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Thursday, 24 December 2009

// MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE WEDDING SINGER!! //

I just wanted to write a quick post to you all to wish clients, past and future and all family and friends a very happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year.



Thank you for all your support throughout 2009. It's been a great year - we've sang, danced and celebrated together and I've met some great people in all corners of the UK. 2010 is looking set to be just as good with bookings throughout 17 different counties and counting!

Best wishes to everyone over the festive period and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from The Wedding Singer!!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Wedding Singer Northampton

Northamptonshire is one of the many areas of the country I cover in my work as a wedding singer & DJ.



I have been professionally singing at wedding receptions for ten years and have performed in over 300 venues throughout 42 UK counties.

I am available to provide you with a range of paackages for your wedding reception throughout Northamptonshire, all featuring my live singing and DJ-ing.

I have performed extensively throughout Northamptonshire at venues such as:

* Crockwell Farm, Daventry
* Derngate Theatre, Northampton
* Elizabeth Hotel, Rockingham. Corby
* Fawsley Hall, Nr. Daventry
* Hellidon Lakes Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Daventry


Here is a recent testimonial from a Northamptonshire bride and groom:

Absolutely fantastic - the guests had nothing but praise for your performance. Very professional despite a rather alcohol fuelled evening!

Would not hesitate to recommend and we are likely to book you for our 40th birthday celebrations next year.

Steve & Tasha Bridgen
Married at Fawsley Hall, Nr Daventry. Northamptonshire

For more information visit the Wedding Singer Northampton page of the web site.

For more information, call us for free on: 0800 61 22 995

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

// GIG REVIEW - LISA & DAMIAN, EASTWOOD HALL - 31ST OCTOBER 2009 //

I was booked as wedding singer & DJ for Lisa and Damian's wedding reception on 31st October 2009.


Lisa & Damian held their reception at the fantastic Eastwood Hall in Nottinghamshire. They opted for the Standard Package but as they did not sit down for their wedding breakfast until 6pm, I was happy to set-up before they sat down and to shift the package timings forwards giving them a 6pm - Midnight package.



Throughout the meal I played a selection of Dinner Jazz, Swing and Love Songs. When the wedding party were ready for speeches, my radio mic was made available so all could be heard. Throughout the three excellent speeches I learnt that not only was the groom called Damian (getting married on Halloween) but it was also his birthday - spooky indeed!!

Lisa & Damian danced to Elvis Costello's 'She' to get the evening underway, they were immediately joined by several guests on the dance floor. I sang for my usual 3 x 30 minutes with DJ-ing in between. A superb lively crowd, I think we got everyone on the dance floor at some stage during the evening! A special point during the evening was a dedication to Lisa Grandma, Alice Walker, who sadly could not be there on the day. I was asked to do a special rendition of 'Angels' by Robbie Williams especially for Alice.


Lisa & Damian have sent me the following testimonial:

James you where absolutely fantastic and I couldn't have wished for anyone better. You're singing was fab, but what I appreciated most was you making it such a stress free arrangement. You are a true expert and any nervous bride needs you!! You made me feel confident that the evening would go well and it was one less thing to worry about. I would recommend you time and time again, in fact your details have already been passed on!! Many thanks again, and especially for your patience as the speeches went over.

Best wishes to the new Mr & Mrs Lloyd!

Monday, 23 November 2009

WEDDING SINGER BERKSHIRE

One of the many areas of the UK I cover as a wedding singer and DJ is Berkshire.



I am available to provide singer and DJ package for your afternoon or evening reception anywhere in Berkshire for as little as: £575!

I have been entertaining at weddings since the age of 17 and have performed at wedding receptions in over 300 venues throughout 45 UK counties.

I have performed at some of Berkshire's top venues including:

* Copid Beech Hotel, Bracknell
* Elvian Conference Centre, Ascot
* Hilton, Bracknell. Berkshire
* Inn On The Green, Cookham Dean
* Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Windsor
* The Swan, Streatley on Thames
* Wokefield Park, Reading

For a full list of venues I have performed in visit the wedding entertainment venues page.

A testimonial from a recent Berkshire couple I performed for:

Thank you so much again for singing at our wedding. You were so great and we
really enjoyed it.

You really made our night enjoyable and my husband loved
the MC Hammer dance off track!!


Leila and Alan Hearne
Married at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Windsor. Berkshire.

For more information about my services, feel free to visit the main web site or contact me by phone: 0800 61 22 995

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Berkshire

Friday, 20 November 2009

WEDDING SINGER ESSEX

If you are looking for a wedding vocalist in Essex, you will be pleased to hear that this is one of the many areas of the UK I regularly find myself working in.



As a professional wedding singer & DJ, entertaining at over 70 weddings each year throughout the UK, I am available to provide a full evening's entertainment anywhere in Essex for as little as £550.

I sing some of the best songs from the last 40 years encompassing many different genres including: Pop, Rock, Disco, Soul, Love Songs & Swing and am available to sing during your wedding breakfast as well as your evening reception.

