Wedding band stage Setup Lighting _ The Matt Strafford Wedding Band
Wedding Party _ Matt Strafford Band
Wedding Dancing Band _ Matt Strafford Band

Wedding Bands To Hire In Chester

Are you in the search for a top Wedding Band to hire in Chester and surrounding areas? We have been playing Weddings in around Chester for over 9 years. We play a huge range of music from Stevie Wonder, Queen & The Beatles through to Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, The Killers & many many more.

Chester Wedding, 2017

Matt was fantastic we knew we wanted him before we knew anything else about our wedding! He’s really, really good. He brings a brilliant presence to the room! First class act with an incredible voice! Thank you both

Matt Thomas – 2017

2016 Wedding

There isn’t enough stars!! Can’t recommend you enough! Best decision we made! Everyone was saying how amazing you were. You guys made the day complete!.

Mr & Mrs Forde

Wedding Band Packages Available

We offer a wide range of different band packages and services to ensure you can get exactly what you want on your wedding day. We also offer a complimentary DJ service with all of our evening wedding band packages as well as a full lighting and sound setup. You can be sure that when you book us you will not only receive excellent entertainment but also at a great price too!

How do we hire your Chester Wedding Band?

  • We are big believers in not making things complicated.
  • Planning a wedding is stressful enough without us getting involved!
  • Hiring our wedding band process is simple, let us know what band package you want to go for and we will email your booking paperwork with deposit details.
  • As soon as we receive your signed paperwork and deposit payment back we are in business!
  • We will email a confirmation and you are all booked in. Easy Peasy!

Wedding Band Chester

Stunning Wedding Venue in Chester

 

A Little Bit About Chester

If you’re planning a wedding in Chester then we hope you find the following information on Chester useful.

Chester is a city in northwest England, founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D. It’s known for its extensive Roman walls made of local red sandstone. In the old city, the Rows is a shopping district distinguished by 2-level covered arcades and Tudor-style half-timber buildings. A Roman amphitheatre, with ongoing excavations, lies just outside the old city’s walls.

Wedding Bands Chester -Venues We Have Played

Hallmark Hotel Chester, The Queen https://www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/
City Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3AH

Soughton Hall
https://soughtonhall.co.uk/
Northop Nr Mold, Cheshire CH7 6AB

Heaton House Farm Wedding Venue
https://www.heatonhousefarm.co.uk/
Rushton Spencer, Macclesfield SK11 0RD

Frequently Asked Questions & T&C’s

What time will the band arrive?

We will usually arrive and set-up from 6 pm onwards. For Weddings, this means we’re ready to set up as soon as the wedding breakfast and speeches are finished. Please be aware that us loading gear in and sound checking is quite intrusive so if your wedding is all in one room, it may be worth talking to us about setting up earlier. With corporate and charity events, we will always set up and sound check before guests arrive. If you require the band to set up earlier in the day, there is an additional fee of £40 for every hour before 6 pm.

How long does it take the band to set up?

We take an hour and a half to set up and sound check. Lifts or stairs may increase load in time. If your wedding is running late, we will still need the allotted time to set up but will, of course, try our best to do this as quick as we can.

How long will the band play for?

Our standard package is 2 x 45min live sets. However, this can be extended to 2 x 1 hour or 3 x 45mins in the evening.

NB – The band’s finish time is 12 midnight unless otherwise agreed.
We can not upgrade the set lengths on the night, this must be done at least 1 week before your event.

Overtime past midnight is charged at £70/hour. Please Note – This additional time will not increase the live sets. This time is for additional DJ time.

How long is your break?

Our break is normally around 30-45 mins, depending on when evening food is served etc… This is totally flexible, many times we have had no break and pushed our sets together because of an event running late.

What time should the band start playing?

Normally we would start playing straight after the first dance. This is a good way to kick things off as the crowd will already be on the dance floor and it works well. Totally flexible of course!

Does the band provide music between and before sets?

Yes, We offer a complimentary Dj Service. This is played through our Newmark IDJ system. Requests are encouraged!

Will the band require refreshments?

We request that the band is provided with soft drinks throughout our stay at the venue. Most clients will set up a soft drink tab behind the bar under ‘BAND’. Regarding food, for an evening performance, we are happy to grab a plate from the evening food. For all-day packages, we do require a meal in the day.

Can I come and watch the band play live before I book?

Unfortunately we do not play public shows as all of our work is private, however, we do have lots of live unedited videos and audio on our website and YouTube.

Do you do requests and first dances?

We will learn your first dance if you require this to be played live by ourselves which adds a special touch to your song. Unfortunately, we are unable to learn any other requests due to the number of events we play a year. However, we can assure you that our song list has never failed to get the dance floor full. It contains a huge range of music for every taste.

What do you play in your live setlist?

We never have a fully planned out set list we stick to as we believe that every event is different. What works on Friday sometimes will not work on Saturday due to different tastes, ages etc… We know what works, we know what gets people feeling great and what makes the dance floor filled. Leave it to us, have a cocktail or two, and rest assured that your event’s entertainment will be a resounding success.

NB – If you wish to select every song from our song list for us to play we are unable to accommodate this. We do require flexibility in what we play live. We are more than happy for you to provide a list of DJ songs to work into our DJ sets and also select 3-4 songs from our song list to be included.

Do you offer discounts on afternoon and evening sets?

Yes we do, we can offer a package for your event where we can play background music for your guests, as well as the main evening entertainment for a discounted price. If you have booked another wedding band for any part of your day, we will still be happy to be your afternoon or evening wedding/party entertainment.

Do you just play weddings?

Not at all, we call ourselves a wedding band, however, we have played for Bentley, Audi & BMW and also played to the Army Bases in Brunssum, Holland and Frankfurt, Germany. We can provide top class entertainment for any occasion.

Does the band provide their own PA system / Lighting equipment?

Yes, we are completely self-contained so you don’t need to worry about a thing. We use a top class Yamaha PA system with access to larger systems for events over 600 people. We also provide a full lighting rig.

How much space do you require?

We are very accommodating when it comes to space and can fit into just about any room or marquee. For weddings and events in larger rooms, we request at least 5 meters in width and 2 metres in depth.

What are the minimum power requirements?

We require at least 2 independent 13 amp sockets. If your marquee company has requested details, please advise that our PA system and lighting use approximately 2.5kw and a single 16amp power supply is not sufficient.

Is the band’s equipment PAT tested and Insured?

Yes, if the venue requires a certificate, please contact us and we’ll forward you copy.
We also have public Liability insurance worth £10,000,000.00.

How do I confirm a booking?

Let us know which package you wish to book and we will email over your booking contract with deposit details. As soon as we receive your signed paperwork and deposit we will email over a confirmation and see you on your big day!

What happens after I have paid my deposit and received a confirmation?

We will send you a final form to confirm all details a couple of weeks before your wedding. This is to consolidate everything in one place – final timings, first dance, contact numbers etc… Between now and then, feel free to ask any questions you may have 🙂