This month’s edition of Your Kent Wedding features a fun and fantastic wedding we worked on last year. Carol and Antonio’s wedding was packed full of personal DIY touches so if you’re thinking of getting creative and doing lots of styling yourself take a look for bags of inspiration.

Here’s a little peek at the article. To download the full edition click here.

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A big thanks to Carol and Antonio for allowing us to share their big day with you all and to Your Kent Wedding and all the suppliers involved.

Today we’re welcoming to the blog our new sponsors the Rocksters whose dance floor fillers will get your wedding party jumping to the max.

From sounds of the 60’s right through to the present day the band’s 5 strong team will crack out fantastic tune after fantastic tune in their lively style for your wedding guests to dance and go wild too. We spoke to band manager, Dov, who gave us the low down on what you can expect, she says “the band normally plays two, one hour sets which gives you plenty of live entertainment throughout the evening. We are flexible and can fit around your running order of the day but generally we usually start the first set around 8:30pm and space the live sets out to end at 12am.”

If you’ve got any budding singers in your wedding party then Dov says “we’re often asked if it’s ok for a guest appearance on stage, or use of equipment for speeches which is fine with us. We’ll just need a bit of prior notice so we can work this into any set and we know what we might be singing and who with! There’s also no need to book an additional DJ, as the band can play iPod music through the PA during breaks in the live music.”

The band not only cover Kent but also Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Essex and London. Check out their full list of songs and demos here and start planning your evening entertainment that will be the envy of all!

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What we love about weddings in Kent are the masses of fantastic entertainers which can fit in with just about any wedding style you can think of. Choosing your band though can be a daunting and difficult task for any Bride and Groom. But we’ve got a great solution! If you need a night out to chase away those January blues and want to sample Kent’s homegrown talent the following two acts are gigging in and around the county over the next month or two.

The first on our list is The Reyes, a modern 4 piece band covering songs such as Kasabian, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Stereophonics, Foo Fighters and Oasis to name just a few, as well as mastering classic bands like Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Beatles and many more.

Vocalist, Huw Whitethread, tells us “the band started up in 2005. We’re four best friends who all have a real passion for music and performing live, which really comes across when we play together – our performances are tight, lively, energetic and fun!”

Their standard fee for a Kent wedding set starts at £1,000 but are currently offering Wedding Dolls readers an exclusive 20% discount if you book them for your wedding before the end of March 2013. Make sure you quote “The Wedding Dolls” when you enquire.

Check out their gig list for dates and venues near you.

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Next up is Fred Clark, a young Kent musician who over the last four years has played over 300 gigs and released four self-produced albums.

Fred tells us “I have played a variety of pubs, clubs, theatres, churches, birthday parties, corporate functions and weddings. I have a large repertoire of both original music and covers to suit all tastes, but I’m also more than happy to learn new material for each specific performance.”

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Fred’s acoustic style is great for keeping guests relaxed as they arrive, or whilst they have a few drinks after the ceremony, as well as backing music for the wedding breakfast. Check out Fred’s list of gigs in Kent over the coming months.

So as you head out in the name of research there’s a few things to remember! Whether it’s background music to a full on band, don’t forget to think about your wedding style and the type of image and feel you want to create. Do you want a loud rock band to get everyone going in the evening or a singer to start you off with a DJ to carry on the party? Also think about how much space you’ve got in your venue and set up and dismantle times. Work this into your timing schedule and make sure you can do a full band justice or don’t drown out a wedding singer with other types of entertainment going on at the same time.

But most of all enjoy your gig research and have a drink (or two) for us!



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