With an impressive sound and light show I aim to provide you with a perfect evening to remember forever!


James Barlow - Wedding Singer Essex

Monday, 16 November 2009

// NEW DEMOS ADDED TO WEB SITE //

I have added two new song demos to the web site - 'That's Life' by Frank Sinatra & 'Ain't That A Kick In The Head by Dean Martin.


These are two of the songs featured in my rat pack / swing set which can feature either during your Wedding Breakfast if you book the Deluxe Package or at the start of your evening reception if you add the Rat Pack / Swing set to your Standard Package.

You can listen to the demos now by clicking the links below.

That's Life (listen) // Ain't That A Kick In The Head (listen)

For more demos, visit the Wedding Song List page on the web site.

Enjoy!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

// NEW LIGHTING - EQUINOX NEBULA LASER //

Continuing with my Autumn / Winter equipment upgrades, I have purchased a Equinox Nebula Laser.


It is a very unique laser effect. Comparable to a traditional mirror ball it produces over 1000 green, yellow and red coloured beams from a pin-sized aperture that rotate in a smooth motion.



I testing the new effect out at a wedding reception in Nottingham at the weekend. The coverage of the beams is amazing with the ability to cover the entirety of even the largest of reception rooms. It's an especially nice effect for during the start of the evening as your guests are arriving, giving the room just the right amount of atmospheric light.

Watch the video demo to see the effect in action.




James Barlow - The Wedding Singer

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

WEDDING SINGER WALES

As one of the UK's top wedding singers, one of the areas in which I am available to provide wedding entertainment is Wales.


As The Wedding Singer I provide wedding entertainment for over 70 receptions each year throughout the UK. I sing some of the greatest songs from the last 40 years. Also, an experienced wedding DJ, I am able to provide you with a full evening's entertainment throughout North & South Wales for as little as £550.


Here is a recent testimonial from a wales wedding where I provided entertainment:

Everybody who attended our reception commented what a fantastic time they had and were extremely impressed with the standard of "The Wedding Singer". We both would like to thank you very much for attending and contributing to the special time we both had.

Hannah and Darren Stevens
Married at Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel, Llangybi. Usk. Monmouthshire. South Wales

For more information visit the Wedding Singer Wales page or call: 0800 61 22 995

Thursday, 29 October 2009

// DEBIT & CREDIT CARDS NOW ACCEPTED //

We now have our debit / credit card payment processing facility in operation. You can now pay your deposit or any remaining balance with any of the following:

Maestro
Solo
Mastercard
VISA
Mastercard Debit
VISA Debit
VISA Electron

There is a 2% surcharge for credit card transactions. Debit card transactions are free of charge.

If you are paying your remaining balance by credit/debit card, we would recommend you do so no later than 10 days before your wedding date.

If you want to make a deposit or remaining balance payment you can do this at any time by calling: 0800 61 22 995.

Payments can also still be made by cash or cheque.


James Barlow - The Wedding Singer

Monday, 26 October 2009

// GIG REVIEW - IAIN & EMMA, LODORE FALLS HOTEL - 12TH SEPTEMBER //

On 12 September I provided wedding entertainment for Emma & Iain at the fantastic Lodore Falls Hotel in the Lake District.


A little different from a regular job, Iain & Emma are good friends of mine. Both school friends, particularly Iain who I have known literally since birth. In fact there's a picture of us, both a few months old looking rather cute - I won't post it here though!



I also had the great honour of not only being Emma & Iain's wedding singer, but a guest as well. Unfortunately, I didn't make it in time for the actual ceremony - I had a very busy couple of days beforehand - South Wales on the Thursday, and Leicestershire the night before. So, after a fantastic wedding breakfast (a special mention goes to the sticky toffee pudding!), I set-up ready for the arrival of evening guests.

Emma & Iain danced to 'What The World Needs Now' by Dionne Warwick before I started my first singing set. It's always more nerve-racking singing in front of all your friends, but at least they are a good crowd and always up for lots of enthusiastic dancing!



We took a break part-way through the evening and all assembled outside for a surprise firework display. To the soundtrack of Take That's - Rule The World, we watched a very impressive display before going inside to continue the dancing.



Continuing with more singing and DJing, a particular highlight was the invasion of some OAP wedding crashers! They were all very enthusiastic dancers and displayed some particularly impressive moves to my rendition Robbie William's Rock DJ!

I finished the evening with a sung reprise of 'Rule The World'. We all circled the new Mr & Mrs Shannon and sent them off on their way to the honeymoon destination - Singapore.



Emma & Iain have sent me the following testimonial to add to the web site:

We wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the fantastic job you did at our wedding. We left the playlist in your capable hands and you got everyone up and dancing including the 'OAP gatecrashers' they had a great time! All of our guests since have been commenting on your great performance and your fabulous voice. We loved that you sang our requested last song- Take That's Rule The World- and everyone sang along. It was the perfect end to our perfect day.

We would highly recommend you, thanks for everything.

I big thanks to Emma and Iain for letting me part of their day!


