Wedding Jazz band

Things to consider when booking a wedding band

Everyone agrees that having background music at your wedding drinks reception can make the occasion feel extra special. It fills any awkward silences and helps to set the atmosphere beautifully for the few hours before the wedding breakfast begins, putting your guests at ease.

Wedding Jazz Band

When booking background music performers for your wedding, it's important to consider the following five aspects of booking a band:

1. Image

Will the 'look' of the band fit into your plans for the day? A wedding is a big investment and you don't want a group of scruffy musicians in the background of your wedding photos. It's vital to choose a band which understands that image is important, this is your special day and a band should treat it with as much care and attention as you do.

2. Professional

You can get a good idea of how professional a band is during the booking process. Do they have a clear and concise booking process? Are they quick to respond and decisive with costs and requirements? Indecisiveness is a good indication that the band isn't used to performing at weddings and problems could arise at a future date with them.

3. Contract

It's an obvious point, but it's important that you both sign an engagement contract for the booking and pay a deposit (if required). A form of legal agreement between you helps to mitigate any disagreements in the future. The contract should mention the date, arrival time, start and end time plus any requirements that the band may have; food, drink, accommodation etc. The band should have a standard contract for the purposes of weddings.

4. Repertoire

Weddings are usually a mixture of generations from your family. So, music everyone will enjoy is a must. You may be into some obscure Norwegian prog-rock trio, but there's a good chance that your parents (and their parents) are not! It’s best to opt for a band which play a variety of music across all years.

5. Schedule

Having a detailed running order for the day is vital. Ensure that you agree on an arrival time with the band and know how long it takes them to setup so you can inform the venue staff what to expect. Be aware that if the band are to be performing in a room which is already occupied by your guests, then you may need them to setup a couple of hours in advance, as to not disturb your guests with sounds checks.

One wedding band which ticks all these boxes is the Devon jazz band, Mojito. They are a professional jazz trio based in the southwest of the UK and have years of experience in planning and performing at weddings throughout the region. You can find out more about their wedding services on their website, but they are a highly recommended wedding jazz band in the area.

Game of Thrones themed wedding at East Riddlesden Hall

Game of Thrones themed wedding at East Riddlesden Hall

We're delighted to show you this Game of Thrones themed barn wedding on the blog. With the ceremony in the Airedale Barn at East Riddlesden Hall the beautiful rustic charm of the venue was the perfect fit for our wedding theme. The bride got ready in a lovely log cabin just a short distance away from the venue. The ceremony in the barn was just beautiful with nuptials exchanged under the fairly lights in the barn, it was a really intimate and emotional ceremony.

The day was relaxed but fun for everyone. For the wedding breakfast there was a medieval style banquet, again fitting in with the wedding theme along with singing waiters that added more of a fun factor to the afternoon celebrations.

Game of Thrones themed wedding at East Riddlesden Hall

About the photographer

Matthew Grainger is a wedding photographer based in Yorkshire. His photography style is a mix of completely natural documentary photography throughout the day with some creative but natural couple portraits and fun, relaxed group shots. You can view more of Matthew's wedding work on his website:

Other suppliers:

Venue - East Riddlesden Hall

Getting ready location - Fawether Grange

Wedding camper van vw

Wedding Car Hire – How Much Can You Expect to Pay?

For many couples a wedding will be the first and possibly only time where you have to plan a large-scale event. Setting a budget is easy but we all know once the planning starts your initial figure can quickly get tripled in a matter of months. This is why it is important to understand the costs associated with all aspects of your wedding.

With many years’ experience in helping couples pick their perfect wedding car we are sure that this guide will give you a great idea of which motors will be available to you whether your budget is at the lower end of the scale or you are going all out.

Having recently received the silver certificate of excellence from Bridebook, you can rest assured that you will get the 5 star treatment when booking through BookAclassic.

BUDGET Up To £250

1. VW Camper

Wedding camper van vw

If you’re looking for a bit of fun and that relaxed surfer feel then this is the perfect choice. A hugely popular choice in 2018 we are sure we will see the same trend in 2019. Ideal if your wedding is in summer and want to add some bohemian chic.

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2. Ford Anglia

Ford Anglia wedding car

Harry Potter fans rejoice! You will be well versed with this classic, however we cannot promise you that you will be able to fly in it. Potter fan or not this is a great little wedding car with its distinct styling and English charm.

