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13.08.2018
Rebecca Evans
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So, we're well into the swing of August. So many of our lovely brides will be making their way down the aisle this month, ready to marry the man or woman of their dreams. How beautiful. Ntertain musicians just can't wait to share a small part of your special day with you. On the subject of music. Have you chosen your bridal procession song? Chances are, if you marry this month you will have chosen a track or booked in a string quartet or harpist to play as you are given away. If you haven't, or if you get married in the not-so-distant future, it's time to get your thinking veil cap on. If you are not having a religious ceremony, choosing to wed in a hotel, a barn, or a tipi - the list goes on - you will be really spoilt for choice for procession songs. Let's take a look at ten of the best contemporary bridal procession tracks. 10. Marry You - Bruno Mars 9. Jack Johnson - Better Together 8. All Of Me - John Legend 7. Ho Hey - Lumineers 6. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles 5. Baby, I Love You - Ramones 4. Somewhere In My Memory (Home Alone) - John Williams 3. Best Day Of My Life - American Authors 2. A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong 1. Disney Pixar's UP, Married Life - Michael Giacchino Let us know what you love in the comments below. Book your bespoke wedding entertainment package with Ntertain. Get it touch today. We can't wait to hear from you.
30.07.2018
Rebecca Evans
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Happy World Friendship Day! Yes, today's the day for celebrating your deep-rooted relationships with the important people in your life, beloved brides and grooms aside. Perhaps you've shared a thoughtful meme or two on social media? Or have a favourite dancefloor track in mind for when Friday strikes? But, right here on the Ntertain blog, we think today is the ideal opportunity to think through your bff's role in your wedding. Whether you have one dear maid of honour, or you have an army of a bridal squad, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this exciting time with your main ladies. I couldn't say 'I do' without you Instagram Image Credit: @wiz_khaleahhhh Asking your gals to be part of your bridal party should certainly be a special occasion. Rather than sending over a cheeky text, after you say 'yes', it's your turn to pop the proposal out of the bag. Bridesmaid proposals are so hot right now. And while they may well be all the rage on Instagram, that doesn't mean to say that you can't be truly original. Tailor your bridesmaid proposals to suit the character and interests of your best friends. Favourite scents, personalised gifts, perhaps a photo that brings back 'maid-worthy memories. After all, you only do this the once, right? Saying 'Yes' to the dress Are you dreading it? If you have more than the one bridesmaid, choosing a dress to suit the shape, size, and style of each lady is one almighty task. Instagram Image Credit: @weddingdayready and @justinesflowersfw Luckily, long gone are the days where it's absolutely necessary for your brides to be matchy-matchy, all coordinated. Dare to be bold and choose beautiful prints. Allow your bridesmaids to select their own style. Often necklines and sleeves make all the difference. Respect that not all girls feel great showing their skin, and some will want to flaunt a bit of flesh. Either is fine, they're your girls, right. Let them live! Take a look on Pinterest, and explore some wedding mags. You'll find plenty of inspiration on how to work mis-match bridesmaid gowns into coordinating ensembles. What's more, brave to step away from the norm and wow your guests. Whether you choose to invite your bridal party to your wedding dress appointments, always strive to involve them in their own dress decisions. One of the easiest ways to avoid unnecessary bad feeling, is to allow for individual style and body hang-ups. After all, we all have 'em. Here come the Hens! So, perhaps this is the time for you to take a step back from the planning and let your besties do the damage! If you're partial to a bit of pink, there shouldn't be too much to worry about. But, if you'd prefer a classy, themed, or alternative affair, perhaps drop the word in along the way. The likelihood is that your best friends will know you well enough to throw you the hen party of your dreams. Whether you jet off abroad for a shopping mini-break, go glamping for a weekend with make-do mud spas and paintballing, or you're a Potterhead dreaming of a Maurander's Map scavenger hunt, your hen should do you proud. Instagram Image Credit: @desi6003 Amidst all the wedding planning, kick back and relax on your hen weekend. Enjoy some time dedicated entirely to your girls and other close family and friends. You deserve it. And on that note, don't forget to schedule in plenty of coffee dates and cocktails before the big day. You'll need to shoot around ideas and, at times, let off steam. That's what friends are for. Instagram Image Credit: @mrsbweir On the Big Day itself On the morning of your wedding, you will be feeling a rush of mixed emotions. The excitement, the nerves, the adrenaline, will all be kicking in. Don't forget to take time to enjoy the preparations with your friends. Invest in some personalised goodies, breakfast mugs, champagne glasses, silky robes. You'll be sure to get some professional snaps that you and your girls will treasure forever. Instagram Image Credit: @naturallychicgifts and @thebelovedsparrows Speaking of snaps: make sure your photographer is in the know. Do you have some shots that you definitely want to see in your wedding album? Write down your ideas and give a request sheet to your photographer. They will be sure to plan these into proceedings. Instagram Image Credit: @whimsicalwonderlandweddings As nighttime falls, all your guests will be expecting the famous first dance. It is important to spend time with your groom, choosing a meaningful song to represent your relationship. Whether you opt for something slow, cute, cheeky, hardcore, it's up to you. But when the dance is done, why not boogie on down with your bridesmaids. Give the details to the DJ. Turn up the volume, and let Beyonce blare out. Who runs the world? That's right... Instagram Image Credit: @putrykharisma Book your evening entertainment and DJ with Ntertain. Get in touch today to tailor your bespoke booking.
