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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
Supplies for the drinks reception arriving at our wedding in Finland 19th July 2008 Keep the party vibe during your drinks reception! Whilst planning your wedding you are probably thinking of things to keep your guests entertained throughout the day. The drinks reception is an important part of the day for your photographer as this is when they get to capture the group shots. You may feel that you want to mix and mingle but you don't want to rush this section as these photos will last a lifetime. Our wedding party 2008 If you have been to many weddings you will know that the drinks reception is a time where it can feel like not much is really happening for guests whilst the photos are being taken. That doesn’t have to be the case! If you want to make the most out of your wedding day, why not hire somebody to fill the gap and keep everyone enjoying themselves? There are lots of ways that you can blend your day into one smooth running event, without having to run around keeping everyone happy yourself. There are a variety of performers and entertainers waiting to be hired to help make your day special. Here are some top picks from our entertainers. Magic! Magician Derek Add a touch of magic to wow your guests, we are not talking cheesy acts that pull rabbits out of hats, it is a more sophisticated form of magic, including mind reading, slight of hand and pick pockets. Put the magic into your day by choosing a top-quality magician: https://www.ntertain.co.uk/magicians/ Music! Guitar Vocalist Ian Perhaps your day is going to be full of chilled vibes and laid back hippy love? A guitarist would be perfect, singing well known songs so that everyone can get involved and have a sing song together. There are several talented guitarists waiting to be hired for your special day: https://www.ntertain.co.uk/musicians/guitar/ Saxophonist May Or maybe add some Sax appeal with some cool Jazz or Ibiza chillout music from one of our amazing Saxophonists. https://www.ntertain.co.uk/musicians/sax/ Songs! 1920's style singer Shell Create a Gatsby Style drinks reception with our fabulous 1920's style singer Shell. Taking inspiration from the Post Modern Jukebox she will perform modern hits with some 1920's flair. https://www.ntertain.co.uk/female-singers/shell/ Selfies! Strike a pose with our Selfie Mirror A popular option for many weddings is to have some form of ‘selfie’ photography area, why not supply your guests with the props and equipment to take some outrageously funny photos that you can treasure forever? We can provide a selfie mirror hire: https://www.ntertain.co.uk/selfie-mirror-hire/ and photobooth https://www.ntertain.co.uk/photobooth-hire/ for your guests to enjoy. There are so many options to choose form that it can be overwhelming, if you are finding it hard to decide on entertainment for your wedding, get in touch today for some advice and guidance. We can supply entertainers in your area, suitable for any theme or function. We only supply professionals, so you will not be disappointed with the level of service that you receive. Contact us today for more information: https://www.ntertain.co.uk/contact/ 
My wedding ceremony 19th July 2008 Karkola Finland How to enhance the ambience of your wedding ceremony Undeniably, every element of your wedding day is so very special. Yet, the ceremony is the time when you are joined in matrimony, as a couple. It is the pinnacle part of the entire wedding event, and it is, most certainly, what all your guests have travelled to witness. As an incredibly significant aspect of both your big day and your life together, it is crucial that your ceremony is spot on. Shape and sculpt it in such a way that it reflects the characteristics of you both, as a couple. Incorporate unique readings from treasured friends and family members, and definitely enhance the amorous ambience with your wedding ceremony music. Choosing your wedding ceremony music For many brides and grooms, your wedding venue will largely dictate the type of ceremony music you use. For example, those couples marrying traditionally, in a Christian church, may be tied to choosing meaningful hymns, and religious readings, for that matter. Civil ceremonies allow a little more freedom, but there remain constraints surrounding holy connotations in lyrics. That being said, while the genre of music may be limited, you are generally always free to involve your own creative interpretation. Why not add in instruments or artists that will wow guests on your wedding day? It is such touches that create an emotional atmosphere, in which unforgettable moments are made. 4 sensational sounds for your wedding ceremony Forget tracks playing discreetly in the distance over speakers. Be bold with your wedding ceremony music and call on professionals. Unique sounds entice unique memories, ones that last a lifetime. Would you want anything less for your wedding day? What’s more, just because you have booked a musician for your ceremony music, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any meaningful songs. Many instrumentalists are extremely skilled, and could perform remarkably breath-taking renditions upon request. Look online to find someone that meets your needs. Here’s four of the best sounds, just to get your started. Strings available as Solo, Duo, Trio or Quartet 1.    