July 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
I think I speak for the majority of brides-to-be when I say that one of my main dreads for the big day would be an empty dancefloor. While I adore the sentimental parts of a wedding, a measure of how much I’ve enjoyed the celebrations is often determined by the amount of time spent on the dancefloor – and so a tumbleweed moment come our evening reception just won’t do.
As such I’m eager to do the required research to ensure we bag the right live acts to set the tone during the day – and keep the party rocking at night. But where to start? Thankfully we’re hearing from our fabulous Sponsor Warble Entertainment today on how to select the best live acts for you, your guests, the theme and the venue. See, already some elements that you might not have thought of!
As a trusted agency with an impressive portfolio of UK-wide acts on their roster, Warble can not only help to narrow down the entertainment search to suit your individual day, but they can also advise on how to get the very best out of the live band or performer that you book.
So, without further delay, we’ll hand over to Warble Entertainment team member Joey Burdon, to lift the lid (or raise the roof!) on securing a jumpin’ dancefloor!
Images provided by Warble Entertainment.
Why would you encourage couples to hire a singer/band for their wedding?
joey says: Live music is an experience. It’s an amazing thing that has the power to move you and create lifelong memories. With a live wedding musician you are getting a truly unique performance for your special day. Not only that but the pure energy that a party band can bring to your night is unmatched. One comment we hear all the time is how couples enjoyed having their own private gig or concert on their wedding night and how interactive the whole experience was.
Consider the times where you would usually have pre-recorded music on your wedding day and think, can this be performed by a live musician instead? Key moments might be walking down the aisle or your first dance. Having a bespoke and live performance of a song that encapsulates you as a couple is the perfect touch to add to proceedings and is sure to be remembered.
How should couples go about choosing the right genre of live act for their wedding day – what elements should they take into consideration?
A lot of couples make the mistake of being too self-indulgent here (why wouldn’t you?!) but you really do need to consider your guests. It’s great to find a band you like but are they going to get on with your friends and family? Can they play songs to please everyone as well as some numbers that fit with your theme? Are they equipped to fill the dance floor on your wedding night and get your guests dancing? You will want to be asking these questions as you do research into potential live acts for your wedding.
You will also want to consider both your venue and your theme, if you have one. Certain acts lend themselves better to certain themes and settings, and you will want your wedding entertainment to feel at home on your wedding day. For example a barn venue or festival theme is just screaming for a Mumford & Son’s style folk band with a towering double bass and banjos. If your chosen venue is a picture perfect castle with rich history, find an act that lean towards more classical vibes or even create that fairy tale atmosphere with elegant entertainment.
How can couples source potential acts and what elements should they check when comparing those in their short-list?
The majority of couples look online now for their wedding inspiration and have done for a long time! This is no different for wedding entertainment as there is so much information available on potential acts at your fingertips. Do some heavy searching and start to get an idea what you like or dislike about certain acts to help you narrow it down.
A lot of acts that are set up specifically for weddings rarely get to play public events. This makes it difficult to see your band before you book so how can you be sure you have the right band? Reviews and testimonials are key. A band might look and sound amazing online but how do you know how much experience they have or what other people think of them? Look around and build up a picture using reviews to tell you exactly what the act are like at a typical wedding.
Do couples need to check with their venue if they can have a live act at their wedding before booking and, if so, are there any other key questions they should ask?
Yes, definitely ask the question, ‘can I have live music?’. If this is important to you on your wedding day it should be one of your first questions. Sound limiters are also becoming more commonplace at wedding venues around the country so it’s important to check this. However, don’t be disheartened if the venue has one in place! You can still have live music, just find out what the limit is so you can make better decisions on what acts you look at. Warble Entertainment have a wide variety of limiter friendly bands that can work with these types of venues.
I would also ask to see the space where the band would set up, and also if there is a designated dancing space for you to throw some shapes! This will allow you to visualise the band on your night and know that there is adequate space for guests to enjoy your live act.