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BUDGET £251 - £500

3. Beauford Tourer

Beauford tourer wedding car

A fantastic choice as a mid-budget wedding car. Designed to look like a 1930’s luxury vintage car it is hugely popular universally. If you are going to have a summer wedding this is perfect as you can opt to put the soft top down and enjoy the best of the English weather.

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4. Daimler 250 V8

Daimler wedding car

A real classy choice, the Daimler looks great at any venue with that distinguished 60’s styling. The interior of this car was really ahead of it’s time and you will really enjoy seeing some of the fantastic vintage features that this car offers.

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BUDGET £501 +

5. Rolls Royce Phantom

Rolls Royce Phantom wedding car

The flagship vehicle in the current range the phantom is the height of luxury and comes with a £300,000 price tag. Thankfully you are able to hire it at a fraction of that price but it is perfect if you are looking to pull out all the stops on your transport.

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6. Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Rolls Royce silver wedding car

No surprise that there is another Rolls to finish our higher budget choices, however this one is more for the traditionalists. First built in 1955 this was seen as the core model at the time and it has aged gracefully into one of the most stunning classics on the roads today.

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Who Are We?

BookAclassic is the UK’s preferred classic car hire site for weddings, with the most extensive offering of iconic and classic vehicles both in the UK and worldwide. The choices are almost endless and can cater for whatever style of wedding you decide. We are sure you will find the vehicle of your dreams on our platform and you could be booked in a matter of minutes with a few simple clicks.

Embroidered wedding patches

Customize your wedding with personalized embroidered patches

Embroidered patches have existed for over one thousand years, but during the early ages, they were simply threading stitched embellishments fitted on clothing. Most recently, people have revived their popularity. Today the personalised embroidered wedding patches are more popular. Therefore, The wedding designs mostly reflect on the positive empowerment themes and popular culture.

When planning your wedding, the personalised embroidered patches should help you customise your wedding. The customisation allows you to use as many elements as possible to make unique gifts for the couple. The market also provides a wide variety of projects and patterns that will definitely bring joy.

Nothing will be more personal than beautifully custom embroidered patches. You can try a few ideas like an addition to the wedding dresses by stitching little blue bows inside the dress lining or some complex ideas like the use of small swatch from the groom's outfit or wedding dress to make fantastic artwork in the wedding venue.

Stunningly beautiful hand-stitched stationery for your wedding, signs for the reception, table names and the traditional horseshoes in delightful ways will make a difference. For great results, use quality fabric in the creations.

Embroidered love patches

Types of wedding embroidery patches

Here are the two most common embroidery patches that you can try out.

  • Leather patches

The leather is a higher quality option for the custom patches. You can print the leather patches with your preferable choice or emboss it. The market provides a wide range of leather colours to match your wedding needs. You will also get a perfect custom patch for your wedding.

  • Merrow border or overlock stitch

Merrowed border or overlock stitch is among the modest forms of borders that you will find on patches of every type. The designer will start by offering you a variety of choices so that you can decide on what you need for your wedding. You will get the custom design you choose for your wedding embroidery patches.


Wedding embroidered patches are more common today than woven or printed badges. Even though the perfectly edged pieces are in vogue, the design of custom patches is rewarding, easy and fun to produce with an embroidery machine. With custom designs, you will be able to impress your guests or make the perfect gift for the newly wedded couple. There are many ideas to try during the, and whichever the approach you decide to take, the end product is always appealing.

Patchion provides top quality embroidery service. Their experience and professional approach will help you create wedding related embroidered patch.

Embroidered wedding patches


Visit Patchion today, send them an image and receive top quality custom embroidered patches within two weeks. Call them and say "Awesome Yorkshire Weddings" to get free UK delivery.

Looking for stock LOVE related items? Check their web-store for cool embroidered stuff. Many embroidered Valentines hearts are there which can be successfully used to decorate your wedding party.

Disney Snow White wedding styled shoot

Disney Snow White wedding styled shoot

Thday on the blog we have this dreamy fairytale Disney Snow White wedding styled shoot created by a bunch of amazing wedding suppliers from the Yorkshire area.

