Hiring A Wedding Band In Dorset:
What You Need To Know

If you’re planning a wedding in Dorset, the chances are you’re already prepared. You’ve booked the ceremony with plenty of time to spare, you’ve managed to secure your dream venue and everything’s going smoothly. Now, you need to hire a great wedding band so that you can play out your big day in style! Of course, finding the right band in Dorset can be tricky, after all there are plenty to choose from, but we naturally recommend ourselves, The Sparks.

We pride ourselves on being one the best wedding bands that the UK has to offer and we definitely have a soft spot for playing in Dorset. After all, it is where we come from and we know that there’s nothing like a Dorset wedding to show the rest of the country how it’s done.

If you’ve never hired a wedding band before, allow us to explain how it all works a bit more. Any wedding band in Dorset will offer you the same basic deal as us: hire us to play at your wedding and we’ll perform the best covers of the best songs out there, whatever it is you’d like to hear on your special day. There’s something extra special about having all of your favourite songs played live on stage for you and all of your friends and family to enjoy, and as a band we’re completely dedicated to ensuring that your experience with us is the one to top all others! We play music that everyone can enjoy and love to see everyone flood the dance floor to dance all night to the songs we play.

Hiring Wedding Bands In Dorset | The Sparks

So, why should you choose The Sparks over all the other Dorset wedding bands out there? Put simply, a gig with us is a guaranteed personal and unique experience, something that not all bands can offer. While we like to play the contemporary hits we’re always eager to play the classics too, so we’ll create a play list that provides you with a great mix of both. We’ve been performing at weddings since the year 2000, so we have plenty of experience and a lot of gigs under our belts at this point in our careers. We don’t like to brag, but we do believe in credit where credit is due.

If you’re still not entirely convinced, don’t worry. We recommend that you check out the many glowing reviews available to read on our site and online, and we have a lot of happy brides and grooms in Dorset ready to sing our praises.

We booked The Sparks for our wedding in February 2014 and the booking was so easy and clear as to what we were getting. The band were absolutely brilliant and literally everyone told us how much fun they had and were stunned by how good the band were. The Sparks made the evening so much fun for everyone from my 86 year old grandad to the youngest of the children. Everyone was up dancing to every beat played, the dance floor was full every time they picked up their instruments. We can't thank you enough -Darran & Natalie
If you're considering booking The Sparks and you're lucky enough that they're available when you want them, do it. They played a wide variety of music to suit all guests and even the odd specific request we'd asked for previously. As musicians they are very accomplished and came across as three genuinely nice blokes too. You can book this group with confidence... they were a highlight of our wedding day -Dave

One of the words you’ll see popping up regularly in any review of our performances is ‘professional,’ and this is something that we pride ourselves on. Some bands end up with a bad reputation thanks to disorganisation and an unprofessional attitude; in fact it’s almost a cliché in the music industry. But as a band, we don’t operate that way. We want to make sure that our customers and clients are happy with us every time we get hired, and because of this we enjoy an excellent reputation as reliable, friendly and wholly professional. It’s something that we’ve worked hard towards and we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved so far.

Oh my gosh – they totally made the night!! They were FANTASTIC!!!!!Professional and brilliant! Thank you very very much!! -Nancy
Where do we start? The Sparks were AWESOME at our wedding! EVERY single person was raving about how amazing the band were with some trying to bribe the band to carry on playing! They were such a friendly group of guys and very discrete at setting up their gear. They played something for everyone. They even learnt our first dance and absolutely nailed it! If we ever need a band again or if anyone we know needs a band we will insure The Sparks are the ones who get the gig! All of the girls took a shine to them too! These guys ROCK and are such a bargain price for a top quality band! Alive Network and especially Gemma were so helpful for helping us arrange everything and answering any questions we had. Thank you so much to everyone! -Katie
An amazing little three piece band, formed from highly accomplished musicians and the nicest guys you are ever likely to meet. The set-list was a perfect mix to please every one of our Wedding guests and rounded off a fantastic day with some of the finest rock and pop classics. Awesome band and an epic night had by all, I would totally recommend The Sparks. I'm just looking for an excuse to book these guys again. -Gareth & Hannah

Hiring Wedding Bands In Dorset | The Sparks

One of the reasons we are so popular as a band to hire in Hertfordshire is that we keep the party going all night. When you hire The Kicks you don’t have to worry about an empty dance floor or glum faces. We play the music you and your guests want to hear and you only have to look at our glowing testimonials to see just how well we are received.Of course, working as a wedding band means that we have to keep the venues happy as well as the wedding parties we perform for. We’ve played at some of the top Dorset venues and had a great time, but we’ve also been able to establish great working relationships with these venues, making future gigs there all the more simple. Any Dorset wedding venue that has worked with us knows exactly what they’re getting and is pleased with us every time.

