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When it comes to choosing wedding entertainment, all Brides and Grooms will have their own particular preference and preferred style of music. But, that doesn't mean you have to go with what you know, or that you should be restricted to the same-old-same-old wedding music. Planning wedding entertainment is a bit of an art form in itself. You need to get the balance right, incoporating music that will generally please all ears, while ensuring that your day remains personal and those added touches are meaningful to you and your partner. A popular trend on the rise right now is acoustic sounds. So many professionals know how to rework your favourite tracks into innovative and original arrangements that are suited to terrace gatherings, or can enhance those early evening cocktails. While you browse through our catalogue of talented guitarists, here are just ten tracks, some perhaps surprisingly suited to acoustic arrangements. 10. Ho Hey - The Lumineers 9. You've Got the Love - Florence + The Machine 8. First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes (Mathieu Saikaly) 7. Hey Ya! - Outcast (Sean Reeves) 6. I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness (Branches) 5. You and Me Song - The Wannadies (Adam Christopher) 4. Toothpaste Kisses - The Maccabees (Down the Front Session) 3. Crazy In Love - Beyonce (Daniela Andrade) 2. You're the One That I Want - Grease (The Lennings) 1. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran (Jasmine Thompson)
Whether you’re due to be married in 2018, or you’ve got your sights set on a date a little further into the future, one thing is for sure, wedding ceremonies are only sure to get sweeter. Along with acoustic wedding music, and laid-back itineraries, towards the tail end of 2017 and into 2018, dessert tables have become a popular feature for the contemporary ceremony. Once you’ve booked all the biggies, such as your ceremony strings, evening band entertainment, and wedding DJ, it’s time to place your attention on some sweet treats for your guests with a sweet tooth. And so, in honour of National Doughnut Week (12-19 May), here are just five ideas that are sure to please all those who are partial to sugary delights. Dessert Tables Home to the UK's only ghost table, to date, The Whimsical Cake Company is renowned for its elegant dessert tables and kitsch wedding favours. From cake pops to iced biscuits, personified marshmallows, cutesy cupcakes, and all that's inbetween, let your wedding cake take centre stage amongst some truly sensational sweets. Wedding Dessert Tables from The Whimsical Cake Company Doughnut Walls You may well have seen these bad boys doing the rounds on Instagram. The Doughnut (or donut, if you prefer) Wall is an up-and-coming trend in the wedding world. Place next to a selfie station for some unforgettable shots of guests as the evening progresses. Bespoke Donut Wall Hire from Party Squared Candy Floss Bring all the feels of the fairground to your big day with a candy floss cart or wedding favours. Certainly the most insta-worthy of the wedding sweet treats, candy floss transports your guests right back to the swinging 60s, and is ideal for weddings with a rockabilly or retro theme.  Candy Floss favours and cart from We So Fluff Cookie Bar Late night snack, anyone? Just when your guests think all the good stuff is coming to an end, be that Bride that pulls another corker out of the bag. A sweet treat for the end of the evening, a cookie bar goes down a storm at evening receptions. Whether you source your cookies from a local bakery, a big-name chain such as Millie's, or your mum is a dab hand in the kitchen, everyone loves a late-night biscuit. For youngsters, serve with flutes of milk earlier in the evening. Cookie Bar image from Tulle and Chantilly - cookies available widely Meringues From kisses and twists, to macarons, meringue tables are growing in popularity, but haven't yet quite reached the dizzy heights of the doughnut wall or the dessert table. If you're looking for an original, and innovative taste sensation for your guests, a meringue table could be the way to go. Lou Lou's Meringues in Lancashire will provide bespoke crates while flavouring your meringues to reflect your favourite cocktails. Personalised crates and cocktail flavoured meringues from Lou Lou's Meringues
