In The Hotseat, Planning
Function Central. Live Music for Weddings. In The Hotseat.



I don’t know about you but I just love a wedding with live music and entertainment. It creates a real party atmosphere like nothing else. If you are thinking of booking a brilliant band for your party, then I recommend checking out Function Central. They have just about every style and genre of musician to make your reception personal and fun.

Let’s get to know them a little better….

Hi Function Central, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


We’re a leading wedding music booking agency. We’ve sought out the very best wedding bands, musicians and DJs from all across the UK so you don’t have to!


Every act’s profile on our site is packed with audio demos, pictures, videos and reviews, to help you make an informed decision about which act to book. We have hundreds of hand-selected live music acts available, searchable by price, genre and location.




What do you love/dislike about your job?


First and foremost, we never get bored of reading glowing testimonials from our customers.


Secondly, we often book live music for celebrity weddings or other high profile events, which are always fun. Highlights were Paul McCartney’s office booking a gypsy jazz trio for his garden party and 19 Management booking a function band for a surprise birthday party for David Beckham.




How did you get into entertainment and into the wedding industry?


We started out as a humble two-man show with only one function band on the books – our own. We’re now a team of ten, working with the very best bands, musicians and DJs available from London to Manchester and beyond.



What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


We want our bands to deliver real “wow” factor to our clients’ events and exceed all expectations! (more…)

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Decor, Planning
26 Wedding Place Names Ideas

Place names are a small detail of your wedding day décor, but can be totally fun and unique. You can really add your personality through even the smallest of touches.

Today I have trawled the WWW archives to bring you some brilliant place name ideas. From luggage tags, pebbles, logs and fruit; there is something to suit any wedding table. Think about your loves and hobbies as a couple and inject those ideas into your decoration…



Luggage Tag


Rustic Natural Fern Linen Place Name Setting

Image | Mitch Maher, full wedding here.


Dried Flowers


Luggage Tag Dried Flowers Place Name Setting

Image | Campbell Photography, full wedding here.


Map Hearts


Heart Map Place Name Setting Wedding

Image | Eleanor Jane, full wedding here.




Polaroid Place Setting Wedding Name Photo

Image | Big Bouquet Photography, full wedding here.




Apple Fruit Place Names Setting Wedding

Image | Cotton Candy Photography, full wedding here.




Wedding Place Name Setting Pebble Stone

Image | Philippa James, full wedding here.


Cork Boats


Cork Boat Place Names Setting Wedding Decor

Image | Marc Smith, full wedding here.


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Tipi Wedding Ideas

Tipi Tee Pee Wedding Ideas Planning Decor Advice

On Love and Photography, full wedding here.


I have spoken before about planning a village hall wedding, barn wedding and marquee wedding on WWW. But tipi weddings are another firm favourite of mine. So today I am sharing all about these beautiful majestic tents and how to create the perfect tipi wedding day…





Tipis create a real cosy romantic atmosphere and are often made from natural materials, which lend themselves perfectly for rustic décor.

Think about cosy rugs, picnic tables, fairy lights, fires and hanging decor such as bunting from the beams…

 Tipi Wedding Decor Ideas Tipi Wedding Decor Ideas Wedding Tipi Fire Cosy Ideas Wedding Tipi Decorations Tipi Tee Pee Wedding Ideas Tipi Wedding Decor Blankets Tipi Wedding Ideas Wedding Inside Tables

Images | Big Bouquet, full wedding here |Andy Li Photography, full wedding here | Carly Bevan, full wedding here |Babb Photo, full wedding here | Vivid Impact Photography, full wedding here |Matt Willis, full wedding here |  HBA Photography, full wedding here |


Blank Canvas


Don’t forget a tipi is a blank canvas and you may need to consider what else you may need.

Toilets, furniture, heating and cutlery are just a few of the essentials you will need to cover.


Wedding Toilets Facilities Tipi Tipi Toilets

Images | Matt Willis, full wedding here |


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Children at Weddings. Ideas & Planning Advice.