March 21st, 2018 | Rachel Parry
If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again; there’s nothing like live musical entertainment to set the scene at a wedding.
Whether its creating a romantic ambience for the ceremony, chilled out vibes at the drinks reception or creating a full-on party atmosphere for the evening celebrations, live acts have all the skills to take your big day celebrations to the next level.
Our fabulous Sponsor Warble Entertainment, know this better than anyone as a trusted agency with an incredible portfolio of UK-wide quality acts on their books that cater for thousands of weddings and events year on year.
As such we’ve invited them to the blog today to update us on their amazing offering while also sharing their pearls of wisdom on how to pair the right musical entertainment to particular styles of weddings. So, we’ll leave you in the safe hands of the lovely Warble Entertainment team member Joey Burdon…
Can you give us a brief overview of Warble Entertainment and tell us what it offers to wedding couples?
joey says: Warble Entertainment Agency was established in 2007 with a vision to make entertainment hire both simple and fun. We aim to make things easy at Warble and are proud to offer something exciting and different when it comes to booking wedding entertainment with the best acts available in the UK right now. From the beginning our approach has been one of honesty and passion towards understanding our customers’ needs and the importance of weddings. We are lucky to have a strong team who value the company’s core beliefs and ethos when it comes to reliability, transparency and incredible customer service in providing the UK’s most exciting wedding entertainment.
What sets you apart from other entertainment agencies?
Warble are an agency with bags of personality and a huge passion for what we do. Our team is made up of industry professionals and experts who have vast experience in co-ordinating all manner of events. We are always on hand to answer any questions or give impartial advice to help make your wedding a success. Warble are also the only agency who run a video advice series with guides on booking entertainment, wedding inspiration and tips – often with guest spots; from appearances from acts, suppliers and wedding industry professionals to help educate couples on the world of weddings and entertainment!
What is the feedback like from your clients?
Every customer of ours is highly valued and we make sure that we are able to provide a bespoke service to every single one. We are always getting amazing comments from couples who have booked with us and it makes us so happy when we know that we were able to help them find an amazing act for their wedding. Everyone is always surprised to find out how easy the process can be! We are aware that booking wedding entertainment isn’t something that people do every day – or only do once in their lifetimes so we are constantly keeping couples up to date throughout the process and making things stress free. We know that great entertainment can absolutely make a wedding, and this is something we hear daily from couples who have booked through us. Our acts are the best around and there is so much choice to suit absolutely any event.
How do you vet the acts on your books to ensure they meet the Warble standard?
The quality of our acts is important to us and we ensure that every act is stringently vetted before being allocated a place on our roster. We have a dedicated Artist Liaison team here at Warble who have procedures in place in order to assure that every act has the correct PLI and PAT documentation, so you can be safe in the knowledge that they are eligible to perform at your chosen venue. We work with trusted and experienced acts who do this full time as a profession and only a small number of acts who apply are accepted onto the roster – we have a very high standard! We also hold regular showcases, host interviews and act features meaning that we are lucky enough to see many of our amazing acts from all over the UK performing live.
What elements should couples take into account when choosing the right type of entertainment for their wedding?
Our aim is to always try and match the right entertainment with the style of the wedding. Entertainment comes in all shapes and sizes and can be used in so many different ways! Every wedding has some kind of personality or theme. This can be something simple like a ‘casual’ wedding or ‘rustic’ and other themes can be much stronger such as ‘vintage’ or a ‘wedstival’. These play a massive part in choosing the right entertainment so look for entertainment that not only matches your theme, but enhances it! Definitely pay attention to gaps and lulls throughout your day too. Using entertainment to fill these is a great idea if you’re aware of them.
July 18th, 2017 | Julia Braime
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
May 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re contemplating an autumn date for your special day, then this afternoon’s real wedding will have you falling head over heels for this beautiful time of the year. Think rich jewelled tones, café au lait dahlias and a picture-perfect sunset, and you’ll get a fair idea of what to expect.
