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Morning Cwtchers!

So hows all that planning going? Reached the ‘what on earth are we going to do for music in the evening?!’ stage yet?

Well panic no further, as we have Adam from Bands for Hire, here to help!  Bands for Hire are a music agency providing live bands for every occasion. From function and wedding band hire to swing and jazz bands, they have picked the very best on offer.

As a one stop entertainment agency, they also provide String quartets, Wedding Musicians and DJs for hire. 

Clearly, Adam is qualified to offer you some awesome tips when choosing your wedding band! Over to you Adam…

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Top Tips when Choosing Your Wedding Band

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Like many soon-to-wed couples, one of the most important aspects of your wedding day may well be the music; the ceremony songs, background music and live band will become the sound track to your big day, and ultimately the soundtrack to your lives. With this in mind, along with the often large sums of money spent on entertainment, it’s vital to choose wisely.

A quick search on the internet for live wedding bands in your area and you will most certainly be presented with an overwhelming selection of bands, each one of various standards. Deciphering through the various websites will require some time, so grab a glass of red and get comfortable, you are about to hear more renditions of Uptown Funk and Mr Brightside than you ever thought possible.

So what steps can you take to ensure you’re making the right choice? These days it’s all too easy to throw up a website, bash out a few demos and call yourself a wedding band but as with every trade, there are various degrees of professionalism and there are a number of ways to root out the good from the bad.

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First Impressions are important

As a general rule of thumb, I find that if a band has gone to great effort and expense to produce high quality demos, videos and photos, then that is usually a good start. Putting together promotional material is a significant investment which demonstrates a professional attitude and serious intentions.

Compare Quotes

Whilst price isn’t always an indicator of quality, many bands will eventually settle at a price point that reflects their popularity and quality. The most experienced bands will inevitably quote more for their services so decide on what you can afford and work around your budget.

Ask for reviews and testimonials

Experienced bands will usually have testimonials available from previous clients, the more reviews the better as this will provide you with a good insight into their live performance as well as their communication. Not all agencies publish testimonials so don’t be afraid to investigate further if you can’t find any online.

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Are the band with an agency?

If a band is represented by a credible agency, then this is often a good sign, however, this then begs the question ‘how to spot a credible agency?’. Here are a few things to look out for:

  1. Is the agency a limited company and do they have a registered company number displayed on their website? If so, look them up on the Companies House website.

  2. Is the agency VAT registered? This can be a strong indication that the company has been around a while and will still be here on your wedding day.

  3. Does the company have reviews online that you can read from independent sources, i.e. Google and Facebook?

  4. How long has the company been operating for?

Quotes from agencies may occasionally be slightly higher than booking a band directly, but on the biggest day of your life, it’s comforting to know that a credible company is only a phone call away.

Check the Set List before booking

When researching bands, be sure to look into their repertoire and set lists to get a better idea about their performance. The majority of wedding bands cater for a mixed group of ages, so whilst you may want the majority of the music to be to your tastes, keep an open mind to ensure all guests will be kept entertained.

Watch the band live if possible

If a band is local and are putting on a showcase event then it’s a great idea to watch them live. However, the most popular bands in the industry don’t tend to perform any public gigs at all and so watching them live will unfortunately not be possible. Using promotional material and other aforementioned factors are usually the best way to judge a band’s professionalism.

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Communication is important

Whether you choose to book directly with a band or through an agency, good communication is essential. If a band takes a week to reply to your emails you’re going to feel frustrated and planning could get stressful. Decide on a band that you feel confident is on your wavelength and will be easy to deal with.

Final checks before booking

Before confirming your chosen band, it’s worth going through the following points with your band and venue first:

Insurance: All wedding bands should come with full Public Liability Insurance (PLI) to protect them from potential injury claims.

PAT Certificate: Your venue may also require PAT certificates for the band’s gear so check that the band have this.

Sound Requirements: Ask your venue if they have any specific sound requirements, it’s very common for a venue to have a sound limiter installed and if so, you’ll need to check that your band are comfortable with this.

Space: Is there sufficient space at the venue? As a general rule I usually recommend approximately a meter width for each band member and three meters depth. So, a 5-piece band might need 5 x 3 meters in total.