The Disney collection is all about seeing what you can create when you have the right team of vendors beside you! Working with Vickie from Spectacular Scenes was an absolute dream, this was all about greenery and bringing the outside in…she created every floral piece from the bouquet to the table dressing, including the bespoke waterfall flowers on (Fran's) CoCo Vintage's Chaise Lounge. She genuinely pulls it out of the bag, so when I mentioned I wanted puppies she just made it happen! Fran headed over from Liverpool with all the finishing touches, which complimented the Storeybook Wedding cake beautifully.

Elizabeth James Events joined us with their incredible foliage wall, providing the perfect backdrop for our stunning Stelfox Bride lace gown and bespoke hair accessories from Janie at The Lucky Sixpence. Jess Price is one of Your Choice Photography's studio Make-Up Artists, so having her present on the day was incredible and her elegant make-up completed Sabrina's hair styling magically. The final touches to our day with Celine (Snow White) at The View Marquee was complete with Inked by Hand's unique stationery/calligraphy.

Full list of suppliers involved in this shoot is available at the bottom of this page.

Disney Snow White wedding styled shoot


Planning/Photographer: Your Choice Photography Nisha Keaton
Styling/Florist: Spectacular Scenes Vickiie Ellen Ryder
Wall Hire: Elizabeth James Events Hannah Elizabeth James
Vintage Table/Decor Hire: Coco Vintage Collection Fran Steer
Stationery & Calligraphy: Inked by Hand Deb Borrett @inkedbyhand @inked_by_hand
Cake: Storeybook Cakes Lorien Storey
Dress: White Stelfox Bride (Shikoba) Rebecca George
Dress: Red Courage & Dash Collective Hire Joshephine Tay
Hair Accessories: The Lucky Six Pence Janie Wolverson
Shoes / Decals Primark / BespokebyLAx
MUA: Make Me Up Beauty
Model: Lestrangemergoth Celine Tate
Location: The View Marquee Reece
Hair: Brietaity Sabrina Tait

Wedding fireworks

The Best Fireworks for Capturing Wedding Photographs

Fireworks can add a lot of extra magic to your wedding. They can also be used as a backdrop to wonderful wedding photographs.

What are the best fireworks for capturing amazing wedding photographs?

The Best Fireworks for Photos

Fireworks come in all shapes and sizes. You have big rockets that shoot up high into the night sky and sparklers that dazzle closer to ground. While all fireworks are wonderful in terms of the enjoyment, you will find some fireworks working better in photographs.

Here are four favourites for capturing stunning wedding photos.

Wedding fireworks
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Fountains are definite favourites when it comes to fireworks. These impressive fireworks can reach heights of up to 20 feet and can last for a good few minutes depending on the specific product you buy.

Fountains add drama to your photos and again depending on the product can either run continuously, creating a sea of sparkle and fire, or go off in individual explosions. They can be used as a backdrop in all sorts of wedding photos. Two fountains on the side of a photo could even work as a lovely frame to a kissing couple!


Fireworks can also add just a touch of sparkle to your photos and for this, sparklers are the perfect option. You can use sparklers indoors for most occasions so this is great for adding that firework-effect to your photos inside your venue.

With slow exposure, it’s even possible to use fireworks for drawing words or images to your wedding photos. A sparkler allows you to draw a heart that will show up in the final image, for example.

You can add a lot more depth and fun to your photos when you think about making the most of camera effects as well as the fireworks themselves.

Catherine Wheels

Catherine wheels don’t explode up in the air like many other fireworks. These are usually nailed in a wooden structure and when set off they tend to spin in circles. They create a wonderful effect of a spinning ball of fire, with different coloured sparks flying all around.

The wheels usually last around a minute or two, which gives you plenty of time to take stunning photos. Since it all happens on the ground, you are able to use them as a backdrop for photos of your wedding guests or the wedding couple, and they work great in conjunction with fountains and smoke bombs, which we’ll look at below.

Smoke Bombs

Smoke bombs definitely deserve a mention. If you want to create a dramatic effect, then setting off a smoke bomb in the background is a wonderful idea. The slight smokiness looks brilliant either outdoors acting as ‘mist’ or even on the dance floor – if the venue is okay with it and you have a specific indoor smoke bomb product!– the perfect look for dreamy photos of the newlyweds!

