Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Well Summer is in full swing and our wedding bands up and down the country have been playing some wonderful weddings in some incredible venues. It's always so nice to receive such fantastic testimonials from lovely couples, but we also thought it would be nice to hear from some of our band members about some of their favourite venues.
This time, we thought we'd focus on the beautiful county of Hampshire. With its gorgeous coastline, the stunning New Forest and South Downs, it's not hard to see why so many couples choose to tie the knot in this historic and iconic county.
With Hampshire Life suggesting Hampshire's Top 20 Wedding Venues, we thought we'd see if our bands agree...
1. Clock Barn
This amazing, rustic venue in Whitchurch has housed many of our Hampshire Wedding Bands, including the brilliant Festival Style Wedding Band, Festival Nights. Lee, the lead-singer has this to say about the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards Regional Finalist:
"Festival Nights had a wonderful gig at The Clock Barn last summer. An absolutely beautiful setting for a wedding, the rustic aesthetic really worked with the vibe of our show. The staff also couldn't have been more helpful throughout the evening (the food was delicious too!). The subtle screening-off of the performance area before the show also helps hugely with set-up, meaning everything can run perfectly on time from our end. All of this comes together to make a really fantastic night for us, and a fantastic night for the guests as well."
This gothic and imposing mansion set in the heart of the New Forest (watch out for the deer!) makes for quite the wedding snaps and is an absolute favourite of one of our most established Pop, Rock and Soul Wedding Bands, The Magic Tones. Their lead singer, Jess absolutely loves it...
"Rhinefield House Hotel is always such a pleasure to perform at. The architecture and grounds are truly stunning and I'm not surprised that so many people want to get married there! The party normally happens in the bar area, which is separate to the main dining room, meaning that guests still have a quieter area to chat if they want (not that that happens too often when we're playing!). The staff are lovely and we always have an absolute ball performing there."
Set in the heart of the truly stunning South Downs National Park, this beautiful barn boasts charm and atmosphere in abundance and is not just a favourite of Brides and Grooms to be, but of our bands too! Phoebe, from the amazing Vintage Wedding Band, The Rustiques thinks this venue couldn't be better!
"What can I say about Upwaltham Barns?! It has the most beautiful decor - gorgeous old beams and brickwork, making it the absolute perfect setting for a vintage band. Not to mention the beautiful rolling hills and farmland that surround it - breath-taking! The acoustic is brilliant and for those people who aren't in the mood for dancing, the separate bar allows for a quieter area to talk. The staff were really lovely and helpful and we were so well looked after - just a delight to perform there!"
With the benefits of both a beautiful barn and the golf club to choose from, and on-site wedding coordinators, every detail can be individually tailored to your needs. Perfect! A favourite of all our wedding bands, Four To The Floor, hold it in particularly high esteem, and their lead singer, Shannon, had this to say:
"4TTF's favourite Hampshire venue has to be Skylark Golf Club. We had the pleasure of being the first ever band to play at this venue for New Years Eve 2014, the venue staff were great to deal with and very accommodating. We have been back to Skylark for a number of weddings since and each time have had no worries with sound, load-in or food (FYI, their burgers are amazing!!) We love coming back to Skylark and can't wait to party there again soon!"
What a beautiful barn this is - it's easy to see why so many couples choose to get married in this beautiful setting with views to die for. Joe, the guitarist from the amazing Mumford and Folk-Style Wedding Band, Folk Junkies had this to say:
"This beautiful venue if perfect for a live band with lots of space and a great staging area. In terms of set up for the band from a logistic point of view, it is great and the sound in the venue is fantastic. The management team here are also brilliant and lovely people so if you get married here, it will definitely be a day to remember - most certainly in our top 5 Hampshire venues!"
So there you have it folks! Wherever you choose to get married, we know you will have the most memorable day! And if you would like one of our fantastic Bands to be the icing on your wedding cake, give us a ring and book them today!