The Best Ways to Find a Great Wedding Band Today

vibetownIncreasingly people are hiring a wedding band rather than opting for a DJ. Live music is always special, and if you hire a good band, they can create a great atmosphere. Hire the right band and you are guaranteed a reception that people will enjoy and remember.

However, that will only be the case if the band you hire can play and perform well. You need a band that can play the kind of family you and your wedding guests like and are experienced enough to tailor their playlist to include your favourites.

There are several ways to find a good band. Here are the easiest ways to do it:

1. Ask Other People

If you are lucky friends and family can make a recommendation. Most people attend one or two weddings most years, so get to experience a lot of bands.

Sometimes, wedding bands perform live elsewhere. Because most weddings take place over the weekend, some bands perform live in clubs and other venues during the week. Keep an eye on the gig lists for your area or ask any band you think you might want to use when their next live performance is.

Better still if you are at a wedding and hear a band that you like make a note of their name. If the band takes a break, you can ask them for their contact details. There really is no better way of choosing a wedding band than seeing them perform live, and seeing them perform live at a wedding.

2. Go Online

These days most of the best wedding bands have their own websites. If you find a good one they will include several tracks that you can listen to on their website, and will also give you examples of their set lists. Some even allow you to check their availability making it easier to narrow down your options and not waste your time waiting for a reply from a band that turns out not to be available on your wedding date.

3. Go to a Wedding Fair

Many bands now find clients through an agent. Some agents attend wedding fairs.

If you are looking for a wedding band for hire in Leeds attending wedding fairs in the local area is a good way to find one. If there is no wedding fair in your immediate area try a wedding exhibition in nearby large towns and cities. For example, wedding fairs in places like Wakefield or Manchester.

Sometimes members of bands also attend wedding fairs. This is great because it means that you can discuss your needs in detail.

4. Don’t Leave Things to the Last Minute

A lot of couples leave booking their wedding band until the last minute, but this is not a wise approach. Most of the best wedding bands get booked up well in advance. Therefore, booking your band is not something you should leave too late. In fact it is one of the first things you should tick off your to do list.

Lush Purple and Gold Wedding Ideas

This photo shoot is in a word ‘delicious.’ Hannah Hildebrandt Events and Amanda Hedgepeth Photography worked their magic, and gave us this lush inspiration shoot brimming full with purple and gold wedding ideas. Having a fall wedding? The stunning use of deep purple and shimmering gold decor could easily enhance your affair perfectly. A spring wedding? The cute whimsical additions of soda pop and spring floral accents may have you falling in love like we did. And THAT cake. I mean, even if you’re big day has been and gone you can still snap up plenty of fabulous wedding ideas from this shoot. Birthday bashes, summer soirees, cocktail parties. Literally whatever takes your fancy, this marvellous mock up will inspire.

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The inspiration behind Purple and gold Wedding Ideas:

Whenever we team up, we see so vividly in COLOR! Hannah Hildebrandt Events and Amanda Hedgepeth Photography are vendor friends in the Hampton Roads area that just adore putting together bright, happy shoots for workshops and for styled portfolio purposes. Touches of gold are always a necessity because truly, it rocks during any season and especially for warm ones like Spring! A purple palette with the just the right pop of green and accents of pink are perfect to celebrate the arrival of Spring which seemed to come super late this year. The brides simple but elegant strapless gown was dressed up with a gorgeous Stella and Dot piece, the grooms bow tie with orange stripes and organic material keep the feel of the shoot lighthearted. The colorful IZZE sodas and flagged bride and groom straws were beyond adorable!

Photographer:  Amanda Hedgepeth Photography // Makeup Artist: Behind the Veil Studio//Floral Designer:C&J Floral Design // Event Planner: Hannah Hildebrandt Events//Dress Designer: Maya Couture // Bakery:Sweet Temptations Dessert Cafe // Invitation Designer: The Girl Tyler: Design & Photography // Equipment Rentals: Waterford Rentals // Event Venue:Woman’s Club of Portsmouth // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Mint Green Wedding Decoration Ideas for Your Inspiration

Love the shade of mint?  Then feast your eyes on this lovely inspiration shoot from Jessica Connery Photography. It’s perfect if you’re planning to infuse green into your wedding day, but don’t want to go overboard. With subtle tones of mint, pink and sprinkles of gold, it proves that green can still be the hero of the day without overpowering your whole pretty palette. Perfect for a summer or spring wedding – it’s the perfect balance of elegantly feminine and refreshingly cool.  

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Styling Details

From the photographer: Simplicity was key for us in designing this pretty Summer/Spring shoot. We wanted it to incorporate glitter and sequinned elements in a summery garden setting. Choosing three colors – blush, mint, and gold within the pastel family – we focused on delicate and elegant details accented with gold. We featured a real life couple who just had their one year anniversary and still looked at each other like the day they were married.

The table was set with a satin mint colored linen and topped with a sheer featuring shimmering strands of gold. It was anchored by a grand candelabra floral centerpiece incorporating spring blooms of blush and white roses, white hydrangeas, rich green succulents and dangling mosses. Simple mercury glass votives and blush glass vases sat alongside a couple of sweet paper maché birds. Simple gold chargers were the resting place for china featuring delicate floral pattern highlighted by gold cutlery, ivory floral napkins, and paper menu. Gold chivari chairs were adorned with delicate strands of satin, grosgrain, and sparkly ribbons to bring a decidedly whimsical and spring like quality to the setting. Our invitation suite which included invitations and RSVP cards, seating cards, paper menu, and table number was created using blush, gold, and pastel mints with a graceful floral design.

The bride donned an Allure gown with an asymmetrically rouched bodice and deep v neckline. To complete the look we pulled in a gold satin ribbon tied around her waist and topped it with a sparkling rhinestone bridal belt from Belts by Marital Bridals. Belt and veil were be found at LA Bridal Boutique. 


Photographer: Jessica Connery Photography // Invitation Designer: 5 Thirteen Designs // Equipment Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc. // Cake Designer: Cut the Cake // Equipment Rentals: Dishie Rentals // Dress Store: L.A.Bridal // Floral Designer: Peddles Florist // Event Planner: Saving The Day Wedding & Event Planning // Event Venue: The Garden Chateau // Makeup Artist: The Storytelling Experience // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

{Wedding Decor Inspiration} Pale Pink & Grey Chair Decoration

Dreaming of a pale pink and grey wedding palette? Then you’ll want to cast your eyes over this gorgeous decoration for the bride and groom’s wedding chairs. We totally fell for this pale pink and grey chair decor perfect for a romantic style wedding. Classical, elegant and uber pretty it features a sweet heart made out of twigs, white ribbon and garland of romantic roses, delicate baby’s breath and soft grey foliage. It’s the perfect feminine touch without looking too over-the-top or formal.

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Photos: Dasha Caffrey Photography / Feature Source: Bridal Musings


Wedding Cake Topper Ideas

The wedding cake is such a core piece of your wedding celebration. Whether you go with the new fashionable fruit cake and keep it healthy and light, or the more traditional chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or cheesecake, a wedding cake will always need a topper.

Cake toppers are a key piece when it comes to decorating a wedding cake and it is an opportunity for the bride and groom to show their personality. Cake toppers can be made of any material (sometimes even edible) and come in so many shapes and sizes. Look at these sweet ideas to spark your cake decor imagination!

Wedding Cake Topper Ideas



Infographic courtesy of Simply Bridal

What are the Different Types of Wedding Bouquets?

We are often asked by our readers ‘what are the different types of wedding bouquets?’ or ‘which bouquet would be best type to suit my wedding style or theme?‘ To help with their choice, and to assist many more brides, we decided this infographic guide listing the various bouquet styles would be a great place start your research.

When choosing a bouquet type, keep in mind the flowers you will use (ideally those in season), as well as your wedding style. For instance, if you’re a boho bride, a basket bouquet may be perfect for your style. A rustic bride would look lovely holding a cascade or shower style of bouquet. Finding it hard to decide? Then you can always go with the classic type of flower bouquet which never goes out of style. 

What Are The Different Types of Wedding Bouquets


Infographic by Simply Bridal


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{Guest Post} 10 Ideas for a more Alternative Hen Party in 2013

Hen parties often bring with them the image of women wrapped up in sashes with teeny-boppers bouncing atop their heads whilst singing their way up and down most high streets in the UK – and for some brides-to-be out there, this is enough to put them off the occasion altogether.