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Tips for good wedding photographs with fireworks

The above fireworks and ideas are definitely worth keeping in mind when thinking specifically about using fireworks in your wedding photos, as opposed to simply having a fireworks display and hoping the photographer can capture it!

Here are two other pointers to keep in mind when planning for your firework wedding photos:

  • Always talk to your wedding photographer about using fireworks. You definitely want to hear their input and ideas, and ideally you want to find out they’ve photographed fireworks before. Even if they haven’t, another option is to take a video and then choose the best frames as your photographs.
  • Remember to stay safe. Fireworks are explosives and it’s important to follow safety guidelines and not be tempted to get too close to them for your photos.

Fireworks are a great addition to your wedding photographs. They will also add plenty of entertainment value to your wedding day so using them is a win-win!

Whimsical and boho wedding styled shoot at Escrick Park Estate

Whimsical and boho wedding styled shoot at Escrick Park Estate

This could be something straight out of a Jane Austin Novel. Whimsical meets boho in a perfect English country garden. Last Friday, five local wedding specialists gathered to showcase what we do -and boy did we!

Flawless, soft, glamorous make up by Michaela which passed the test of time and sunshine effortlessly.

Hair by Kacey Soft waves, intricate twists and pinned pieces all carefully adapted to suit each dress.

Beautiful made to measure dresses by A Country Bride. The fabulous thing is that you can change the tops and skirts to tailor your look. Whether its a classic ivory satin or a princess tulle skirt, each is impactful with delicate lace and bead work in the tops.

Flowers by Lisa’s Florist Their arrangements were just incredible! Anemone, wax flower, roses, succulents… the list goes on! They made such an impression on the photoshoot and could be paired with all the looks from the day. The headpiece definitely had ‘show stopper’ appeal we just couldn’t get enough of it.

Whimsical and boho wedding styled shoot at Escrick Park Estate

Last but not least, the magical venue that is Escrick Park Estate We were spoilt for choice with this venue. We started at the Ancient Oak woodland, where a hand crafted alter takes pride of place under the boughs of the 18th century woods. It was simply magical and would make for the most unique wedding day.

Skipwith Hall

We then continued on to Skipwith Hall, where we took a walk through the private gardens of this Queen Ann Manor House. This venue is pure elegance with its colourful borders and manicured lawns, cockleshell paths and even a pretty pond with fountain in the centre.

This is also where we discovered the charming ‘Little Theatre’ and had the pleasure of meeting a very handsome horse named Axel, who makes a cameo appearance in the photoshoot.

What a fabulous day with a fantastic team of wedding specialists.

List of suppliers:

Photography: Natalie Hamilton

Venue: Escrick Park Estate

Hair: Kacey

Makeup: Michaela

Dresses: A Country Bride

Flowers: Lisa's Florist

Art deco wedding at Qubana in Wakefield - Emma and Jonathan

Emma and Jonathan are a Yorkshire couple who opted for a private event that matched their personalities. The couple had a private ceremony followed by an art deco inspired reception at Qubana in Wakefield. The day was all about what was important to the couple and they wanted to enjoy their wedding day with their nearest and dearest.

Everything was locally sourced with flowers from Down To Earth Florist in Batley, DIY Donut Tower from Asda, grooms suit from Next, Bride and bridesmaid dress where local thrift finds and planning, concept and styling was by My Pretties UK. Wedding photography by Your Choice Photography.

About the photographer

Nisha of Your Choice Photography is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Batley West Yorkshire, covering Yorkshire mostly with the rest of the UK and Europe. You can see Nisha's wedding photography work on her website:

Emma and Jonathan's other suppliers

Flowers: Down To Earth Florist

Donut tower: Asda

Planning, concept and styling: My Pretties UK

Northorpe Hall and Barn autumn wedding - Jenny and Craig

Northorpe Hall and Barn autumn wedding - Jenny and Craig

“We had been together for years and years before finally deciding it was time to make things official." said Jenny. "The most important element in the planning of the big day was finding the right venue. We enlisted the help of Yorkshire based Wedding planner My Pretties UK. Their event coordinator helped us find the perfect venue - Northorpe Hall and Barn in Mirfield.

