Wedding at Rivervale Barn

Rivervale Barn – A Beautiful Venue

Our live band the Right Hook had a brilliant night playing at the luxurious Rivervale Barn in Yateley. This outstanding venue is surrounded by countryside and beautiful tendered gardens.

With it’s high ceilings, wooden beams and white washed walls there are copious amounts of light filtering through large glass windows which over look a beautiful courtyard. This venue is simple and sophisticated with 5 star finishing touches throughout.

The bride will be impressed to know that there is a ‘Pamper room’ which is the perfect place for the bride to get ready for her big day. This room has be expertly designed so that it has all the necessary requirements to make your last morning as a miss memorable and easy! rivervale barn

 

So whether you are looking for a summer or winter venue Rivervale Barn has an enchanting and romantic atmosphere which is perfect for anyone’s big day or a special occasion.

The Right Hook are the perfect wedding band to make your Rivervale Barn wedding spectacular! With a huge repertoire of music from the last 60 years, the band can delve into pop, rock, dance, Motown, jazz and easy listening tunes from any era to provide the perfect musical accompaniment whether it’s a laid back afternoon jazz set at a drinks reception, or a rocking party into the early hours with late night revellers.

If you are looking to book a wedding at Rivervale Barn or any other venue in the Surrey area then get in contact to book a top class wedding band along with your top class wedding venue and make it a wedding no one will forget!

The Right Hook have performed to thousands of guests at events large and small. But no matter what the event they always work closely with the client to make it a unique and special occasion. This involves learning bespoke first dances, altering their attire to match the event theme and more.

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Our Top 5 Rural Wedding Venues

Rural Wedding Venues with bundles of charm and hay!

Are you looking for  a rural wedding venue? Whether you are looking for a romantic secluded barn in the depths of the English countryside or a converted farm house over rolling hills. We have complied a list of our favourite rural wedding venues which are sure to impress you and your guests.

Cogges Manor Farm – Oxfordshire

Coggs Farm, Rural Wedding VenuesCouples looking for an idyllic location to get hitched, should consider choosing Cogges Manor Farm. This is on of favourite rural wedding venues. It has two 17th century barns which can be hired out, along with plenty of outdoor space for the party. If you are also an animal lover you have the option to include the farm animals as part of your celebrations, which can add a unique aspect to your big day, who doesn’t love a cuddle with a lamb?

The Tythe Barn Launton – Oxfordshire

Getting married aRural Wedding Venues Tythe Barnt The Tythe Barn Launton guarantees couples an amazing day. The barn wedding venue is located on a family run farm and is full of charming character that would be perfectly suited to a rural and more rustic style wedding theme. The Tythe Barn has an adjoining Cowshed which can seat between 40 and 165 guests, giving you lovely areas to entertain your wedding guests in.

Weddings at Heaven Farm – East Sussex

Wedding celebrations at Heaven Farm, well it’s all in the name, it’s heaven! This wedding venue has so many options available to you, with lots of space to do it in. Set in beautiful English countryside overlooking a lake glistening with lily pads it truly is a magical venue. The farm is a marquee wedding venue located on the edge of bluebell woodland in East Sussex and it offers one of the most picturesque settings to get married in that area.heaven-farm-view

Manor Hill House – Worcestershire

Set in a a picturesque part of Worcestershire, Manor Hill House is a more contemporary wedding venue with lots of style. Although it is not technically a farm, this wonderful venue is home to a horse and has a farm like feel to it with all of the charming aspects included. They offer their own catering options and have the perfect combination between a countryside settings and modern twist.

Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard – BristolAldwick Court Farm

Getting hitched on a farm has so many charming qualities but one extra special one that Aldwick Court Farm offers is it’s vineyard setting ,who wouldn’t want to say their vows surrounded by the vineyard grapes? In addition to the unique setting, Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard offer a romantic and versatile barn that would be perfect for a wedding all year round.  It has all the charm of a rustic 17th century farm happily united with the comforts and efficiency of the 21st century.