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William Shakespeare. The man, the playwright, himself. World-famous. There must be few amongst us that don't know his name or his works. Whether you're an avid reader, a TV enthusiast, or a theatre lover, so much of our contemporary entertainment is both directly and indirectly inspired by Shakespeare's creative genius. And, as it happens, 23 April l not only marks his birth date, but also the internationally-celebrated Shakespeare Day! Shakespeare's poetry and plays are brimming with romantic verses, which are simply perfect for the modern-day wedding. With other ceremony entertainment sorted, if you're scouring the internet for wedding readings, why not choose the words of one of the world's greatest writers? Shakespearean Wedding Readings Sonnet 116 - The Wedding Sonnet Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove: Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark. That looks on tempests and is never shaken; it is the star to every wandering bark, whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle's compass come; love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved. Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Scene 1 My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. As You Like It, Act 5 Scene 2 No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage. As You Like It, 2009: Orlando and Rosalind are wed. Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c)  RSC From the poem Venus and Adonis  Love comforteth like sunshine after rain; Love's gentle spring doth always fresh remain; Love surfeits not; Love is all truth. Sonnet 18  Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; But thy eternal summer shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
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Is your wedding cake sorted for your big day? Are you having traditional fruit cake, contemporary vanilla sponge, of tiers of various flavours? Perhaps even cheese, pork pies, or doughnuts? Today, the bride and groom's wedding cake takes centre stage. It's very much the main feature of the wedding breakfast and reception, with lots of time and money going into the tiniest of details. Personalised cakes that show off the couple's personality, their quirks and idiosyncrasies, are all the rage today. Whether that means keeping sleek white lines and florals or going all out with geek chic, the sweet culinary creation is often infused with the essence of your wedding. Alternative wedding cakes by the award-winning Little Cherry Cake Company But, where did it all begin? The cutting of the cake is a tradition that most couples choose to incorporate into their big day, yet not many are aware of how the custom came about. Despite the fondant and buttercream that adorns wedding cakes today, in medieval times, wedding cakes were originally made of wheat to symbolise fertility and good fortune.  The tradition dates back as far as 2000 years. During the Roman period, the small salt and wheat baked goods were typically taken by the groom. After eating half of the loaf, the groom would then break the remaining bread above the bride's head. The ritual was thought to bring the couple good luck, promising fertility and prosperity, and brighter prospects for their future children. The first sweet cake was introduced in the early 1660s, by a French chef who was travelling through England. This marked the introduction of the popular tiered cakes that we have today. That being said, they did not rise to popularity until much later, as the Bride's Pie took precedence in the 1600s. Typically, these were filled with rich ingredients, such as mincemeat or mutton, and contained an all-important glass ring. As wedding cakes became popular in the 1800s, the Bride’s Pie fell out of vogue. Over time, bread and pastry evolved to fruitcake, and then into the sponge and the many alternative variations we have today. Along with the change in ingredients, the size and cost of wedding cakes have also increased significantly. With this in mind, it is now difficult, practically impossible, for the cake to be broken above the bride’s head.  And so... instead, during modern ceremonies, couples choose to cut their cake together, with hands entwined. How beautiful. Enhance your wedding ceremony, breakfast and evening reception with entertainment from Ntertain.
