you will feel every inch the historic princess. Warble can supply plenty of exciting entertainers to add colour and vibrancy to your day and keep within your castle theme. For example, Kevin the court jester, professional fire performers, walk-about jugglers, crystal ball jugglers, illusionists and stilt walkers to name a few ideas.

Cinderlla CarriagesArrive in Style
Along the theme of royalty and romance, every Cinderella wedding should include a horse and carriage! What Princess doesn’t want to step out of a traditional carriage drawn by horses on her wedding day? Be aware though that weather can hinder your travel arrangements so if you can, organise a spring, summer or early autumn wedding (although we still can’t guarantee you fine weather). However, there is something utterly dreamy about the winter wedding especially when held in a country castle set against a backdrop of moody, wintery skies and even a white blanket of snow (yes, we know it can hamper travel plans too but think of the photographs!). If you search online, you will come across true Cinderella style glass carriages with removable roof and sides so they can be used in all-weather. Alternatively, stick with something a little more traditional such as a white Landau carriage – glass fronted and fully enclosed but if the weather is good the roof folds down for a completely open-top experience and you can wave at your guests as you arrive, just like royalty.

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The Princess Dress
When bearing your dress in mind, Cinderella style dresses do look incredible in fairy-tale Disney movies but beware of looking too My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding or Katie Price (Jordan) when she married Mr Andre. You can look just as breathtaking in a sophisticated princess gown just like our very own Princess Kate. Lace styles are still extremely popular today thanks to the royal wedding in 2011 when Kate chose an ivory silk-satin and lace sleeved style with an A line skirt. The dress had with 58 organza covered buttons, fastened with hand-stitched rouleau loops. Absolutely sensational and designed by Sarah Burton – the train itself measured 110 inches long! Feel inspired by royal dresses, there are plenty of gorgeous, exquisite styles in many bridal shops from straight and sleek to fishtails, figure hugging dresses and full skirted styles. Remember to choose something that suits you rather than what you might imagine looks great on you. Try on as many as you want and bring trusted individuals with for their opinion (don’t forget to swear them to secrecy too!), you will get an understanding as to what is right for your figure and personality.

Make-Up Fit for a Princess
Keep make up soft and dewy, if you’re using a make-up artist have a trial well before the day and remember the less is more rule. Your professional make-up artist should know how to make you look beautiful without piling on too much make-up and ensuring your make-up stays put all day. Neutrals and peaches and cream skin will keep you looking like the Princesses of yesteryear and today. Wedding hair should be dreamy too – either tumbling curls or upswept but nothing too severe. Finish off your dream style with wedding hair jewellery, crystal encrusted hair combs, hair pins dotted with iridescent pearls or a sparkly Swarovski tiara and make sure your hairdresser tries the veil on before your big day so you know exactly how it’s going to look.

Invitations
Wedding invitations for Cinderella inspired weddings should be soft, feminine, dainty and above all romantic. Don’t feel you have to restrict yourself to pastel shades. Black ink on white paper is perfect, add a shimmer to the invitation card and some filigree detail not to mention a border and you have a fairy-tale inspired invitation. Ribbons, bows and other forms of applique are all fine as long as you don’t go too over the top. The key is to keep all elements of your wedding romantic but chic.

Royal Flowers
When choosing your flowers for a fairy-tale wedding, you may conjure up images of hand-tied bouquets crammed full of seasonal flowers in pastel shades; roses and sweetpeas, in peach, lilac, pale pink, ivory but you can also use plenty of colour too. Creamy shades work just as beautifully with rich red roses; hydrangeas and gardenias or modern white orchids look dramatic too. Remember, Princess Kate held a small bouquet of Sweet Williams and looked every inch the romantic Princess bride. On the theme of flowers, for table centres seek out tall candelabras and lanterns together with sparkly tea-lights which make for ultimate romance. These look fabulous intertwined with either colourful or soft, creamy roses and adorned with tiny pearls or crystals which twinkle in the nightlight on tables with crisp white linen and dreamy silver satin runners and chairs.

