Create Your Very Own Celebrity Wedding

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

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:

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

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Warble Investigates the Role of the Maid of Honour & Best Man

Best Man & Maind of Honour Duties

It’s possible that you’ve known for years if not a decade or two who is going to undertake the very important role of your Maid of Honour and now that he’s popped the question, one of the first phone calls you will have made will be to your best friend or “bestie”; she could be your sister, your cousin, your lifelong friend or someone you have met a couple of years ago but whoever she is, you love her, trust her and want her to share in your day as much as possible.  The same goes for your Groom although men’s relationships with their friends don’t often include discussing TOWIE or the best shade of lipstick for plumping out your lips… or speculating on when he’s going to finally ask you to marry him. They normally bond over a favourite football team, rugby matches, and a night in the pub or through the gym for example. Whoever it is he has chosen you have to respect his decision! We say this because while many of you won’t have an issue with the best man some of you may be a little skeptical as to whether he is up to the job!

The bottom line is, now you have both selected your Maid of Honour and Best Man, what should you be expecting them to do? – Except for hopefully show up on time! The role of both is varied and can be as involved as much or as little as you want. There is no set job description but as it is our job at Warble Entertainment to make sure that your band, solo artist, magician, circus entertainer or lookalike are all absolutely spot on for your big day – it is their job to make sure that your day also goes off without a hitch. So now you “trust” both the Maid of Honour and Best Man let’s establish what they could be doing for you!

The Maid of Honour
Your Maid of Honour probably knows almost as much as you do about your Groom, after all, as she’s your best friend, you may well have discussed many intricate (and intimate) details. So bear this in mind as she is the number one choice for organising your Hen Night as there could be a downside (more on that later). Not every bride to be wants an evening full of strippers, rude games and copious amounts of drinking, you may prefer something more refined such as a day at a spa followed by a great meal at a fabulous restaurant so if you know in advance the type of event you are looking for – do tell her! Warn her that naked waiters just don’t do it for you. In contrast of course, if you do want something a little risqué then you should let her know too. Do think about whom you want to invite to your Hen Night, an evening with your Mother and Future Mother in Law listening to intimate details about your husband to be can be mortifying rather than hilarious.

Maid of Honour Duties

Apart from the Hen Night, it is up to the Maid of Honour to be able to offer you plenty of emotional and practical support so choose wisely! Some brides want their Maids of Honour to come with them wedding dress shopping or if not, to certainly have a say in an outfit they will be wearing, especially if they are paying for it. Think about this carefully, it may be a wise idea to let her help with the bridesmaid’s and her own dress after all; you would hate to think that she will be wearing something she absolutely loathes on your day.

She is also the person who is designated to help you with all your pre-wedding tasks, this could be something like helping to book your beauty treatments, advising on make-up and hairstyles (even going with you for trials), writing invitations and even lending an ear to the choice of entertainment.

Your Maid of Honour can also help co-ordinate transport for the guests to and from the wedding and reception; she can help seat people at the ceremony and make sure that there is plenty of reserve seating for the family members. It is her role to distribute and look after bouquets and hold your bouquet while you exchange vows. She should “manage” the bridesmaids too, checking on their hair and makeup progress and making sure their outfits are complete.

Your Maid of Honour can look after the rings (or the Best Man can) during the ceremony and it is up to her to help arrange your train (if you have one). She will also possibly be the person who signs the bridal register if you would like (although some people choose other dear friends or family to do this task). She should also look after any gifts or envelopes that are brought to the function – and make sure they are stored away in a safe place.

Additionally, the Maid of Honour should ensure that guests are looked after during the party (as well as this being the role of the bride and groom) and she should keep you both calm and relaxed (as best she can). One of the most important jobs of all is to have plenty of tissues handy – for everyone!

The Best Man
Contrary to popular belief it is not the Best Man’s role to be the clown, nor is it his job to lead the Groom astray. It is up to him to look after the Groom and make sure he gets to the wedding in one piece and on time! It is definitely up to him to provide an amusing speech in honour of the Groom full of anecdotes but not too rude please! Some speeches can go a little over the top – remember, there are children in the room! Failing that, have a word with the Best Man or if you have to – use bribery! On a serious note, do be prepared for anything, it is often the trend for a Best Man to try and out do the other Best Men speeches he has heard so try not to be too shocked!

