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How to cut the costs of a wedding in 2020

At this stage, you have probably secured the booking for a beautiful wedding venue, as these will need to be booked well in advance. Getting married is one of the biggest days in any new couple’s life, and meticulous planning is required to make it as memorable as possible. The more extravagant the wedding, the more it is likely going to cost. However, there are smart steps you can take to lower the total cost and still make it a day that any guests attending won’t forget anytime soon.

Reducing costs isn’t only an option for those hiring the venue hall, as anyone who owns and manages the event can also save money on a number of different commercial insurance policies. Business insurance can easily be compared online at Utility Saving Expert. Here you’ll find cover for Public Liability and Commercial Properties amongst others. As you’ll be hosting hundreds of guests throughout the calendar year, it’s Important to have the appropriate level of cover at the most competitive price.

Here are some practical tips you can use to reduce your wedding costs:

Send digital invitations

Commissioning a design and print team to produce a batch of professionally created wedding invitations isn’t cheap. Going digital might just provide a neat solution, as you can send electronic invitations to your guests.

Some couples are even considering the idea of creating a website to inform guests about the wedding. Now you may be thinking that this will cost even more, but it could actually work out far more cost effective. Using online website builders such as Squarespace or Wix can easily allow you to select a template, colour scheme and upload photos without having any previous coding knowledge. This modern solution even allows you to keep guests updated, and you’ll no longer have to pay for printing and postage costs.

The website could even allow attending guests to upload pictures and post comments after the event has concluded.

Guests can capture the moment

Hiring a professional photographer to capture the big day can be costly, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t do this, as it’s very important to have high quality photos.

What may be an option is to only use the photographer for all the key moments such as cutting the cake and throwing the bouquet of flowers. Paying for a photographer to be there for every hour of the day will add up. One suggestion could be asking guests to take photos of themselves and others during the evening and sending them to you later.

Modern smartphone photography has evolved greatly over the past five years, and often a number of phones can closely match high end mirrorless or DSLR cameras. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results, and It’s worth checking out some online comparison videos on YouTube to see what you can expect.

Choose a buffet over a traditional sit-down meal

After the venue booking, catering is another big area that will take up a large portion of your budget. This is where a buffet might provide an interesting option, as it costs around £12 to £20 per head. Some caterers will charge even more than this, so it’s worth considering multiple options to balance quality food with affordable cost.

It is estimated that a buffet could save you around 30% on your food related costs compared to a traditional sit-down meal.

Buy less flowers

You can reduce the amount you’ll need to spend on flowers by considering non-floral table centrepieces. For example, having tall candles with multi-coloured marble stones at each table can create a scenic atmosphere.

Sometimes less is more, having a singular flower in the middle of each table can also leave a big impression.

Hire semi-professional musicians

Hiring a musician or a band will liven things up at any event, and this is no different for weddings. Fortunately, you don’t have to hire the biggest name you can afford.

Searching for local talent is one creative way to ensure your event still has great sounding music. You could even see if colleges and universities in your town or city have students with a musical talent, some may even be studying the subject. Not only will this help you save money, but you’ll be giving them a great opportunity to showcase what they can do. Remember to carry out auditions or see them perform live beforehand.

Book a DJ

If you’d rather select a number of songs to be played at your wedding, hiring a DJ instead of a band can really help. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting as you’ve likely heard most of the songs before.

A DJ will allow you to play some of your favourite songs at key moments, some may even want their guests to suggest song requests before the big day.

In conclusion, weddings are something most couples look forward to for a very long time, so it’s important to make it the dream day that you’ve always envisioned. It’s easy to get carried away with extravagance, but you can use some of these steps to save money and still make it memorable for everyone involved.

Tips for Musicians to Have Amazing Live Concerts

Interact with the audience at all possible moments

The first thing in your mind should be to make your audience feel important and cared for as opposed to the general conception of being objects. Don’t forget that they are the reason why you are standing on stage. It is so because they genuinely care about your art and it is only fair if you care about their happiness in return. Remember to take time to add some funny jokes from your last tour or the city you are playing in.

Most importantly give your audience a chance to respond to you. This can be achieved as something as obvious as asking how everyone is doing or asking where to get the best food to eat and so on. If you notice someone going crazy, single them out and make their night while simultaneously making everyone else laugh.

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Get creative without becoming gimmicky

It all depends on you. You should do anything and something first and foremost which feels natural to you since anything planned, strategic or forced can turn out dull and awkward. Always be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Learn to brainstorm with fellow other members to decide upon new and innovative ways to figure out what would work best for your act. For example, certain musicians grab the phones of their fans right in front of them, call their mom and sing for them. These are all different examples of creativity.

Think about sight, not just sound

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As a musician, a concert is the best opportunity for you to appeal to all the fans senses as well as provide an aesthetically pleasing experience. Just think about the different innovative ways to beautify the concert. This could be achieved by setting up fog machines, great lighting tech on stage or stage background. Take advantage of all elements of technology available at each venue with an intention to captivate audiences.

