Choosing wedding entertainers is never easy but some weddings just lend themselves beautifully to gorgeous and memorable music and that’s exactly what classically trained soprano, Catherine Cundy offers.
A live performer always adds a very special atmosphere to ceremonies and Catherine says “I offer a bespoke music service that is tailored specifically to each couple and their wedding. Whether it is in a church, a hotel, a registry office or another wedding venue I am able to sing at various times from the bride’s entrance through to the signing of the register and the bride and groom’s exit or even as a stand alone solo piece”.
Take a look at the video of Catherine in action.
Although based in Surrey Catherine does cover all of the south-east including Kent and is currently offering our blog readers an amazing 15% off any booking. Click here for more information and pricing.
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.
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.”
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!
If you’re looking to add a bit of class and sophistication to your wedding ceremony then we love harpist Victoria Longhurst. Her classic sound is so beautiful and we loved listening to her at a recent event.
We always have harp music on our shortlist for a civic ceremony as it really adds a sense of occasion and can work beautifully on terraces and in outside areas – perfect for a Kent Country Garden wedding.
The very lovely Victoria will make sure you have exactly what you want on your wedding day and can send you a repertoire list and demo CD with music choices. Prices start from £300 so visit her website for more information.
Over the next five weeks we will bring you the best Kent has to offer if you are planning a vintage wedding. From complete wedding stylists to vintage hair and make-up it’s all here to help you get started. Whether or not you are going fully themed or just picking vintage elements to create your day here’s our pick of the suppliers to check out.
We were going to kick off with the dress but there’s been such a debate about how to narrow down our list of favourites that we’re starting with one area we could actually agree on – that’s entertainment!
The Polka Dot Dolls (no relation!) are three super singing ladies who capture the romance and emotion of the war era. Your guests will be toe-tapping, dancing and jiving as the ladies belt our swing tunes by the plenty. We saw the ladies perform in Kent last year and they were a hit with the whole crowd.
If Old Blue Eyes hits your vintage note then Alex Banks might be what you need. We saw him last performing at Leeds Castle – the tunes were smooth, the voice was silky and everyone couldn’t help but sing-along. A cracker for over dinner and to get your evening reception underway in style.
Goosebumps are one of the hottest Swing Jive and Jump Blues bands in the UK. These five guys have a full gig list so check out their website and go see them perform.
If you have a vintage themed band you can recommend we’d love to hear from you.
Next week on our vintage wedding special: Hair & Make Up