On Friday 8th November, our first showcase took place. After months of hard work, it all finally came together and we eagerly awaited the night. Despite some obstacles, the M6 being closed a major one, the night was a great success and we want to give a huge thanks to all those who attended and all the act and suppliers who supported us on the night.
The doors opened at 7pm and guests were greeted by the lovely people at Country Brides Magazine, before entering the reception room, where they were provided with a complimentary glass of champagne and mini cakes as they browsed our suppliers.
All the acts were on hand to introduce themselves and brides and grooms then made their way around the suppliers, including Pier Fun Casino, whose tables proved very popular and The Faux Wedding Cake Company who provide beautifully decorated cakes. Guests could try a dip in the Heavenly Melted Chocolate fountain, have a bit of fun in the Booth Tube photo booth and gaze in awe at the beautiful display from Lottie’s Bridal. Meanwhile The Cezanne Ensemble, a professional string quartet, provided some classical entertainment and a lovely start to the evening.
After trying all those suppliers out we then moved into the entertainment suite, beautifully decorated by Weddings Covered, which included a dancefloor and backdrop lit with stars, and our toastmaster kicked the night off.
Each act showcased themselves over four songs, giving the guests a great sample of their work. This meant that the brides and grooms could see for themselves how their chosen act would perform on the night, which we feel is crucial. It really demonstrated to many that night that whilst you can source a great entertainer via their website and videos, until you see how they actually perform you really do not know if they are the act for you. This is what we provide.
The acts really gave us some great performances and had people off their seats, dancing the night away. We had ten acts perform who showcased a wide variety of music from swing with John Norcott and Wayne Farrow to a unique Live Piano Experience to acoustic from Ortopilot to dance with Just Matt and even rock with The Noel Fraser Band. Further to this we had the extremely entertaining and adaptable voices of The Retro Brothers, whilst amongst the audience The Wedding Magicians mesmerised the guests. There really was something for everybody.
We had some fantastic feedback on the night from brides and many of our acts came away with bookings, which proves that the Showcase concept is a great one.
We are looking forward to our next Showcase night at the Salford City Stadium on January 31st 2014, and hope to see you all there!