If you are planning a wedding at any of the above wedding rural wedding venues or any other venues in the South East of England then please feel free to get in contact to book a top class wedding band along with your top class wedding venue and make it a wedding no one will forget! The Right Hook have performed to thousands of guests at events large and small. But no matter what the event they always work closely with the client to make it a unique and special occasion. This involves learning bespoke first dances, altering their attire to match the event theme and more.

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Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas Party IdeasPeople are always asking us for Christmas party ideas and even though Christmas might seem like it’s still a long way away, It will be here before we know it!

So to help you out we thought we’d give you a little nudge and provide some top Christmas party ideas and tips to help you make the right choices that lead to a successful office Christmas party, think how popular you’ll be if you plan a night to remember for your amazing staff or team.

Our Top Planning Tips are :

1. Get it in the diary We all know how busy the calendar gets around Christmas so it’s crucial to get the date in the diary early to ensure maximum turnout from your colleagues. It also helps you gauge turnout numbers at this early stage.

Once you have it decided, send an email to save the date. You may not have any details yet but at least people can block it out in their diary. You could also ask for specific details such as dietary requirements at this point.

2. Establish a budget The Christmas party budget is one of the first things you need to ascertain. In many ways this dictates the type of event that you can provide and you don’t want to waste time planning an extravagant event that has to be scrapped because it’s way over budget.

When you have established this, work out your priorities. These should be based on what the staff want rather than the directors. After all this party is a reward for the year’s efforts from the staff so really consider what would be of interest to them.

3. Establish the type of event you want There are so many options available to you and it can be easy to get bogged down in the daunting array of ideas out there. But work systematically through the requirements. Should it be in the day or evening? Will it involve lots of alcohol or be a family affair? Will you use party planners or create the event yourself? Will you go to a restaurant or combine food with an activity such as cocktail making or a team building event such as our Rock & Roll Experience?

4. Find the venue The best venues will get booked up very early. Don’t miss out and have to compromise such an important aspect of the event. Create a short list of great venues within your budget and that work for your chosen event type. Try to place a provisional booking with all of them until you have made the decision but be sure to release the ones that you don’t choose as soon as possible. Visit all of them and glean as many ideas from the venue event team as they will know their venue better than anyone and have great ideas about what works and what doesn’t.

5. Pick a theme You can really create something memorable and special if you bring in a great theme for your Christmas party. The theme can then be used to create consistency through every element of the Christmas party whether it’s the décor, food, dress code or entertainment. We have provided live music and pre-dinner team building at many events which use a rock star theme. This always seems to work very well and is huge fun. In these examples we supply many activities from an exciting rock star team building event pre dinner, the Rock & Roll Game Show after dinner, followed by live music entertainment from our live band The Right Hook to end the night in style. Whichever theme you choose, make sure it’s fun, creative and leaves lots of scope for people to indulge their imagination.

6. Send an invite Avoid a dull internal email to notify colleagues of the Christmas party. Set the tone from the start by creating engaging invitations. Make it seem like a special event that they wouldn’t want to miss. The invitation is the first point at which you can have fun with your theme and should include details such as start time and finish, date, venue, dress code, event format, who it is from and RSVP details.

7. Include decent food The quality and choices of food can make or break a Christmas party. Many feel obliged to go the traditional turkey route but this isn’t necessarily your best choice. Done well this can create the perfect festive atmosphere but if it’s less than perfect people won’t appreciate yet another Turkey roast. Maybe you could look at other less obvious choices.

But your first decision is the type of meal. Is it buffet, pre-dinner nibbles or a formal sit down dinner? You also need to find out whether the venue insists on their catering or whether you need to bring outside caterers in. Either way, consult with the caterer’s chef to see what ideas they have.

8. Speeches This event is a way of thanking all the staff for their hard work throughout the year. And nothing reinforces that message more than the CEO or team manager getting up and saying so. This might also be an opportunity to give out any necessary awards. Make sure the speeches are entertaining, short and early enough that they don’t become drunken rambles.

9. Take lots of photos After all that trouble to create an amazing Christmas party, make sure lots of photos are taken to capture the special moments. If you have created a very special event you might want to hire a professional photographer to make the most of it. But otherwise make sure someone that knows how to take a decent snap is tasked with capturing the night on film. After the event these photographs can be shared with everyone that attended to reinforce the great team memories and celebrate what a wonderful workplace you have. This is even more important if you have used a team building session in the afternoon and want to maximise that team building message.

