The Wedding Industry Awards 2017

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The red carpet shot!

The Wedding Industry Awards – Regional Finals awards presentation

This year I was nominated for an award at the prestigious Wedding Industry awards. I attended the regional finals last Wednesday at Old Down Estate, Bristol. Did I win? Well, more on that in a moment, but first – why I entered, and some background.

Taking the plunge…

Well, I must say it’s been an absolutely amazing year for me and my little wedding guitar business. It’s my second full year of being a full time musician, specialising in live music tailored specifically for weddings. I’ve been a working musician for over 10 years now, but in the past I’ve always fitted it around other jobs. Last January I took the plunge and made the business my 100% focus.

It was a little scary at the start, as I’m sure anyone who’s dived headfirst into self-employment can relate. I spent the whole of January promoting my business, redesigning my website, filming new promotional videos, arranging performances at wedding fairs and doing all I could to move things forward. Slowly but surely, my little snowball got bigger and bigger. At the turn of the year, before I took the plunge, I think I had six bookings in the diary. I ended up playing at 40 weddings in 2015 and 55 in 2016. Add to that private parties and gigs at my regular venues in Bristol; all-in-all it’s been a very busy year!

I’m now at a point where, unfortunately I seem to be turning down more bookings than I can take on – obviously great news for me business-wise, but also such a shame! I hate having to send that “sorry, I’m already booked” email.

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Entering the Awards

Anyone who’s planned a wedding, or worked in the wedding industry will most-likely have seen the above logo – it’s the Wedding Industry Awards symbol, a body that recognises the very best suppliers in the business. I’ve thought about entering a few times, and this year I was nominated on more than one occasion so thought the time was right to put myself forward.

I contacted my wedding clients, and was thrilled to received such support, positivity and enthusiasm from everyone! The comments I received were absolutely incredible – you can read all my feedback from voters here, it really blew me away.

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Scores from voters – almost perfect 10s across the board!

When I received notification that I was a Regional Finalist, I was over the moon! In my first year of entering I’d made it all the way through to the finals, and was in with a chance of winning an award.

And the award goes to…

Well, sadly it was not meant to be this year! The award was picked up by the very talented Evertide – worthy winners for sure. Naturally I was a little disappointed to miss out – despite assuming that I probably wasn’t going to win, when it came to the point where the award was being announced I couldn’t help but get my hopes up! Never mind, there’s always next year – and I’ll be looking to up my game in every area to see if I can secure an award next year!

Despite not actually winning the award, the feedback I received was just incredible. It’s so satisfying to know that you’ve done a good job, and contributed to someone’s perfect day. I was really moved reading some of the comments received.

My philosophy has always been to create a rapport with my wedding couples – that’s why I’ll never work for an agency. The personal interaction is what makes it special. I’d like to take a moment just to thank every single bride and groom who have booked me to play at their special day. Every occasion has been unique, memorable and an absolute pleasure to be at.

People who know me will have heard me say this on a regular basis:

I HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!

Here’s to 2017 ūüôā

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At the awards with Lauradana of Wedding Creations UK and make up artist Charlotte Tillyer

HUGE WINTER OFFER! Up to 50% off live wedding entertainment.

November/December 2016 and February 2017 – HUGE OFFER!

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This Winter, I’m announcing a huge one-off special offer. I’m offering a massive 50% off the performance fee for all remaining dates in my diary. That’s HALF PRICE!¬†This is the first and probably the only time I’ll ever offer a discount like this, so if you’re getting married in November 2016, December 2016 or February 2017 – you may be able to take advantage of this amazing offer.

Here’s an example of the discounted prices:

The Wedding Ceremony + Drinks Reception: £225

The Evening Party: £215

Drinks reception music: £195

For the full price list click here – and take 50% off all the regular prices! Please note travel charges still apply, so for example – if you were to book the ceremony + drinks reception package and your venue was 30 miles from BS5, where I’m based, the total fee would be ¬£225 + ¬£25 travel = ¬£250. For a full list of travel charges see the FAQ section.

Availability update: November and December are now full.¬†I’m not taking bookings in January, but there are still dates available in February.¬†Contact here¬†to check availability.

 

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This is a limited offer, which will only run for a short time Рso if you would like to book one of the most in-demand singer/guitarists around at a bargain price Рplease get in touch!

 

Thu 12th March, 2015: Preferred Venues

I’ve played at a lot of fantastic places¬†over the last few years, and this year I’m linking up¬†with some of my favourite venues across Bristol, Bath and South Wales.

This first to announce is Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard – an amazing wedding venue located in the Mendip countryside, within easy reach of Bristol. I love playing weddings at Aldwick – a perfect location where you can have exclusive use of the venue, in a relaxed setting with a great vibe. It’s also licensed for Civil Ceremonies, so you can host the whole wedding at one venue.

I’ve played guitar at Aldwick many times, and have loved¬†it every time! I’ve played at the wedding ceremony in the old barn, and played drinks receptions/evening events in¬†the new barn. It’s also possible to have live music outside when the weather is good.

The kind folk at Aldwick have included my on their suppliers lists, so it’s great to link up with one of my favourite venues in the area!

Contact me here for more information.

Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard