Article by Warble Entertainment
Images by Gareth Newstead Photography

Booking your wedding entertainment is a process. There is a lot to think about, but it can also be one of the most enjoyable and exciting parts of your wedding planning!

There is something special about live music in particular at a wedding. It can generate so much energy and emotion in a room. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to put a lot of thought into what questions you ask your wedding venue before you choose your perfect wedding band.

We loved reading this post with 5 questions to ask a wedding venue and it inspired us to come up with 5 new ones!

If you are yet to start your wedding entertainment search, here are 5 more important questions you need to ask your venue before you book entertainment.

1. Do I have to choose from your supplier list?

Some wedding venues only work to a specific supplier list when it comes to live music and wedding entertainment. Because of this, you need to make sure you are allowed to bring in your own band or entertainers from outside the venue before you book.


Did you catch yesterday’s feature full of advice for kids at weddings? We covered catering, crèches and superhero costumes… but one thing I’d like to talk about more is entertainment for children at weddings. And getting it right is essential if you want those adorable little faces to be smiling on your big day! So our lovely friends at Warble Entertainment have come up with some great pointers to help you out. And whatever entertainment you choose, the benefits are huge and might be a bit of a surprise!

For the most part, weddings have some children attending. Even if it is a small cluster of bridesmaids or page boys, you will normally see a contingent of little people running around looking for something to do, all whilst being chased by a slightly flustered parent!

There are times when looking after kids at a wedding can be challenging. Some children may not cope well with the length of the day (and the inevitable tiredness that follows), so it can be worth having wedding entertainment for kids to keep them occupied during these times.


The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, stationers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have HUGE wedding directory news to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this week?

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Andy from Howling Basset is a London based wedding photographer but covers Kent and the south too. “Style wise I’m kind of a hybrid really, mixing it up between classic, contemporary, candid and fun. I’ve shot around 1,200 weddings now so hugely experienced and pride myself on taking natural and simply beautiful wedding images that tell the story of your special day.”

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Hey lovely! Happy FRIDAY!!! I’m totally feeling Friday vibes today – last night we were partying until the early hours in Manchester; this morning we’ve had a little shop in the big city, ready for my sister in law’s WEDDING at the end of the month. SOOOO exciting!!! So every wedding I see on my screen right now is totally capturing my heart. Tomorrow afternoon I’m teaching a modern calligraphy class in the Lakes – tickets are still available here if you can join us! – but first, I have an absolute gem of a wedding for you – you’re going to adore this.

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Beautiful bride Katie & James got married on the 7th July in an outdoor ceremony in the stunning grounds of Askham Hall. These two met through a mutual friend, however not long after Katie moved to Australia, and in James’ words, it was the ULTIMATE hard to get move he’s ever seen! After being in touch for the year she was over there, she moved back to the UK, and the rest is history! Katie & James’ wedding was definitely a family affair, with Katie’s mum doing the flowers, and Katie’s sister, (who lives in TEXAS and came over for the wedding!), organised the decorations and style of the day – she definitely wins an ‘amazing sister’ award!

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Speculative weather, incredible vibes and stunning music. Festival season is something we all go mad for and it has sewn its way into the ever growing tapestry of British pop culture. Festival themed weddings or ‘wedstivals’ are no surprise then as couples strive to recreate that festival atmosphere on their big day.

Guest article by Joey Burdon of Warble Entertainment

Live music is one of the main staples of a good festival wedding. It’s all about the entertainment and making sure that everyone has a good time! Here are 5 of the best Rock & Pop bands available for your festival themed wedding this summer.

Gentlemen Of The Road

This Surrey quartet can be described as the perfect festival wedding band. Treading the line between festival favourites Mumford & Sons and big rock anthems from bands like The Killers and Kings Of Leon, Gentlemen Of The Road are ideal for bringing that festival fever to your day.

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Stunning vibrant florals for a Welsh wedding with Jake Morley Photography (17)

Guest article by Joey Burdon of Warble Entertainment

Stunning vibrant florals for a Welsh wedding with Jake Morley Photography (17)

All images by lovely Jake Morley Photography. See full feature here – flowers by beautiful bride Donna from Secret Garden Cardiff

Social media has become such a huge part of the wedding experience. It seems as though almost every aspect of our daily lives now revolves around consuming and sharing online. Whether it’s what you’re eating, your opinion on current events or just something you find hilarious, us daily users of social media are constantly posting about what we’re up to.

There are mixed opinions on whether social media should be embraced, or shunned on a wedding day. Some couples opt to enforce their guests to completely ‘unplug’ for the day. This helps keep the wedding intimate in case couples have any fears about their guests being disengaged on the day.


