Tropical Themed Winter Brooklyn Wedding

The cold weather outside didn’t stop Kathryn and Jeff opting for a sunny, colourful wedding when they married in February. The big day was held at Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn. “Colour, being true ourselves, our personal tastes and great food were our guiding values”, said the bride.

The bride designed and made her own dress with help from her mum. The fabric they used was from Liberty of London. “We did our own flowers, and my mother and I made my dress. We asked a friend who’s a set designer for film and photo to design the space, which was very much worth it. We saved money on these and also by not having a bridal party.”

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A ‘Funfest’ Festival Wedding with 16 Bridesmaids!

Lizzy and Ed met because of Glastonbury so of course they had to have a festival themed wedding. They named it FUNFEST! “Not only do we love music festivals but without them we’d have never met”, explained the bride. “We were introduced by a mutual friend that we both met completely separately at Glastonbury. He thought we were made for each other so he played cupid and introduced us, and turns out he was right.”

They had originally planned on a London pub wedding, but when they couldn’t find a venue big enough to accommodate their 200 guests, they decided to change their idea completely. “My dream wedding had always been to throw a mini festival but I just didn’t think it would ever be feasible with the cost and logistics”, Lizzy continued. “However there were absolutely no venues suitable in London for the number of guests we wanted and we made a firm deal that we wouldn’t budge on the guest numbers. Our friends and family are so important to us that this wedding was a way of us showing us how much we loved them so to have to cut people wasn’t an option. This is when we decided to look into hiring a field and organising a festival style wedding.”

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Vintage Circus Inspired Costume & Reenactment Wedding

Fay and Michael met in the most bizarre way – they were set up by Michael’s ex-wife! After 10 years together they decided to get married and wanted their wedding to be an eclectic mix, representing all of their passions and loves. They included ballroom dance, costume, circus, art, festival, sugar skulls, Tim Burton and vintage influences. They also wanted it to be an opportunity to show off their creative artistic flair to their family and friends.

“We were inspired by everything we loved, ranging from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride to vintage circus’ with hot air balloons”, Fay explained. “As reenactors we spend a lot of time during the summer camping in fields, fighting on battlefields and then socialising with friends in the beer tent. We wanted to share the atmosphere and feelings we get at reenactment shows with all our friends and family. We didn’t want to be constrained with a ‘reenactment wedding’ though, so we decided to bring lots of things we loved into the day.”

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Colourful Canal Boat Wedding in Amsterdam

Michelle and Chris got engaged in Amsterdam so this is where they chose to get married too. They didn’t want any of the usual traditions like speeches or a first dance, they just wanted to have a colourful party with everyone who meant a lot to to them. As the couple weren’t allowed to legally marry in Holland, they later had a second wedding back home in in Kingston afterwards.

“There was a sweepstake as to where the wedding would be,” began Michelle, “as Chris is really into snowboarding and I’m half Dutch but grew up in Spain. So it was a toss up between Spain, Holland or somewhere with snow! However it turned out Chris really wanted to get married on a boat! We wanted our wedding to be colourful and just did what we wanted. Having been to a few weddings before, we knew what we didn’t want, so it was kind of born from that.”

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Doctor Who & Harry Potter Geeky Fandom Wedding

Choosing their favourite fantasy worlds for their wedding was the obvious theme choice for Jenn and Adam, who were married in Auckland, New Zealand in November. The bride loves Harry Potter, and the groom, Doctor Who!

“Our wedding was inspired by our interests”, said Jenn. “We wanted something unique to us and that’s how we decided on a geeky themed wedding. He’s a Whovian and I’m a Potterhead. We fully immersed our personalities into it rather than going for the usual wedding decorations.”

The bride and her bridesmaids carried paper flower bouquets made from Harry Potter and Doctor Who books, their seating chart was the wizarding world map and there was Doctor Who and Harry Potter bunting everywhere. The centrepieces were made from POP characters, paper confetti, candles and tiles. There where hand made golden snitches hanging from the ceiling. As you can see, they really went all-out with the theme!

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How to Find The Best Entertainment for Your Wedding

If there’s one thing that will really add the wow factor to your reception, it’s a kick ass band. If you want a true party atmosphere then live music really can’t be beaten. But how do you go about finding the right band for your wedding? How do you know what to look for? How do you know if you’re getting a good deal?

Do your research

Ask your married friends, browse blogs and Facebook groups, and Google your heart out! The internet will definitely be your best friend when it comes to finding a band for your wedding and most live musical acts will have videos or audio files of their performances on their websites so you can actually listen to them before you get in touch. If possible, see if they’re doing any gigs near you soon too so you can go and see them perform before you book too.

Repertoire

One you’ve narrowed your search down to a few of your favourites, it’s really important to then drill down and ask yourself what kind of band you really want or need. Not every band will be able to perform every style of music (in fact the best ones will probably only do one, or maybe two styles really well). I mean, you wouldn’t book a vintage swing band and expect them to be able to thrash out some Rammstein would you?!

Use live entertainment portals

Directory websites that list entertainers of all styles, locations and budgets are easy to come across online and one of the best I’ve found is LastMinuteMusicians.com. On this one site you can browse profiles, read reviews, listen to audio, watch videos and choose from a rapidly growing selection of the best musicians, bands, entertainers and related companies. You can search by style, budget and location too which will really help you narrow down your search to only the performers that are right for you.

With over 2600 acts listed, their huge selection includes everything from acoustic soloists to swing singers, Bollywood performers to cabaret bands! They even list some non-musical performers such as caricaturists, magicians and even sound engineers. No matter how traditional and romantic, or extravagant and unique your wedding theme is – you’re sure to find the perfect live entertainment in the Last Minute Musician’s directory.

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