For past gig reviews click here

Photography by Jane Fox Photography

Friday, 23 October 2009

// THE CHOREOGRAPHED FIRST DANCE //

The bride and groom's first dance is often met with much fear and dread. I am commonly told, moments before the happy couple take to the dance floor, that they feel that this is most nerve-racking part of the whole day!


Whether you are unsure of your dancing skills, of what kind of movements to make on the dance floor, or just hate the idea of getting up in front of your nearest and dearest - one way of alleviating your fears is by spending some time choreographing a first dance. Not only will the preparation help you achieve a level of comfort with your dance but a dance teacher will be able to suggest some simple, yet effective moves suitable even for the most incapable of movers!

A common trend of late is to learn something a little more elaborate. Often dramatic, often funny, the popularity of more and more extravagant dance routines appearing on YouTube, many gaining millions of hits, has only served to make learning something a little different for your first dance ever more popular. Also, to add an element of surprise, I am increasingly being given mixes of several songs fused together, often starting with a more traditional, slow track, then surging seamlessly into something much more upbeat, giving the bride and groom opportunity to break-dance, body pop, corkscrew, knee drop etc etc!

There are many companies that have appeared in the last few years offering first dance lessons. Two of the bigger, nationwide companies are: First Dance UK & Dances4U offering one to one tuition for as many or as fewer hours as you need to perfect your moves!

If you are stuck for first dance ideas, I have lots of suggestions - from traditional, popular choices to more upbeat, unusual suggestions to give your guests something a bit more of the unexpected. Feel free to get in touch or take a look at my Top Ten First Dance Songs article.

So, to finish off - I'd like to show you one of my favourite ever choreographed first dance videos. This is actually my friends Jon & Hannah who got married in April. This was a complete surprise to all the guests on the day and, as you can see they have chosen a lively, upbeat track - Queen's Don't Stop Me Now, and very much gone for a comical, light-hearted feel! They actually had no professional lessons in preparation for this, just a few run throughs in their front room - which I think, makes it all the more impressive. Watch out for the knee slide (he lost the deposit on his wedding trousers!)

Enjoy!






Written by James Barlow - The Wedding Singer

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

// FOLLOW THE WEDDING SINGER ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER //

In a continued effort to improve my services and in an attempt to become more active in my communication with potential and existing clients, I have now set-up Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Fully synchronised with this blog, you can now add The Wedding Singer on Facebook and Twitter and receive regular updates including details of: new services/equipment/package add-ons, repertoire additions, demo updates, gig reviews and advice about all things wedding-related to help your big day go as smoothly as possible.

Click on the Facebook & Twitter logos to the right to add me to your feed now and feel free to Tweet, Facebook, blog comment, e-mail or phone me if you have any questions!


James

Monday, 19 October 2009

// RAT PACK / SWING PACKAGE ADD-ON NOW AVAILABLE //

I have a new package add-on available. I can now offer an additional 30 minute Rat-Pack / Swing set when you book the Standard Package. The set features all the great Rat Pack / Swing songs such as: Come Fly With Me, Ain't That A Kick In The Head, Fly Me to The Moon, That's Life, Mr Bojangles, Can't Take My Eyes Off You and more! The perfect way to kick off your evening reception.




The Rat Pack / Swing add-on is available for just an extra £50 and can be added on to you existing package if you have already made a booking. Call or e-mail for more details.

James Barlow - The Wedding Singer

Friday, 16 October 2009

// WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT OXFORDSHIRE //

As one of the UK's top wedding singers I often find myself providing wedding entertainment in Oxfordshire.


Based in Stafford, I am more than happy to travel south and provide entertainment anywhere in Oxfordshire.

As 'The Wedding Singer' I sing some of the best pop, disco, rock and soul songs from the last 40 years. Also, an experienced wedding DJ, I am able to provide a full evenings entertainment, anywhere in Oxfordshire for as little as £525.

I have provided wedding entertainment in some of Oxfordshire's top wedding venues including:

* Ardington House, Wantage
* Barcelo Hotel, Oxford
* Bear Hotel, Wantage
* Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
* Didcot Civic Hall, Didcot
* Weston Manor Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green

Here is a recent testimonial from a happy Oxfordshire couple:

Both Simon and I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you to you! Everyone was raving about you and thought that you were brilliant! The atmosphere was fantastic and they loved your live performances. Once again, a big thank you. I know that you had a long way to travel, it was really appreciated

Victoria & Simon Calcutt
Married at Ardington House, Wantage. Oxfordshire on 25th April 2009




For more information visit my Wedding Entertainment Oxfordshire page or call now on: 0800 61 22 995

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

// NEW LIGHTING - EQUINOX MICRO BAR //

I am constantly improving and updating my equipment and have, this week, bought some new lighting to add to The Wedding Singer set-up.

My light show is split into two distinctive sections: My 'stage' lighting - to light myself up during my singing performances so guests can see what I'm up to(!) and my 'effects' lighting - lighting for the dance floor that paints patterns / shapes all around the room to encourage people up on the dance floor.