11.07.2018
Rebecca Evans
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If this glorious sunshine is good for something, it certainly dries the lands out and puts us in the mood for a summer of festival fun! Brides and grooms who love to let loose, who are carefree at heart, and enjoy the vibe of the outdoor music scene, may just want to inject their big day with a WedFest feel. Just because you're tying the knot doesn't mean your nuptials need be 'the norm'. At Ntertain, we're massive fans of doing your day, your way, and if that means throwing the very best WedFest, then that's what we will help you achieve with our eclectic range of wedding entertainment. After all, what's a festival without some headline acts, right? 5. Let's take this outside Image Credit: Instagram @boho1 Perhaps, one of the first things couples do when planning their wedding is to nail down their venue. When searching for the ideal setting, think outside of the box a little. Get in touch with your local council. If there is woodland or open grassland in the area, it could be that these locations contain intimate venues, licensed for civil ceremonies. If this is the case, tie the knot and take things outdoors. Bring in the tipis! Really set that festival vibe alight. 4. Spray-painted cars and caravans and campervans, oh my! Image Credit: Instagram @thelitteredbusuk and @sunshinecoasthinterland Tradition would have you booking in a fancy vintage, classic car or even a horse-drawn carriage for your wedding transportation. But, when you're doing things a la WedFest, you can be a little more creative with your vehicle choices. Whether you opt for graffiti galore beetles, in awe of the 1970s, or you choose a cutesy VW camper, your wedding is going to scream feel-good, great fun, freedom! And it doesn't have to stop there. Why not speak to suppliers and book in some quirky caterers; caravan cafes, fish-and-chip vans, street food pop-ups... casual dining is so hot right now. 3. Go cray-cray for colour Image Credit: Instagram @darlingivy_paper and @rustic.rentals You're opting for a wedding full of festival goodness, which is the perfect opportunity to ditch the ditsy pastels and neutral hues and bring in the bolds. Yes, what better wedding theme for going colour crazy. Adding in splashings of bright pinks, blues, greens, yellows, oranges, a rainbow of shades, will really set your theme off. It's an easy way to instanteously lift the spirit of the day, too! With bright bolds all around, everyone knows they're in for a gooood time. Don't forget to incorporate your colours from the get-go, and choose personalised stationery that really gives off those WedFest feels. 2. A day that got your guests all 'Glasto-who?' Image Credit: Instagram @castadriftcouk and @coswoldweddings OK, so your venue, your colour scheme, your transport is sorted, but let's get one thing straight, a setting does not a festival make. Before you bring in the big guns and book your bands, it's time to think of the little bits that ooze festival fun. From lawn games and retro gaming units to petting zoos and face-painting tipis. Pull together a wad of activities that would blow the socks off Glasto. You've definitely got it in you. 1. Bring in the Bands! Chrome Party Band 2017 from Ntertain Events Ltd on Vimeo. Just what is a festival without some seriously hawt headliners? At Ntertain, whatever sounds are your style, we have the perfect band for your big day. From smooth jazz to 90s dance and retro 80s hits to sensational swingers. Talk to us before you book your bands. Let us in on your vision, your creative genius, and we can help you source the sounds that will bring your WedFest to life. It's all part of the bespoke Ntertain service.