Strings A string quartet or string musicians add a real sophisticated sound to your wedding ceremony. Not restricted to classical scores, violin, cello and viola instrumentalists play a wide variety of styles to please any audience. Piano Vocalist Carolina 2.    Piano Vocalist Perhaps you would like to infuse your favourite songs with soul, or jazz for that matter. A professional piano vocalist, such as Carolina, will make for the most memorable of ceremonies. Harpist Sarah 3.    Harpist Soothe with the truly tranquil sound of the harp on your wedding day. Classically trained harpists add softly sublime background music for your ceremony. Fingerstyle Guitarist Francis 4.    Fingerstyle Guitarist Steering away from the expected, an experienced fingerstyle guitarist will puncture proceedings with a delicate dose of originality. Ideal for couples who prefer rock anthems and chart toppers, Francis will transform classic hits into rich and textured instrumental arrangements. Check out the Ntertain website for more of our fantastic musicians www.Ntertain.co.uk John Norcott Managing Director of Ntertain Events Ltd
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Photography by H2 Photography For many a bride, some of the most emotional elements of her big day is the time spent with Dad. Since the day you came into the world, Dad is the man who’s stood by you and been at your side, unconditionally. The celebration of your father-daughter relationship needn’t end at the altar. After your very first true love has gracefully given you away to your new husband, there are other opportunities to acknowledge your unique bond. Of course, it is likely that Dad will have a few words prepared for the wedding breakfast. But, when all formalities are out of the way, the day will take an increasingly relaxed turn. As other guests arrive, be sure to set aside just five little minutes of your evening for a father daughter dance. It is a blissful bridal bubble that you will treasure always. The father daughter dance basics Most couples choose to have the father daughter dance following the bride and groom’s first dance. Yet, there’s nothing stopping you turning the tables on tradition and leading into the anticipated first dance with your father daughter moment. In fact, it could even be a sentimental nod to earlier ceremony proceedings. However you choose to schedule your reception, be sure to pick a track that suits the relationship between you and your dad. If your father is a sentimental sort, then Heartland’s ‘I Loved Her First’ is fantastic. A bit of a cheeky chap may prefer Harry Connick Jr.’s ‘A Wink and a Smile’. ‘My Best Friend’ by Queen may sit superbly with wannabe rock god dads. Design it just for you two, and cherish it forever. Photography by H2 Photography 10 of the best Father Daughter dance tracks 1.    I Loved Her First – Heartland 2.    My Best Friend – Queen 3.    God Only Knows – Beach Boys 4.    Three Little Birds – Bob Marley 5.    My Girl – The Temptations 6.    Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder 7.    Father and Daughter – Paul Simon 8.    You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker 9.    It's for my Dad – Nancy Sinatra 10.  A Wink and a Smile – Harry Connick Jr. Father Daughter Dance Steve Hillman Photography For more help and advice with all aspects of wedding entertainment don't forget to checkout the Ntertain website www.Ntertain.co.uk
