I don’t know about you guys but we really struggled finding the bands for our wedding. We knew exactly what we wanted but finding them was a challenge. Not many bands advertised on wedding blogs at the time, which was my main source for supplier research, so I had to rely on internet searches and reviews which took a lot of time and effort! In the end we booked two brilliant bands that we had seen playing at local gigs and pubs but the hassle we went through to get to that point was quite stressful. Music is so important on your wedding day and being a festival wedding, we felt a huge pressure to get it right. This is why I have been so excited to introduce you to Entertainment Nation.
Entertainment Nation is an awesome hub of music artists that range from bands, DJ’s, solo artists, string quartets, caricaturists – you name it, they have it. Their aim is to completely take away the hassle of finding a wedding band by providing you with a huge database that you can easily search. Each of the artists they promote have their own dedicated page which provides details of their music style along with videos, example play lists, reviews and much more. Simply click on their website and let them guide you to finding your perfect band. The best part about them is they have bands to suit all budgets and can happily make suggestions depending on what you can afford.
We asked founder Tom a few questions about Entertainment Nation, how it all works and what they can offer for your wedding.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi! I’m Tom, founder and owner of Entertainment Nation! As well as running a busy entertainment agency, I’m a drummer in a professional wedding band and a husband and father. I’ve heard of a mythical phenomenon known as “free-time”, but I don’t believe it really exists!
If you had the chance to go to any music festival, which one would it be and why?
I’d love to be one of the lucky people at the Desert Trip in California this October. The line-up is staggering: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who all feature. To see so many legendary artists in such an incredible location would be a dream come true.
What made you decide to start Entertainment Nation and how does it work?
I’ve been working as a professional musician for over a decade, during which time I worked with a ton of different agents and realised that I could provide a better service than what was currently available. Entertainment Nation was founded with the aim of offering exceptional service to both our clients and the bands we represent. With expertise comprising all facets of the entertainment industry, we are able to give our customers a personalised service that goes far beyond simply selling them a wedding band. Booking wedding entertainment couldn’t be any simpler: clients visit our user-friendly website, where they are presented with an array of exceptional performers to choose from. Sorting and filtering the bands to meet their specific requirements, clients are then able to view videos of the bands in performance, listen to professionally recorded tracks and find out all the information they need to make an informed booking. Once a client has chosen their band, there is a simple form to be completed and, pending band availability, the client’s dream wedding band is booked! If a client needs any advice or guidance, our friendly entertainment advisers are available from 10am until 10pm every single day, including bank holidays, via the phone, Live Chat or email.
What sort of bands and performers can our readers expect to find on Entertainment Nation?
With hundreds of bands and performers on our books, your readers will be spoilt for choice! For the romance of the wedding ceremony we have sublime string quartets, uplifting gospel choirs and breath-taking classical vocalists. To add to the ambience of the afternoon drinks, your readers might like to consider an acoustic roaming band, a pianist and vocalist, or perhaps something a little different like a caricaturist. Our wedding reception bands come in a huge ranges of genres, from high energy pop and rock bands to suave swing, jazz and Rat Pack bands, from infectiously funky soul, disco and Motown bands to unique vintage-styled bands, and many more!
Tell us about the different packages you offer? Do you offer a service that helps couple pick the right band?
All our bands set their own prices, so there isn’t a standard package as such, but our advisers are always happy to take the time to discuss a couple’s theme, venue and budget and offer a selection of the most appropriate bands. Many of our bands offer optional add-ons, such as a manned DJ service or the addition of a horn section or another vocalist.
If our readers were to book their band through you, what can they expect?
Impeccable customer service, expert advice based upon years of experience as both wedding entertainment organisers and professional performers, a simple, hassle-free booking process and, most importantly, an amazing band who’ll provide the soundtrack to their treasured memories.
What’s is the best advice you can give when it comes to choosing a wedding band?
Book through a reputable agency! This may sound biased, but it is important. A trusted agent will match a couple with their perfect wedding band and be on hand to deal with any issues that may arise (such as venue restrictions on live music). When a band is booked through an agency, a legally binding contract is signed between the couple and the band, meaning that the band cannot cancel unless the circumstances are exceptional – and even in this extremely rare eventuality, a good agency would do everything in their power to supply a high quality alternative act.
Finally, what’s your life quote/motto?
I have to choose a song lyric don’t I? I’ll go for these wise words by Jon Bon Jovi…..
“It’s my life. It’s now or never”
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