Down for the Count's Wedding Suppliers Directory
Down for the Count travel all over the country performing at wedding receptions, and have been lucky to meet some amazing wedding suppliers along the way. As I'm always being asked to recommend photographers, videographers and more, I thought that I'd start a very small, very selective wedding suppliers directory for you to use.
I have personally worked alongside all the suppliers we are listing here, and neither me nor Down for the Count received anything in return for listing them - I'm telling you about them because I've worked with them personally and I think they are awesome.
Wedding photographer recommendations
I'll be honest, there are so many great wedding photographers out there that it's hard to know where to start - however, it's unlikely you'd go far wrong with either of these recommendations:
Charter Photography (Marcus Charter)
If you're reading this article, chances are you've already seen Marcus' photography on our website - he was the person we trusted to take our new studio and live portraits. We first met Marcus in January 2016 when he took photos of our Swing Orchestra in performance at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, and I was immediately drawn to the fantastic quality of his pictures.
Marcus is a wedding photographer based in Buckinghamshire, and he definitely has a unique way of getting the most out of the people he is photographing (I would tell you more, but I don't want to give the game away) - and the quality of his pictures on our website hopefully speaks for themselves.
Marcus is also a busy commercial and corporate photographer. Take a look at this handsome wedding band for hire which he recently photographed:
Potter's Instinct Photography (Kevin Potter)
Kevin Potter is a fantastic wedding photographer based in Oxfordshire who has a knack for capturing spontaneous photos in a reportage style. (Not sure what these terms like 'reportage' mean? Neither did I - until I found this fantastic article which explains it all!)
We've bumped into Kevin at several weddings now and love how easy it is to work alongside him, and also love his great pictures - which you can see below.
Ella and Jonathan are a couple based in Kent, who I chose to photograph my own wedding in December 2016. My wife and I loved their informal style, beautiful editing and also thought they were great value for money. On the day Jonathan was great to work with, and seemed to be everywhere and nowhere at once - by which I mean he was always where the action was, without once getting in the way of us or our guests.
Ella and Jonathan used to be documentary film-makers, so it's no surprise that they also offer joint packages which include videography and photography. They captured every moment of our wedding beautifully - here is just a small selection.
Down for the Count performing (with guest vocalist) at Mike's wedding. Photo by Indiego Photography.
Wedding videographer recommendations
More and more people are booking wedding videographers to document every moment of their special day. If you do book a videographer, speak to us about recording the band's performance to use as the soundtrack to your video - more information about that can be found here.
Veiled Productions (Rachel Vine)
I've known Rachel and Pete from Veiled Productions for years, and have worked with them on many occasions. Despite the fact that they have only been covering weddings on a full-time basis for a few years, they have already won several awards including back-to-back success in the Guides for Brides Customer Services Awards.
Rach and Pete are a couple who offer videography and photography respectively (with discounts available if you book them both for a photo-video double). They cover weddings in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex and are great fun to work with.
Here is a video they produced of a wedding in summer 2016 - see if you can spot the appearance of a certain wedding band towards the end of the video!
3 Strands Media
3 Strands Media are a video company based in Hertfordshire who use top-quality equipment to capture every moment of the wedding day - including drones, giving you some really unique footage.
We met Grace and the team from 3 Strands Media in 2016 and worked with them to create personalised videos for Austin and Amanda - the soundtrack to the wedding video below is our live performance at the wedding, which we professionally recorded on the day. It adds a great personal touch to your wedding video - find out more about the service here.
Wedding venue recommendations
By the time you're looking for wedding bands to hire, you've probably already got a venue and date sorted - but if not, here are my two favourite wedding venues:
The Reid Rooms, Essex
I'm able to personally recommend this venue, because I booked it for my own wedding in December 2016. We couldn't have been happier with the venue - the staff were helpful and accommodating, and nothing was a problem for them. The venue is set deep in unspoiled countryside, and is beautiful at any time of the year.
What really sold the venue to us was the fact that we could bring our own caterer (with no obligation to use one of their preferred caterers), and our own alcohol for the meal and drinks reception - with no corkage fee.
Even better than that, there is a Farmhouse onsite which sleeps 20 people on the night of the wedding (with a great breakfast the morning after). Apparently you can also get married outdoors, although as our wedding was in December that was never a consideration for us...
All in all, we had a perfect wedding day at The Reid Rooms and can't recommend this wedding venue highly enough.
Wedding celebrations at The Reid Rooms, Essex. Photos courtesy of Indiego Photography.
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire
The second wedding venue I'm recommending is Raymond Blanc's countryside restaurant and hotel, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. If you have a smaller wedding (50 to 60 guests) you can't go wrong with Le Manoir - the venue is beautiful, the service is second-to-none, and the food is - as you'd expect - absolutely incredible.
Down for the Count perform at Le Manoir at least three times a year, and we always look forward to going back. It's our aim that one day we'll be able to afford to have our band Christmas party in the restaurant - watch this space...
Down for the Count performing in the conservatory at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Oxfordshire. Photo courtesy of Weddings by Nicola & Glen.
Audio & Lighting Hire
THAT Event Company
Down for the Count usually provide our own stage lighting, but if you want something spectacular - or if you want to highlight your dancefloor or other parts of your venue - then you'll need to hire in extra lighting. You'll also need to consider hiring in extra audio equipment if you have more than around 250 guests.
We love working with THAT Event Company, who are based in Oxford. They are a professional company who cover corporate, private and commercial events and can supply high-grade AV equipment for large or small events. Battery LED uplighters are an incredibly easy way to add glitz and glamour to your venue, and the company can also provide dancefloors, drapes and all audio, video, DJ and band equipment.
The company are very friendly and provide cost-effective, no obligation quotes for large and small weddings. For an example of what they can do, check out their lighting design on our studio videos!
Some wedding professionals think that photobooths are a bit of a fad, but it seems to me like they're here to stay - and if you're going to have one, you might as well have one that's a bit special.
Booth Nineteen is certainly that - they have three vintage-inspired Art Deco photo booths which look amazing (and because the booths are not enclosed, everyone can join in the fun - not just the select few inside the booth at any one time). It's possibly the first photobooth I've seen that I would be happy to have in my living room!
Booth Nineteen is based in Bristol but can be hired as far afield as London.