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Derbyshire Wedding Music – How To Get It Right!

Derbyshire’s Most Recommended Live Band Tell You How To Plan The Perfect Derbyshire Wedding Music.

Having performed live music at over 400 Derbyshire weddings, the Derbyshire Wedding Musicians from 12th Generation know a thing or two about getting your Derbyshire Wedding Music just perfect. Here we’ll give some simple advice about how to plan your special day and get your wedding music program just right.

We’ll start… at the end! The ultimate goal for any Derbyshire Wedding Musicians is that last moment in the night where the Bride and Groom are in the middle of the dance-floor, encircled by their family and friends, all of whom are jumping wildly in the air to the last song of the greatest party of their lives! Yup, this might all sound a bit crazy, but your Derbyshire wedding is a celebration and if you want a mediocre end to the night then go ahead and book Barry, the local part-time DJ/full-time lorry driver! If you want a party that is planned and realised by the region’s top music entertainers from the first minute to the last enormous applause then you quite simply need a great live band who will  grab your Derbyshire wedding by the b*lls and ensure your friends and family will be talking about your Derbyshire Wedding Music for YEARS on end!

So, the first thing we’ll say is if you want a nice quiet night then don’t book 12th Generation because that’s not what we do. We’re passionate about live Derbyshire events and every wedding and party we play at receives all the energy we can muster and we won’t stop until all your guests are fully entertained. We plan your Derbyshire Wedding Music to suit your personal tastes but also to ensure that whether your Derbyshire wedding is to 50 people or 500 people then they’ll be up and dancing and enjoying the large variety of different songs from our repertoire.

So when picking your Derbyshire Wedding Music here’s a list of things you really must look for:

1. Live Videos From Derbyshire Weddings

There’s really no excuse, your band should have as much live video as possible from real events. If they just have a studio video then firstly, you have no idea how they perform to a live audience, and secondly you really don’t know what your Derbyshire Wedding Music will sound like. Any half decent producer can make a band sound good in a studio so you’re better of judging live footage against live footage to know what your Derbyshire Wedding Musicians will really look and sound like.

Derbyshire Wedding Band

Derbyshire Wedding Band

2. Testimonies from REAL Clients at REAL Derbsyhire Wedding Venues

This speaks for itself. All testimonies should include at least the client’s first name and the venue so you can check them if you need to.

3. A good, varied Wedding Band Repertoire

You might be tempted to book a band who play your favourite type of music – let’s say you just like chart music, or you want an Indie band vibe, but unless ALL your guests have the same taste then you really need to ensure your band offer a mix from all the popular genres – pop, rock, soul, indie, disco etc so everyone in the room will want to get up and dance. Once guests are on the dance-floor they’ll stay on the dance-floor so it’ll really only take one or two of their favourite songs to get them up and dancing then they’ll find themselves enjoying lots of other genres they didn’t even know they liked!

4. Get your timings right!

Your Derbyshire Wedding Music can be reaDerbyshire Wedding Musiclly screwed up if the timings aren’t right on the night! Now what that doesn’t mean is that at exactly 20:45 the band must start or the whole night will be ruined. Timings can be relaxed, but the essential thing is to not clash certain activities. For example, if you’re evening buffet was meant to come out at 8:30 but didn’t come out until 9 but the band were due on at 9 DON’T panic and force your Derbyshire Wedding Band to start whilst people are still eating! This is the perfect way to completely waste the first set! Most weddings finish around midnight so you can simply relax, let the band run things, we’ll keep the disco going and get the band on once everyone is fully fed and watered and ready to boogie!

Also, when planning your Derbyshire Wedding Music, don’t feel you need to get the band on early to get your first dance ‘out the way’! It’s only the Bride and Grooms First Dance as a Husband and Wife, not the first dance ANYONE can do over the evening! Live bands should go on as late as possible; definitely after 8:30, but later is fine.

So, we hope this has given you a few ideas on how to go about getting the absolute best from your Derbyshire Wedding Music. If you want to get a quote from the most recommended Derbyshire Wedding Band then please drop us a line via our Quick Quote form to the right >>>>

We are exclusively managed by the UK’s leading music management company, G-Sounds Wedding and Events Entertainment.

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Rufford Park Wedding Reviews – Live Entertainment

12th Generation performed at a wonderful venue on Friday called Rufford Park in Nottinghamshire. We had this lovely 5 star review from Emma and Scott, the fabulous Bride and Groom!

