Today we are back with our Blogging Bride to focus on the subject of Choosing Live Music for your Big Day.
I hand you over to Sophie…
“Jon and I are both big music lovers and we are lucky enough to have such an eclectic taste that we enjoy many genres.”
“Upon meeting 5 years ago, we bonded over our mutual love of Dizzee Rascal’s “Holiday” which we played on repeat until 4am.”
“This theme has continued throughout our relationship, we’ll become obsessed with a song – whether it’s a metal tune, an old Northern Soul track one of us has discovered, or a chart hit that we secretly just love.”
“So music at our wedding has been high on our priority list.”
“Over the bank holiday weekend we decided to nip out for a swift pint at one of the local pubs.”
“We arrived and noticed they were set up for live music so decided to stick around to see what they were like.”
“On came these two beefy looking bald blokes that looked like they would be more at home at a footie match.”
“Then they began and we were blown away; these guys had the most soulful voices I’ve ever heard and it was an absolute bonus that they played a set full of Motown hits. Never judge a book by its cover ey?!”
“Needless to say, a swift pint turned into a whole evening of drinking and dancing with the locals and we both decided to ask them for a card afterwards.”
“Before we’d had a chance to approach one of the guys, they came up to us, shaking our hands and thanking us for dancing the night away.”
“I was so impressed with how they interacted with everyone and from that moment we were sold. I wanted these guys at our wedding.”
“We chatted for a while outside, took a card and called them the next day.”
“My biggest surprise was the price –we’ve been fretting over the cost of live music for a while because our budget is pretty modest but we really didn’t want to sacrifice entertainment.”
“We tentatively put down a budget of £1,000 but in actual fact these soulful blokes cost less than half of that. Bonus! I always had a Motown band in my head – it’s a love of mine and a pretty safe genre for people across the age ranges!”
“So far, the two bookings we’ve made (the venue and the entertainment) have happened through simply stumbling across them and I’m so pleased it’s happened that way – we’ve not felt pressured or forced in any way, they’ve just come to our attention by chance.”
“My top tip this month for Brides-to-be is to check out your local pubs and clubs for live music in the months leading up to your wedding.”
“Wedding bands can be so so expensive but local guys and girls on the live music scene could cost a fraction of that whilst still providing a brilliant night of entertainment.”
About our Blogging Bride: Sophie writes for UK wedding directory Ready or Knot and is currently in the process of planning her wedding to Jon.
When she’s not planning her wedding, you’ll find her out walking her dog Reuben with her fiancé and frequenting one of the many local country pubs around her, for a diet coke of course!
All Images courtesy – Peacock Obscura Photography (Band images not couples choice, for illustrative purposes only)