The new lighting has replaced my old stage-type lighting which has replaced my old par 56 lighting cans with a new Equinox LED System. The old style lighting was heavier, larger and used a great deal more power. The new system also gives off no heat - it wasn't uncommon for my stage area to hit 30 degrees! So, you can expect considerably less perspiration from your wedding singer from now on!


Being powered by LEDs also means that the new system is a lot more flexible in the colours and chase patterns that are available. The LEDs can also seamlessly fade from one colour into another giving some excellent atmospheric lighting before the dancing begins at the start of the evening and during some of the slower songs towards the end.



Here is a video of just one set of the lights in action. I have two sets as a part of my set-up. This is a video made by the manufacturer, not myself, so excuse the shocking choice of music!!





If you have any questions about The Wedding Singer lighting system or any other aspect of my set-up, feel free to get in touch!

Friday, 9 October 2009

// JANE FOX PHOTOGRAPHY - SUPPLIER SHOWCASE //

As a professional wedding singer, I often bump into the same wedding suppliers time after time. One of those is a Staffordshire based photographer, Jane Fox who I have worked with on numerous occasions.


Jane fox is a wedding photographer based in Stone, mainly covering venues around Staffordshire and Cheshire, but in some cases travelling far and wide over the country to capture couples magical days.


Jane takes a contemporary approach in her style of shooting, aiming to capture the mood of the day by photographing people unaware as they are enjoying themselves having a glass of champagne or are swinging around on the dance floor! This reportage photography also enables the bride and groom to enjoy their day, spending more time with their guests and taking in every moment that their day has to offer. Jane also understands that 'Great Auntie Ethel' may want a more traditional image for her mantle piece, so staged images of family can also be popped into the day if requested by the bride and groom.


Please go to http://www.janefoxphotography.co.uk/ to view more of Jane’s work or to email her directly for a quote.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

// WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT BIRMINGHAM //

As one of the UK's top wedding singers, one of the many areas of the country in which I provide wedding entertainment is, Birmingham.

Based in Stafford, I am ideally situated to provide wedding entertainment throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands.

As, 'The Wedding Singer' I sing some of the best songs from the last 40 years with the option of additional rat pack / swing sets during your wedding breakfast. Also, an experienced
wedding DJ, I am is available to provide you with a full evening's entertainment from as little as £525!

I have provided wedding entertainment at some of the West Midlands premier wedding venues including:

* Clarendon Suites, Birmingham
* Copthorne Hotel, Dudley
* Gables Hotel, Solihull
* Hogarth's Hotel, Solihull
* Moxhull Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield
* Marston Farm Hotel, Sutton Coldfield
* Mill Hotel, Alverley
* Paragon Hotel, Birmingham
* New Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield
* Plough & Harrow Hotel, Birmingham
* Ramada Hotel, Solihull

Here is a recent testimonial from a happy West Midlands couple:

We just wanted to express our thanks for helping to make our big day so special. The music you played really got our guests going, the dance floor was packed all evening. Everyone has commented how great the entertainment was, when you sang a Michael Jackson number, several guests didn't realise it was actually you singing!! We wanted something different than the usual wedding disco, and you certainly delivered and exceeded our expectations. We wouldn't hesitate in recommending you to anyone looking for a professional and entertaining function.

Thanks again.

Emma & Terry Naisbett
Married at Marston Farm Hotel, Sutton Coldfield. West Midlands





Monday, 5 October 2009

// CAVERSWALL CASTLE - VENUE SHOWCASE //


I have provided wedding singer / DJ services at Caverswall Castle a number of times.

Caverswall Castle is a 13th Century castle is naturally hidden by mature oaks and lyme trees, and is set in over 35 acres of private grounds.

Now privately owned, the Castle has undergone complete restoration. The grand Medieval and Jacobean architecture has been combined with modern luxuries, making Caverswall Castle an ideal setting for a wedding reception. Just as royal visitors have done in years before, you can relax and entertain your guests with style, imagination and freedom.

Caverswall Castle is not a hotel and is only available on an exclusive basis, with a choice of wedding packages.

So, just imagine a place which brings the past back to life, with awe-inspiring splendour and a greeting to make your guests feel immediately welcome.

Champagne and canap├ęs are taken in the ornate courtyard overlooking the moat, or for the more adventurous, the Castle battlements, with breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside. Fairytale locations for your wedding photographs are plentiful….whatever the weather.

For your Wedding Breakfast, two adjoining dungeons, seat up to 90 guests and provide an atmospheric baronial setting. For smaller parties, the Dining Room seats up to 22 guests and the Ceremonial Hall, up to 50 guests.

Caverswall Castle can accommodate a maximum of 150 guests for your evening wedding reception and dancing/entertainment is permitted until midnight.

Guests also have use of the castle grounds, games room with its magnificent 19th century billiards table and our reception rooms, steeped in history.