25.06.2018
Rebecca Evans
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Thursday 21 June marked 2018's summer solstice, the first day of our warmest season. And, let's be honest, for the first time in forever, the Great British Weather has actually turned up for the event. The skies have been glorious, definitely perfecto wedding weather. Just imagine the sun beaming with the sweet sound of ceremony strings playing, as you make your bridal entrance. Beautiful. With flowers blooming, barbeques burning, not to mention the prosecco and gin that's a-flowing, everyone is well and truly lapping up those authentic, feel-good summer-time vibes. That in mind, perhaps it's time to take a look at some of the most instagrammable summer-themed wedding goodness, which you'll certainly want to steal for your own nuptials. 8. Festival Flowers Photo Credit: Instagram @designmydayevents and @carolineandrsn Rather than opting for perfectly posed bouquets, choose to carry naturally flowing and fabulous wildflowers. Effortlessly, such arrangements ooze chilled feels, connoting lazy summer afternoons meandering through meadows and such summer lark. Alternatively, go full festival and wear your flower crown loud and proud. 7. Summer Brights Colour Scheme Photo Credit: Instagram @suffolkweddingshed and @featherandrockevents Don't be afraid to step away from the shades of grey, ivories, and neutrals that adorn the Pinterest wedding world. Let your wedding colour scheme reflect the season, and encapsulate your excitement for entering into married life together. Be bold, choose oranges, purples, golds, reds. Go for colour-rich romance. 6. Alfresco Strings Is there anything as stunning as a string quartet softly playing in the open air? We think not. Ideal for outdoor ceremonies or lawn drinks receptions, string duos, trios and quartets add a chic, tranquil ambience, creating a dreamy day. 5. Picnic Receptions Photo Credit: Instagram @amberveatchdesigns and shindig031 Who says that wedding receptions must be a three-course sit-down meal, comprising of chicken, veg, and chocolate cake? If you're tying the knot at the height of the sunny season, the world really is your oyster when it comes being creative with culinary options. Think fish and chip vans, street food, barbeques, maybe even take inspiration from these incredible outdoor picnic receptions. Do the grub you love. 4. Lawn Games and Chic Inflatables Photo Credit: Instagram @quantocklakesuk From giant Jenga to colossal Connect4, all  manner of party games can be bought big these days, and they make for excellent summer wedding entertainment. It may be that your venue will allow sprayed lawn Twister, or you may think space-hopper races would be a real hoot. Another popular craze right now is chic wedding inflatables, ivory flower-adorned bouncy castles are available to hire across the UK. Amaze. You've certainly got the weather for it. 3. Farmyard Friends Photo Credit: Instagram @alpacasofinstagram and @tonyduque OK, so with the rise of the rustic wedding trend, comes a fabulous spring-summer wedding detail: farmyard animals. It's so good, we're not even sorry. Book in your Alpaca of Honour, have a faithful donkey as a Groomsman, and let those hens run wild. It's what they do best (hen reference sort of intended). How cute, really. And, awesome for couples with kids on their guest list.  2. Low Key Acoustic Artists You've said your 'I-dos', confetti fills the air with a rainbow of soft shades, and guests are sipping Pimms on the terrace. Perfect. What could really add to that vibe? Let's try an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist.  Combining harmonic, melodic and percussive techniques Ntertain's Fingerstyle Guitarist, Francis, transforms classic hits into rich and textured instrumental arrangements. It's absolutely ideal for setting off a summer afternoon in the sunshine, as you stand and socialise, with flutes of something fancy in hand. Check him out. 1. Homemade Lemonade and Pimped Drinks Photo Credit: Instagram @primroseweddingplanner and kayleymayy So Pimp Your Prosecco has been doing the rounds for a few seasons now, but that doesn't mean you can't take the idea and let your creative juices flow. Gin is where it's at for this summer, most certainly, so switch it up and Pimp Your Gin. Offer various tonics and botanical garnishes, from grapefruit and pomegranate to mint leaves and rosemary. Defo a favourite with the bridesmaids. Don't foget to add something non-alcoholic but equally spectacular, too! Homemade lemonade in traditional dispensers tick all the right boxes. While we might not do gin, we have your summer sounds covered. Book strings and acoustic guitarists for your summer wedding with Ntertain.
17.06.2018
Rebecca Evans
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Happy Father's Day to all our Ntertain Father of the Bride's, grooms, and Grandads too! What a wonderful day to meet up with Dad and talk over your special wedding moments with him. While many brides do traditionally have their Father 'give them away' on the big day, today we're going to have a closer look at another popular paternal wedding moment during the evening's entertainment, the Father-Daughter dance. © Mylo Photography A little bit about the Father-Daughter dance The Father-Daughter dance originated in Latin America, and is a key event during the fiesta de quince años, that is, a celebration of a girl's 15th birthday. As the young girl enters the celebration room with her father, she is greeted by friends and family, and presented with an abundance of flowers. With this short formality out of the way, the music begins, and the girl and her father waltz, before she is passed on to her other friends and family. © Mylo Photography Sound familiar? Well, this glimpse into Latin American culture isn't too far removed from the bride's Father-Daughter dance, which has taken Western weddings by storm. Usually, the Father-Daughter dance is the first to take place. When the song comes to a close, the Father of the Bride gives his daughters hand to her groom. Cute, don't you think? But what song would be right for you and your Dad? It has to be something special, right. After all, he loved you first, or so the song goes. Here are just five of Ntertain's favourite Father-Daughter dance tracks. 5. Buddy Holly - True Love Ways 4. The Temptations - My Girl 3. Heartland - I Loved Her First 2. Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses 1. Harry Connick Jr - A Wink and a Smile Book your evening entertainment, bands and DJs with Ntertain today.
21.05.2018
Rebecca Evans
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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
23.04.2018
Rebecca Evans
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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.
03.04.2018
Rebecca Evans
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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.
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