The Best Man should do all he can to help the Groom in the lead up to the wedding, there are plenty of responsible duties to take on board, not just arranging the Stag Night. Many Best Men help choose the Groom’s outfit as well as those of the Groomsmen or Ushers and hopefully, your Groom has chosen his Best Man well and he will try and organise everyone on time to fittings. Yes it is definitely his role to organise the Stag, make sure everyone who should be is invited, book the venue and take the share of money from all included. He should also arrange the Stag activities. Brides should let the Groom and his Best Man enjoy themselves but ask them to please play it safe and make sure the Groom does literally come home in one piece (no shaved eyebrows please).

The Best Man Role

The Best Man is also responsible for organising accommodation for those guests who are traveling especially for the wedding and make sure they are comfortable too. On the day itself, the Best Man should help the Groom get dressed and make sure the Ushers are all wearing the right clothes with the right buttonholes. He should be aware of the timings of the day and ensure everyone is available for photographs when expected to be and the wedding party are where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there.

They are equally responsible with the Maid of Honour for looking after the wedding rings and should keep a copy of the marriage license with them. Often, the Best Man is the person who signs the register as a witness for the Groom. They are often expected to give a toast at the reception and they are expected to make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves during the proceedings.

Of course… sometimes it is up to the Best Man with the help of the Ushers to prepare something in the bridal suite so watch out for the Apple Pie bed!

Best Man and Maid of Honour Duties

One last piece of advice, it does help if the Best Man and the Maid of Honour like and get on with each other – they will be spending a lot of time together, who knows, you could be attending their wedding next!

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What’s Your Proposal? Unique Wedding Proposal Ideas…

Wedding Proposal Ideas

Before the wedding there’s the proposal and many of our couples usually have an interesting story to relay which has inspired us to help you plan your perfect proposal, after all, to seal the deal you need to make it exceptionally memorable. Hopefully, it will be the one and only proposal you ever make so make it wonderful! Planning a marriage proposal doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on letting your other half know just how much you love them, do remember it’s the thought that counts although if money is no object then by all means go to town.

We have a few fabulous stories to share with you and we are confident they will help give you some ideas when thinking about planning your proposal.

Holiday Proposals
One groom we are currently organising the wedding entertainment for, thought out a very low-key but extremely special proposal to his beautiful bride-to-be. He whisked her away on a romantic trip in Europe (you can go anywhere, it doesn’t need to be abroad!) to a beach destination and over the course of a few days he collected shells and stones. When he felt he had enough and while she dozed in the afternoon sunshine he spelt out the words “Marry Me” in the sand so that when she woke up, she was taken by surprise at this romantic gesture.

Holiday Beach Proposals

On the theme of holidays, consider this option as an idea. A couple who married just last month were traveling to Rome for a weekend getaway when an announcement came over the intercom in the airplane asking all passengers to remain seated and the captain himself popped the question on the now groom’s behalf in front of all the passengers. There was plenty of champagne flowing following the big YES answer!

Closer to Home Proposals
Another groom we are working with planned a picnic with close friends and family and purposely arrived late safe in the knowledge everyone was there. With the help of his soon to be best man, he turned up with a bunch of red roses and dressed up in black tie while his best man had portable speakers bellowing out Harry Connick Jr’s “It had to be you”. He then went straight up to his bride and proposed in front of everyone. Aaah, nicely done!

David the Caricaturist & Mariachi Proposal

Only last month one of our own acts – David the Caricaturist, proposed to his girlfriend at the fabulous Collete’s at The Grove in Hertfordshire and he hired The Burrito Boys to help him by performing a Mariachi version of “All My Life” by K-Ci and Jojo – quirky fun and romantic… So of course she said YES!

We heard of another couple who went to a very smart restaurant and organised with the maitre d’ to present his then girlfriend with her main-course covered with a silver cloche. When he removed the lid there was something extremely sparkly sitting in the middle of the plate (don’t worry – the food came later).

Simple but Special Proposals
One groom-to-be woke up one morning feeling absolutely positive that he had to ask his now fiancée to marry him there and then so he sprinted into the bathroom and wrote those immortal words “marry me?” on the bathroom mirror in shaving foam… we love that idea especially if you are saving your pennies for a house together or you want to be able to put some money away for the wedding and honeymoon. On the same theme of simple but special, we know of one lovely lucky lady who proposed to her now fiancée just by playing Hangman and spelling out the words ‘Will U Marry Me’ – needless to say it worked!

Cheap Proposal Ideas

Proposals with Entertainment
What we love about our job is that we can also be part and parcel of the perfect proposal. We have a list as long as our arm of grooms (and brides) who wanted to do something a little different when proposing. There was the proposal using one of our brilliant magicians who simply made the ring magically appear (classic but effective), the magician who asked the lady to pick a card – any card – and it had the words ‘will you marry Steve?’ emblazoned on the front on the King of Hearts! We’ve had our very own Frank Sinatra tributes propose on behalf of a few of our gentlemen and we’ve had a fabulous lady use a Marilyn Monroe lookalike for her proposal to her now husband. We’ve even had our lookalike David Brent appear at a lady’s office (with the boss’s permission of course) to deliver a proposal (the gentleman in question was hiding behind a filing cabinet…!) So, if we can help, we would be delighted to discuss some ideas and options.

