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