Jessica the Wedding Harpist

Music for your Royal Celebration
The Cinderella wedding would not be complete without atmospheric music at the ceremony. You don’t have to be married in a church or other religious venue to have a fairy-tale wedding – it’s about creating the ambience using floral displays, silvery or golden chairs, or white linen covered chairs with dramatic sashes and moody lighting. Warble Entertainment has a host of harpists, pianists and violinists to gently serenade guests on arrival adding no end of romance to the already misty-eyed atmosphere or consider a choir singing traditional tunes or modern classics. Equally, a string quartet looks and sounds phenomenal without being too overpowering.

On the subject of music, if you want to remain on the theme of Cinderella style romance before getting all your guests dancing the night away you could include a Sinatra sound and lookalike or Rat Pack band and there’s nothing like swing and jive bands to get everyone dancing. While classic acts are always great you still want to get your guests partying the night away. If Cinderella lived today she’d probably love boogieing down to the Bring the Noise! who are one of the busiest bands Warble represents or another in-demand band, Goldstar with six professional musicians all working hard to make sure you and your guests have a night to remember. Although if neither of the mentioned bands are available there are so many other excellent bands all able to make your wedding stand out from the crowd, it’s best to talk to us about what you want for your Cinderella day.

We will do our very best to make sure your Cinderella wedding dreams come true by providing the ultimate in entertainment so call the experts on 0845 643 9384 or visit the website at www.warble-entertainment.com

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Create Your Very Own Celebrity Wedding

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Brangelina Wedding PhotosWe thought it would never happen, in fact the more cynical among us wondered whether it could even be a huge publicity stunt but finally, Brangelina have tied the proverbial knot. This was a long-awaited celebrity wedding and got us thinking about the showbiz nuptials playground and the inspiration that comes from these often spectacular “money is no object” events. While many of us don’t have the budget for a celebrity wedding there’s no reason why you can’t still feel like a star on your big day nor is there any reason why you can’t inject some celebrity style into your event. We look at what you can do to bring some A-list glamour to your wedding day.

Shhhh… it’s a secret
The first thing that you could do is take a leaf out of some of the celebs books and have a “secret” ceremony. This means send out your invitations WITHOUT a venue, confirm the venue just a few days before and shroud it in intrigue, excitement and of course, secrecy. Brad and Angelina had a secret ceremony as do most of today’s celebrity couples. A few months ago, Cheryl Cole or should we now call her Cheryl Fernandez-Versini wed in a secret ceremony with only her nearest and dearest being invited. If you crave a small wedding with minimal fuss – just invite your besties and closest family to a mysterious secret ceremony – we don’t suggest you wed in France like Brangelina or Cheryl only giving guests a few days to organise themselves but there is definitely something fascinating about not knowing where the venue is going to be. You could even leave some cryptic clues in the invitations too – be creative!

Grandiose Music Maestro
On the theme of Brangelina, this celebrity couple did stick with some tradition and at the end of their ceremony they paraded out to the sounds of Mendelssohn’s ‘The Wedding March’. This is still ever-popular at weddings, so if you want romantic melodies Warble’s collection of harpists, choirs, violinists and pianists (not to mention other accomplished instrument players) will create a phenomenal rendition of ‘The Wedding March’ as you leave or enter the ceremony.

Celebrity Balcony Kiss

A Balcony Kiss
You could have a balcony kiss! Why not have a Royal Wedding style kiss just like Wills and Kate, if your venue of choice has a balcony? There’s no reason why you can’t throw your bouquet from this height too (provided it’s not too high, you don’t want wedding casualties!). Plenty of hotels, country house manors and banqueting houses have balconies; ask first if you can use them and as the reception begins or after your photographs you can greet your guests with a “royal” kiss.