Places to Propose
But, it’s not just about the proposal itself, many of you want to choose an exciting venue to pop the big question. Here are some of Warble Entertainment’s top picks as inspired by our own real couples:

i) The London Eye – high above the city while enjoying the resplendent views especially on a clear day, this has to be near top of the list for romance. (As a guide a private pod will cost £300.) In fact, here’s a video of one we helped to organised a while back with The Proposers :

ii) Boating in Cambridge or Oxford – this is probably best kept for the summer months though.

iii) The Lake District – take a walk through the glorious countryside and perhaps choose a particular route such as the South Downs Way or the Pennine Way, they are absolutely stunning and make the perfect proposal backdrop.

Hot iar Ballooning Proposaliv) Glyndebourne  – the home of the opera house in East Sussex. You don’t have to love opera; the experience itself is mind-blowing, exquisitely dressed people, delicious champagne picnics and unbelievably kept gardens. It will make a most memorable day and night.

v) Hot Air Balloon – There are many places you can fly a balloon, choose a magical spot in the UK – but don’t drop the ring!

We hope we have inspired you to pop the question – everyone at Warble Entertainment wishes you good luck, hopefully she or he will say yes and then it’s all systems go for planning the big day.

For more information on how we can help with planning a proposal or provide wedding entertainment for the big day itself please contact us at Warble on 0845 643 9384.

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How to Plan the Perfect Wedding Party

Perfect Wedding PlanningIt’s the biggest day of your life, the day you have dreamt about ever since you can remember and after the nuptials it’s time to throw a wedding party you and your guests will never, ever forget. But where do you start? Now you are engaged, the ring has been bought and is firmly wedged on your third finger of your left hand. The date is booked and importantly highlighted in red on your calendar and you have notified everyone to save the date, it’s time to turn your thoughts to planning the party.

The Venue
First things first – the all-important wedding venue. Are you planning to get married at your venue or do you want to travel to another place? Whatever you choose you need to take into account various factors:

1. Time of year – you need a venue with ample car parking and a short walk if it is midwinter as weather conditions can hamper you and your guests.

2. Size of venue – don’t choose a hall that is so big your wedding looks empty, equally a hall that is too small for numerous guests will be uncomfortable so go for somewhere with ample space for music and socialising as well as able to seat your guests comfortably.

3. Weather – if it is a summer wedding and you plan to be outside, have a contingency plan in place if it pours with rain, the British weather is so unpredictable… we don’t need to tell you that.

Wedding WeatherWhittle down your venue to three potential places and visit them when there is a wedding happening. This will give you a great insight as to how the venue will work for you. Take a good look at the number of people, listen to the acoustics, look at the band set-up and check there is enough space to dance. Also take into account the décor, flower arrangements and how they look in the room, the serving of food (especially if you are having in-house caterers) – is it sleek? Are the waiters and waitresses discreet? Does the food all come out at the same time? Look at the entrance and imagine walking through those doors, how easy is it to get to the function suite? Think about where you will have your wedding pictures – do you like the room allocated or the gardens outside? Are there gardens outside? You don’t want a motorway backdrop! Check out the facilities too, is there a room for the bridal party to freshen up in? Is there somewhere to store gifts and other items away safely? Ask yourselves all of these questions and you should be able to come up with the right venue for your party.

The Entertainment
Once you have chosen your party venue and you understand the size of your hall it is time to turn your head to the entertainment for the day and night.

Entertainment is personal BUT while you may like a particular style you should take into account your guests too. It is paramount that you choose something for everyone. After all, not everyone loves one genre of music so whereas you may love soul or rap, he may be a fan of punk but your friends may prefer Lady Gaga so cover all the spectrum and have something for the children and older guests too. This may mean you have a jazz or swing band for your wedding party which later on turns into a disco to dance the night away… then you can be comfortable that you will definitely be pleasing everyone.