“Hi Sam,

I just wanted to write to you to thank you and your colleague so much for the wonderful time we had at our wedding last Friday.
The guests were raving about you both on the night and since and everyone really enjoyed the music and the playing and singing from the both of you.

Thank you again and I am sure we will be in touch with you at some point in the future as and when the occasion arises for us to throw another celebration.
Best wishes,

Mr and Mrs Wrigley”

See some live footage from the wedding which was taken on an ipad on the night:

Please visit our Rufford Park Weddings blog to find out more.

Rufford Park Weddings Nottinghamshire – Band Performing Live

12th Generation Duet performed at a wonderful Rufford Park Wedding on Friday in Nottinghamshire. Rather than the full band line-up, the Bride and Groom opted for our 2 piece which offers female and male vocals with guitar and everything else on professional quality backing tracks.

Rufford Park Golf and Country Club offers a fabulous events venue with views out across their glorious golf course. With a large room for dining and a separate area for the wedding reception, the band were able to set up whilst the wedding guests dined, meaning our DJ service could start as soon as the wedding breakfast was finished and the guests went to the bar!

We took some footage of the live entertainment on the night from an ipad in the corner so no editing or studio magic, just great live music!

So if you want fabulous live entertainment to guarantee your Rufford Park Golf Club Wedding then be sure to fill in our Quick Quote form on the right of this page. It only takes 30 seconds and will make the difference between you having an average Nottinghamshire event or guaranteeing an unforgettable party!

We also received a 5 star review from the Bride and Groom which you can read here: Rufford Park Wedding Reviews

Don’t forget to check out the Rufford Park Wedding Fayre for other great local suppliers.

12th Generation Wedding And Party Band xxx

Makeney Hall Hotel Weddings – Live Video

Makeney Hall Hotel Weddings – Live footage of 12th Generation performing!

Watch live footage below of a wonderful Makeney Hall Hotel Wedding where 12th Generation Wedding And Party Band put on a top performance for our Bride and Groom!

This beautiful Derbyshire Wedding Venue is the perfect setting for a fabulous reception, and nothing makes Makeney Hall Hotel Weddings more memorable than a great live band. 12th Generation put on a great party with 2 x 50 minutes of live music with songs chosen from our repertoire by the Bride and Groom and loads of songs chosen for our in-house DJ by all the wedding guests.

With the band being based in Derbyshire we offer special Makeney Hall Hotel Weddings prices, so be sure to get a Quick Quote right now using the form on the right – it only takes 30 seconds and will be the first step you take from transforming an average wedding reception into an unforgettable night for your friends and family.

Booking a live band is as easy as booking a DJ and with our package including a FREE DJ and lighting package you can relax in the knowledge that your entire wedding reception will be run by a professional events band with experience from hundreds of weddings and events. 12th Generation have performed on hundreds of events across Derbyshire and are the most recommended band in the region. Relax and let an experienced professional band take care of your wedding reception.


We have packages suitable for all budgets from our wonderful Wedding Duet up to a stoonking 10 piece major event band (please ask when enquiring as this is a bespoke line-up). Our standard Wedding Packages cover events from 50-250 guests.

12th Generation Wedding And Party Band – ‘Leading Events Entertainment Across Derbyshire and The Midlands’


The Derbyshire Hotel Wedding and Party Entertainment Review

Here is a lovely review 12th Generation received after performing at The Derbyshire Hotel:

Russ and I would like to thank you all for making our joint fiftieth birthday party so memorable!
Everyone has commented on how brilliant you were. I loved it and know that I spent most of my time dancing because my legs told me the day!
Wishing you well.
Yvonne and Russ,
Party at The Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton, Derby

To find out what 12th Generation can offer to guarantee an unforgettable Wedding, Party or Event, fill in our Quick Quote form to the right now! >>> and check out our video below to see the difference a great live band can make to your event!

Don’t forget to check out the Derbyshire Hotel Wedding Fayre 2014!

Carriage Hall Plumtree Wedding Review – Live Entertainment


I just wanted to write and thank you!!!

12th Generation performed at our wedding at Carriage Hall in Nottingham. We were blown away… the set was fantastic and you had everyone up and dancing all night (the attached pic is testament to that!) and it created the most fantastic atmosphere. We had the most fun! We’ve been to a lot of weddings and seen a fair few bands but I can honestly say we couldn’t have been happier with choosing you guys! The lead singer had a fabulous voice which exceeded our expectations. There’s been such lovely feedback from all our guests…

I’m sorry its taken us so long to extend our thanks for being such a big part of our special day, we’ve not long been back from honeymoon and with Christmas and New year its all been a bit manic but now we can take a breath and get in touch just to say a huge thank you! I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We will definitely be recommending you!

