Planning your wedding can involve endless details, deadlines, family drama, and far too often enough stress to make you want to just elope. Check out the advice below, and perhaps look into a wedding planner to help you pull it all together. An exciting, fun, creative thing to do? Or, a terrifyingly daunting prospect? (especially to those unfamiliar with extensive planning).
When you’re planning your wedding, keep it simple. Extravagance can come at a later date. Titivation (I love that word) comes when you have any spare funds available to titivate with. Whatever it is you’re imagining, get it down on paper. Make a start. There’s no guarantee that your plans will stay as they are written. Have a plan A, B and even a plan C.
Here are some ways to keep yourself cool, calm and collected when it comes to planning your wedding. You’ll have everyone amazed at how you put on such a fabulous wedding without the emotional rollercoaster that far too commonly comes hand in hand!
“I solemnly swear that I, The Wedding Guest, will make it my absolute priority to ensure The Happy Couple truly have the best day of their lives!”
It is your responsibility to ensure your Bride and Groom/Bride & Bride/Groom & Groom (let’s call them BGBBGG’s) have the best day of their lives on their wedding day. If you’re a wedding guest, you’re most likely a close friend or family member to at least one of the newly weds to be, so please do them a favour and follow our 10 fundamental rules to ensure you keep to your vow.
The Wedding Guest Rules:
Turn up on time.
Don’t turn up drunk.
Remember to bring the card (with money in)/present.
Take your BGBBGG’s a drink (don’t ask them if they want one just take it to them!)
(Essential) Make a fuss of the dress/suit/cake.
Dance! Dance like you’ve never danced before. Even if you don’t like the music. Dance!
Compliment your BGBBGG’s on their big day. (Even if you’re having the worst time ever which I’m sure you won’t be especially if LiveBand Entertainment are playing.)
Don’t leave early.
GET OFF YOUR PHONE!
No, you’re not solely responsible for their day, but you have a big part to play.
I have sung at so many weddings and during my hours of “happily waiting around” I have observed everyone/everything that goes on.
One of my pet hates occurs when it’s time to cut the cake. This might not be a big moment for you, however your BGBBGG’s have most likely spent a small fortune on their very intricate piece of delicious art. So get up from your seat, congregate around them, make a fuss and take a photo or two. Furthermore, congratulate them on how beautiful it is. Come on it’s really not that hard.
Do not sit down after the first dance, join your newly weds on the dance floor and DANCE!
Make an effort to get snap happy with the happy couple. They might have spent most of the day with the photographer but they’ll love it if you approach them for a selfie. They should feel like celebrities.
If you follow these 10 simple rules you’ll have one very happy and grateful BGBBGG.
Check out the fabulous ‘FuncTown’ performing a first dance for our beautiful couple Nat and Matt:
When planning your big day, one of the many things to consider is whether to have a live band or DJ. Whilst each couple’s dream day is no doubt different, there are some key things everyone should bear in mind when deciding what kind of entertainment to opt for…
The music you choose for your reception will affect the overall atmosphere and how many guests get up to dance and how long they dance for! Live bands add an element of excitement to the evening that pre-recorded tracks cannot match. The performance element that musicians provide for guests is also something to consider. A great band will interact with their audience, get people up to dance, feel the mood and match it accordingly.
Whether you opt for a live band or a DJ it is vital they are able to play a variety of pieces. Whilst you may want most songs to cater for a certain demographic, it’s important to indulge relatives from a different generation with one or two of their favourite tunes too. If you choose a live band they may be able to play specially agreed pieces too, for example during the drinks reception or whilst you cut the cake.
When deciding whether to have a lived band or a DJ it’s helpful to know how much space is available – both for the band or decks as well as for guests to dance in. Keep this in mind when deciding on your venue.
LiveBand Entertainment know that a live band can help create the wow factor at a wedding, providing the bride and groom, as well as their guests, with an unforgettable night. From the first dance to the final song we will help you to celebrate your big day in style. For more information about our acts and the services we provide, please get in touch today on 0782 8435 299.
You can additionally get a taster of what our acts have to offer by clicking here and viewing our range of YouTube videos.
“And you can tell everybody, this is your song” Elton John
A personalised song just for you. Share your story….