Jazz Band for a Wedding

Of course, you don’t need to have a traditional band at all, there are plenty of choices Warble Entertainment can offer you and every one of our bands are all incredible and come with glowing testimonials. Many of them have performed at large corporate events as well as weddings and some are regulars on TV too. We have definitely got a selection of bands to suit every taste; from Latin and Salsa Bands to Mariachi Musicians, Steel Drums, Vintage Singers and Bands, Rock & Roll, Pop, Modern, Indie Bands, Reggae even James Bond Theme Bands and we can provide sensational tribute acts – so good you won’t know the difference! Choose from Bon Jovi, Abba, Madonna, UB40, Rat Pack to name a few. We can even provide medieval performers – in fact, if you want it, we can find it.

When choosing the main entertainment for your wedding do take time to find out as much about them as possible – A reputable band or DJ should have a full profile with pictures, audio samples, lots of genuine and recent testimonials and ideally a video. Your party will be largely dependent on how good your band or DJ is (as well as your friends and family all getting involved!) so make sure you are absolutely thrilled with who you have chosen. Also spend time discussing with their agent (someone like us at Warble) what you want, music you want to include, special songs – even members of the family you want to make reference to. It is your party, so don’t be shy!

Wedding Bands First Dance

It’s not just about the entertainment either, timing is very important. This is one of the reasons why at larger weddings it is customary to have a toastmaster (Warble can do this for you too), as it is their responsibility to make sure everything runs to plan. So that means when it is time to go into dinner – the toastmaster will make the announcement, he (or she) will silence everyone for the wedding toasts, the speeches, declare the dancing has started and get everyone onto the dance floor, let everyone know about the cutting of the cake and of course, the all-important first dance.

The Décor
Now you have chosen your venue, agreed a toastmaster, thought about having a band that is all-encompassing and maybe a funky disco for later on you should think about the mood or décor of your room. Getting your room looking party ready will add to the atmosphere of the party. If you have a wedding theme, such as a favourite colour or a flower do incorporate this into the table arrangements. Flowers can be simple or dramatic, tall vases or short pretty jars. There are so many different looks and it doesn’t matter if you have a traditional wedding, modern wedding or bohemian style – say it with flowers or something decorative on the tables. Dress them up with confetti, glitter, sparkle or petals, tea lights, large, imposing candelabra or sweet fairy lights but whatever you do, don’t leave them plain.

Wedding DecorTake into account the table linen too. Do you want plain crisp white? Or is your colour theme a rich fuchsia or a deep purple for example – perhaps silver or gold runners with matching napkins? All of this need to be taken into account and you can even co-ordinate your chairs to match with covers such as ribbons, bows or keep it very simple and hire plain silver chairs. It’s all in the detail!

Extra Touch…
Even though you have chosen your band or disco, you may want to consider other methods of entertainment to enhance your party. Just adding a couple of extra little touches can bring so much to your event. From hiring a lookalike to blend in with your guests such as Prince Charles or David Brent can be so much fun. Warble’s lookalikes are so good you will be hard pushed to distinguish them from the real thing! If someone special at your wedding has a particular favourite then why not treat them to their lookalike celebrity – we have Marilyn Monroe, Del Boy (always a firm favourite) and John Cleese too not to mention David Beckham for the ladies.

Other popular choices for extra party entertainment includes magicians, fire performers (make sure you have the space) circus performers and vintage entertainment such as Charleston dancers, singing waiters and waitresses and at Warble we can even supply human trees! The trees come to life during your party – ideal in a marquee or outdoor setting. There are literally hundreds of different types of entertainers to choose from, with something for everyone from the children to the grandparents and plenty in between.

Fire Performers for Weddings

For additional information on how to plan your wedding party, you can discuss all your requirements with one of our Entertainment Team on 0845 643 9384 – we’ll make sure everyone is still partying right up to the last moment.

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Keeping Children Entertained at your Wedding

Keeping Children Entertained at WeddingsChances are there are going to be children at your wedding. Whilst some couples choose to have a child-free day, and you won’t be alone if this refers to you, for the most part, weddings do have some children attending. Even if it is a small cluster of bridesmaids or page boys you will normally see little people running around probably with a (slightly) harassed looking adult not far behind them.

For most, children can make a wedding extra fabulous – they look divine in their party dresses or their page boy outfits, who can resist a toddler in a suit? They all seem to enjoy mingling with the adults and they are often the first on the dance floor but there are times when they can be challenging (it is a long day, they get tired) so how can you make sure that they have a whale of a time during your day and are suitably entertained?

Children at WeddingsWell first of all, if you only have a small contingency of two or three children, don’t worry too much, at Warble Entertainment, we have seen brides and grooms present the children at their table with activity packs which can help during lengthy speeches and they are a thoughtful additional touch appreciated no end by the parents. In a church or during the ceremony a sticker book or a colouring book (pencils only!) can serve to keep them quiet for a little while but during the marital proceedings it should be the responsibility of the parents to keep them quiet so don’t worry too much at this point.