10. Include a competition Competitions can be a really fun way of getting people into the spirit of things. Returning to the rock star theme, here you could have a best fancy dress prize. If you use our Rock & Roll Game Show the winning team would be awarded with a prize. Or it could be the old classic best Christmas jumper award. Have fun and let your imagination run wild!

11. Create a table plan. If you have chosen the sit down formal meal option then you will need to consider seating arrangements. Just as you might have experienced at a wedding, this can be a delicate operation. If there are any colleagues with slightly strained relationships then you may not want them next to each other consuming alcohol and causing problems. You may also want to mix teams up to avoid cliques occurring. This might help improve communications and relations between different departments.

12. The entertainment This is possibly the most important part of the Christmas party. This is the heart and soul of the event and it’s worth really taking the time to get this right. This is our forte and our passion so we know how crucial this is. An ipod pumping out Christmas classics may well be cheap but it also makes for a dismal party that send out the message that the staff are not really valued. Research the best entertainment to meet your budget and one that fits in with your theme.

Our events are tailored to fit with every different situation such as our live band The Right Hook, as well as our Rock & Roll Game Show which is a memorable and unique event that works well after dinner. This is always a huge hit with the Christmas party theme where we use an amazing compère and a live band to deliver the most interactive and outrageous music trivia quiz ever seen. This sees delegates up on stage playing kazoo solos, playing instruments with the band, singing and generally having an absolute riot. Our team building events have also proved popular for Christmas parties such as the Rock & Roll Experience where delegates get to learn a Christmas pop song on real instruments before performing it in a concert. Our Rock & Roll Choir also works very well at Christmas as we learn the harmonies for a Christmas song and then record the final performance. Another really great event at Christmas is our Make A Music Video event where we design and recreate a famous Christmas song music video. The edited result can then be passed around the office and enjoyed long after the event.But we also know that not every budget allows for a full band so we also have our live duo and even the option for a solo singer who creates the live performance to backing tracks.

But whatever you decide, plan the details early and then you can relax whilst everyone else tries to cobble something together at the last minute.

Get in touch with us to discuss how we can create a unique event that your colleagues will remember for years to come.

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wedding planner, plan weddingWelcome to the free wedding planner timeline from the Right Hook band. But what is a band doing trying to tell me how to plan a wedding?

Well we have a unique insight because we have performed at hundreds of weddings. We liaise closely with the venues and the wedding planners. We sit down eat and chat with the photographers. We work with the caterers. And of course we work very closely with the couple getting married. And because we can provide music for the ceremony, drinks reception and evening party, we get to see many aspects of the day.

Therefore we have amassed a wealth of knowledge on every aspect of the wedding day. We know what works, what doesn’t work, what the bride loved, what the bride regretted, what the guests loved and how to get the best from each service provider by making their lives easiest.

Heck we should really start a wedding planning company ourselves. But we won’t because we love providing the entertainment and that’s what we’re best at.

But we thought we should at least share all this info with you guys because we know what it takes to arrange a perfect wedding.

So here it is

Below we’re giving you access to our wedding planner timeline. This shows you what you need to plan and in what order. But then we’ll also trickle info to you when relevant to plan each aspect from the timeline in detail.

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Wedding at The De Vere Devonport House

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De Vere Devonport House Wedding Venue

If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the Greenwich area to make an impact then you might like to check out De Vere Devonport House.

De Vere Devonport House is a four-storey red-brick building in an ensemble of historic buildings that was once the Royal Naval College. It is located  right by the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park, with the River Thames, Greenwich Pier and Cutty Sark DLR station just a short walk away. With its grand sophisticated stature and rolling well kept lawns this venue would make an impressive place to hold your wedding or party.

De Vere Devonport House is available for Wedding Ceremonies, Civil Partnership Ceremonies and private functions with a beautiful front lawn that is perfect for wedding photographs, and traditional suites for reception parties.

The Nelson/Hamilton Suite can accommodate 82 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast with up to 120 guests for dancing. For more intimate occasions De Vere Devonport House can offer the Churchill or Drake Suite which can seat up to 50 guests but with 99 rooms, there is ample space for your guests to stay over so they can enjoy the party for as long as they can.