There will be plenty of times during the planning stages of your wedding where things get a little bit tricky and you feel like throwing in the towel. You may think that you are the only one experiencing this, but trust us when we say that most couples struggle with exactly the same dilemmas!

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Images by Shane Webber Photography – watch out for this beautiful wedding we’ll be featuring on Thursday at 1pm!

Your wedding entertainment in particular is such an important part of your day and your wedding experience as a whole. Here are 5 of the most common wedding entertainment dilemmas that we deal with most often – and exactly how to solve them.

1. Band or DJ?

Probably the most common quandary you’ll face is this age old bone of contention. A good DJ will know how to read a crowd and will be armed with the perfect tracks to keep the dance floor alive. They can often be more cost effective than a live band but can also be less engaging. If you want to hear all your favourite tracks on the night then a DJ is a great choice as they are extremely accommodating to your tastes!


Weekends are for dancing, singing your heart out and letting your hair down. I’ll be enjoying the sunshine this weekend and I hope you will too – and if there’s one wedding planning job which you can enjoy doing while the sun shines and you’re chilling with a prosecco in the sunshine, it’s going online and finding your perfect wedding entertainment.

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I’m so happy to be welcoming one of the UK’s most longest established wedding entertainment agencies to the English Wedding Blog today. Warble Entertainment are in their 20th year – so they clearly know just how to keep their brides, grooms and acts happy as can be!

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Warble Entertainment provide exciting, professional, reliable and fun entertainment for over 6000 weddings each year.

Whether you are looking for a live band, magician, caricaturist, lookalike or saxophonist or anything in between – we provide it.

We absolutely love weddings and completely understand how much hard work goes into organising them so we treat each one with the care and attention it deserves.


I’m so thrilled to be able to put you lovely brides and grooms in touch with the amazing wedding suppliers I’ve come to know and love through years of blogging. The UK wedding industry is so inspiring, such a wonderful thing to be a part of. The English Wedding Directory began in January and is my way of matchmaking couples with their dream suppliers.

Suppliers check out my Facebook page for a VERY special offer for new members from TODAY!

Please join me in welcoming these lovely creatives who’ve joined the Directory in the last couple of weeks:

Paul Fuller is a Kent wedding photographer who shoots in a relaxed, laid back, documentary style that doesn’t get in the way of you experiencing your wedding day. Check out Charlie and Ashok’s Indian fusion wedding to see how beautifully it works!

Moritz Schmittat is based in London and Surrey. His photography is graceful and elegant, and his approach to shooting weddings is down to earth, friendly and professional. Watch his great little introduction piece here: https://schmittat.uk


Little gold eggs at every place setting… personal egg cup place names, the most beautiful flowers with pale pink and pastel blooms… it can only be an Easter wedding, and this is the loveliest I’ve ever seen! Today’s wedding blog is an early treat for all of you Easter brides and grooms – you’re going to LOVE this!

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Easter wedding with gold leaf eggs by Emma B Photography (37)

Rebecca married Adam last Easter at Elmore Court. Their day is wonderful – they’re such a gorgeous couple and the photos of their wedding are just divine. Even the tiniest details are so carefully curated… “The ‘big’ things such as florist, hair and make up etc came by recommendation but for the smaller things I developed an obsession with wedding magazines, which I loved looking through for inspiration, as well as wedding blogs and there was definitely a lot of pinterest boards being created. I fell in love with Etsy and being able to talk to the suppliers and request personalised items worked really well for us. A lot of our extras came from there.”

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Have you been to the Midland Hotel in Morecambe? It’s fabulous: an art deco hotel on the seafront, lovingly restored and restyled with so much character, and a superb wedding venue. I was there for the very first time only a month or so ago but the hotel has featured on the English Wedding Blog many times…

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And so today I’m over the moon to have a fabulous wedding from the Midland Hotel to share with you. The details are classy and understated: flowers are white; stationery is stylish with a dash of art deco, and our brides are absolutely gorgeous!

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Amy and Krysta found their suppliers online, at wedding fairs and through recommendations from the venue. They loved their bridal boutique in Preston for the super helpful advice they received – and for being able to choose dresses which worked well together even though they couldn’t see each other’s until the wedding day! Don’t they look amazing?!

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Emily and Daniel are one of the loveliest couples I’ve had the pleasure of featuring… and their wedding is filled with pretty touches and creative details. They married at Upton Barn in July and chose lovely Mark from Evolve Photography to photograph their day.

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I have so much to tell you I barely know where to begin… the interview which follows the photos today is superb, and this quote from Emily is spot on: “If at the end of the day you are married to your best friend then it has been a success, everything else is just details.

The details, however, look to have been a total success and then some! I adore the place settings and little favours (too cute!) and the lavender touches are just divine. Suppliers were found through recommendations and online, and Emily and Daniel found their venue through a local wedding show.

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