Kindest regards,

Lauren & Ewan
(Mr&Mrs Porter)

To find out how 12th Generation can make your Carriage Hall Wedding unforgettable fill in our Quick Quote form to the right>>

Dovecliff Hall Hotel Wedding Entertainment Review

Morning Sam and all the Band Members,
Firstly can we say a big thank you for an amazing professional and stress free service.
The performance you gave at Hayley and Darrens wedding on Saturday was absolutely fantastic. Everybody commented on how amazing you all were!! I think the proof was in the amount of dancing being done :-)
That just leaves me to wish you every success in the future and if we ever need a Band in the future we wouldn’t hesitate to come back to you again.
Many Thanks
Richard and Sandra
Wedding at Dovecliff Hall Hotel, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 0DJ

To find out what 12th Generation Wedding And Party Band can do for your event please fill in our quick quote form on the right of this page.

Watch the 100% live video of the band performing at Dovecliff Hall Hotel below.

Carriage Hall Weddings Plumtree

Carriage Hall weddings are always an exceptional occasion, so make sure that along with the perfect wedding venue you’re booking the perfect wedding band for your Nottinghamshire wedding!

We perform regularly at Carriage Hall and are recommended by more clients and venues in Nottingham and the surrounding area than any other band. With a professional attitude, years of experience and hundreds of happy Brides and Grooms, you’re in safe hands with 12th Generation and booking your live entertainment will be an easy and stress free process.

Best place to start is by watching our video below – whilst you do this fill in our Quick Quote form to the right. It only takes 30 seconds and there’s no obligation. All our packages now include a free DJ and lighting service so we really will take care of the whole evening reception for you.

Here’s a lovely testimony from the last time we performed at Carriage Hall Plumtree:


I just wanted to write and thank you!!!

You performed at our wedding at Carriage Hall in Nottingham. We were blown away… the set was fantastic and you had everyone up and dancing all night (the attached pic is testament to that!) and it created the most fantastic atmosphere. We had the most fun! We’ve been to a lot of weddings and seen a fair few bands but I can honestly say we couldn’t have been happier with choosing you guys! The lead singer had a fabulous voice which exceeded our expectations. There’s been such lovely feedback from all our guests…

I’m sorry its taken us so long to extend our thanks for being such a big part of our special day, we’ve not long been back from honeymoon and with Christmas and New year its all been a bit manic but now we can take a breath and get in touch just to say a huge thank you! I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We will definitely be recommending you!

Kindest regards,

Lauren & Ewan
(Mr&Mrs Porter)


And here’s the pic they sent us – one of many lovely Carriage Hall Wedding Photos featuring the live band!

Carriage Hall Wedding

12th Generation Performing at Carriage Hall Wedding

This is definitely one of our favourite places so we really look forward to entertaining you and your guests on the biggest night of your lives! Also, don’t forget to check out the next Carriage Hall Wedding Fayre where you’ll find some other great suppliers.

McDonald Ansty Hall Hotel Weddings

Ansty Hall Hotel in Coventry is an incredible Warwickshire wedding venue for a great live band! 12th Generation are the region’s most venue recommended live entertainment. We offer specialist Ansty Hall Wedding Packages which include a fantastic live band and a DJ and lighting throughout the evening.

12th Generation have been performing on hundreds of successful weddings and events at wonderful venues in Coventry, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Stratford Upon Avon and other Warwickshire towns. Booking a professional live band is stress free and very simple and by far the best form of live entertainment for Brides and Grooms hoping for the perfect wedding reception.

Below is a 100% live video of the band performing live at an Ansty Hall Hotel Wedding. The video takes you through the entire evening and includes load of different genres from soul and motown, disco and modern pop, to classic rock and indie. The video shot is on a small camcorder at the side of the room, so gives you the real flavour of what the band sounds like 100% live rather than a video that has been edited in the studio like most band demos – this is the ONLY way to see what your band truly sounds like!

Getting a quote only takes a minute and there’s no obligation so please fill in our Contact Form NOW! The form will open in a new window so you can continue to listen to the live music.