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There is also a fantastic catering staff on site at the De vere Devonport House and the kitchens are run by professional waiters and chefs who will ensure that your guests are happy throughout their stay and their drinks topped up! There is also a wedding coordinator who you can liaise with on the lead up to your big day to make sure that all arrangements and timings are kept on track, leaving you and your guests to  relax and enjoy yourselves on the big day.

We would recommend this historic hotel for anyone looking to book a party or a wedding in the area of Greenwich, especially if you’re looking for some old English charm.

If you are still looking for a band to play at De Vere Devonport House or any venues in the Greenwich area then get in contact to book a top class wedding band along with your top class wedding venue and make it a wedding no one will forget! The Right Hook have performed to thousands of guests at events large and small. But no matter what the event they always work closely with the client to make it a unique and special occasion. This involves learning bespoke first dances, altering their attire to match the event theme and more.

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Top tips for the best wedding entertainment

Here are our ideas for the best wedding entertainment

Do you want the best wedding entertainment of 2018? Are you looking for some inspiration? Look no further and read our top tips and ideas for alternative wedding entertainment ideas.

Choosing the perfect wedding entertainment for your big day can be a big task. Catering for everyone’s diverse tastes in music and ensuring that everyone is happy can be daunting. A lot of people worry that if they have classical music or a jazz band it won’t be as current and up to date as a DJ who will be blasting out all the latest hits. However why stick to the same old boring clichés when there are so many alternative entertainment options available that will make your wedding the most talked about event of the year!wedding entertainment, wedding bands, best wedding band

Covers Band with a twist

One of the best things about having a live band is that the personalities and vibrancy of each band member comes out in their performance. A good band will encourage the guests to join in and get on the dance floor. Their  infectious vibrant energy will be felt by everyone in the room.

However whilst the traditional covers band is still great for wedding entertainment, if you want to add a little exotic twist to your day why not look into a samba or salsa band? The vibrant carnival music will surely get the most reserved guests shaking their hips!

Be your own DJ

A lot of people decide to have a DJ as it’s cheaper than a band and then they have the reassurance that there will be music for all ages. But if you are still hoping to have a band but would like a DJ as well. You can ask your band if they also have a DJ option. A lot of professional wedding bands will have that service so that they play music in the breaks and after the band have finished playing. We at the Right Hook provide this service as standard. But failing that why not mix your own wedding songs? If you have an iPod or iPad you can decide which songs you would to be played and ask a close friend or family member to be in charge of this and click play once the band have finished. Technology has come a long way in recent years and enables us to become our own DJ if we want to.

If you love Jazz

If you are a jazz lover and have always dreamed of having a jazz band at your wedding but you feel that it’s just not the right music for the whole day. Then why not have a jazz band for the early part of the reception for a short session when guests arrive after the ceremony. Perhaps playing on the lawn. Just imagine the sound of the saxophone drifting on the summer breeze whilst you sip on your champagne with your guests. Again you may find your wedding band of choice can cater for this extra perk for a smaller fee than hiring a full jazz band. A lot of musicians have connections or even play multiple instruments, its always best to ask. Once again, the Right Hook provide this option for a small fee because they are already on site for the evening performance.

How to keep the guests happy

In recent years we have seen more and more humorous and quirky wedding entertainment ideas that create happy and fun memories for everyowedding entertainment, wedding bands, best wedding bandne. Here are few ideas you could incorporate into your big day.

Casino Themed Night 

Why not add some class and glamour to the reception and hire blackjack and roulette tables allowing guests to try their luck. Having some casino fun is an ideal way for guests to come together and break the ice at the tables. By the end of the evening everyone should be more familiar and ready to hit the dance floor.

Funny Photo Booth

The idea of a photo booth allows your guests to come together and make new friends and take some silly photos of one another. There are usually props and funny dressing up clothes, plus a professional photographer who will be snapping away ensuing you are all having a great time. Afterwards you will all have some hilarious memories to smile fondly at.