However, as you get into the reception and beyond it may be that you want to consider entertainment which will keep them amused. Apart from the photo booth you have booked predominantly for adults and perhaps your caricaturist there are plenty of other options which will be guaranteed to keep them out of mischief! Remember you definitely don’t want to overload your entertainment as too much will tip your wedding overboard but by the same token, if you have a lot of children attending then you should consider an entertainer to keep them amused or at least an entertainer that is able to work with adults and children. At Warble we have a variety of specialist children’s entertainers and some of them can provide the adults with some fun too.

Balloon Modelers for Weddings

So what works? Children love balloons, and a balloonist will keep them occupied for a long while, designing all sorts of whimsical shapes and animals out of colourful balloons. We have a variety of different balloonists all of whom are doubtless fantastic at what they do. We have Belle’s Ballooning Boutique who can even provide their very own pop up balloon boutique and dress the children up in balloon creations with headdresses and hats to fascinators and accessories – a must have for children (and adults too!)!

Or, if you are looking for something with a twist from the norm, how about the talented Gypsy Fox Puppeteers who create incredible artistic puppet stories using shadow puppets? They are able to tailor their show to any event. It’s the perfect way to keep children (and adults) mesmerised. Another “different” children’s act is Daisy Hoola Doo who has even performed at the 2012 London Olympics. She will happily spend time with the children helping them to learn the art of hula hooping and promises to get them spinning their hoops within a few minutes spending time with her! Perfect to get the children into the party spirit before hitting the dance floor.

Daisy Hoola DooAnother great entertainment idea for both children and adults is Warble’s very own Jester, Kevin who guarantees to keep everyone smiling with his foolish antics! He can juggle, perform magic (every child adores magic!) tell stories and even eat fire! In fact, Kevin is Northampton’s very own Town Jester. He is superb entertainment for all ages.

Of course, you don’t have to include any specific children’s entertainment at all, if you are having a band or a disco, the children will love to dance and if you get the DJ or band members to throw in a few of the children’s favourites they will be delighted. Additionally, many of Warble’s DJ’s can provide party necklaces, whistles, hats and giant sunglasses if you would like disco paraphernalia included.

Children Love Live Bands

Finally, it may be worth asking your Maid of Honour to help investigate seeking out an honest reliable, CRB (now DBS) checked babysitter (or someone the children already know) who would be willing to look after tired little children in a separate room of the wedding party venue when they are ready to slow down and catch 40 winks. This leaves parents free to carry on partying until the very last minute… perfect!

For more information on entertaining children at weddings please call Warble on 0845 643 9384 – we’ve got it covered!

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No Beat(boxing) around the Bush!

Bloxed Beatbox

Possibly the most common question we are asked at Warble is what entertainment are we able to provide that is “different” or “out of the ordinary” for a wedding or corporate event? It could be you need something unusual for a big birthday, corporate night out or an anniversary party, but you’ve hit a stumbling block. Well, without doubt one of the most exciting and unusual acts we can offer is the outstanding Bloxed Beatbox. You probably want the lowdown but firstly we can safely say that this trio provide sublime entertainment, ideal if you’re searching for totally original artists for your wedding or big event.

So take a very worthy risk and wave goodbye to traditional entertainment, blow your guests away with Bloxed Beatbox! At Warble we suggest you embrace something so cool and modern that we really guarantee you will surprise and thrill your wedding party with something completely individual and extra-special. If you love Hip Hop then you have to check out Bloxed Beatbox – they don’t need any props and by that we mean no drums, no bass, no guitar and no piano because they are completely reliant on making music using their… mouths.

If you didn’t know, Beatbox is a phenomenon derived from Hip Hop that has been around for the past decade if not more and it continues to grow rapidly in popularity. It is an art, the ability to make music just using your mouth itself is pretty impressive – if you try it yourself you will see it’s very difficult! The performers can create the sounds of drum beats and other musical noises just using voice, lips and tongue. Famous Beatboxers include Schlomo, Beatfox, Beardy Man and Base 6 who are in good company with Doug E Fresh. In fact our very own Bloxed Beatbox has been noticed by Radio 1, the main man himself, Dizzee Rascal and Jamie Cullum so you’ll be bringing plenty of star quality to your event. They even supported Goldie Lookin Chain’s 10 year anniversary tour last year. Beatboxing is becoming so popular there are contests being held all over the world, there’s probably one going on right now.