Band Rider: Does your band have a rider? 99% of musicians will request a meal before they perform and this should be outlined in their contract.

It’s time to start your search!

With all of this in mind, don’t forget the most important tip at all – choose a band that you love and that you feel has the perfect vibe to suit your day.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Cwtch the Bride only accepts sponsored posts from companies we think will be useful to you :) 

Cwtchfest Contributers- The iGency

Today we have the fabulous Suz from iGency telling us all about the great live music acts they are bringing to Cwtchfest in April. EEK! we’re so damn excited!
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Hello all you lovely Cwtch readers…we are thrilled to be involved in the amazing Cwtchfest once again!

It is going to be even bigger and better this year and being held at the home of the Green man Festival Glanusk Estate.  It is a super cool event and a really refreshing change from your typical wedding fair, we are very excited…you are in for a real treat.

If you are yet to get your tickets don’t worry you can still get them here

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The iGency is a live entertainment agency based in South Wales. Run by myself  & my partner Ryan, between us we have over 30 years professional music industry and performance experience. My background is West End Theatre & Ryan is one of Wales’ top session drummers and has toured the world with numerous international superstars. We believe our invaluable experience really helps us to understand what it takes to be a first class act.

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We personally vet all our acts and hand pick only the finest and loveliest talent ensuring you get cool, stylish, stress free entertainment of the highest standard. We supply spectacular entertainment to hundreds of weddings every year through the UK & internationally and have thus become ‘wedding entertainment experts’. We can help with all aspects of the entertainment for your big day, we can even offer bespoke solutions for your event,  get in touch and let us know what you require. We are passionate about providing our clients with top quality entertainment, when you book an act from The iGency you can rest assured you are booking the best. We work closely with a huge team of world class musicians, and vocalist whom we call upon to bring your event to life. You are guaranteed exceptional attitudes, a cool contemporary look and sound, and electrifying performances from our team.

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The iGency will be supplying lots of great entertainment throughout the day at  Cwtchfest. If you are thinking of booking entertainment for your big day come and see our team live on 17th April. In most circumstances it is not possible to see our bands live as they perform at private functions. Cwtchfest is a rare and exclusive opportunity to see for yourself  the magic a live band can bring to your wedding. Amongst the line up on the day will be our top bands iPop, iRock, Indienational & iLectric who’s vocalist Shellyann has recently appeared on ‘The Voice’. We will also be showcasing some other great wedding entertainment options.
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Live entertainment is such a special part of any wedding it will be a talking point for years to come. So much of the feedback we receive talks about the ‘band making the night’,  ‘creating an amazing atmosphere’, ‘filling the dance floor’… the right band truly does just that, nothing else beats it.  My advice when booking a band would be do not just go for the cheapest option like anything you get what you pay for, anyone can call themselves a “wedding band” but chances are the reason they are cheapest is because they are not as good.  When booking one of our acts you pay for experience, professionalism of the highest standard on & off stage, great equipment and a stress free booking process. A great band will make the night a bad band can break it… ;) You can select one of our brilliant ready made acts or let us create something completely bespoke to make your vision a reality.
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We hope to see you at Cwtchfest on 17th April for a taster of what we offer, it would be great to meet you.  Drop us a line before hand if you are interested in a particular band and we can advise you on the schedule for the day.
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Along side running the The iGency Ryan & I perform in the band iPop. iPop is where it all began…

Since forming in 2010 iPop have become one of the most established wedding bands in the UK. We play at over 100 weddings and events every year. The entire band have extensive industry experience and are full time, highly experienced, professional musicians. We know exactly how important booking the right wedding band is and we are really passionate about making your big day the best it can be.