Singing Waiters

A waiter’s main job is to ensure that all the guests have full glasses and their food on time but why not add a few special waiters to bring some theatrical fun to your day. Look for catering by a company who offer singing waiters, they will provide guests with an unexpected but memorable moment when they burst into song.

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This is a simple and great way to keep your guests entertained. But it is best planned for a summer wedding where you can be sure of some nice weather. Some venues already offer this option in their package. Such as giant Jenga ,Chess or Connect Four. But we find old classic garden gardens such as croquet or cricket are also a fab way to pass the time too. You can bring your own games to the venue if they at not already provided.

Relax!

Try not to worry!! Your wedding is one of the biggest events in your life and you wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t feel stressed or anxious about the big day. But remember it’s is going to be amazing, so try to enjoy everything because you’ll regret if you don’t.

We hope these wedding planning tips have been useful and you feel closer to creating the best wedding you can envisage.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds of weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest, has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

The Right Hook can provide:

  • Ceremony Music to play you into, and out of the ceremony
  • Drinks reception laid back ambient vibes
  • Evening party entertainment with the live band and DJ sets between.

 

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Money saving wedding tips

Here are our top money saving wedding tips

The wedding tips that will save you hundreds

With an average wedding costing around £25,000 we thought it would be useful to have some money saving wedding tips to help you enjoy an amazing wedding for less money – remember there are always ways to cut back! Before you begin planning make a list of all the things you need to do and prioritise them. This can really help with budgeting as well. Is that cold embossed paper more important than a plainer paper but inviting an extra person to the reception? wedding tips

Venue

This is one of the biggest costs for your wedding and you could say one of the most important (apart from the dress). For that reason you are more likely to splurge more money here. However you can still have that perfect venue for less by picking an unpopular day. Most people go for a weekend but if you pick a week day you will find some places will reduce the cost as much as half! The benefit of this is that you will also get good discounts for other things such as florists or photographers as they are less likely to have work then. Yes there is the worry that less people can make it but you know the people that really matter will make an effort and take a day off work to be there.

Guest List

Try not to over invite. It’s easily done but remember the bigger the guest list the bigger the cost. Seventy might sound a lot but that’s only fifteen members of each persons family, then ten friends each with their partners. You can see how the number can add up very quickly. So try and stick to family and few best friends for the main reception and invite the rest to the evening.

Wedding dresses

One of the biggest wedding tips where you can save hundreds is the wedding dress! So many woman may say “I want a brand new dress” but remember most wedding dresses are worn for a matter of hours and you could be saving a small fortune. With the average wedding dress selling for over a thousand pounds why wouldn’t you want to save some money and still have that dress you’ve always dreamed of for a fraction of the cost? These days you can pick up designer dresses and find the exact dress you may have seen in a bridal magazine. We would suggest looking on some sites online such as SellMyWeddingDress, Preloved and Confetti‘s for sale section. Other good bets are The Dressmarket, Gumtree and of course Ebay.  Another great place to search is Oxfam, they have eleven specialist bridal departments. Its says on their website that some designers often donate their dresses to the charity straight from the catwalk so you might even bag yourself a designer bargain.

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Whilst a lot of brides do their own make up, some opt to pay for beauty expert to come to their house. That’s great but it does cost a lot and if you aren’t sure its worth that to you then there are other ways you can look gorgeous without spending so much. Why not try a beauty counter in a department store such as House of Fraser or Debenhams? Or ask a friend who you trust and whose make up you have admired. You buy the make you like but perhaps get them to help you on the day.

Alternatively, check out beauty training schools. They may do your hair and make-up free on the day as part of their training course. Check Beautyfinder for a directory of training schools and colleges that are local to you.

Invitations

Designing and making your own wedding invitations can be fun but also it makes them more personal to you. There are loads of great sites out there now which can help you do this such as Wedding chicks. You would still have to pay for the paper and ink but if you are really on a tight budget you could email them to your guests instead. Also instead of making save the date cards and posting them out, why not let people know by text or email. Alternatively create an event on Facebook (choose ‘private’ in the event’s privacy section, so only guests can see).

