<![CDATA[I Do Music Blog]]> http://www.idomusic.co.uk/blog Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:16:41 GMT Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:16:41 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[How to Choose the Right Wedding Band]]> http://www.idomusic.co.uk/blog/post/how-to-choose-the-right-wedding-band http://www.idomusic.co.uk/blog/post/how-to-choose-the-right-wedding-band Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT When you ask a wedding guest to relate the most fun they had at a wedding, the most common answer undoubtedly involves what occurred on the dance floor – and you can’t build these memories without the right wedding band.

Cheesy music coupled with a dated band that just doesn’t fit your style is simply going to result in the party falling flat. To avoid making the wrong call, keep the following tips in mind.

The Kind of Music
Many people make the mistake of appointing a band that, despite having a stellar reputation and a great sound, just can’t deliver on the vibe and style of music the bride and groom are looking for.

Think about it - you wouldn’t have Celine Dion do hip-hop or rap, would you? And when it comes to wedding music, you’ve got to think about it on those terms as well. Don’t just go by name alone – it may not be enough. Instead, look to see whether your chosen band can deliver on your specific song choices.

Ask Friends, Family, and Colleagues!
Despite this being a fairly obvious port of call, it’s nevertheless worth reminding you that friends, family and colleagues have a wealth of knowledge and contacts for you to tap into.

Start asking people in your peer group as soon as you start planning your wedding. Whether it’s to get contact details from a band you’ve seen at a wedding yourself or from an acquaintance or colleague who waxes lyrical about their choice, it really pays to get your research done early.

Do The References Stack Up?
Any wedding band worth their salt will have plenty of references and testimonials from happy couples. If your wedding band doesn’t have them aplenty on their website, the alarm bells should start ringing.

After all, you want a band that has gone through the motions plenty of times before. You don’t want a collection of talented musicians that have never played at such an event before – you don’t want them making their first mistakes at your wedding.

Listen to the Band Play Live
This one may be yet another piece of advice from the book of captain obvious, but if possible try and see your band play live. Don’t rely on studio recording alone. Bands can often sound great in the studio, but don’t quite perform on the stage.

If going to a live gig isn’t possible, try and find a recording on their website or YouTube. It’s likely they’ll have something available for you to listen to. Just remember that the sound quality will often not quite match what you hear live.

Does the Band Look the Part?
You want a band that has both the sound quality and the looks to go with it. We’re not saying they should all look like models, far from it – this isn’t a cast call for a boy band, after all.

All we’re saying is that your band should not look cheesy or scruffy. They should look presentable and fit in with the backdrop of your reception. You don’t want the band to clash with everything else at the venue. You’re looking for something that will seamlessly slot into the sophistication of your event.

The Venue
The path to finding the right wedding band isn’t just about the music either. The venue will often play a big part as well. So make sure you go to your venue manager equipped with the following questions:

Are there any size or space restrictions for the band? For example, some hotel venues will want to limit the noise levels and others can simply not accommodate certain bands and their instruments.
Are there any potential issues or obstacles, for example with hooking up equipment or with loading and unloading?

As you can see, choosing a wedding band encompasses a little bit more than most would think. There are nuts and bolts to think about in addition to the obvious considerations. Start the process early and you’ll save yourself a last-minute panic and a dreadful first dance!


 

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<![CDATA[Avoid Wedding Panic With These 5 Planning Tips]]> http://www.idomusic.co.uk/blog/post/avoid-wedding-panic-with-these-5-planning-tips http://www.idomusic.co.uk/blog/post/avoid-wedding-panic-with-these-5-planning-tips Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Your wedding can be the best and most stressful day of your life all wrapped into one hectic, romantic, nerve-wracking, and ultimately rewarding package. However, the dominant feeling should always be on the positives. In order to keep the jitters and last-minute panic at bay, follow these 5 wedding planning tips.  

Start Early!
Begin your wedding preparations before the fizz has settled on that celebratory engagement champagne – okay, this may be a slight exaggeration for dramatic effect, but it’s definitely a good idea to get started with plenty of time in the bank.

Starting early will allow you to think clearly, you’ll be able to get your hands on the best deals, people will have plenty of notice to book time off, and you’ll avoid that last-minute panic that can give the whole affair a negative tint.

Work With the Weather
Even if you book your wedding day for the middle of summer, there’s no guarantee you’ll get that bright and gorgeous sunshine you’re looking for. Unfortunately, you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature on this one.

However, that doesn’t mean you should let the rain or wind get in the way of a good time. Just make sure you have plenty of umbrellas at the ready should it start tipping it down! Work with the weather, not against it.

Leave a Buffer in Your Budget
Even if you’re a meticulous planner, there’s no way to avoid small costs that seem to spring up out of nowhere. Whether due to human error or simply a dose of bad luck, additional costs are a near certainty when it comes to weddings.

That’s why it’s so very important to keep a percentage of your overall budget stowed away for those rainy days. You don’t want to be looking for handouts or coins hidden in your sofa at the very last minute.

Ask For Help
It’s tempting to try and do everything yourself from A to Z, but the key to a happy wedding prep season is to delegate. Ask your friends and family to chip in where necessary – they’ll be happy to get involved and lend you a hand!

Alternatively, hire a wedding planner right from the get go. They have the expertise and know-how and will be able to advise you on the best timesaving and cost-cutting measures for your big day.  

Perfection? Forget It!
We all have an idea of what that ‘perfect wedding day’ should look like – but don’t expect a smooth ride the entire way, nor a carbon copy of what you’ve got planned in your head. The fact is, not everything is going to be absolutely perfect.

So before you even start the planning process, go into it knowing that even the most careful plan will never deliver on every single point. That’s just the nature of the beast. Managing expectations is an important part of enjoying your nuptials.  

Remember, it’s all about celebrating the love between you and your partner. Your guests aren’t going to recall whether the flowers matched the décor – that’s not what’s important. If things don’t follow your exact plan, don’t let it ruin the moment!

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<![CDATA[I DO MUSIC TO ENTERTAIN WEDDING GUESTS IN EMMERDALES LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY EPISODE]]> http://www.idomusic.co.uk/blog/post/i-do-music-to-entertain-wedding-guests-in-emmerdales-live-40th-anniversary-episode http://www.idomusic.co.uk/blog/post/i-do-music-to-entertain-wedding-guests-in-emmerdales-live-40th-anniversary-episode Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT I Do Music will provide the band to play at the one-off live episode of rural soap Emmerdale on the 17th October to mark the shows 40th anniversary, providing the entertainment at the wedding of Emmerdale star Katie Sugden (actress Sammy Winward) and Home Farm boss Declan Macey (Jason Merrells). The producers of Emmerdale were so impressed  they have asked the band to entertain cast past and present at the after show party.

 

The one hour live special on ITV is expected to draw an audience in excess of 10 million and stars of the show have been talking about being nervous at the prospect, while producers have expressed concern about the weather. A marquee erected in the grounds of village pub the Woolpack will ensure that whatever the weather on the 17th the show will go on.

 

Founder Steve Dolder says:

 

“We were delighted to be chosen to supply wedding entertainers for this unique episode of Emmerdale. While all the band members have played with major artists often at stadium venues, an audience of 10 million plus could be daunting. But we will treat this fictional wedding in exactly the same way we would a ‘real life’ wedding setting out to fill the dance floor and get the place rocking. That’s what we do week in, week out and we’re really looking forward to appearing in the show then giving cast past and present a blast at the after show party”.

 

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