Don’t forget, you can’t see a live band at the Ansty Hall Wedding Fayre, so always look for a band who has video from a live event rather a studio produced demo – any band can look and sound good in a studio, but only top pro bands can fill a dance-floor every night and guarantee a great event!

We really look forward to making your wedding the BEST night of your life!

12th Generation Wedding And Party Band Entertainment xxx

How to best schedule your Wedding Reception timings

Do you need help working out the best timings for your wedding reception? Wondering what schedule works best to ensure maximum enjoyment for your wedding guests? Need to plan your live music around your wedding DJ, Cutting Of The Cake, First Dance, buffet etc? Read on…

With experience planning over 400 successful wedding receptions, 12th Generation Wedding And Party Band know a thing or two about scheduling! First thing to say is that timings should be flexible – this is the number 1 rule to planning any public event. There’s no point sticking rigidly to your 8:30pm First Dance if the Groom is still in the queue for a shot of Dutch Courage or Grandma has passed out from too much Sherry!

The reception should be a relaxed and enjoyable occasion. The majority of formalities are out of the way, the pressure is off and it’s time to party. So if timings happen to be 10 minutes behind, don’t panic! An experienced band/DJ will pretty much be running things at this point of the day and they’ll be able to judge the room and get things flowing. If you have a live band playing then they’ll be on standby for when you need them, even if it does happen to be 30 minutes or so later than you’d originally planned.

So, with this in mind, here’s a rough schedule which should help with your plans – we’ve based this around a live band, because let’s be honest, successful weddings always have a live band and if you don’t have one… then you still have time to book a great live band for your wedding!

6pm – Your wedding breakfast should be finished around now. Your live band/DJ should be onsite and ready to start setting up. Family and friends should use this time to catch up with people they might not have had a chance to talk to during the busy wedding day.

7:30pm – This is around the time your evening guests will arrive. Your DJ should get some music on at this point, but nothing too heavy. Over the next hour the atmosphere should build. The lights should be lowered and the music should increase in volume and energy in anticipation for the Cutting Of The Cake and First Dance

8:30pm – Cutting Of The Cake! Your bandleader or DJ should ensure all guests are gathered around, cameras at the ready – it can take a surprisingly long time to get everyone together for this, particularly in larger venues, but don’t worry. As Bride and Groom you should sit back and relax until everyone is in place. Remember, it’s your day and you shouldn’t have to wait for anyone!

cutting the cake

8:45pm – First Dance – this should immediately follow the Cutting Of The Cake. You want all your friends and family gathered around the dance-floor. When your First Dance has finished the band should kick straight into the first live song and everyone should join you both on the dance-floor. Some Brides and Grooms like the band/DJ to invite couples up to dance with them around halfway through the First Dance, and this always transitions well into the live sets. Don’t forget to read our blog Advice On Choosing Your Wedding First Dance.


8:50pm – First Live Set from the band – now the party really starts! With all your guests close to the dance-floor, a decent band shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds to get everyone up and dancing. 12th Generation Wedding and Party Band always kick off with an uptempo song so the night starts with a band. Click here to see some great live footage of a live wedding band performing.

9:40pm – Buffet – pretty self explanatory! Time to eat :-) Your band should not be playing whilst the food is out, so this is when the music is passed back to your DJ and the band take a well deserved break after an energetic first set.

10:30pm – Second Live Set from the band – no need for the band to rush back. A good pro band will get back onstage when the time is right. All guests should have finished eating, glasses should be refreshed and everyone should be ready for a HUGE second set of live party music!

11:20pm – DJ until close. We recommend weddings finish around 12/12:30am. Remember, it’s an incredibly long day, particularly for the Bride and Groom. It’s better to end with all your guests still having fun and shouting for more rather than a few drunken hard cores falling around the dance-floor at 2am, badgering the DJ for club hits from the early 90s! A good DJ will ensure the last few songs are big singalong numbers; all the guests will be gathered around the Bride and Groom on the dance-floor. This is a very special and often emotional moment for everyone, so make the most of it! The DJ will have planned this moment and will have coordinated with the venue staff to ensure the lights go up to a big round of applause at the end of the final song.

We really hope this blog post helps when planning your Wedding Reception. Just remember, your Wedding Reception is all about fun! So, if things are running behind, just relax! A professional live wedding band and DJ can work around your schedule on the fly to make sure your evening runs smoothly and is great fun for you and your guests.

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12th Generation Wedding And Party Band xxx