We hope these wedding planning tips have been useful.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds if weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

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Wedding at The South Farm, Cambridgeshire

Our live band the Right Hook had a brilliant night playing at a charming rural venue in Cambridgeshire called South Farm. This beautifully romantic farm has a lot to offer couples looking for a more natural environment for the wedding. South Farm is situated on the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire borders in area surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, rolling hills and countryside. With it being a family run business you will find that from the moment you arrive your guests will feel at home and pampered by their charming and dedicated team.  800_800_scaled_452151_South-Farm_5F00_2

This venue also has an excellent range of ceremony and reception options including the low beamed and beautiful Tudor Barn, which at night can be transformed into a romantic haven with its twinkly fairy lights. There is also the stunning rustic garden Summerhouse. This unique seven sided oak framed structure sits seductively over the edge of the lily pond whilst your guests are seated on the bank looking across the water as  you both say your vows. They also have the elegant grade II listed Drawing Room which is perfect for a more intimate affair and last but not least the light and airy space of the Old Dairy. This space lends itself well for anyone looking for a smaller party of guests but still wanting something romantic and original.

South Farm is licensed for Wedding Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships by Cambridgeshire County Council. Ceremonies must be booked with the Registrars as well as South Farm. For details click here.

Our live wedding band the Right Hook is one of South Farm’s preferred entertainment suppliers and they will transform your wedding, party or function into a night to remember. We will tailor our set specifically to your event, and even learn any songs or special requests you have. We’ll help you get exactly what you want at your party or wedding. 0330-e1450956470777

We are very proud to have a highly popular and sought after live band that provide music for weddings, parties and corporate events across the UK and Europe. All our events come with a DJ service, high spec PA and lighting rig, and all the boring but necessary insurances and assurances that allow you to enjoy your wedding safe in the knowledge that the entertainment is all taken care of. We also provide announcements throughout the evening, a bespoke first dance song performance and a tailored outfit to match your colour scheme.

If you are planning a wedding  in Cambridgeshire or anywhere in the South of England then why not book a band you know will deliver the best party! To find out more about what we provide click here.

 

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How to pick your wedding photographer

Here are our top tips on how to pick your wedding photographer

Choosing your wedding photographer needs some serious planning. When planning your wedding you can directly view items such as your dress, sample the cake, and watch your chosen band in action. But when it comes to your wedding photos, you won’t see what you’re getting until after the event. And you don’t want to have to do it all again to get those special shots!

That means careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills and artistic style are even more important when selecting your wedding photographer. We’ve put together a few handy tips to help you pick your wedding photographer and to make sure you have amazing photos that capture your day and create lasting memories for you both in years to come.

Pick a style

wedding photographer, wedding day, wedding, bride and groomBefore you start researching local photographers we suggest that you first discuss and decide what style of photography you prefer. These could be candid and spontaneous photos which are not posed. For example it might show the bridesmaids dancing whilst sipping on their champagne and a group of men laughing or joking around by the bar. These types of shots are unplanned so in most cases people will not be staring into the lense. You may feel these types of images are more of a realistic portrayal of your day than the more posed photos. The classic photos tend to be posed shots of the two of you, your friends and family in front of various backdrops. That’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity in this category. Depending on your venue you can have some truly beautiful backdrops so it might be an idea to show your photographer around your chosen venue first so they can get an idea of your requirements.

Research is the key

This is where many people fail. They meet one photographer that they like and just book them before reviewing all the options. But its better to look around first. Start your search by reading reviews from recent newlyweds and browsing local wedding suppliers. Then review potential photographer’s websites to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style and personality. Also check out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too if possible. That enables you to read other people’s reviews and check they are positive whilst also seeing how the photographer responds to any comments.

Arrange to meet them

Set up some meetings with your top 3 or 4 photographers that you have researched and make sure when you meet them you explain that you are seeing a few people before you decide to book. First of all check they are free on the date of your wedding and then go on to talk about your venue, wedding style and what you envision for your photos. Its always important to meet your chosen photographer before booking so you can see if you like their personality and view their wedding album portfolio.

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When reviewing a photographer’s album, look for the key aspects you would like captured. Such as whether they got photos of both the bride and the groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also look for the thoughtful expressions and shots that show emotion from the day. Do people look relaxed and joyous, not like a deer caught in headlights! Also make sure the images have good lighting and beware of any photos that are poorly focused.

