Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

ask the pros: say hello to warble entertainment

July 18th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Whether you want to book a simple string quartet, a rocking live band or Britain’s Got Talent finalist-worthy entertainment for your wedding day, it’s helpful to know a place you can browse and book online with pro advice and tips to hand.

Our fabulous Sponsor, Warble Entertainment, offer one such easy-to-use service and have more than 1,000 acts on their books making them a must-look-up company when planning how to set your big day scene and wow your guests.

From musicians to comedians and look-a-likes to sword swallowers – you’re bound to find a fitting act when browsing their site and will have peace of mind when booking through the experienced and trusted business.

Here to tell us more about Warble Entertainment’s fabulous service and selection – and to offer our readers a 10% discount from the booking deposit when quoting “Brides Up North” – is founder Tracey Warren.

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When was Warble Entertainment set up and how has it grown since that time?

tracey says: Warble was established in 2007 by myself and my husband Matt. Ten years later we have a brilliant team of 14 who are all just as dedicated and passionate about providing exciting, fun and professional entertainment for more than 6,000 weddings each year, as we are!

What does Warble Entertainment aim to bring to the wedding industry and what types of services does it offer?

Matt and I set up Warble to help couples find the perfect wedding entertainment for their big day no matter what their budget, style or theme. We wanted to make the whole process easy and enjoyable as we understand how busy couples can be and how stressful planning a wedding can get.

We literally provide any entertainment you can think of, from live bands magicians, caricaturists, string quartets, fire jugglers, walking trees, photo-booths and so much more!

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In your opinion, how can live entertainment help to enhance a wedding day?

The first thing I would do is encourage couples to look at the feedback page on our website. There are literally thousands of references from genuine couples and they explain perfectly what entertainment brought to their big day. For example: “This band were one of the best things that could have happened to our wedding. They were incredible. They bought life and soul to the evening and everyone wanted the music to last forever.” Booking the right entertainment will elevate a wedding from being lovely to absolutely amazing! It can also augment and bring your chosen theme to life as well as making the day flow easier and it can take a lot of pressure off the bride and groom from having to entertain their guests.

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What are the benefits of couples arranging their wedding entertainment through Warble Entertainment and how does your website help to make the process simple?

First of all we have literally thousands of acts to choose from that have all been through a vigorous vetting process so you know whatever act you book will be professional and do exactly what is expected of them. This saves the couple so much time and worry of searching and vetting acts themselves.

We make the whole process simple, easy and fun. You can enjoy browsing acts on our friendly and easy to use website and we’ll make sure all the important bits are sorted including any paperwork your venue may require such as insurance certificates etc.

We have a 24 hour emergency helpline. Acts and entertainers are only human so occasionally they may fall ill or be unable to make your wedding for some reason. If this was to happen and you booked an act direct you would most likely be left without a band or the entertainment you booked or having to spend part of your day calling round trying to find an alternative. If you book via Warble we would take any of this worry away and ensure a suitable alternative is in place – in most cases without you even noticing!

Lastly, we are experts in booking wedding entertainment and so have so much invaluable advice and tips and will be able to answer any questions you or your venue may have.

What sets you apart from other wedding entertainment companies?

Our customer service. We absolutely understand this is the biggest day of the couple’s life, that it can be stressful and it is likely to cost a lot of money, so we do everything in our power to make sure the entertainment they book from us is not only perfect for them and their big day but the whole process is fun and easy. There are never any strings attached. We are passionate about weddings and entertainment and it shines through in everything we do.

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How do Warble Entertainment select the bands and acts that they represent?

We have a full artist liaison team in place who will respond to our customers’ requirements. If there is a gap in our roster they will fill it. They have a full process to vet and sign-up acts and we would never work with an act that didn’t fully meet our requirements and also share the same passion and outlook on weddings and customer service as we do.

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Sophisticated Stationery: Supplier Showcase – Becky By Design PLUS 10% Discount For Brides Up North Readers

June 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Becky By Design

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If you are just a teeny bit tired of the gimmicks and are looking for a return to cool, calm and elegant styling for your wedding day stationery, then look no further than the beautiful and classic work of Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Becky By Design.

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Let’s meet the lady behind all this lovely. 

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What is the story behind Becky By Design

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After graduating with a Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Sunderland, I worked in local radio and then at a publishing house in London, before moving to Cheshire with my husband’s job. After having my daughter I was desperate for a creative outlet once again, that would fit around family life.

Even after my own wedding, back in 2001, I have always been attracted to the industry, and it felt like a natural step for me, so I started to excitedly put some designs together. After about a year, and trying lots of different styles, I finally felt that I had found my own style that I was comfortable with.

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Who is a Becky By Design bride?

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A ‘no fuss’ bride who wants simplicity and elegance.

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Becky By Design

Beatrice

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Where are you based?  Do you work by appointment or online?