As award season comes to a close, we’ve celebrated yet another year of cinematic greats. While many a bride and groom may choose traditional romantic tracks for their wedding ceremony entertainment, that doesn’t quite fit the bill for all couples. Some, prefer to channel their inner geek into chic ceremony entertainment. String duos and quartets are the ideal addition for those who want to inject personality into proceedings. Whether you’re a pair of Potterheads, 80’s cinema boffins, or you get your kicks watching serial dramas, classical string sounds are an elegant way to do your big day your way. For some wedding entertainment inspiration, here are just 10 of the best classical film and TV scores, which all sound just sensational on strings. Top 10 TV and film music for your wedding ceremony 10. Stranger Things - Title Sequence 9. Jurrasic Park - Main Theme 8. Superman - Superman Theme 7. Disney Pixar, Up - Married Life 6. Game of Thrones - Opening Theme 5. Star Wars - Main Theme 4. E.T. - Flying Theme 3. Beauty and the Beast - Tale As Old As Time 2. Home Alone - Somewhere In My Memory 1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hedwig's Theme/Hedwig's Flight
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Happy Mother’s Day, Ntertain readers! Whether you’re sharing your day with the most important women in your life, our you’re enjoying time with your little ones, feel the love. For many of us, our mums are simply irreplaceable, our forever best-friends, that are always by our side, sure to never let us down. Mum’s the word. Most certainly. What’s mum’s role on your wedding day? With such a close bond established, it will really come as no surprise that many-a-bride want mum to step into the limelight on their wedding day. Of course, tradition has it that the bride’s father plays a more predominant role, right through from the ceremony, to the wedding breakfast, and into the evening reception. Dad gets to walk his daughter down the aisle. Dad speaks loud and proud of how much he cherishes his little girl. Dad takes to the dancefloor to enjoy another memorable moment in the form of the father-daughter dance. But, what about mum? Generally, after assisting with the planning, contributing to wedding costs, and helping to keep bridal worries and woes to a minimum, Mum really doesn’t take centre stage on the day itself. Often, Mum enjoys the day as an onlooker within the bridal party. She enjoys the most magnificent day of her daughter’s life, quite discreetly. And while many mums are happy to relish the ambience, the food, the wine, and soak up the love, there’s no reason why you can’t buck tradition and really make Mum involved in the day. Step aside Dad, it’s time for Mum to shine No matter your individual family circumstances, in 2018 there’s never been a more appropriate time to take a stand and kick tradition to the curb. Bringing mum into the forefront of your wedding is really quite simple. There’s no hard and fast rule about what you can or can’t do. After all, it’s your day. Do things differently. Perhaps your mum would be honoured to give you away? Ask her to read your favourite poem, reading, or song lyrics during the ceremony. Invite her to make a speech at the wedding breakfast. Maybe you would like to enjoy a mother-daughter dance together once the evening falls? Your DJ would certainly be more than happy to accommodate this. Throughout the day, choose wedding music that evokes memories for you and your mum.     Rosemary, Cheshire Saxophonist and Stephanie, Hull, North-East & Manchester Harpist Allow your cherished mother-daughter relationship to shine through on your special day.
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Are you and your partner the last of the old romantics? Did your other half pop the question over a candlelit Valentine’s Day dinner? Perhaps they asked on NYE, and the amazing news has only just started to sink in? Whatever your story, it’s time to take those first steps on your dream wedding journey. Where to begin? Well, a perfectly planned engagement celebration tends to do the trick. If that sounds about right, but you’re struggling for ideas, never fear. Here’s five of Ntertain’s favourite engagement party entertainment ideas. You’re gonna love 'em. 5 favourite engagement party entertainment ideas from Ntertain Engagement parties are about one thing and one thing only! Getting everyone together to celebrate your big news. That is, amidst all the eek-worthy anticipation of what is to come, of course. When considering engagement party entertainment ideas, be sure that they’re full of fun to reflect your uber exciting milestone as a newly-engaged couple. Forget all those unnecessary airs and graces, and inject your do with a good dose of free-spirited fun. Make it one to remember. 1. SpeedQuizzing Traditional quizzing is so last year. Create a personalised quiz about you and your fiancé, your interests and hobbies, and really get the party started. Using their smartphones, your guests will be able to join in with speedquizzing at the tap of an app, answering questions at the touch of a button. It’s new, it’s novel, and it’s a fab way to make the occasion all about you two. 2. Tribute Acts Add some star quality to your special event with one of our highly acclaimed tribute acts. Whatever vibe you want to channel into your celebration, from smooth Bob Marley Reggae sounds to boppin' Rock ‘n’ Roll beats, our acts promise an awesomely authentic show. 3. Selfie Mirror Add the wow factor to your engagement entertainment with the Ntertain magic mirror. It's time to find out who is the fairest of them all, once and for all. Completely interactive, the selfie mirror brings a brilliant fun-filled atmosphere to your party. Whether you dress up and take pics or use the integrated clap-o-meter, this is a contemporary, classy take on the time-tested photo booth. 4. Party Bands Oozing charm, style, and emitting dazzling dynamics, party bands are sure to deliver for an occasion that deserves the wow factor. Choose an Ntertain favourite that fits the feel of your engagement party, with entertainment ranging across award-winning contemporary chart-singing foursomes, sensational swing bands, and duelling piano duets. Do your do your way. The Duelling Piano Show 5. DJ A party just isn't a party without a good knees-up. And if it works, why change it? A DJ is simply an essential element of your engagement do. It's just a fact. And at Ntertain, we take pride in guaranteeing experienced entertainment professionals who know how to get your guests on their feet. We’re talking experts in the field, who will work with you to create nothing less than a crazy-memorable event. Guests enjoying an evening with DJ Lee Book your engagement party entertainment The party's just getting started. Secure your engagement entertainment with Ntertain - simply speak with one of our friendly team members, at your convenience, on 0330 400 4414.