Play something unexpected

Gigs and concerts provide the perfect opportunity to play and experiment something new with the audience. The audience always wants to get more or an extra something out of a live musical experience. You can captivate the audience by adding a new twist, remixing or playing a new song to make the audience experience something new that they have never heard before. Your fans will always anticipate in hearing the songs they already know about, so tend to blow them away by playing something new and unexpected.

Beyond The Barricade

‘Beyond The Barricade’ has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade, with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live!
Recreating original West End/ Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables, present a blockbusting two hour show, and is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert.
Starring Andy Reiss, David Fawcett, Katie Leeming and Rebecca Vere, together with their own ensemble of talented musicians, ‘Beyond the Barricade’ features songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Miserables!
Andy Reiss and David Fawcett devised ‘Beyond the Barricade’ after appearing in the Manchester and London casts of Les Miserables. David played the lead role of Jean Valjean in both of these productions, and Andy played most of the male characters, including Enjolras and Valjean, and still remains the only person to take on the job of being the shows Resident Director, and perform in it at the same time.
Also on stage is Katie Leeming, who joined Beyond the Barricade after playing the lead role of Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables, and Rebecca Vere who played Cosette in Les Miserables. Don’t miss the return of ‘Beyond the Barricade’ to experience its nationwide reputation for quality and perfection in musical theatre and find out why this exciting show has received critical acclaim across UK and abroad.

A Vision of Elvis

A Vision of Elvis in one of the world’s leading touring Elvis productions. Celebrating all the music of Elvis Presley from Sun Studio’s through to ’68 Comeback with the finale being the Concert Years engaging audiences with an uplifting and authentic Elvis experience.
Fresh form a smash hit European tour, A Vision of Elvis returns to the UK to bring Elvis fans old and new a night not to be missed.
On stage, the award winning, Rob Kingsley has the total package – the look… the sound… the charisma, and together with his spectacular live 10 piece band this show leaves the audience in no doubt that they are witnessing a truly authentic Elvis show.
So if you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by some of the best music ever, then A Vision of Elvis is definitely for you!
‘His moves, the voice, this guy is ELVIS, He captures the soul of Elvis, I should know, I worked with Elvis’ – Ed Bonja.

Michael Palin ‘The Thirty Years Tour’

Join Michael Palin for a flying visit to three momentous decades of his life
Following the success of his landmark tour in 2014 and to celebrate three decades of diaries, Michael Palin will mark the paperback publication of the final volume with a brand new show at 14 different venues around the country.
The Thirty Years Tour will see Michael use his diaries to tell the story of a life lived in the public eye from the end of the 1960’s when his first child and a new television show called Monty Python’s Flying Circus both took their first faltering steps. Monty Python catapulted him into a career which went on to produce not just the legendary films of the Python team, but also Ripping Yarns, railway journeys, feature films like Time Bandits, Brazil, A Private Function and A Fish Called Wanda, a BAFTA-nominated performance in the series GBH, as well as novels, plays, and three of the most successful travel series ever made.
In this two part show Michael brings to life thirty extraordinary years, trawling through a stock of rarely told stories, ranging from fighting to defend Monty Python in a US courthouse, the Ripping Yarn that never got made, Python’s American groupies and what it’s like filming with your own children.
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He also talks about the glimpses of his personal life, so painstakingly committed to the diary each morning. The joy of friendships, the loss of loved ones, the pressures of absence on his family and how to deal with a roller-coaster ride of success and failure.

Profusely illustrated with film and video from all his various activities, The Thirty Years Tour is an autobiography, live on stage.

Dylan Moran: Off The Hook

Dylan Moran, star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Calvary is back in Boro with his brand new stand up show.
“Jokes as sharp as barbed wire and a comedy brain quicker than a steel trap… Rarely have the rafters of the playhouse shook so dangerously to the sound of laughter.”
The Scotsman.
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“A supremely confident performer, his timing for delivering punchlines is something special.”
The Telegraph.
“It didn’t felter for a moment. This is stand-up comedy of the first order… there’s scarcely a word wasted… seriously good fun.”
The Times.

Big Mouth Comedy Club

Starring: MC Matt Reed, Andy Robinson, Angela Barnes & Chris Washington
Big Mouth’s 2015 programme gets off to a flying start with huge Boro favourite Matt Reed as special guest MC.
“Complete and utter joy.” Time Out.
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Andy Robinson has supported everyone from Jo Brand and Sean Lock to Rich Hall and Rhod Gilbert. He’s centre stage tonight and we’re in for a proper treat. ‘Andy Robinson is the comedy equivalent of gold dust, pure talent just waiting to be discovered’ – The Guardian
Angela Barnes won Best Newcomer in the BBC Comedy Awards 2011.  Since then she’s gone from strength to strength appearing on Stand Up For The Week, Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News.
‘Angela Barnes is the best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen since Sarah Millican…’ Evening Standard
Top support comes from Chris Washington on what is going to be an ace night here.Big Mouth Comedy Club is not for the easily offended and line-ups may be subject to change.