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 As we all know weddings can become expensive, we keep our prices affordable by offering our stylish 4 piece line up. Prices include the whole evenings entertainment, a state of the art PA sound system, lighting and all music between sets played via DJ software. If you have a larger budget we can include our additional vocalist, sax player, & percussionist. Traveling the world is fabulous but we love performing here in Wales…especially since we recently gained a new addition to the iPop team….our whirlwind daughter ;)) As we are based in Wales you guys get our absolute best prices & we are currently offering a special deal to Cwtch readers having Welsh weddings. Please get in touch and mention ‘Cwtch The Bride’ for details.

 iPop specialise in modern chart floor fillers but with our years of experience and huge repertoire of the best party hits of all time we can adapt our set list specifically for you. We can also offer an acoustic set for the drinks reception or wedding breakfast, & a super cool live DJ to compliment the band. Your entertainment can be individually tailored to suit your style and budget.

If you are looking for a stylish, versatile, fun, friendly, professional party band iPop are the band for you.

Visit www.ipopband.co.uk for more details, take a look at our live videos, demos & reviews from other happy couples… we would love to hear from you.
 
Catch iPop live at Cwtchfest April 17th 
 
Video Links:
  • Watch interview here
  •  Wedding Rolling : here
  •  Corporate roundhouse: here
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iRock: iRock are an incredibly in demand wedding band, since forming in 2011 they have fast become the band to have. They perform at around 80 weddings plus per year and have a super cool yet versatile playlist. They perform hits from all your fave indie rock/pop acts including Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Fratellies, Stereophonics, Kaizer chiefs, Killers, Kings Of Leon & many more. The boys are not only super talented they are lovely too and know how to make your day extra special. Visit www.irockband.co.uk for more information.
 
Video:   Live Studio watch here
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iLectric: iLectric’s lead vocalist Shellyann recently appeared on BBC’s ‘The Voice’. She is a pop powerhouse! Their brilliantly broad set will appeal to all as they perform the coolest party hits ever. Covering both up to date modern chart hits and old school classics. Their repertoire includes tunes from Bon Jovi to Bruno Mars. iLectrifying vocals and great musicians. Visit www.ilectricband.co.uk for more information.
 
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The band here
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Indienational are our latest addition and are taking the event scene by storm. This band look the part, sound the part and can absolutely rock the party! They are the masters of Indie Pop & Rock, and with endless super cool tunes, charisma and rock star good looks, this epic line line up will bring your event to life. 
Catch all these amazing acts live..plus many more  at Cwtchfest on  17th April

FEATURED POST – Music For You

Today Cwtchers we have one of our fabulous Lush list members Music For You on the blog with their three top tips for you.  But first they explain a little on what they do….

Music for You is run by professional musician Andrew Jones, who has been involved in the industry for in excess of 25 years and who prides himself in providing quality professional musicians, who perform live music, to the very highest standards.
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When selecting the type of music you want for your “Special” Day, Andrew understands the importance of getting things just right and will personally talk you through the many options available to you, in order to provide a bespoke service, tailored to your individual needs and tastes.

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This will include all aspects of your wedding Day, right from the “big moment” for the arrival of the Bride, the music played during the signing of the Register, the Recessional music as the newly-married Bride and Groom exit the Ceremony, the Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast, through to the Evening Party and the music for the First Dance.

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It’s also important to get the right musical combinations to suit your day, which is why Music for You takes time to get to know the Bride and Groom properly and to find out what their particular musical tastes are from the outset. Are there any special pieces of music which you both like? Is there a recurring theme for the Wedding and would you like music that reflects that? Would you also like the musicians dressed in a particular style?

Music for You can offer anything ranging from a Brass Quintet and a team of Fanfare Trumpeters, to a String Quartet and Harpist, right through to a 60’s soul Band and a 15-pice Big Band. The choice is yours.

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For further information, just visit the web-site www.andrewjonesmusic.com/weddings music.html or call Andrew on 07973 869621.


Our 3 top tips for Brides-to-be


 

  1. If you’re having a Civil Wedding Ceremony, remember that you must not have music performed, (live or recorded), that contains ANY religious connection or connotation whatsoever.

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2.  Don’t underestimate the power that music has on your special day – especially live music. The entrance of the Bride is probably one of THE most important moments of your life, so choose your music with that in mind.

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3.  Remember that it’s your Wedding Day, so if you would like something slightly different to walk down the aisle to, there’s a chance we can do it for you. As our motto goes – “Music for You – it’s just that!

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