Bloxed Beatbox

There’s so many different ways Bloxed Beatbox can entertain your guests… you need to picture the scene but how about a dramatic wedding entrance to “Get Lucky” performed by this uber talented trio who only need three microphones. They’re well practised too as their talent spans over six years of performing. It’s a brilliant way to stop people in their tracks, and will delight children and adults alike, whatever age because the way they perform is remarkable, so much so, we see guests left open mouthed. Their set is incredible, full of energy and tremendous fun. If you want to know what type of songs they cover, well, you can make special requests but they are simply superb beatboxing to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo not to mention Pharrel’s “Happy” to name a couple of excellent tracks.

Of course, you don’t have to use the Bloxed boys for your grand arrival – how about surprising your Bride, Groom or other party member with a blast from their Beatbox talent? Conveniently, sets range from 3 x 20 minute sets to one hour long set or 2 x half hour slots. Imagine the Bloxed boys bursting through the doors of your venue and striding through while beatboxing “The One” (Swedish House Mafia) on their way to the Bride to serenade her in their unique style – you can’t beat that for cool! Or before you introduce the Disco or band let Bloxed warm up the revellers – they may even teach you one or two of their ingenious techniques.

One thing’s for sure, choose Bloxed Beatbox to add some extra entertainment to your wedding or special event and you’ll be beatboxing clever. For more information on Bloxed Beatbox contact Warble Entertainment on 0845 643 9384.

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Wave Goodbye to Tradition with Warble’s Boho Wedding Guide

Boho Wedding Entertainment

Take a leaf out of Kate Moss’s book and plan a wedding day with a distinct twist. From what Warble Entertainment is seeing, Boho weddings are very much in style, big time and there’s no doubt that getting married Boho-style is a creative and imaginative way to celebrate your nuptials. Boho is a love of all things unconventional – so if you don’t want a traditional church or civil ceremony, a big meringue dress and a wedding reception in a hotel or similar then Boho style may well be the answer you’ve been looking for, it’s about creating the wedding you really want rather than bowing to convention.

Going Boho can mean anything from choosing a venue which reflects your personality – so if you’re a nature girl, the outdoors is perfect, beach side weddings, garden weddings, rustic farmhouse weddings, gazebos – anywhere which is less formal and gives an air of let’s relax and have fun – to hand-making all your decorations and perhaps your dress. They are also notoriously small and intimate – wave goodbye to the formalities and have your nearest and dearest, and it’s a great way of not having to invite Auntie Ethel your Dad’s fourth cousin, you may have last seen her when you were three…! If you the bride wants to wear a garland of locally sourced, seasonal flowers in your hair, think laid back chic, tumbling beach-inspired curls, just got out of bed tousled looks with simple flowers strategically placed… or a floral style crown among loose plaits then so you will! Even go barefoot! Or choose flat white or silver sandals to adorn your feet.

Boho Wedding Ideas

Even your invitations can be Boho so think hand painted, hand drawn and on rustic paper or card – undyed, natural. Find a stationer who can do this for you unless you have an artistic friend you could commission, there’s nothing better than a bespoke, beautifully finished hand-made card popping through the letterbox.

Many Boho brides look for their dream wedding dresses in places you would never imagine and then get them customised to suit their taste. So if your mother or grandmother has a stunning vintage style dress hidden away in a chest in the attic, now’s the time to hunt it out, dust it off and see what you can do to resurrect it to your dream Boho dress. As a suggestion, think dainty lace, simple styling, nothing too fitted – fluid, draped soft and feminine. Search thrift shops and second hand shops for wedding dresses or even on the high street and then customise with lace, a sash, ribbons – whatever YOU want, it’s your day. Let your man be comfortable too, so if he’s not a suit and tie guy, let him wear a pair of trousers and open top button shirt with a casual lounge jacket, think rolled sleeves and a big daisy button hole – or a floppy silk handkerchief… whatever is his preferred style.

Boho Bride and Groom

Your flowers should be soft and pretty, daisies, bluebells, sunflowers, loose bouquets, with a hand-tied finish. Ask your florist to add in foliage, ribbons, feathers and create something elegant but out of the ordinary or if you really want to go to town with your Boho wedding – get friends to make your bouquets or floral table arrangements themselves! We love the look of different sized jars filled with an array of bright colour or soft pastels. Jars can be bought at any kitchen shop and there are plenty of gorgeous sizes and coloured glass to choose from.

While on the subject of décor, think fairy lights, twinkling in the dusk, banners and bunting with lanterns to mix in with your garden flowers and if you want colour, pastel hues on the cotton table linen will bring a fresh, soft and feminine finish.