If you fit in to this camp, you can sleep easier tonight because through 2012 and definitely now in 2013, there are more than enough ideas out there to make up a hen celebration that is a million miles away from anything you might expect to see on an episode of ‘Booze Britain’. Here are just 10:

Alternative Hen Parties

1. A Spot of Afternoon Tea

See? Not a ‘Jagerbomb’ in sight, but instead just you and your closest friends having a good chat over tea and a traditionally delicious lunch. Most parties travel out of their home town for the celebration so all it’s going to take is a trip to TripAdvisor to find a good café or if you’re heading to the capital… then there’s only one thing for it: Afternoon Tea at The Ritz – an experience in itself!

2. Dance like it’s the 80’s

Dance lessons could be a great idea for a group looking to get a little active but how about throwing on some leg warmers and popping a Cutting Crew cassette in to the Boombox and making things a little more fun? Many places offer this twist on the conventional dance lesson, so if you were an 80’s child, it could be time to relive the synth-centric decade.

Cocktail Making Hen's Party

3. Make some Cocktails

Simple and with the best possible outcome, you and your friends can try your hand at making cocktails at home or head to one of the many bars that offer professional lessons. This is definitely a life skill that will come in handy after a hard week at work!

4. Flip a Pizza

Yes, much like the cocktail making, this is another one with a mouth-watering outcome and if you were already thinking of having an Italian on one of the nights of your hen weekend, why not flip some dough around as well? If you ask, you’ll be surprised to find that many Italian restaurants offer pizza making courses that are both fun and stomach filling at the same time!

5. Get Artistic!

Okay, so the alcohol-soaked hen parties I was talking about earlier will probably at some point involve a male stripper. This probably isn’t your sort of thing, but the sophisticated version of this might be… yes, life drawing allows you to all get artistic with maybe a few giggles in between.

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6. Capture the Memories with a Photoshoot

Most hen party snapshots will be the kind that end up in a Facebook folder and over time are somewhat forgotten about, however if you book a photoshoot for you and your girls, you can have something to really take home from the whole thing and remember as time goes on.

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7. Create your own Fragrance

Speaking of taking things home with you – how about bottling up your own personal perfume? The stars do it and now, when better to do it yourself? With each lady in the party taking home their own named fragrance you could even conjure up something so good you might end up wearing it to the wedding!

8. A Summer Picnic

If the sun happens to be out for your hen party (maybe you’ve even made the trip abroad to make sure of this) there isn’t much easier and more enjoyable than pulling out the picnic basket and heading out to top up your tans and make the most of being outside.

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9. Horse Riding

Whilst, I could have gone completely out of left-field and went for water-sking or even zorbing, I thought it might be best to pick a more heart-racing activity that you might want to do. Whether you’ve ridden one before or not, horse riding can be the perfect little experience to add in to the mix.

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10. Simply Relax at the Spa

Finally, an idea that doesn’t really need any introduction – just say ‘ahhhhhhhh’ and relax. No hangovers, no regrets… this is what a hen party should all be about, right! What do you think?


Richard Paul is a guest writer for – suppliers of custom made hen parties that don’t always have to end face down in bed at 4am!


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10 Photo Save The Dates We’re Loving Right Now!

Save the date cards are the perfect way to announce your wedding date to friends and family. But did you know they don’t need to match the theme or style of your wedding. Your wedding theme or style is ideally used for your wedding invitations, but with Save The Dates, incorporating an element of fun or a unique twist always leaves a lasting impression. That’s why we love these eye-catching photo save the date designs by Wedding Paper Divas. Not only are their save the dates gorgeous but each one is stylishly unique. You can add your own engagement photos to give them a personal touch, choose a calendar style to help guests visualize the date, or even choose a magnet style which can be displayed beautifully on their fridge! These are just 10 of their photo save the date cards we are head-over-heels for right now – (SO many gorgeous styles, it was really hard to choose) – each one making a stylish statement your guests will never forget!