We’ve played a great range of Dorset venues, from the luxury spa of Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa to the elegant and glamorous Parley Manor. Some other Dorset wedding locations where The Sparks have played include Greenwood Grange in Bockhampton, Highcliffe Castle (naturally situated on the cliffs at Highcliffe!) and the Manor Hotel in West Bexington.

If you’re thinking of hiring The Sparks to be your Dorset wedding band, all you have to do know is find out if we’re actually available to play your special day. It couldn’t be simpler to do; our website has an instant quote form that you can fill in to see if we have availability for your chosen date. You can also get an instant quote by filling in the same form. It’s simple, easy, and offers everything that you need in a single form; how many Dorset wedding bands can offer you that?

What do I need to provide for a top Dorset wedding band?

Like most wedding bands in Dorset, we will come prepared. We work as a band and so we have all the equipment that you could possibly need for a great show. So don’t worry too much, we’ll be the ones to provide the instruments, PA system and lighting. If you need any extra services, such as DJing, feel free to ask and we’ll be happy to provide. If you or your venue can provide a PA system, you might find our performance is just that little bit better, but it’s not imperative. We want to give you the best show possible and our own preparations can only go so far. For more information, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

One thing that The Sparks will definitely need from you, however, is a space where we can take our necessary breaks and keep our equipment safe and secure. While we love to play, we also need somewhere where we can rest and relax after setting up and after performing, so try and set aside a room for our use, preferably one that we can lock. It would also be great if you could let the staff know that we need a hot meal and some soft drinks so we can be properly energised for our performance and give you the best that we’ve got. The key to hearts is definitely through our stomachs!

We’d also really appreciate it if someone can come and meet us at your venue of choice. A staff member that can let us know where the power sockets are and anything else we might need would be a huge advantage, but you can also send a member of your wedding party to greet us and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Finally, punctuality is very important to us and it’s something we ask people to keep in mind. If we’ve been booked to play a specific time then we want to be playing as close to that time as possible so we can keep to schedule. Slight delays are fine, but don’t keep us waiting and waiting because of a miscalculation or technical hiccup. Delays may mean that we have to cut our set short, which is the last thing we want. If you want us to play after midnight we can for an additional fee.

How to book The Sparks

First things first; if you want to book The Sparks for your Dorset wedding then you need to book well in advance, particularly if you want us to play on a weekend (when weddings are at their most popular). Hiring a wedding band is definitely a matter of sooner rather than later, so be sure to book us well in advance of your big day and you shouldn’t have any problems. All you have to do is:

1. Fill in our online booking form to check our availability and get a quote.
2. Receive a confirmation of our ability and price + VAT.
3. If everything is in order, click on the orange button to make an enquiry.
4. Customise your quote if necessary.
5. Fill in your details and press ‘submit’ to begin processing.
6. A member of the Alive Network, our exclusive booking agents, will get in touch with you to discuss your booking in more detail and answer any questions you might have.
7. Alternatively, you can contact a member of the Alive Network at 0845 108 5500.

Why book The Sparks through Alive Network

It’s simple; you can only book The Sparks through the Alive Network. As one of the top UK online entertainment agencies, we’re exclusive to them because they offer fantastic customer service, giving us more time to work on our music and live performances! Alive Network offers:

•           Fast and friendly advice from professional staff
•           Your own personal entertainment coordinator that you can discuss plans with whenever you need to
•           24 hour emergency cover all year round.
•           Safe and secure bookings and comprehensive contracts signed by the band.
•           Easy payment options: one deposit, one balance and no cheque needed on the night.

Why not go ahead and book The Sparks as the band for your Dorset wedding? We can’t wait to play for you and all of your nearest and dearest in the future!