Children Kids Family Wedding Ideas Planning Advice Help

Image by Anna Hardy, full wedding here.


Being a nearly mummy of 2, I would definitely go for a child filled family friendly wedding if I were planning my day, and I know many of you are too. So I thought it may be helpful to have a look at some ways to keep the littlest members of your wedding party entertained and happy.





If you have a large amount of children at your wedding ceremony, it will more than likely involve giggling or crying in the background to your vows. Children may wander or get a little bored. But I think the mutter of little voices can really add to a relaxed atmosphere at a ceremony.

Why not get the kiddies involved, ask them to do a reading, sing a song, look after the rings, carry a sign or hand out order of service booklets. Children thrive at being given responsibility and they will love feeling important on the day.


Children Wedding Ceremony Ideas Planning Advice Help Family Children Kids Church Wedding Children Wedding Readings Kid Wedding Reading Ceremony Man Son Child Boy Kids Children Family Wedding Service Children Family Wedding Service Babies Baby Wedding Toddler Wedding Ideas Wedding Pageboy Child Kids Flowergirl Pageboy Wedding Aisle Sign

Images | Anna Hardy, full wedding here | Babb Photo, full wedding here | This Modern Love, full wedding here | Lisa Devine, full wedding here | Mr & Mrs Photography, full wedding here | Marianne Chua, full wedding here | Kerry Morgan, full wedding here | Cotton Candy Photography, full wedding here |




At the reception have fun with the favours for children, think of things they can do to keep them entertained during the meal and speeches. Colouring in, stickers, books, bubbles and paper planes are all great ideas.


Kids Wedding Favour Children Wedding Favour Ideas (more…)

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In The Hotseat, Planning
Bespoke Verse. Personalised Poems & Readings for Weddings. In The Hotseat


Creating a wedding ceremony which is personal to you both is so very important. Which is why I am so excited to introduce you to Joanna from Bespoke Verse, who creates personalised wedding readings and speeches, which can be printed and framed to keep forever too.

Joanna also creates brilliant personalised gifts in the form of poems and prints which are stocked on Not On The High Street and John Lewis.

Let’s get to know Joanna a little better…


Hi Joanna , could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?


I’m a bespoke poet based in Berkhamsted and I run a company called Bespoke Verse. We are the UK’s leading provider of personalised poems and poetry prints for weddings and special occasions. We write poems, readings and speeches which are closely based on the answers we receive from questionnaires. We also sell lots of generic prints of many subjects from marriage and parents to wine and dogs – we add personalised message to these for lots of customers.

I am a mum of 3 and apart from time with my family, I love our dog Dickens, books, holidays in New Zealand, Bobby Brown Make Up, Prosecco and Game of Thrones!





What do you love/dislike about your job?


I love running my own company and employ a wonderful team of writers and admin assistants. I enjoy working with other wedding suppliers too, but the best part of all is hearing feedback on how the speech or poem we have written has been the best part of a couple’s wedding day. It feels wonderful on a Monday morning to receive orders from people who heard our poems read at weddings over the weekend!

I am rather a workaholic but the downside is that since Bespoke Verse has taken off I don’t have so time to spend with my friends. Luckily, they are very supportive and are happy to lend a hand.





How did you get into the wedding industry?


I began Bespoke Verse after writing a rhyming speech for my own wedding which brought the house down and led to lots of commissions. It soon became apparent there was a market for well -written and witty bespoke wedding poems. We now write over 500 a year and have sold over 10,000 generic prints.





What do you aim to achieve for your clients?


Our aim is to create something for brides and grooms that is talked about, reread and watched over and over for years to come.

We want to help our customers bring an element of uniqueness to the words used in a wedding – there’s no need for the same boring old reading! We also aim to help those who struggle with public speaking and writing and allow brides to give the ultimate in personalised gifts to their groom and the wedding party.

Our generic prints make great gifts for the wedding party too, especially parents and bridesmaids. We also provide a service where we can format and frame readings and poems – this came about simply because brides repeatedly asked us to do it!


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