1. Effortless Affair

Photo Save The Date: Effortless Affair

2. Chalk Frame Charm

Photo Save The Date: Chalk Frame Charm

3. Circle It

Save The Date: Circle It

4. Effortless Elegance

Photo Save The Date: Effortless Elegance

5. Homespun Leaves

Photo Save The Date: Homespun Leaves

6. City Collage

Save The Date Magnets: City Collage

7. Fairytale Seal

Photo Save The Date: Fairytale Seal

8. Dreamy Day

Photo Save The Date: Dreamy Day

9. Romantic Tab

Save The Date Magnets: Romantic Tab

10. Dappled Dream

Save The Date: Dappled Dream

Totally gorgeous right? We sure do think so!  

Take a second and head on over to Wedding Paper Divas to check out their whole breathtaking range.

A Year in Wedding Flowers: Seasonal Flowers for Your Big Day

Whether you want to keep your wedding seasonal to reduce your carbon footprint, or are simply looking to create the perfect autumnal wedding, matching your wedding flowers to your season will ensure you end up with the perfect bouquet and a blooming beautiful big day.

Here The Real Flower Company give you their guide to the best seasonal blooms, whatever time of year your big date is. From sweet springtime posies to beautiful winter blossoms, we have the inspiration you need to create gorgeous locally sourced arrangements all year round.

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If you’ve organized your wedding for the Spring, you’ll have no end of flowers and foliage to choose from. To make the absolute most of the Spring blooms on offer, a colourful array is essential. The Spring palette is extensive and full of bright, busy colours, shapes and textures as the floral world gears up to attract the insects which will help to pollenate it for next year. Every flower is out to impress.

From bright, golden daffodils, to many-coloured snapdragons and tulips in bright pinks, yellows, oranges and reds – in fact virtually every colour you can imagine – there is a stunning, eye-popping selection of stand-out blooms to turn your spring wedding into a cacophony of incredible, celebratory colour – helping your guests to really get into the party mood. Freesias are also big, bold and beautiful Springtime flowers to add to your stunning, rich bouquet.

If you’d prefer something a little less ostentatious, there are dozens of beautiful, restrained Springtime options for you to consider. From pretty, light purple lilacs, to beautiful, white droplet-shaped lily of the valley, you’ll find plenty of pretty Spring flowers which will  set your wedding off perfectly, without overpowering your surroundings. Soft pink cherry blossom, pastel coloured peonies or a simple bunch of spring irises are all gorgeous seasonal spring wedding flowers. Combine a traditional white rose with a purple, pink, or peach tulip.  For a monochromatic effect, why not pair ivory tulips with ivory roses for a stunning bridal effect.

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Summer is, of course, a rich and verdant season – making a Summer wedding full of stunning foliage and flowers a truly lovely experience. Surround yourself with colour and light with summer peonies, daises, irises, sweet peas and coreopsis in the first half of the season. Towards August interweave sunflowers, asters, dahlias, zinnias and hydrangeas for a truly spectacular arrangement.

For a pared back look, the beautiful pastel blue of hydrangeas looks truly spectacular with a traditional white wedding colour scheme, especially next to a white gown.

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Roses are an option throughout both spring and summer, but autumn roses have a delicate beauty all of their own. Autumn, in the words of Keats is a ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and the deep hues of an autumnal palette work beautifully in wedding arrangements. Faded, nostalgic Autumn roses, deep and fiery dahlias, pale mysterious lilies – all create an abundant, warm and intriguing arrangement. In early autumn, we’d recommend considering chocolate cosmos – these are our absolute favourite Autumn flowering treats – exotic, dark red, rich and utterly scrumptious.

Autumn is also a season of berries, which can make a truly gorgeous addition to any floral designs. Snowberries are available and offer a pearl-like berry which sets off arrangements beautifully. Meanwhile, hypericum berries are another addition particularly suited to Autumnal wedding flowers. With berries in a range of colours including brown, red, orange, green and cream, they are a beautiful extra textural element for autumn wedding arrangements.

Seasonal Wedding Flowers: Winter | Love Wed Bliss


Holly, poinsettia, ivy, mistletoe  – if you’re planning a winter wedding, these traditional festive plants can add real heart and soul to your wedding, providing a striking red, green and white theme, especially if you’re using a white wedding palette. Lots of evergreen foliage can make an absolutely stunning addition to wedding decoration, making ivy a particularly effective and beautiful choice. If you like the organic, pretty hedgerow look – incorporating snowdrops in small winter posies for table arrangements looks divine.

