Funk Soul Family, Strings Attached, and Plain Folk – a band for every occasion – and every location it would seem! We have had the pleasure of playing in some stunning stately homes, and some beautiful (although rather chilly) barns in our time. Depending on the vibe you’re going for, whether it’s a country garden party, a vintage afternoon tea, or an all-out 80’s disco, there’s a venue that will not only suit your theme, but will enhance it!
Here are some top tips when considering a location and how it will perform as a party venue:
1) Size matters
When it comes to the size of the dance floor, smaller is better. Dance floors are a lot more fun when everyone is in the middle of the mix rather than spread across the room. Check with the venue about whether they can provide a dance floor, and if so what size. Think creatively about how you can create a ‘dancing area’ using tables around the edge to define the space.
2) Timing is everything
Depending on your venue, there may be a curfew (and sometimes a sound limiter) for loud music. Be sure to ask about this when you are visiting potential venues as this may impact on your timings for the day. We have worked in many venues that have timing restrictions and we’re happy to give you some advice on timings for the day – although be warned – we’ve never played a wedding that has run perfectly to time! We highly recommend creating a proposed schedule for how you’d like the day to run, but when the big day arrives, hand over the schedule to a bridesmaid or groomsmen that you trust, and then kick off your shoes and enjoy the party!
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3) Bar Vs. Boogie
Many venues have a main hall with several smaller rooms off to the side or down corridors. This may seem charming now, but on the day it will mean your guests may get frustrated trying to find the vino! Having the bar in a separate room can also dilute the party atmosphere as people spread out and can’t hear when their favourite tune begins to play. Always check with the venue about the drinks set-up and if you want, ask them if they can create a pop-up bar closer to the dance floor – remember they are there to make your day perfect so don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Wherever you choose to say ‘I do’, make sure it is somewhere that reflects who you are as a couple and enhances the celebration rather than restricting it.