Boho Wedding Lighting

Even your ceremony can be Boho – plenty of today’s weddings are humanist (non-religious) or if you do want some tradition then bring your vicar or officiant to a stunning backdrop perhaps get married beneath a pagoda or in a summerhouse, or choose a rustic looking wooden archway with climbing flowers. Many Boho weddings are outdoors, or if the weather is bad bring the outdoors inside!

Your photography needs to be relaxed and steered away from posed family groups. Choose a photographer who can capture the essence of the day without getting people to stop and smile – they should be looking for very natural, creative shots.

Probably the most popular food we see at Boho weddings is afternoon tea but there is no hard and fast rule. The key to Boho is doing what you want to do – no tradition need apply, you set your own tradition. However, afternoon tea with vintage mix and match china looks fabulous. Cucumber sandwiches, egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon and an array of home-made cakes and scones with clotted cream and strawberries perhaps even a wedding cake made out of the lightest, fluffiest Victoria sponge, delicious – of course, serve as much sparkly champagne as you like!

Boho Afternoon TeaYour entertainment should reflect your day so Warble thinks that soloists are always a great choice. Whether it’s a guitarist serenading both of you as you walk toward your ceremony or the classic harpist who fits in with any style of wedding. For music to get your guests dancing, think swing and jive, The Jumping 5 are a sensational male fronted band with their own individual style playing all the classic covers of the era. Or you could go for Folk style, the Celtic Twins who perform ancient music with a modern twist originating from Ireland and Scotland – high energy reels, jigs and harmonies. They are an amazing duo. Keltus are an excellent choice for a barndance if you want to get all your guests involved and if you are seeking something different from a harpist or pianist then why not listen to Warble’s very own electric violinist, Amy who has 18 years of experience and will provide whatever music you want from classic to modern and also breath-taking bridal entrance music. For more musical ideas to suit your boho theme check out our vintage bands and singers.

Whatever your choice, Warble Entertainment can help with any style of wedding – for more information call 0845 643 9384 to chat through your needs with one of our exceptional team.

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Stand out from the Wedding Crowd! – Warble’s Guide to Spectacular Unusual Wedding Venues


At Warble, our entertainment artists travel to many different villages, towns and cities throughout the UK to perform at weddings as well as other celebrations. Our world class wedding entertainers have played at a huge treasure trove of varied venues, from traditional church halls to country house hotels, marquees which have transformed a back garden into a bridal couples dream wedding… Sumptuous boutique hotels, beaches, restaurants – these are the normal places that are chosen to celebrate but what about the unusual? The venues which are out of the ordinary, remarkable even? Guaranteed to stay in guests’ minds for years to come? Somewhere which can only be described as spectacularly different? Well, we can tell you that every now and then a band or one of our magicians – or perhaps a toastmaster is asked to perform at a strange but wonderfully imaginative wedding venue.

Sometimes we get asked for our suggestions and some of these venues are so outrageous and exciting that we have decided to share what we think are great ideas. We have compiled the top 5 most unusual wedding venues in the UK to inspire you and we’ve thrown in our ideas for unusual entertainment to complement each! Who says weddings have to be the same? Be bold, be daring, be dramatic – be different!

Remember, these are actual wedding venues and may not be in your area but if you do like the ideas, then do some of your own research and see if you can come up with somewhere similar close by – or make your wedding somewhat of a holiday destination for the weekend and invite your guests to travel a little further afield – we promise it will be worth it!

Dungeness Old Lighthouse Weddings1. The Old Lighthouse in Dungeness, Kent

Now here’s a romantic retreat… perfect if you have a small gathering and want something different but intimate too. The Old Lighthouse will stand out and the building overlooks the English Channel with sensational views – you could even hop across for a honeymoon in France. This venue is often used for filming and fashion shoots so brides – you will know that you’re at home with top models and it has a rich tapestry of history dating back to King James I in 1615. Enjoy the sound of the sea lapping against the sides while you say your vows – picturesque and unbelievably romantic.

Do bear in mind that as it only holds 30 people you want “quieter” entertainment so in keeping with the romance, look for a harpist, guitarist, saxophonist or a solo act – go one step further and alongside with the lighthouse’s history choose one of Warble’s medieval entertainers such as Medieval Minstrels or our Historical Musician. You could even theme your wedding in medieval style and dress up for the occasion. If you really want to stand out – invite lookalike Captain Jack Sparrow to your lighthouse wedding – he can’t be too far away with his life on the seas! One word of warning though – keep this venue for spring or summer weddings, bad weather could hamper your ceremony and the reception afterwards.

2. Be A Footballer’s Wife Football-Stadium-Weddings

Well – a Footballer’s Fiancée but if your husband-to-be is football mad then give him the ultimate wedding gift and agree to hold your wedding at his favourite football stadium. Not all of them do it but most have a function room.