Guests dancing at Gareth & Sarah Reynolds' wedding reception in the Castle Dungeons at Caverswall Castle. For a review of my performance at this wedding reception, click here


For more information about Caverswall Castle, visit their web site: http://www.caverswall-castle.co.uk or call: 01782 393 239.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

// GIG REVIEW - CHERYL & KEVAN, RIDGEMONT HOUSE - 19TH SEPTEMBER 2009 //

I was wedding singer for Cheryl & Kevan Seddon a couple of weeks ago at the fantastic Ridgemont House in Horwich, Lancashire.


They sat down for a late Buffet Wedding Breakfast at 6, so they were able to book the Standard Package and I was happy to shift my 7pm - 1am timings forwards and be set-up and ready for 6pm and finish music at Midnight. After some short speeches I played a pre-recorded selection of Jazz, Swing and Love Songs as guests dined.

I officiated Cheryl & Kevan's cake cutting and 8.30 and then they did their first dance immediately afterwards. I sang Take That's Greatest Day, for which Cheryl & Kevan had learnt a specially choreographed dance routine! 'Greatest Day' was not previously a part of my repertoire so I learnt the song especially for them.


After the first dance I sang my first singing set, getting everyone involved on the dance floor. The dancing continued as I DJ-ed and sang my second and third sets - I think we had everyone up on the dance floor at some point during the evening!

Towards the end of the evening there was a surprise in store for everyone. Cheryl had secretly organised a pair of Naked Balloon Dancers to entertain everyone. Even Kevan was unaware and looked as surprised as everyone else as the naked dancers jumped on to the dance floor!



Cheryl & Kevan have sent me the following testimonial from the day:

A big thanks to you James for helping make our wedding day so special, all our guests loved you and commented how good you were. You sang your heart out all night and did a wonderful 'Take That - Greatest Day' for our first dance. All our guests were up dancing all night and the bubbles look fantastic on our photos (very romantic ones of our first dance!)

I hope we didn't shock you too much with our surprise Streaking Balloon Dancers, they certainly ended the night with a bang!!

Thank you with lots of love from Mr & Mrs Seddon xx

So, best wishes to the new Mr & Mrs Seddon and I hope to return to Ridgemont House again soon!


Tuesday, 29 September 2009

// NEW SONG ADDED TO REPERTOIRE //

I have recently added a new song to my repertoire, Michael Buble's 2007 hit - 'Everything'.



It was a special first dance request last weekend. A great first dance song lyrically with the words:


"And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, you make me sing.
You're every line, you're every word, you're everything."

So, 'Everything' is now available to be sung live for your first dance. It would also be a great song to accompany your wedding breakfast if you have booked the Deluxe Package.

James Barlow - Wedding Singer

Thursday, 24 September 2009

// WEDDING SINGER MANCHESTER //

As one of the UK's top wedding singers, one of the many areas of the UK I regularly cover is Manchester.

I sing some of the best songs from the last four decades. Also, a highly experienced wedding DJ, I am able to provide you with a full evening's entertainment, including his live singing and disco sets for little more than the cost of many stand-alone mobile discos, making me perfect to provide wedding entertainment for your reception in Manchester.


Here is a recent wedding testimonial from a couple I was wedding singer for in Manchester:
A huge thanks for making our wedding day even more wonderful. The music you chose for both the wedding breakfast and the evening reception was excellent, many of our guests commented on how good you were and and they all loved the types of tracks you played and sang. We would definitely recommend you to all our friends and family. .

Zoe & Steve Mort
Married at Mottram Hall Hotel, Prestbury. Manchester


Wednesday, 23 September 2009

// NEW FREEPHONE NUMBER //

You can now contact The Wedding Singer by phone for free!

Our new freephone number is:

0800 61 22 995

Alternatively, if you are calling from a mobile and want to make use of your inclusive minutes, our geographical phone number is:

01785 604803

You may have also noticed the design changes here on the blog, these will also be migrated over to the main site within the next couple of months. Also look out for new video, audio and picture updates in the very near future.

I look forward to speaking to you all soon!

James





Monday, 27 July 2009

300 wedding venues!

I am proud to have past the milestone of now having provided wedding entertainment in over 300 venues.

I have, at present, sung and DJ-ed in 319 venues in 45 UK counties. I'm sure I could do a miliage calculation but it may take some time!

For a full list of venues I have visited click onto the wedding venues page.

Here's to the next 300!!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Wedding Entertainment Lancashire

As the UK's top wedding singer & DJ I am available to provide wedding entertainment throughout Lancashire.

A range of packages are available, all featuring live singing and DJ sets - perfect for getting you and your guests up on to the dance floor! My show includes state of the art sound and lighting equipment and I will perform some of the greatest songs from the last 40 years to give you and your guests an unforgettable evening to remember forever.

I am one of the UK's busiest wedding singers providing entertainment at over 70 wedding receptions each year throught the UK. Based in Staffordshire, I am ideally loacted to provide wedding entertainment throughout Lancashire.