Our couple, Catherine and Frazer, tied the knot at Whirlowbrook Hall, a gorgeous manor house set within 39 acres of landscaped gardens. Plumping for a navy blue and pewter colour scheme, their elegant vintage-inspired theme works beautifully with the venue’s classic backdrop.
As you’ll see, there are so many Pinterest-worthy highlights from their special day – the stunning four-tiered cake (complete with edible sequins) is a favourite, and I just love the bride’s statement blue shoes!
With images by Mylo Photography
catherine says: We got engaged on our seven-year anniversary, at home, on 27th December 2014, on what was a lovely crisp wintery morning. I had been dropping not so subtle hints about getting married for about a year but Frazer kept saying I’d have to wait and see as our anniversary was coming up.
The day dawned and he made me breakfast. He called me through for my sausage sandwich. I put the ketchup on and flipped the top slice of bread onto the sandwich. Neatly carved into the bread was “will you marry me?”. I think I actually said, “Oh go on then!”. Because of the snow we were unable to visit our families to share the good news for about a week!
We got married on 16th October 2016. We always knew we wanted an autumn wedding, as we love autumnal colours. Plus a sunny autumn day can be so beautiful. As it turned out, it rained heavily until about an hour before the ceremony and then stayed sunny and dry. We got some fabulous photos with the autumn sunset too.
We hosted our ceremony and reception at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield. We hadn’t intended to go and see Whirlowbrook, as my sister had always wanted to get married there and I didn’t want to copy. We had gone to two wedding fairs nearby, and heard that Whirlowbrook was also holding one. We thought we’d go and see the suppliers rather than the venue, but as soon as we walked in, we knew we’d get married there! The atmosphere was so special, the staff were friendly and attentive, and the Hall and grounds are stunning. We also liked the fact that we’d get exclusive use of the venue for the day, and it was small enough to be intimate, yet still had enough space for everyone.
We didn’t have a theme as such, but we went for an autumnal vintage elegance feel. Hopefully we captured the richness of the season and matched the grandeur of the hall with classic decorations, but still managed to do things a bit differently.
We opted for a navy blue and pewter/silver colour scheme. We wanted jewel tones for that rich autumnal feel and settled on navy as a colour which would be easy to co-ordinate. We didn’t want bright silver so settled on a darker more antique silver/pewter for our metallic accents. We also incorporated cream and ivory to lighten the overall look.
I got my dress – the Alfred Angelo 216 Cinderella gown – in a sample sale. I knew I wanted a mermaid/fishtail style, but something a bit different. As soon as I put the dress on, I knew it was ‘the one’. My seamstress, Bride by Katie-Lou Designs, handmade a bolero and matched the lace to the detail on the bodice of the dress, it was perfect! I also wore a long one-tier veil.
My lovely bridesmaid Adele let me wear her antique pearl necklace as my something borrowed. Pearl is also my birthstone, which tied in nicely.
I chose bright blue Irregular Choice shoes for a pop of colour, they were fabulous and I got so many compliments.
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June 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
As wedding entertainment options continue to grow far beyond the traditional pianist, string quartet and DJ, knowing which live act to hire for your big day can be a somewhat overwhelming task. But fear not, as an abundance of inspiration, advice and choice can be found at the click of a button via trusted online entertainment agencies, such as fabulous Brides Up North Sponsor, Warble Entertainment.
Keen to offer couples the very best talent in the industry whilst guaranteeing complete piece of mind, the team at Warble will ensure your wedding entertainment makes your big day truly memorable and unique.
Better still, Warble are offering Brides Up North readers an amazing 10% discount on their booking deposit, just quote ‘Brides Up North discount’ at the time of enquiry.