Make sure you get on

Don’t dismiss the fact that you need to like your photographer. Is the photographer excited by your thoughts and description of your wedding? Are they interested and positive when responding to your questions and are they making good suggestions? Any good professional photographer needs to have good social skills and be confident and bold enough to go out hunting for great images. Whilst doing so they need to be able to put you at ease and avoid irritating or pestering guests. Remember they will be shadowing your every move and the more comfortable you are with them the better.

Time to book

Once you have researched your photographers its time to make a decision and book one.  While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony events (getting ready with your bridesmaids or first-look photos) to the end of the reception. It’s usually better to pay for more coverage if your preference is to have them until the end and there’s a chance you’ll run over (overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate). Make sure you go over all the pricing and pay the deposit by credit card incase of any problems nearer the day.

Ask about your rights

Most contracts have a clause that says that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, the wedding photographer can use them promotionally on their website or for ads, etc. That also means you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the images yourselves or order an album from another source, you’ll have to buy the rights to the images.

We hope these  tips have been useful and wish you lots of luck in your search for finding your wedding photographer.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds of weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

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Amazing first dance – How to choose yours

Tips to help you plan that uniquely amazing first dance

Everyone wants to have an amazing first dance right? Are you worried you will just spend your first dance swaying from side to side in an awkward romantic embrace? Then why not create a totally amazing and unique dance routine to surprise your wedding guests that will be remembered for years to come. A lot of people don’t do this as they think it’s too hard or that they don’t have time. But if you want to do this you can. Just a few hours a week practice and you will be John Travolta before you know it.

First dance lessons are fast becoming a must have with couples who are a little more adventurous but even if you aren’t as confident as you would like to be, there are still many options for you to do a dance that is simple and has your own stamp on it. Remember you don’t have to be flamboyant and jump around your stage to create something that is unique.Amazing First Dance, wedding, wedding ideas, first dance, wedding planning

With the popularity of Youtube and Instagram videos it does seem a lot of couples are trying to compete to gain that first dance crown but although you don’t want to necessarily copy someone you can look online to gain some inspiration for the kind of dance you and your partner would like to learn. It can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be and it’s a great bonding experience that you will have memories of after the event.

We have put together a few ideas to help you get started:

Take inspiration from the classics

Copy a famous dance routine from a film such as Dirty Dancing’s “Time of my life”. You know that famous high jump is a winner and will get your guests cheering in delight and will leave you feeling like a film star.

Fun Mix up

Learn a medley of short dances from a few famous songs and put them all together for a dance off between you and your partner. Throw in some Jacko with some Britney, a bit of Elvis or James Brown, and perhaps a dose of Grease to get everyone singing along.  This is a fun and engaging dance for couples who are looking for a less serious first dance routine.

Get Elegant with Strictly

With the recent popularity of programmes like Strictly Come Dancing you may fancy something a little more elegant so why not try learning some ball room or salsa dancing; this will surely impress your guests. While some couples may be happy to muddle through a routine themselves or enlist a friend with dance experience for advice, if you’re determined to get the technique and footwork spot on, you can’t beat a series of lessons from a professional.

Surprise him with your talents

If you are musical yourself then perhaps instead of dancing you want to sing your first dance as a surprise to your partner, this is romantic gesture that will pull at everyone’s heart strings. You could even go one step further and write the song yourself. Not only will this be an incredibly beautiful gesture on your wedding day, but it is a song that the two of you will have for the rest of your lives. Perhaps once you have finished the song the band can then take over and sing it again whilst you embrace your partner for a twirl around the dance floor to your amazing first dance.

The bottom line is, everybody has a first dance and it’s about choosing a style and song you both like to create something you both enjoy. These are the memories you take away with you from your special day.

The Right Hook band are always very happy to make each event as personal and bespoke as possible and learning your chosen first dance song to perform on the big day is just one of the ways they do that. Get in touch now to see if they can perform the song you need or ask them for some ideas of popular first dance songs that have gone down well and to ensure you have an amazing first dance.

Here is an article that might help you choose that first dance.

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