Stag Do and Hen Do Ideas for Music Lovers

So, you’ve been given the pleasure and privilege of being the best man/maid of honour on your closest friend/family member’s big day, but wait! The wedding has crept up on you and now you don’t know what you’re going to do for their last big show down before they’re married?! The pressure is on… It’s got to be good. It’s got to be fun! It’s like New Year’s Eve all over again, except this time there’s someone to please! Well, we might be able to lend a hand to anyone who’s into their music. Maybe we’re biased, but we think a music-based stag or hen do would be pretty bloomin’ awesome!

1. Rock up to a gig by your Bride/Groom’s favourite band

This might be playing it safe, but being taken to see your favourite band with your best mates is surely not going to disappoint anyone – doubly so if they’ve never actually seen the band they love live! Book tickets for you and your friends, maybe hit up a restaurant beforehand (you’ll need something to soak up the alcohol), and pop along to the show. Don’t forget to book taxis for your trip into town afterwards – that gig’s probably going to end a bit early to be the end of the night!

2. Book a recording studio for the day

If there are any musicians in your group, swinging by a professional recording studio for the day could be a pretty cool surprise for your bride/groom, and it’s not necessarily as expensive as you might think. Even if you can only just knock out the power chords to Smoke On The Water, you’re going to have a lot of fun laying your attempt down on tape, even if you can hear your friends laughing in the background! And if you don’t play anything, why not lay down some vocal tracks over your favourite songs? If you can sing, that’s awesome. If you can’t, the outtakes are going to be pretty damn funny. And potentially very embarrassing  (also potentially funny) if played loudly in front of the wedding guests on the big day.

3. Go for the festival vibe with acoustic guitars, singalongs, and a roasting camp fire

Everybody knows someone who can play the acoustic guitar – that’s a given! If your stag or hen do is in the summer, why not head over to a camping hotspot or a cozy beach when the sun goes down, gather round a campfire and wile away the night singing along to your favourite songs at the top of your voice. Don’t forget the marshmallows, and maybe a didgeridoo or two!

4. Visit a famous musical destination

This one’s for the true music fans (possibly obsessed). A stag do or hen do in Liverpool, for instance, would be a great time to visit John Lennon’s childhood home, catch a gig at the famous Cavern club, and finish your night off with a stay at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, just around the corner. Any true Beatles fan would call that a pretty magical weekend!

 5. Go to see a musical in the west end

There are some seriously impressive shows in the west end that make for a fantastic night out or weekend away. Musicals like ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Let It Be’ come to mind for the music lovers – a tirade of musical talent that any music fan would be able to appreciate. ‘Once’ is also currently showing in the west end, a great show based on the film of the same name – definitely another one for the music fans out there. Don’t be put off if your bride/groom is a bit of a hipster and will only listen to the coolest bands out there. You might have to drag them kicking and screaming into the theatre but I guarantee they’ll come out saying ‘holy crap, that was awesome!’

So that’s 5 ideas for a stag do or hen do for music lovers. You’ve always got paintballing, go-karting, or a night on the town, but making it personal for your bride/groom definitely adds that special element. If they’ve ever uttered the words ‘I’m into music’ then I’m sure any of the options above would be a winner. Maybe you could top it off with some guitar lessons for a wedding present? Maybe that one’s for serious contenders only… nevertheless, a wedding day is all about the wedding couple, and making sure their stag do or hen do is all about something they love is a sure fire way of making it a memorable day for them… before the alcohol starts flowing, at least!


What Can Go Wrong When You Hire a Wedding Band?

It’s a valid question, so let’s not beat around the bush! What if something goes wrong on the day of your wedding? There are a few things that can turn upside down when you hire a wedding band – the kind of stuff that makes us musicians wake up in a cold sweat! To help us sleep at night, we’ve spent time putting precautions in place so that when you hire one of our bands, things go off without a hitch, no matter what.

Time for some theoretical third-party questions…

What if you break down on the way to my wedding?

This one’s basically a worst case scenario, but we have to put precautions in place, just in case! All of our musicians travel to gigs in our band vans, which are all covered by two breakdown policies. One with onward travel, so we can get towed TO your wedding, and one to call afterwards to take us home. We wouldn’t be able to guarantee our arrival any other way. So no matter what, we can get there, basically!

What if a band member is ill?

We purposely make sure all our bands play a certain amount of the same songs, so any one of our musicians can stand-in for another when necessary. Saying that, we’ve actually only had to do this a total of 3 times since we started our first band. It’s extremely rare for someone to be so ill that they can’t perform.

What if your equipment stops working?

There are really only two pieces of equipment that a band can’t perform without. That’s a PA system and a mixing desk. That’s why we keep a spares for both at our office, which are exactly the same high quality as our bands use at every gig, and can be delivered to your wedding by one of our members of staff at any time. When it comes to guitars, amps and microphones etc. we’ve done enough gigs to know we need spares on hand at every gig, so they’re always with us… That’s some experience talking there!

What if you get stuck in traffic and you’re late?

We set off just under an hour early to every event, even earlier if it’s is over 2 hours away. These are time frames we’ve come up with after years of gigging and we know they get us everywhere we need to go, on time. With this extra time allowed, we really can’t say we’ve ever been more than a few minutes late, even after some really bad motorway traffic. This extra time also means that we avoid rush hour, because really – who wants to be involved in that?!

What if *anything* goes wrong?

We always have a spare member of staff on call whenever our bands are gigging. They are all multi-instrumentalists who can drive all our vans, and can deliver replacement equipment to any gig. Essentially, they can do almost everything you could ever think of needing cover for.

So, if something goes wrong, chances are we’ve already thought of it and we’ve got it covered! Saying that, if we suddenly become surrounded by the worst flood in history, or if we get caught in the eye of a tornado, there’s a chance we might be forced to reluctantly admit defeat (although it would have to be a damn strong tornado!), but for absolutely anything else – and we mean anything else – we’ll always do our absolute best to make sure you’re never left without entertainment on the day of your wedding. Seriously, we wouldn’t be able to sleep otherwise.