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Weddings are certainly the epitome of loved-up occasions. And with January done and dusted, we surely do waltz into the most wistful month of the calendar year. Hello, Valentine’s! With red hearts lining the high streets, dinner dates planned, and red roses in full bloom, there’s no date like 14 Feb for inspiring starry-eyed wedding entertainment. Injecting your big day with a good dose of romantic ambience is as simple as securing some talented wedding musicians. No, really. Soft strings for your wedding ceremony Flowers, aisle runners, and twinkling lights… dreamy décor does, of course, play a part in the overall beauty of your big day. Guests will be enchanted by the little details you have considered in your wedding plans – almost transported into a stunning, perfectly picturesque midsummer night’s dream. That said, wedding musicians can, quite literally, be the strings that tie the design of your day together. The soft, soothing sound of strings will instantly add an air of class and charisma to your event, capturing the attention of your guests and the essence of your love for one another. Whether you opt for strings musicians or harpists, it is the surefire way to guarantee a whimsical fairytale wedding.  Acoustic Strings from Ntertain Events Ltd on Vimeo. Let your love shine through with strings Acoustic strings and harpists can incorporate renditions of your favourite all-time love songs, from Adele and Ed Sheeran to the Beatles and Etta James. Alternatively, depending on your interests and venue choice, classical pieces can also provide a beautiful, atmospheric backdrop throughout seating, the bride’s entrance, the signing of the marital register, and during your recessional as a newly married couple. Don’t forget to let your personality shine through, too. Many wedding musicians, including acoustic strings duos, solos, trios, and quartets, love to bring iconic theme tunes to your event, including Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. Theme love your way, the options are limitless. Stephanie - Harpist Hull, North-East & Manchester Book strings for your big day If you are interested in booking the smooth sound of strings for your big day, whether a string duo, quartet, or harpist is your preference, do not hesitate to get in touch.  Contact our award-winning team via our enquiry form, or contact us by telephone, at your convenience, on 0330 400 4414.