"This venue ticked all the right boxes as not only is it a beautiful venue but all proceeds from the wedding went directly to their charity. This was a detail close to our hearts as our son is autistic and has benefitted from the services offered at Northorpe Hall. We really wanted a relaxed vibe at our wedding so with the help of our wedding planner we decided on an autumnal Yorkshire theme. We opted for mismatching bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits but with a common tweed/autumn theme. I chose a simple lace dress by Sarhanna Miller for Debenhams and awesome Irregular Choice shoes. My Pretties UK helped find us the best florist in Kate @ flowers at 180 in Mirfield - they created the most beautiful flower crown, bouquets and button holes. Our delicious cake was made by the very talented Jan @ Tiffany Cakes; the fresh flowers and fruit really suited the theme. On the day, mine and my bridesmaids hair was done by Beth Holdsworth and our make-up by Becki Mantell.

The venue was dressed by Jen at My Pretties UK who handled all the choosing and hiring of vendors. Most of the accessories she uses are handmade and designed for each wedding, so you are guaranteed a really unique product. We opted for Yorkshire themed canapés and bottles of Yorkshire ale and a hot cider bar. Instead of the traditional wedding breakfast we had a lovely vintage afternoon tea complete with scones, cream and jam - all supplied by the Northorpe Hall chefs. To keep the kids entertained (and quiet through the speeches!) Jen found us an entertainer and magician called Magic Haley. She was great and the kids loved her. Our band was a trio of dear friends working in the music industry who put together the most amazing band especially for us on our wedding day.

To continue the theme, My Pretties UK had our evening buffet catered by PIEHECK, a Yorkshire based pie company who make the most unusual and delicious pies. These were served with mash, peas and gravy. The whole days events were captured Simon Holmes Photography. Simon and his lovely wife were an integral part of the day. Simon has a very unobtrusive style and managed to photograph the day naturally as it unfolded. They felt more like wedding guests and friends than hired professionals.”

Jenny and Craig's suppliers

Cake - Tiffany Cakes
Wedding Styling/Planning - My Pretties UK
Catering - PIECHECK
Makeup - Becki Mantell
Hair - Beth Holdsworth
Photographer - Simon Holmes Photography

DJ lights

Choosing a Wedding DJ

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are so, so many things to keep track of. From the big things like the venue, dress, and guest list, to little details like the choice of flowers and place settings, everything needs to be given its due care and attention. However, one thing that you definitely shouldn’t rush through is your choice of wedding DJ. After all, this is the person who is going to be in charge of getting the party started when it comes to your wedding reception, and your choice can either make or break the atmosphere. Not all DJs are created equal, so you really have to think long and hard about who you’re going to pick. Not to worry, though- in this article, we’ll give you a few pointers on questions to ask your prospective DJs, to help you make the right choice.

First of all, you’ll want to make sure that the DJ in question does this as their full-time job. The last thing you want is to hire somebody without the necessary skills and experience, and only find out when the reception itself rolls around. DJs who have made a career out of their work will know how to best work an audience, and even if they’re faced with a tough crowd, they’ll make sure that everyone is up and rocking by the end of the night. A professional will also have access to all the equipment they need to put on a great show, whereas a part-timer might not come fully prepared.

Next up, make sure that you interview your DJ instead of just taking them on without ever meeting them! A face-to-face meeting is the best way of sensing whether or not the DJ is going to be compatible with the sort of wedding reception you’re planning. It also gives you the chance to discuss any particular songs or playlists you have in mind, to make sure the wedding DJ is going to be able to accommodate your requirements. Now is also the time to think about whether or not you want the DJ to take requests. Some couples like things to stick to the predetermined playlists, whereas others are happy to open up the floor to their guests- let your DJ know which approach you’d prefer at this stage, to make sure it’s something they’re happy with.

Finally, a DJ is only as good as their equipment, so make sure your chosen DJ comes prepared with everything that’s required for one hell of a party. This is particularly important if you’re booking a large venue for your reception- you don’t want the sound to get lost from speakers that are too small to fill the venue. You’ll also want to be certain that they know how to get everything set up quickly, so your guests aren’t left waiting around. Lastly, backup equipment is also a must, in case anything happens that puts part (or all) of the main equipment out of action.

So, now you know what to look for in a wedding DJ, you should find that the whole process is a lot simpler. If you want to make things even more simple, then why not cut out the middle man, and go straight to Floorfillas? As one of Brides Magazine’s top ten wedding DJs in the country, your wedding reception is sure to go down a storm!