If you’d rather steer away from a conventional, Christmassy feel, there are other floral options which are just as seasonal throughout the British Winter.  Ranunculus offer a brighter winter flower, with densely packed petals in colours including pink, yellow and white. Meanwhile, anemones, with their pretty pastel purple-blue petals, can add floral colour to a winter wedding. Meanwhile, to stick to a winter colour scheme without using conventional winter plants – tall, white amaryillis look completely spectacular – particularly in arrangements with ivy. Jaw dropping winter wedding flowers! 

So there you have it, inspiring seasonal flowers for weddings throughout the year – whatever your tastes. Not only does using seasonal flowers help you to cut down on your carbon footprint, it can also be a more affordable option, all whilst perfectly complementing your wedding season.


If you’d like to learn more about seasonal flower bouquets for weddings, The Real Flower Company are passionate about seasonal produce. From hedgerows to specialist growing facilities, The Real Flower Company pride themselves on inspiring with the very best each season can offer.

7 Hot Wedding Gift Trends of 2013

As the official 2012 wedding season comes to an end, it’s never too early to start thinking about the batch of weddings you plan on attending next year. But for those 2013 weddings, you now have a challenge: Bring the ultimate gift to the reception. Not the wine rack from Crate and Barrel or the set of glasses from Pottery Barn. This wedding gift challenge forces you to think outside the box and off the registry. Because just as wedding trends come and go, so do types of wedding gifts. Here are the top wedding gift trends for next year’s wedding season.

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Food & Wine

I’m not talking about a fruit basket with a bottle of wine. Newlyweds want to enjoy experiences together, so buy them a private cooking class certificate and pair it with a lovely evening at a local winery for a tour and tasting. It’s the perfect follow up to a honeymoon.

Show Them the World From Up Above

Again, building off the idea of experiences and post-honeymoon activities, a hot air balloon tour of a picturesque town an hour or two outside of where they are living is a great gift. Throw in a gift certificate to dinner in the town they traveled to for that hot air balloon ride and there’s a good chance the newlywed couple will enjoy a mini, weekend vacation.

Frame the Memories

Wedding photographers deliver photos much differently than they did 20 years ago when you chose which size prints you wanted and received your physical photos a few weeks later. Today your photographer can mail you a thumb drive filled with hundreds of amazing wedding photos in less than a week.

The only downside to that is that more times than often, those photos live on that thumb drive and on your social networks and rarely get printed.

For 2013, change that notion. Buy a gift certificate to a local framing shop, which will force the newlywed couple to print their favorite photos and pick out the perfect frame to match their new home.

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Music to Their Ears

This wedding gift trend could be a little tricky if you have a couple with contrasting music tastes, but tickets to their favorite band’s concert a few months down the road is a perfect gift. It gets the newlywed couple out of the house for the night and if you throw in a gift card for dinner, they will enjoy an amazing date night.

This could quite difficult to pull off, but if you can figure out what their “first dance” song is and that artist is on tour in the coming year, buying tickets can help rekindle the love of the wedding night.

Keep the Memories in the Mail

This gift requires some dedication, but is very touching. At the couple’s wedding, take 30 of the best candid photos of the couple that you can. You don’t have to be a professional photographer by any means, just make sure that you capture the chemistry between the newlyweds.

The next day, print off your photos and mail one each day of their first month of marriage. If you want, write a little message on the back of the photo to show them how much you care about them.

Make Their First Christmas Easier

Newlyweds have all sorts of first-year expenses, from furniture to appliances — maybe even initial house payments. One expense they’re not thinking about is Christmas decorations.

Buy a basic pack of ornaments, but also one personalized ornament with the couple’s name and marriage date painted on it. Throw in a tree skirt, a few packs of white Christmas lights (white is a safer choice over multi-colored) and a gift certificate to an online photo print shop that prints Christmas cards so the couple can pay for their first Christmas card as a married couple.

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Enhance the Honeymoon

Of course, this requires having a little insider information on the honeymoon. But this can normally be obtained by phoning in some questions to the newlyweds’ parents.

Book a ritzy dinner night, twilight boat tour or a lavish spa treatment. The happy new couple will absolute love it. 


Author Taylor Ritchie would like to challenge you to come up with interesting wedding gift ideas in 2013. Taylor works with NRMA Motoring & Services – for unique wedding gift ideas, check out Wedding gift