Del Boy LookalikeInvite some Celebrities
OK, we know that you might not have David Beckham’s phone number in your iPhone but it is possible… We can’t promise you David himself but we can get you as close as you can to a celebrity guest list. Warble Entertainment has our very own famous people guest list all available to join you at your wedding. So if you crave the Beckhams, a David and Victoria lookalike can attend and greet your guests or just mingle with the crowd, Del Boy is always a firm family favourite, or be flamboyant and invite Dame Edna… Darlings! We can also provide Madonna, John Cleese, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, David Brent and so many more to WOW your guests and we can even get you close up with one of the royals and have Prince Charles make an appearance.

As far as the celebrity music, Warble can organise an ABBA Tribute as your band (not many people can say Abba played at their wedding!). Alternatively, Robbie Williams or even Kylie Minogue will take your entertainment to another level!

The BeckhamsBe Colour Wise
For those of you who remember the Beckham’s wedding back in 1999, it was entirely themed in purple so you could take a leaf out of their book and choose a colour to reflect your personality. Victoria even wore a purple wedding dress, that’s something you wouldn’t forget in a hurry. If you want to go one step further, choose entertainment to complement your wedding, so if you want a pink wedding, you could entertain your guests with Pink Mud – an all-girl Rock band able to perform a variety of incredible music including songs by Amy Winehouse, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry and The Pretenders for example.

Add the ‘Magic’ Touch
Abbey Clancey and Peter Crouch tied the knot in 2011 at the Stapleford Park Hotel, a fabulous looking country house manor steeped in rich British history. They kept it traditional and small (120 guests) with a meal in the Orangery room and entertainment included a live band, karaoke and a magician, so small elements such as your own magician for your big day, during the reception or even the meal make it that little extra special. Magicians can perform their own set or if you prefer, like the Crouch couple, have them mix and mingle with your guests. Choose from modern magic to traditional and of course, magicians are an excellent way of keeping children engaged and entertained!

Britneys Wedding Tracksuit

Low Key… like Britney
Finally, if you want to keep it extremely low key, then you can seek some inspiration from one of Britney Spears’ weddings. She and K-Fed chose to get married in a quickie ceremony supposedly just 5 minutes long and the guests were given Juicy Couture tracksuits to wear while they were served a menu of chicken wings, ribs and cheeseburgers. The after ceremony party was held in a nightclub with no live band – so if you prefer disco fever then Warble can provide a selection of outstanding DJ’s and wedding discos complete with party paraphernalia to keep your guests on the dance floor all night long.

For more information on your celebrity wedding entertainment, contact Warble on 0845 643 9384.

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In The Spotlight: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel

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Here at Warble we book entertainment for wedding venues all over UK and Europe but unfortunately it’s not very often we get to visit them which is such as shame as they always look so stunning.

So, when Ox Pasture Hall Hotel contacted us and asked if we’d like to visit them and sample some of their hospitality we literally bit their hand off!

Ox Pasture HallThe hotel is a 4 star luxury country house boutique hotel set in 17 acres within the North Yorkshire Moors and on our drive to the hotel we were a little worried the that stunning scenery on route may overshadow it… this, we are pleased to report was certainly not the case. From the beautiful lavender lined driveway to the quaint brick building, all within wonderfully manicured grounds, the whole setting couldn’t have been more perfect.

Ox Pasture ViewsThe hotel has 32 bedrooms and suites, which are all individually designed with varied layouts. We sampled a luxury suite with a King size bed and a separate lounge area with two huge windows over looking one of the lawns, a gazebo (perfect for watching the sunset from) and rolling hills and fields past this. The room was beautifully designed but also very practical and spacious and included everything you require including hairdryer, iron and ironing board etc along with a flat screen TV, wet room with a double ended bath, twin sinks, full vanity unit and a separate lounge area.

Bedroom Suite Ox Pasture We arrived early afternoon – luckily, just in time for afternoon tea! We enjoyed a selection of sandwiches, scones, cake and tea, which was served in one of the comfortable lounges situated close to the bistro and bar area. The lounges have real log fires and huge comfy sofas, which make for a very cosy atmosphere.