So to get you off on the right foot, we’re today quizzing Tracey of Warble Entertainment on how to hit the right note with your band or act selection…
Tell us a little about Warble Entertainment…
tracey says: Warble Entertainment is an agency designed to make booking entertainment for your wedding fun, friendly and efficient.
It was set up nearly ten years ago by husband and wife Matt and Tracey (that’s me!) who had a passion for live music, weddings, events and entertainment. They believed there was a lack of honesty and good customer service within the entertainment agency sector at that time and wanted to produce an agency that understood the importance of a wedding and took time to care about the both the customers and the acts requirements.
Now Warble consists of a strong team of 16 who are just as passionate about the company and its core beliefs of honesty, reliability and great customer service, whilst providing the UK’s most exciting entertainment…which is exactly what wedding couples receive when they book via Warble.
What different types of entertainment do you offer?
The most exciting thing about Warble is that we can literally offer any kind of entertainment to suit any style of wedding. So whether you are looking for a traditional and romantic theme and are looking to book a harpist for your ceremony, a jazz band for your drinks reception, a magician during your wedding breakfast and a DJ for your evening reception, or, you require something a little more alternative with a vintage twist, so maybe a barbershop quartet for your ceremony, a mime artist for your drinks reception, a 1920’s jazz singer for your wedding breakfast and a full live funky swing band for your evening reception – we can bring your ideas and theme to life!
How can live entertainment help to enhance a wedding day?
Live entertainment is so important to have at weddings for so many different reasons! Here are just a few of these:
It helps bring your theme to life – as mentioned above, entertainment can augment your theme, for example if you’re having a festival theme it’s a no brainer than you’d have a fantastic headlining live band!
It helps break the ice – it’s well known that at weddings there is usually lots of different groups of people that don’t know each other and well placed and timed entertainment will help bring them all together. For example, a magician during the wedding breakfast can provide a great talking point for the table.
It fills the gaps – the best example here is the drinks reception, where the bride and groom are often busy having their professional photographs and so if you leave the guests with a caricaturist and perhaps some live music to lift the atmosphere, they’ll never know you were gone!
It makes your big day stand out from the crowd – Although your big days is obviously extremely special to you and your nearest and dearest, it is inevitable that it won’t be the only wedding many of your guests will have been to that year and so why not make sure it’s the one to remember for all the right reasons!
May 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you’re getting married this year *eek! congrats!* you must now be ridiculously excited! By now you will probably have booked and organized most things and you are imagining the running order and how the day will flow (or if you’re taking a more chilled out approach check out our epic “Suppliers We Love” Directory to source all your last minute bits and bobs, with the Brides Up North seal of approval).
Either way, Brides Up North Sponsor Tracey of Warble Entertainment is taking over our pretty pages this afternoon to be your online entertainment agony aunt, remedying any last minute worries with her specialist suggestions for a really memorable day.
Will our ceremony have the WOW factor it deserves?
tracey says: Whilst reciting your vows and committing yourselves to each other forever is of course a big deal and will be a beautiful moment for you and your nearest and dearest, you may want to consider augmenting such a special moment with entertainment. A popular choice for 2016 weddings is to book a contemporary acoustic guitarist and singer to perform as you walk down the aisle, during the signing of the register and ideally, you can request a fun, upbeat song for when you and your guests leave – this will really set the tone for the rest of the day and get everyone into the party spirit.
Who will look after our guests during the drinks reception?
The drinks reception is usually when your photographer will whisk you away to get those all-important shots for the wedding album. That’s great for you guys and the wedding party, but your guests are usually left alone and very often hungry during so it’s a good idea to keep them amused. Many brides and grooms are choosing to book a caricaturist for this part of the day as not only does it provide for a great memento for your guests but it is also very entertaining for the crowd that gather to watch. Other popular choices during this time are walkabout acts such as lookalikes (imagine the surprise on your guests’ faces when David Beckham or Del Boy crashes the wedding), or living trees or statues, which create a real buzz and great photo opportunities.
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