I have perfomed at some of Lancashire's top wedding venues, including:

  • Ashfield House Hotel, Standish
  • Astley Bank, Darwen
  • Bartle Hall Country Club, Preston
  • Clarendon Hotel, Morecambe
  • Eaves Hall, Waddington
  • Elizabeth North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood
  • Farrington Lodge, Farrington
  • Haigh Hall, Wigan. Lancashire
  • Haighton Manor, Preston. Lancashire
  • Harris Park Conference Centre, Preston
  • La Pergola Hotel & Restuarant, Denshaw
  • Leighton Hall, Carnforth. Lancashire
  • Mitton Hall, Whalley. Lancashire
  • Park Hall Hotel, Chorley. Lancashire
  • Pines Hotel, Clayton-Le-Woods
  • Rolls Royce Leisure Centre, Barnoldswick
  • Scaitcliffe Hall, Todmorden
  • Shaw Hill, Chorley. Lancashire
  • Springfield House Hotel, Pilling
  • St Mary's Chambers, Rawtenstall
  • Uppermill Civic Hall, Uppermill
  • West Tower Country House, Aughton
  • Wigan Cricket Club. Lancashire
  • Wrightington Country Club, Wigan

A recent testomonial from a Lancashire bride and groom:

Shaun and I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic job you did for us at our wedding. When we were planning our day we wanted to ensure we created an atmosphere that kept everyone up dancing all night (as we love dancing).

You did the job splendidly! My only regret was that we were all so busy on the dance floor I didn't have much chance to talk to many of my evening guests!

Many of our guests commented on how good your live sets were, and I personally want to thank you for fitting in so many of my favourite songs.

Shaun and I had such a good wedding day we can't wait to do it all again, and look forward to getting you booked for our 10 year anniversary when we are already planning to get everyone together again for us to renew our vows!

Again thank you so much for all you did to make our day so special.

Emma and Sean McInerney
Married at Farington Lodge Hotel, Leyland. Lancashire


James Barlow - Wedding Entertainment Lancashire

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Wedding Entertainment Derbyshire

I am one of the UK's most popular wedding singers. Based in Stafford I am ideally situated to cover the whole of Derbyshire.

As 'The Wedding Singer' I sing some of the best songs from the last 40 years. Also, an experienced wedding DJ, I am able to provide you with a full evening's, non-stop music to keep your guests dancing all night and provide you with an unforgettable evening.

I have provided wedding entertainment in some of Derbyshire's top venues including:

  • Bear Inn & Hotel, Belper
  • Breadsall Priory, Morley
  • Brookfield Manor, Hathersage
  • Broomfield Hall, Morley
  • Dove Farm, Ashbourne
  • Hassop Hall Hotel, Bakewell
  • Izaak Walton Hotel, Dovedale
  • Makeney Hall, Milford. Derbyshire
  • Park Farmhouse Hotel, Isley Walton
  • The Priest House, Castle Donington
  • The Sitwell Arms, Renishaw
  • Yeldersley Hall, Ashbourne

A recent testemonial from a Derbyshire wedding where I provided entertainment:

James did an absolutely fabulous job at keeping our guests on the dance floor, even though my family are renowned for not dancing! He's a fantastic singer and I'd recommend him to anybody.

Nicola and Ben Wilson-Mawer
Married at Marriott Breadsall Priory, Morley, Derbyshire


James Barlow - Wedding Entertainment Derbyshire

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Choosing Your Wedding Music

by James Barlow - Wedding Singer

Your big day is fast approaching, one of the jobs on your 'to do' list is to send your wedding DJ your list of song requests for the big day.

A question often asked by brides and grooms to be is; what exactly do you want from us in terms of music choices?


It is important to initially choose the right wedding DJ and have confidence in their ability to get everyone up on the dance floor. I occasionally hear horror stories from fellow DJs of couples sending through very rigid play lists of many songs that must be played and often in a very specific order. Unless you are an experienced DJ yourself, on the whole, this approach isn't very successful. Yes, you may get to hear all your favourite music, but the chances of the songs you have chosen keeping the dance floor busy all night are slim.

Presumably, you want an evening filled with great music to get everyone up dancing - a bit of something for guests of all ages? But, also you want some on your favourite tracks as well; songs special to you as a couple. Maybe a song that was playing when your eyes first met across a smokey dance floor. Songs you remember fondly from school discos or your university or college years or maybe, songs that were particularly enjoyed during your stag / hen celebrations. I always say, send me as many or as few requests as you want. Either a big list from which I can pick and choose or a smaller list of songs your would definitely like played at some point during the evening. Any experienced DJ will be able to keep the dance floor busy with a combination of your requests and their own selection of music.


Another option that is becoming popular is to slip a note in with your wedding invitations asking your guests to send a couple of song requests back with their RSVPs. You can then compile a request list (after having removed any songs you despise!) to send through to your DJ from which they can pick and choose and, alongside the tracks they know will get everyone up to dance, they can play plenty of your guests' favourites.

Your DJ will do their job of selecting the right track at the right time to get people up dancing and keeping those who are already dancing exactly where they are.


