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 Devon

When Hiring a Wedding Band in Devon, it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We are professional musicians with one aim, to provide top quality wedding entertainment in Devon and surrounding areas. Playing around 120 weddings a year and with just over nine years experience you can be sure your dance floor will be the place to be! With a huge variety of music all the way from the 60s through to today’s hits, you can be sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at our song list here.

Devon Wedding, 2017

No competition out there…this duo will make your evening reception a night for you and your guests to remember!!!!
Absolutely amazing music and interaction with the guests. So many people from our wedding commented on how fantastic they were and even the staff at our venue were still talking about how great the band was the next day!!!
Thank you for a top class performance at our wedding reception!!!!

Mr & Mrs Rossi / Devon Wedding

Bovey Castle Wedding in Devon

Amazing band, fantastic band, great singing and brilliant choice of songs. I am pleased to recommend The Matt Strafford Wedding Band.

Ian & Chloe, Wedding 2017

Wedding Band Packages Available

We offer a wide variety of band hire packages to suit everyone’s requirements and budget.

We can offer bespoke band packages too so just ask!

If it’s a wedding band for the evening to get everyone on the dance floor or live music during your wedding ceremony while you walk down the aisle or live music all day long, we can cater for just about anything.

Request your first dance song to be played by us and we will learn it, we believe that every wedding is different and we are totally flexible when it comes to planning.

We also provide a complimentary DJ service for all evening bookings which will be played before, between and after our live sets ensuring there is music without gaps throughout your evening. We also encourage requests throughout the evening from your guests and you which is always good fun! We have a fantastic lighting and sound setup too which we believe is all part of putting on a great show.

How do we hire your Devon Wedding Band?

  • Our wedding band booking process is nice and easy.
  • Simply contact us to reserve your wedding date.
  • Once you have decided which band hire package you want to go for, we will email a booking contract deposit details.
  • As soon as we receive your signed paperwork and deposit back we will drop you an email to let you know we have received it and your wedding entertainment is all booked in!
  • Between then and the time of your wedding day, we are sure we will email various ideas and timings to each other, so we send out a ‘final form’ this will confirm all final details a few weeks before your wedding. This is so we can have everything in one place for final timings, requests etc.
  • We pride ourselves on excellent communication too, so you can be confident we will reply to any email quickly.

Wedding Bands Devon

Beautiful Wedding Venue In Devon

 

About Devon

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

Devon is also known as Devonshire, which was it’s common and official name, is a county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is part of South West England, with Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the northeast, and Dorset to the east.

The City of Exeter is the county town; seven other districts of East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, and West Devon are part of Devon County Council; Plymouth and Torbay are each a part of Devon but administered as unitary authorities. Combined as a ceremonial county, Devon’s area is 6,707 km2 (2,590 square miles) and its population is about 1.1 million.

Wedding Bands Devon – Venues We Have Played:

Bovey Castle
www.boveycastle.com
Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey, Devon, TQ13 8RE

Lakeview Manor
www.lakeviewmanor.co.uk
Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4SH

The Cedars Inn
The Cedars Inn
Bickington Rd, Sticklepath, Devon, EX31 2HE

Exeter Golf & Country Club
www.exetergcc.co.uk
Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 7AE

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 🙂