Do you ever sing along to music in the car? The shower perhaps? Of course you do. We all sing along to our favourite songs everyday without realising it. But, have you ever listened to the words? I mean really listened. Ever wondered what they mean? Why they were written? Every song tells a story. Every song has a message, a hidden meaning. Every song is about somebody, somewhere. Imagine a song that tells your story, shares your memories and captures your special moments! A personalised song just for you.
LiveBand Entertainment offers personalised songwriting for anyone wanting to share their treasured moments with their family and friends in a unique and creative way. Capturing years of powerful memories all in one song. The perfect addition to any event. You could even get your band to perform your song live, or just treasure it forever, a keepsake. You never know, it could end up being the next No.1.
What we’d need to know:
Tell us a bit about yourselves……….
What’s your favourite style of music?…………..
Would you like a romantic piece or do you prefer something comical?
Would you like to feature in the recording? Either as musician or singer?
Maybe you’d like to write the lyrics yourself…….
You can have everything to do with your song or nothing at all, it’s entirely up to you. Once your song is written and produced it’s yours. You can do whatever you want with it.
If you want anymore information on this please get in touch. LBE would be more than happy to help. We will write and record the perfect personalised song for you “and you can tell everybody, this is your song“.
“Ska is Cool” But I’ll warn you now it’s infectious!
Listening to a 2tone ska band may cause sudden outbursts of Joy Happiness, Energy, Creativity, Awareness & Spontaneous Healing! Handle at your own risk!
Made up of Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Bass, Drums and Vocal, the ska band sound actually originated in the late 1950’s in Jamaica, becoming the backbone for both the rocksteady and reggae sound but Ska came first.
At it’s core the Ska sound is basically a combination of Calypso, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues. If you enjoy your traditional Jazz, Reggae or Rhythm and Blues bands you’re guaranteed to want to get down and skank to Ska.
Most people think they’ve never listened to Ska, while others think its just punk with horns. In fact, quite a few of you have tapped your toes to a Ska band without even knowing it. The rhythmic pattern and unique up beat is what truly defines it.
How to dance (skank) to ska?
Step 1: Stand with your feet one or two feet apart. Your right foot should be slightly further forward than the left. You should shift your weight from your right leg to your left as you twist.
Step 2: Hold your arms away from the body, slightly bend at the elbows. The arms help to twist your body side to side.
Step 3: Just as you unscrew a bottle cap, twist your waist, hips and legs from left to right. Keep your arms stationary and move on the balls of your feet.
Step 4: As you twist, lean your body forward towards the front leg and then bend backwards shifting your weight on the back leg, as you continue to twist.
Step 5: Squat to the dance floor as you twist and move back up. You can twist with different speed and intensity, according to the music. You can also jump in the air slightly, and bend one leg to add style.
Want to have a listen?
Check out some of these amazing ska bands: The blues Busters, The Paragons, Jimmy cliff, Desmond Dekker, Madness, The Selector, Two Tone, The Specials, The Beat, The Rudiments, No Doubt? The list is endless.
Fancy something LIVE?
On Saturday March 11th at 7:30pm Last Train to Skaville are performing at The New Tyke Bar Diner & Entertainment venue. This is going to be a MASSIVE evening of SKA, SOUL, REGGAE, ROCKSTEADY and MOTOWN.
A Bradford event you will love…
All aboard the Last Train to Skaville! Leaving Kingston, Jamaica 1963 arriving in Coventry 1979. From Studio 1 to 2 Tone, join us on the musical journey of ska! Led by frontman Sam Thornton, this fantastic 9-piece band will play all the ska hits from The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals and Prince Buster through to Bad Manners, Madness and the Specials.
Last Train to Skaville has already thrilled sold-out audiences in theatres and at festivals, provoked many fond memories and had everyone up dancing! This 9-piece ensemble of professional singers and musicians combines high energy performances with dazzling musical professionalism.
“Last Train to Skaville was the perfect act for our Freedom Festival, keeping the huge crowd spellbound at their musical ability and showmanship, whilst also satisfying the dance fans with a high energy display. No mean feat. I heartily recommend them!” David Porter, Hull Jazz Festival
Tickets only event £10.
Contact Darren Sheehan 07887 658588 Ellen Boyle 07958 156749