So, as your wedding DJ, I welcome as much or as little input from the bride and groom as they wish. If they have no particular preferences, I am happy to judge the mood and tastes of the guests on the night and create a play list using my choices and requests taken on the day. Or, if the bride and groom have specific ideas for the evening's music, I am happy to mix in some of theirs / their guests' favourite tracks with my own selections to create a successful evening.

Keep checking back on the wedding blog for more wedding song list ideas.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Wedding Singer Merseyside

As The Wedding Singer I am available to provide entertainment for your reception throughout Liverpool and Merseyside. I perform some of the greatest pop, rock, disco, soul, swing and love songs of all time. Also, an experienced wedding DJ, I am able to provide you with a full evening's music from as little as £500!

I have entertained in many of Liverpool & Merseyside's top wedding venues including:

  • Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
  • Grange Country Club, South Wirral
  • Haydock Park Racecourse, Haydock
  • Meols Hall, Southport
  • Prince Of Wales Hotel, Southport
  • Suites Hotel, Knowsley. Merseyside
  • Thistle Hotel, Haydock. Merseyside
  • The Palm House, Liverpool
  • Village Hotel, Whiston


Here is some recent feedback I have received from a Merseyside bride and groom:

Just wanted to thank you for doing a wonderful job, I have not danced so much in a long, long time, you just seemed to know what music we liked.

'Put your hands on', what a blast from the past of very good times!

We really enjoyed being entertained by you, you made our night even more memorable.

Once again, thanks James!

Nathan & Helen Luby
Married at Village Hotel, Whiston. Merseyside


Monday, 22 June 2009

Wedding Singer Shropshire

Based in neighbouring Staffordshire, I am ideally placed to provide your entertainment as 'The Wedding Singer' throughout Shropshire. Also a wedding dj, I provide complete music packages for your evening reception.

I entertain at 70+ weddings every year and have performed at the following venues in Shropshire:
  • Albright Hussey Hotel, Shrewsbury
  • Bear Hotel, Hodnet. Shropshire
  • Dinham Hall Hotel, Ludlow
  • Goldstone Hall, Market Drayton
  • Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport. Shropshire
  • Radbrook Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury
  • Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury
  • Ternhill Hall Hotel, Market Drayton
  • Tong Parish Hall, Tong
  • Walcott Hall, Lydbury North. Shropshire

Recent feedback by a recent Shropshire bride and groom:

When we booked you for our wedding we'd read lots of excellent feedback on wedding forums and you far exceeded our expectations. So many of our guests have commented on how great you were and had to double-take when you were singing as they thought it was the pre-recorded music!

You made sure everything was perfect from the speeches to the first dance and we had such a fabulous day. Our pictures from the ceilidh dancing are so funny and the best memory for me is that the dance floor was full for the entire evening.

Thank you so much James, you're such a lovely person and a fantastic singer.

We'd highly recommend you to anyone looking for entertainment at their wedding as we couldn't have asked for anyone better!



Kerry and Tom Murfin

Married at Tong Parish Hall & Marquee, Tong. Shropshire


James Barlow - Wedding Singer Shropshire

First dance songs available for live performance

Having your first dance song sung live by a wedding singer not only makes it that extra bit special but may even divert a few pairs of eyes away you if you are nervous about dancing in front of all your nearest and dearest!

I often get asked for a list of songs that I am able to sing for you that would be suitable for a first dance and thought I would list them here:

Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young
Rule The World - Take That
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick Jnr
To Love Somebody - The Bee Gees
Happy Together - The Turtle
My Girl - The Temptations
These Are The Days Of Our Lives - Queen
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
The One - Elton John
I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
We Are The Champions - Queen
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Amazed - Lonestar
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Hero - Enrique Englesias
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

If there's a song that you would like to sung as your first dance that is not on this list, I may be able learn it for you. If you get in touch and let me know the track, I will check into its availability.

If you would prefer your first dance song not to be sung and are after some inspiration, see my top ten first dance songs article.

For a list of all the songs in my singing repertoire see the wedding song list page on the web site.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

New Songs Added To Repertoire

I am introducing some new songs into my singing repertoire this week, mainly in the swing / rat pack genre.

They are:

Come Fly With Me, as by Frank Sinatra
Mr Bojangles, as by Sammy Davis Junior
The Way You Look Tonight, as by Frank Sinatra
Fly Me To The Moon, as by Frank Sinatra
Ain't That Kick In The Head, as by Dean Martin
Dignity, as by Deacon Blue

Swing / rat pack type music is an ideal accompaniment for your wedding breakfast - for information about the Deluxe Package, which includes live singing throughout your meal see the pricing page.

My full singing repertoire can be found on the wedding song list page.


James Barlow - The Wedding Singer

Monday, 15 June 2009

Wedding Singer Nottinghamshire

One of the many counties in which my wedding singer & DJ services are available in is Nottinghamshire.