Afternoon TeaAlong with the bar, lounges and bistro, Ox Pasture Hall also boasts The Courtyard Restaurant, which provides a real gourmet treat! The menu is contemporary and imaginative and they make a special effort to cater for all kinds of diets and requirements and can even offer full vegan and vegetarian menus if required. We were lucky enough to sample a 3 course meal plus an appetizer and it was very clear to see (and taste) why the restaurant has been awarded 2-rosettes – the only restaurant to have this in Scarborough apparently!

Food at the Ox Pasture

Not only is the hotel and the grounds picture perfect for a holiday or a weekend away, it has a tailor made function room called The Dovecote Suite and the whole set up couldn’t be more perfect for weddings – which obviously was very exciting for us.

The Dovecote SuiteThe Dovecote suite was purpose built for weddings and evening functions and so it literally couldn’t be better laid out. It is in keeping with the style of the rest of the hotel but the décor inside has been kept very minimal so that each wedding or event can be absolutely bespoke to the bride and groom or organizer. It holds up to 150 guests and has a well stocked bar – the great news is that it is all in one room, which we always say, is key to a successful party!

Weddings at DovecoteOx Pasture Hall holds a civil license so they can hold civil weddings and civil partnerships and what’s more, they also hold an outdoor license so that weather permitting you can have your ceremony outside. Once you’ve seen the setting with the manicured gardens, gazebos, lake and rolling hills and countryside, you realize why this is such a fantastic option. Because we can’t always rely on the great British weather though, they have beautiful areas for the ceremony inside, including inside the Dovecote Suite which has huge patio doors so you will still have the backdrop of the North Yorkshire Moors!

Ox Pasture Hall

Ox Pasture Hall can literally cater for everything for your big day from the ceremony as mentioned above, through to the drinks reception – we imagined Pimms on the lawn in the Summer and mulled wine by the fire in one of the lounges in the Winter, followed by the Wedding Breakfast and ending with the evening reception. There is more than enough room for a full live band in the Dovecote suite and there are no sound limiters, which is a huge bonus!

Wedding in YorkshireTo find out more details about weddings at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel you can visit their website here: www.oxpasturehallhotel.com/weddings

We had a fantastic time visiting Ox Pasture Hall! The setting is unbelievable, the staff were fantastic – very accommodating and helpful and the food was simply delicious. We couldn’t leave though without giving some thoughts to our perfect wedding entertainment package for this beautiful venue!

Ceremony: For this we would book The West Yorkshire Harpist. In the Summer, ideally situated under a gazebo in the gardens but it would be just as beautiful in the Dovecote Suite in the Winter.

Harpist for a CeremonyDrinks reception: In the Summer we would imagine a roaming jazz band, similar to Street Three on the lawn or a string quartet such as Northern Strings under a gazebo along with a walkabout caricaturist, for example, Mick H who would provide the laughter along with a fabulous favour for your guests. In the Winter, the bar and lounges would be the perfect setting with their wonderful log fires, for a pianist like Mark the pianist or a rat pack singer such as Gary Sings Rat Pack along with a mix & mingle magician similar to Jay The Magician,who would literally mesmerize your guests!
Yorkshire Magician for hireWedding Breakfast: The Dovecote Suite would be perfect to hold a swing band, such as The Jazz Gents to perform background music during your meal, or, you could surprise your guests with some awesome singing waiters and waitresses similar to The Supreme Surprise Singers to make sure yours really is the wedding to remember!

Surprise Singing WaitersEvening Reception: As the Dovecote suite is so perfectly suited for a live band, you really could end your big day in style and make sure everyone has the time of their lives with an amazing live band! There are so many to chose from depending on the style you like, from up-to-date Rock and Pop with The Playlist, vintage style with Black Cadillac or, if you can’t decide on one particular style, then Blue Heart Mitch and the Blazin Jacks can literally cater for all musical tastes!

Blue Heart Mitch Live Band

For more information on weddings at Ox Pasture Hall you can call them on 01723 365 295 or email info@oxpasturehallhotel.com.

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