Planning the PARTY: incredible wedding entertainment ideas With the formalities of the big day done and dusted, the evening is all about the party! Wedding reception entertainment should give you and your guests the chance to let your hair down. Truly celebrate your newlywed status with your friends and family. Call in the wedding bands, sax players, and singers. Even set up a selfie mirror! It’s time to pimp that party! 5 sensational wedding entertainment ideas 1.    Wedding singers Impress during the evening of your big day with a stunning vocalist. The music for your wedding reception should encompass you as a couple. Hone in on those sentimental moments you’ve shared through song, with a widely acclaimed wedding singer.  A favourite at Ntertain, John Norcott boasts three wedding entertainment awards. Starting your day off in style with swing sounds, John will up the tempo and get guests on their feet for your evening reception. Set list favourites are sure crowd pleasers from artists including Bruno Mars, Take That, and Kings of Leon. Why not add a star headliner to your wedding day itinerary? Singer and Guitarist, Ian, has supported some of the biggest names in music including Jerry Lee Lewis, White Lies, and Status Quo. 2.    Live bands Look beyond the typical wedding music ideas, and book a band! There is nothing as captivating as room filled with live sounds. This will definitely ease any bare dancefloor anxieties. You guests won’t be able to resist! Check out Chrome Party Band, for an upbeat and exciting atmosphere for your evening reception. Chrome Party Band from Ntertain Events Ltd on Vimeo. Alternatively, why not add something compltely different with our amazing electronic strings. These girls will have the party rocking in no time! Electric Strings from Ntertain Events Ltd on Vimeo. 3.    Magicians Make your wedding utterly magical with a magician. Regardless of age, the right act will mesmerise your guests, and really get the conversation flowing throughout the evening. Amaze your friends and family with Bolton-based, award-winning magician and pickpocket, Andy. Or, book a Barrington double act for an elaborate show, including spellbinding illusions. 4.    Selfie mirror Strike a pose – ornate selfie mirror are most certainly in vogue right now. Fully interactive, this is a completely contemporary switch-up on the traditional photo booth. Fun and fuss-free, it can even fit into the tiniest of nooks, ideal for any venues that are short on space. Selfie Mirror from Ntertain Events Ltd on Vimeo. 5.    Sax player and DJ Get ahead of the game with your wedding music ideas. Saxophonists and percussionists are dubbed as the next big thing for weddings. They’re pretty much the naked cake and raffia of the wedding entertainment world. For the ultimate club atmosphere, choose a sax player that can play as a trio with a percussionists and a DJ. This unique, innovative entertainment is guaranteed to create the greatest upbeat ambience. Your guests will be blown away… onto the dancefloor. Make it happen with the Girl on Sax, May. Girl On Sax, Viva Ems & Bongo Rach from Ntertain Events Ltd on Vimeo. Don't forget to checkout our website for more info and our full range of entertainers. www.Ntertain.co.uk
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Wedding Breakfast at Abbey House Hotel photo credit Steve Hillman Photography Blow your guests away with wedding breakfast entertainment As the wedding ceremony comes to a close, and the drinks reception done and dusted, the wedding breakfast is next on the agenda. Guests generally know what to expect – a few speeches, the toast, and food – so blow them away with some wonderful wedding breakfast entertainment. Setting the scene with wedding breakfast entertainment Before you add in extra elements to the wedding breakfast, be sure to enhance the mood of the room with an exceptional artist. While some couples choose to have a blank room, void of music, professional musicians provide a breath-taking backdrop of sound for your special day. Of course, this should be styled to suit the charm of the day and the musical preferences of the newlyweds. As such, you infuse the wedding breakfast with an extra taste of your character as a couple. ·         Singing Waiters For a show-stopping performance, singing waiters will give your breakfast a boost and get guests up on their feet. Superb vocals and exemplary waiting service fuse to serve up a menu of entertainment that will surprise, delight and entertain your guests. ·         Musician A professional musician, such as fingerstyle guitarist, Liam, will create a mellow and sophisticated atmosphere for your wedding breakfast. Covering artists including James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and Simon and Garfunkel, Liam will also utilise a loop pedal to make a subtle and tasteful soundscape for his artistry. ·         Singer and Wedding Host From a grand entrance to sing a long fun, John has been entertaining at weddings for over 16 years. With a fantastic mix of songs from Swing, Ballads and even a bit of Motown, John Norcott is guaranteed to bring the energy to your wedding breakfast. Always interacting with his audience during performances, guests will feel involved and engaged, as they enjoy hits from legends such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Michael Buble. Additional low-cost wedding breakfast entertainment ideas With the fundamentals for your wedding breakfast arranged, there is always room to personalise this part of your day with some additional low-cost bits of wedding breakfast entertainment. Five unexpected extras may include, but are not limited to: 1.    personalised wedding favours – uniquely themed for each table 2.    best man speech sweepstakes – for bridal-style betting 3.    wedding breakfast bingo – how many stereotypical features can guests cross off their cards 4.    wedding i-spy checklists – complete with disposable camera, a classic game for all ages 5.    wedding breakfast not-so-pub quiz – themed rounds that mean something special to the bride and groom checkout our SpeedQuizzing
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