Based in Stafford I am ideally situated to serve all of the Nottingham / Nottinghamshire area. I have entertained in many of the county's top wedding venues including:

  • Albert Hall, Nottingham
  • Canal House Restaurant, Nottingham
  • Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham
  • Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham
  • Langar Hall, Nottingham
  • Romney House, Barnstone
  • Rufford Park, Ollerton
  • Sutton Bonington Hall, Sutton Bonington
  • West Retford Hotel, Retford
  • Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor


Alison & Edward Plowright enjoying their first dance at a specially erected marquee at Edward's parent's house (Romney House) in Barnstone. If you look carefully, you can see me getting ready to start my first singing set in the background!


James Barlow - Wedding Singer Nottinghamshire

Sample Set List

I often get asked by couples before the big day, what songs can I expect to hear in your singing sets?

My complete repertoire can be found on the wedding song list page on the web site.

However, below you can see an example of how I might arrange my songs into three sets for an evening reception.

Sets last approximately 30 minutes each.

Set 1: (usually performed immediately after your first dance)

1) Your first dance (this can be either sung live or played pre-recorded)
2) Crazy Little Thing Called Love, as by Michael Buble
3) Let There Be love, as by Nat King Cole
4) You To Me Are Everything, as by The Real Thing
5) Dance The Night Away, as by The Mavericks
6) Stuck In The Middle With You, as by Steelers Wheel
7) All Night Long, as by Lionel Richie

Set 2: (usually performed mid-way through the evening)

1) Valerie, as by Amy Winehouse
2) Relight My Fire, as by Take That
3) Build Me Up Buttercup, as by The Foundations
4) Billie Jean, as by Michael Jackson
5) I'm A Believer, as by The Monkees
6) Shake A Tailfeather, as by The Blue Brothers / Ray Charles
7) Celebration, as by Kool & The Gang
8) Night Fever, as by The Bee Gees
9) Shine, as by Take That

Set 3: (usually performed at the end of the evening)

1) Love Is In The Air, as by John Paul Young
2) Can't Keep My Eyes Off You, as by Andy Williams
3) My Girl, as by The Temptations
4) How Deep Is Your Love, as by Take That
5) Amazed, Lonestar
6) Easy, as by Lionel Richie & The Commodores
7) Wonderful Tonight, as by Eric Clapton



James Barlow - one of the UK's top wedding singers

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Wedding Singer Staffordshire

Based locally in Stafford, I am available to provide wedding singer / DJ packages for your wedding reception throughout the county.

I am one of the country's top wedding singers and provide singing and DJ packages at around 70 weddings every year throughout the UK.

In my 8 years as a professional wedding singer & DJ, I have entertained at the following Staffordshire venues:

  • Castle Hotel, Tamworth
  • Caverswall Castle, Stoke on Trent
  • Chase Park, Cannock
  • Crown Hotel, Stone
  • George Hotel, Lichfield
  • Granvilles Bistro, Stone
  • Heaton House Farm, Macclesfield
  • Holy Trinity Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Keele Hall, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
  • Longton Town Hall, Stoke on Trent
  • Middelton Hall, Tamworth
  • Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell
  • Moat House Hotel, Stoke on Trent
  • Mount Country Hotel, Tettenhall. Wolverhapton
  • Old School House Restuarant, Lichfield
  • Ramada Newton Park, nr Burton on Trent
  • Rudyard Hotel, Leek
  • Stone House Hotel
  • Tillington Hall, Stafford
  • The Manor, Cheadle
  • The Upper House, Barlaston
  • Walton Inn, Stone
  • Weston Hall, Stafford


Rachel & Josh Stonier enjoying their cutting of the cake before I entertained them with some singing and DJing at their reception at the Holy Trinity Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme last year!

See their testimonial and more pictures on the feedback page.

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Staffordshire

Venue Showcase - Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire

Langar Hall Country Hotel & Restaurant is situated 12 miles South East of Nottingham, in the vale of Belvoir on the Leicestershire border.

The house you see today was built in 1837 on the site of a great 18th Century Hall, the home of Admiral Lord Howe.

Unfortunately that great building was demolished by fire in the early 19th century.

The present smaller house enjoys the similar position of quiet seclusion close to the 12th century village church, overlooking medieval fishponds, gardens and parkland.

Langar Hall is a genuine country house which has gently evolved into a hotel and restaurant. It enjoys the reputation for exceptional hospitality, efficient service, comfortable bedrooms and good food and an interesting wine list.



As a wedding venue, the venue specialises in small and informal ceremonies from 2 to 50 guests and transforms into an excellent 'house party' style venue or for upto 120 guests in their on-site marquee which is linked to the main house.

I have entertained many times in Langar Hall and the venue is one of my most favourite out of the 300+ venues in which I have entertained throughout the UK. Langar Hall really is home from home and wedding co-ordinator - Pascal, is one of the best in the business.

The venue's dining room transforms into a fantastic, intimate room for dancing in the evening and whilst is maybe too small for a full live band is a perfect size to accomodate a wedding singer and our set-up lends itself perfectly to a room of this size.

Visit Langer Hall's web site - http://www.langarhall.com or tel: 01949 860559
and speak to Pascal for more information.

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Nottingham