As we’re Northern based we’ll focus on Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium – of course, no football team preference here but it’s down the road from Warble Towers… Although our entertainers will travel the length and breadth of the UK! We know it’s not the same team but you should consider having Victoria & David Beckham make an appearance (well, not the real thing but Warble can provide unbelievable lookalikes – David may even help with your fiancé’s dribbling skills – on and off the pitch!)

The big plus points about football stadiums is their unbelievable capacity – for example, at Old Trafford, the Trafford Suite holds 820 people so if you have a huge list of friends and relatives, this could work beautifully and it can hold a large 5, 6 or 8 piece live band as the acoustics are perfect. If you want to include the pitch, then the Evolution Suite or the Stretford Suite overlook the famous football pitch which looks stunning at night when it is floodlit. They may even throw in a stadium tour – who knows? One thing’s for sure, tell your fiancé you want to get married at his favourite football team’s stadium and he’ll be eating out of your hand for the foreseeable wedded future!

Cairngorm Mountain Wedding3. Mountain Wedding in the CairnGorms

Take a trip to the far North of Scotland and you will find yourself surrounded by the incredible Cairngorm Mountains, spectacular views over Scotland and an atmospheric position. You can get married on top of the mountain and literally feel on top of the world for your big day and you can travel to the venue location, the Ptarmigan building via mountain railway, this is especially romantic and the views are breath-taking. If this venue whets your appetite, then you should seriously consider hiring a Warble bagpipe entertainer which will work beautifully with the Scottish theme. The building, which holds up to 140 people seated, is 3,600 feet above sea level and boasts a superb outdoor terrace which is ideal for the ceremony, set among the lochs and mountains of Scotland it is possibly one of the most exceptional places in the UK to get married.

Alongside your bagpiper you have to invite a Billy Connolly lookalike who can do anything from meet and greet your guests to a stand-up comedy routine – he’ll even omit the swear words! Now there’s a thoroughly Scottish themed wedding!

Gypsy Wedding4. Have a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Our penultimate unusual venue is the Old Gypsy Caravan in Wales – yes, we said caravan! The Natural Wedding Company offers a superb organic farm, The Old Dairy as a venue complete with an old-fashioned Gypsy caravan. It was licensed for weddings back in March 2011 and there is also an adjacent gazebo which can hold 120 people inside an extraordinary old walled garden. If you’re budget driven this is an excellent choice especially for those of you who have a deep love of the countryside and perhaps festivals or Glamping! Be quick though, they are taking bookings into 2016.

For your “organic” Gypsy wedding why not choose some simple inspiring entertainment? Festival entertainment is the definitive match perhaps The Hedge Men who are living trees! Imagine them suddenly bursting into life and giving your guests a treat – the ultimate tree huggers they are perfect for outdoor events such as your Gypsy wedding. Your musical entertainment could include Warble’s very own The Drum Band who mix a variety of drums, dancing and singing, absolutely perfect.

Medieaval Banquet Wedding5. Hold a Medieval Banquet at Le Gothique

Fancy yourselves and your guests transported back to the 10th Century? Do you love Gothic styling and magical banquets? Treat your guests to a sumptuous medieval banquet style wedding at Le Gothique in SW London which is a simply unbelievable looking bar featuring a secret cloistered garden – ideal for the wedding ceremony perhaps coupled with a harpist playing classical tunes. This building, with its tall, architecturally designed turrets, gargoyles and intricate window detail was home to MI5 and MI6 during wartime and is a popular venue for many events. It has a maximum capacity of 200 people and is available all year round, whatever the weather.

Complement your venue with suitable royal court entertainers and throw in a jester, jugglers, fire eaters and a magician for the Full Monty, all of which are available through Warble Entertainment. After enjoying your wedding breakfast with your entertainment, bring on the wedding band and have a party among the majestic hall, high ceilings and atmospheric ambiance. You have to have something royalty inspired so how about Warble Entertainment’s very own Kings of the Dancefloor? They provide a brilliant interactive show with hits from the past 50 years (maybe not 500 years) but they will make sure your wedding party goes with a bang!

We hope our suggestions have inspired you – and just in case you hadn’t noticed Warble Entertainment specialises in pretty much every type of wedding entertainment you could imagine, from traditional wedding bands, discos and DJ’s to magicians, fire eaters, stilt walkers, pianists, comedians, jazz performers, street performers, circus performers, comedians, the list goes on. For more information on what we offer call 0845 643 9384, we have anything from the sublime to the… well, ridiculous!

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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:


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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