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I am based in a small canal side village called Wrenbury, near Nantwich, Cheshire. I find my rural surroundings to be a very calming creative influence!  Most of my work is online, however, I do offer consultation appointments in the surrounding area if the bride requests it.

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Becky By Design

Agnes

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Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

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Glamour Range

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I wanted to create a range of designs that were really clean and fresh looking.

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I love lots of white space on a design and adore ribbons, especially Dior bows, so combining the two meant that I could create the fresh look I was after. There are so many wonderful crystal embellishments available now that I was spoilt for choice to be honest with which ones to choose to add to the designs. I could go on and on creating!

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Elegance Range

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This range was born out of a love of pretty papers that I was desperate to use!

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Again, I was spoilt for choice with the range of gorgeous papers that are out there. The inspiration came from a combination of English rose and French elegance. The elegant shape of the cards were an important part of the look I was trying to create.

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My Lillian design was a recent winner in the Imagine Wedding Stationery monthly design competition.

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Contemporary Range

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I wanted to use small mirrors in a couple of designs in this range (which are all hand cut by a local supplier) to create a really modern feel. I’ve also included a couple of beautiful printed designs in this range which I really love.

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Save the Date, Classic, Flat or Pocketfold invitation, RSVP cards, Order of Service, Menu, Place Cards, Table Numbers, Favour Boxes, Table Plan, Guest Book, Photograph Album and Thank You Cards are available in each design. 

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Alexandra

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Can you produce completely bespoke designs?  Tell us about the process?

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Yes, I usually start with asking if the bride has already worked out the details of her day such as the colour scheme, flower choice, and any particular ideas she may already have in mind. Is she drawn to any of the designs already on my website? The location of the wedding, the guests attending and the personality of the bride and groom are all considered in the process.

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Rose

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What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

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1920’s and floral styled stationery is really popular at the moment. The laser cut invitation seems to be the trend for 2014.

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Aurora

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What other products/ services do you offer?

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I do the full range of invitations and on the day stationery, but also table plans, post boxes, photograph albums, guest book and thank you cards

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Who would be your dream client, and what sort of design would you envisage for them?

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I know she is already married (to the lovely David), but my dream client would be someone like Victoria Beckham as I adore her elegant style of dressing and would love to transfer this over into her wedding stationery. I would envisage lots of black and crystals, very sharp clean lines.

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What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

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♥ Give yourself plenty of time (don’t consider choosing your wedding stationery as a quick job). Make sure you have plenty of time to make the right decision.

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♥ Decide on your style – your wedding stationery is the first impression your guests will have of your wedding day. Are you a traditional bride or do you want something different?

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♥ Always order a sample invitation – the touch and feel of your stationery is as important as how it looks. Good quality card is a must, as well as being beautifully put together. It’s very difficult to tell from a photograph from a website.

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♥ When ordering your invitations make sure you order slightly more than you actually need – there will always be someone you have forgotten to include or you may make a mistake when writing them out!

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♥ Sit down and decide on your on the day stationery and work out how much you will actually need. Work out your budget and then decide which items you feel would be most important on your day. You don’t have to have them all!

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Becky By Design

Butterfly

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What would be your no nos for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery? 

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Don’t mix more than two colours together if you can and don’t mix too many styles.  Keep it simple. Less is more.

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Becky By Design

Beatrice

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What are your prices? 

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Invitation prices range from £3.50 to £4.25.  On the day stationery ranges from £1.50 (place card) to £95 (ornate table plan).

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Which of your ranges would you recommend for a Bride on a budget/ if money was no object?

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I adore the Beatrice design (£3.50 for a classic fold invitation). It’s so elegant and gorgeous, and a real wow factor for less money.  If you have a little more to spend, Chloe, with its gorgeous large crystal embellishment (£4.25 for a pocketfold invitation) is a real statement.

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Becky By Design

Snowflake

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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The Lillian, Agnes and Elizabeth designs are really popular at the moment. Lots of samples are currently being sent out for the Snowflake design, for winter weddings.

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Becky By Design

Lillian

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What sets Becky By Design apart from its competitors?

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The use of lots of white space in my designs creates luxury, sophistication and has a calming effect.   I aim to echo those values in my consultation and design service. 

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Can you offer a special discount to Brides Up North readers?

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Yes, if you book your wedding stationery with Becky By Design and quote Brides Up North, we can offer a 10% discount on all orders over £400.

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Isabella

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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Usually around 4 to 6 weeks. However, if you require your stationery quicker (and we can accommodate you) an express service is available at a charge.
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Becky By Design

Snowflake

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How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

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You can buy a sample or place an order via my website www.beckybydesign.co.uk or  contact me via the following:

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Telephone: 07979 196351

Facebook: www.facebook.com/beckybydesign

Twitter: @ _beckybydesign

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Anything else we should know?

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I run a monthly competition on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/beckybydesign where brides can win anything from a guest book to table names for their wedding.  Come and join the fun!

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