How About Something Different For your Wedding?

You’ve probably seen this – it’s gone ‘viral’ on the old Interwebz.

But if you haven’t – then watch it, it’s short, and it’s funny and cool and will make you smile.  And if you want to do something different at YOUR wedding – well, why not?

Maybe one day YOUR video will go viral!

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The 3 Things A Live Band Will Need To Perform Outside (at a wedding, corporate function, charity ball etc)

Occasionally Carte Blanche get asked if they can play outside.

If this is something that you are thinking of for your wedding, corporate party, charity ball or event, most professional live bands will insist on the following three conditions being met so that they – and the guests – are safe.

These three conditions do carry a financial cost to you, the client, so if you are thinking of having your event ‘outside’ then you may have to factor the cost of these into your budgetting. Continue reading

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Should I Book A DJ AS WELL As A Live Band For My Wedding?

This is a question Carte Blanche get asked frequently enough to not only add it to our list of Frequently Asked Questions, but also to to expand it out and provide more detail.

So the question is:

Should You Book A DJ As Well As A Live Band For Your Wedding?

The answer, for 95% of weddings, is no.

Here’s why: Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take A Live Band To Set Up At A Wedding

As your big day approaches there are a number of logistical questions that you’ll want answering so that you can sort out the timetable of your wedding.

One of the questions that Carte Blanche often get asked – and it has an answer in our Frequently Asked Questions section – is how long does it take us to set up our live band and then perform a thorough soundcheck so that we are ready to provide live music for the party section of the wedding. Continue reading

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5 Songs We Guarantee NOT To Play At Your Wedding (Unless You Want To Pay Extra)

The last thing you want the live band at your wedding to do is to serve up a cheese feast to your audience.  As well as our repertoire list of songs we do play at weddings, we also have a list of songs we DON’T play!

Here are 5 Songs that are on the top secret EXCLUDE list for Carte Blanche: Continue reading

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The One Budget Saving Tip Not Recommended For Marquee Weddings

Weddings are expensive, right.  There’s the brides’ dress, the band, the bridesmaid’s dresses, the cake, the catering, the booze, the car from the church to the reception and so on.

If you’re having a wedding in a marquee then you also have the cost of the marquee to add on to your shopping list.

So it’s natural that most folks look to set budgets for each item.  And look to trim costs where they can.  If you’re having a marquee wedding here’s the one area that you absolutely shouldn’t try to save money on: Continue reading

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Live Band Testimonial For Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche aren’t just a live band for weddings.

One of the Christmas Parties we played at in December was for Unilever at their London offices.  Here’s what Michella Appadoo, events co-ordinator of Unilver had to say:

A quick note to let you know that the party last Friday was a huge success.  The band was brilliant and the dancers did a great job encouraging people to the dance floor.  The music was so good and for the first time since I’ve been organising the Christmas party, we did not have to push everyone to the dance floor.  The moment the band was back on they all took to the floor – brilliant.


Please pass on our thanks to Carte Blanche.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.



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How Much Does A Live Band For A Wedding Cost?

So you’ve decided you going to get married (and congratulations on that!), and – even better – you’ve decided that the only way to end your big day is with a big reception.  And that you need a great live band for your wedding – and big congratulations on that!

Here’s the thing though – you’re doing your wedding budget calculations and you’ve googled a few live bands.  And maybe you’ve even found a few bands you like – but here’s what you can’t find:

No band puts their prices on their website.

What’s up with that?  Continue reading

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The 5 Factors That Affect How Much A Live Band Will Charge For Weddings

You’ve decided to get married.  And you’ve decided to book a live band to play at your wedding.  And now you’re going through the process of selecting a live band by asking your friends, using Google etc.

Before you get a quote from live bands that you’re interested in, you’ll need to know the answers to these questions as it will affect the quote that you get.

 1.  Location Of your Wedding Continue reading

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The One Scenario Where You Should Book A DJ And Not A Live Band For Your Wedding

We’ve written before about the pluses and minuses of booking a DJ for your wedding.

If you’ve not read that article, you can read it here:

Why Should I Book A Live Band And Not a DJ

There’s one scenario in that linked article where you absolutely should book a DJ and not a live band. Continue reading

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