Irresistible Wedding Entertainment  Singing Waiters serving up a feast of entertainment. As weddings go this was a fantastic occasion where our singing waiters blended in with the hotel team and took all the guests by surprise. Guests were first entertained by a fantastic Sax player Jesus provided by Ntertain. Jesus played during the drinks reception following the ceremony and then again during the starters. He provided a fantastic mix of smooth Jazz and popular chill out music. This provided a wonderful musical backdrop whilst our waiters were busy serving. You would never guess John isn't a waiter! First up our waiters welcomed guests into the room helping them to find their seats and sparking up conversations. They then helped the venue team to serve wine before the meal. Speeches took place before the meal and were expertly announced by Toastmaster Bob Williams. Wine anyone?  Here you can see JP and Rob chatting with guests whilst topping up their wine. If only you knew...  Do you have any Fizz?  A great moment on the day was when JP asked this lady is she would like Red, White or Rose and she asked if he had any fizz. Being from the USA he wasn't sure what she meant by this and thought she meant Lemonade, which led us perfectly into more banter with the table. Food for Starters entertainment for dessert! We certainly put in a shift before singing, it always works best when we fully integrate with the serving team at the venue and this wedding ran perfectly. Once the main meal was cleared it was showtime!!!! We got one of the hotel team involved with the story and she added to the authenticity of the reveal. JP then nervously started his song and then nailed it to the delight of the guests who until this point were still non the wiser as to what was happening.  Before long JP was in full voice and getting guests to sing along. These guests didn't need much encouragement :-)  Rob was hitting the big notes! After banter throughout the wedding breakfast this guest couldn't believe we weren't waiters. Some pictures are better than a 1000 words, if this doesn't make you want to join the party nothing will! Now would you believe that this is our version of Uptown Funk? Ooops upside your head meets Bruno Mars! Here we are walking 500 miles around the suite at Abbey House! I would like to say a big thank you to the new Mr and Mrs Newell along with their guests for a fabulous afternoon. Also to the staff at Abbey House and to Steve Hillman for the photographs. We had a brilliant day at Abbey House and would like the following people and companies for helping to create such a memorable day. Abbey House Hotel http://www.abbeyhousehotel.com/ Bob Williams Toast Master http://www.bobwilliamswords.com Wedding Photographer Steve Hillman http://www.shphotographer.co.uk/ Jesus on Sax from Ntertain http://www.ntertain.co.uk/musicians/sax/ John, JP and Rob from www.ShowstoppingWaiters.uk 
What is the difference between the new Selfie Mirror and a Photo-booth? This is a question being asked by many of our customers at the moment and so we thought it may be worth writing a blog to help out. At Ntertain we can see benefits of both and thought it would be a good idea to share our findings. The Photo-booth has become incredibly popular over the last few years offering a fun memento for guests to take away and for the event organisers to have a keepsake guest book to enjoy after the event. Since the Selfie Mirror started to hit the wedding and event industry many people have been asking the question which is better? Well we believe there are benefits to each so checkout our top five reasons to book each option so you can decide which is right for your party. Now some points are true for both products fun hats, wigs and props can be used with both, you can receive a guest book in which we stick one of each photo and ask guests to leave a message which is great especially for weddings. Top 5 reasons to book a Selfie Mirror 1. The Selfie Mirror is the latest product and so less people have them. 2. You can get a full length photograph on the Selfie Mirror whereas the booth just allows for head and shoulders. 3. The Magic Mirror looks great in any venue due to is ornate design and classy look. 4. You can get more people infront of the mirror for group shots. 5. Fun animations and interactive instructions are great for kids and adults alike. Top 5 reasons to book a Photo-booth 1. Once you close the curtain people can't see what you are doing inside (ooh err) and so less inhibitions.  2. Many Photo-booths use green screen technology allowing you to be more imaginative with the backgrounds. 3. Many companies already provide photo-booths and so they are more competitively priced. 4. The external facade of the booth can vary to provide a unique look. 5. Guests will have already seen a booth before and so know what to expect. We offer both Photo-booths and Selfie Mirror Hire at Ntertain and would be more than happy to discuss the options with you and to advise on which would suit your wedding or event best. Checkout our website for further info: Selfie Mirror Hire North West  http://www.ntertain.co.uk/selfie-mirror-hire/  Photo-booth Hire North West  http://www.ntertain.co.uk/photobooth-hire/  or get in touch on via Call us on:- 03304004414 Or email:- info@ntertain.co.uk Entertainment agency website www.Ntertain.co.uk
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