Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

class acts: entertainment nation

July 24th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog, we’re catching up with our fabulous Sponsor Entertainment Nation, to hear their latest news whilst also getting some pro tips and advice on picking the right acts to enhance your big day.

Offering something for all, Entertainment Nation has an impressive choice of bands, musicians and performers to choose from, each reliable, professional and sure to delight and excite your wedding guests.

In this post, the friendly team are bringing us up to date with their wedding entertainment offering, but you can also find out more about their amazing services on their easy-to-use website and also via their fabulous Live Loft videos as detailed below. Take it away guys…

Can you give us an overview of the types of entertainment that you offer?

entertainment nation say: We offer a huge range of bands, performers and entertainers – including bands, soloists, duos and classical performers, plus tribute, themed and speciality acts. We provide anything from a rock and pop band, to a carnival show, a classical quartet to a DJ, a magician to a football freestyler! You name it, we’ve got it!

Do you have any exciting new acts or news to tell us about since we last spoke to you?

We are always hiring exciting new acts to our roster – so we encourage readers to go and check out the fresh blood we have on the site! We are branching out to all different kinds of acts at the moment and we can’t wait for them to head out and perform at our clients’ weddings

We’ve also had a brilliant start to our Entertainment Nation Live Loft series. A great range of acts have come in to perform in our live lounge style studio and we’ve loved hanging out with them! Every act performs two live acoustic covers, as well as taking part in an informal interview and a few ‘Guess the Intro’ games. There’s plenty more in the pipeline for the Live Loft, so keep an eye out for more videos!

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In your opinion, how can entertainment at a wedding enhance the day and make it more memorable?

Live entertainment is the only way to go in our eyes! If you book a professional live band, you are guaranteed a spectacular show that will wow all of your guests. Our bands are all very experienced performers, meaning your wedding is in safe hands. Our acts know what works for each event and can tailor their sets to cater for a particular audience. That dancefloor will be full until the early hours, for sure!

Wedding entertainment isn’t just restricted to the evening reception either – a classical string quartet or acoustic duo for your ceremony/drinks reception will add an elegant and romantic atmosphere. Trust us – there’s an act for every part of your big day!

How do you pick the bands and acts that you select and ensure that they are reliable?

We take the process of selecting new bands and acts very seriously. The acts we promote are a reflection of Entertainment Nation and we only want the best entertainment on our books. Acts are required to provide professional promotional material and accurate information regarding their act if they wish to sign up. Our expert team also read through the acts’ testimonials from previous clients – which tends to highlight anything that we might have missed.

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What do couples love about your service and what sets you apart from other entertainment companies?

Entertainment Nation stems from a background of experienced musicians who have played at thousands of weddings. We know how weddings work and can see both sides of the process. We bring the personal touch and will take time to answer every email and discuss every last detail of a couple’s wedding entertainment, to make sure it’s perfect on the day. During our many years of experience in the wedding entertainment industry, we have seen what happens when things aren’t done properly and we don’t want anyone else to suffer that experience – we do it right.

One of most attractive things about booking with Entertainment Nation is that we are available from 10am until 10pm, seven days a week, meaning we are always there to answer any questions or queries about the act you’ve booked.

What are your top five tips for couples when choosing their wedding entertainment?

Book early – We can’t emphasise this enough. We advise that clients book at least 12-18 months in advance to make sure they get plenty of choice when it comes to booking their entertainment. You don’t want to find the perfect wedding band and then be told they were snapped up six months ago!

Talk to your venue – Most venues know exactly what to tell a client regarding live entertainment. However, you need to ask the right questions. You need to know: if the venue allows live entertainment, if they have a sound limiter and how big the performance area is.

Explore the options – When searching for an act, make sure you look at different line ups, different genres and different styles of entertainment. We advise that clients explore all possible options to make sure they don’t miss out on their ideal act.

Watch promo videos and listen to demos – most bands and acts provide professional promotional videos or demo tracks on their profile. They are a great representation of what the act will be like on the day.

Book with an agency – Booking with an agency means you have someone to contact at all times as well as the security of a contract. We oversee everything from initial enquiries until the big day itself, and are on hand in case of an entertainment emergency.

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Music Maestros! Supplier Showcase: The Dotted Crotchets

September 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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If you are in the market for wedding music that keeps everyone from you teenage cousin to you great aunt tapping along, look no further.  Classical, with a contemporary twist, I absolutely adore this wedding band, and am so excited to be blogging this supplier showcase today. 

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They played my Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire with aplomb, and now they are back to tell you all about themselves.  This afternoon I chat to the fabulous foursome that is The Dotted Crotchets

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Dotted Crotchets

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What is your background?  How did The Dotted Crotchets meet?

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We all met while studying at the RNCM in Manchester and have been performing with each other for over 5 years in various groups. After performing with other quartets at weddings and events we noticed that the songs which went down the best were the pop songs and so we decided to form The Dotted Crotchets and focus on playing popular chart hits that wouldn’t usually be associated with a string quartet.

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We also like to dress to suit the occasion. Although string quartets traditionally wear dinner jackets with bow ties or all black, we also provide a very popular option of less formal attire, with colourful dresses for the ladies and suits for the men, if that is more in keeping with the style of your wedding or event.

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Are you all classically trained?

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We have all graduated with a BMus degree having spent 4 years studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. While we are classically trained we also enjoy performing other styles of music including jazz and pop.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Dotted Crotchets

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What instruments do you play?

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The string quartet is made up of four instruments; two violins, a viola and a cello, however we can also provide a string trio which doesn’t have a second violin. Other group formations are also possible, for example we have just been booked as a string trio plus piano, so do get in touch if you are interested in having different instruments.

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Click through to hear this talented lot in action…

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