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 Essex

Hiring a Wedding Band in Essex doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. We are professional musicians with one aim, to provide top quality wedding entertainment in Essex and surrounding areas. With 9 years of experience and playing over 120 weddings a year, you can be sure we will ensure your evening is full of dancing and great music! Playing music by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles & Elvis right through to The Killers, Bruno Mars & Ed Sheeran you can be sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Essex Wedding, 2017

Wow! Where do we start?! These guys were absolutely fantastic!!! We had the best wedding day and these guys totally topped it off. They were insane, I cannot recommend them enough. We are a bit of a lively bunch and Matt & Steve totally rocked with us. Our guests loved it and we have had so many comments about how good they were. They’re not just a band, they become a guest and have fun with you. We had Charlotte on piano for afternoon entertainment- she was absolutely incredible too, brought a tear to my eye. It certainly was a wedding night to remember. We are so pleased we booked Matt Strafford Duo, we really are!!! Loved every second! X

Mr & Mrs Lornax – Wedding 2017

Gosfield Hall Wedding in Essex

Unbelievable wedding band, great guys and fantastic singing and brilliant choice of songs. Can’t recommend them highly enough.

David & Jo, 2017

Wedding Band Packages Available

Playing weddings in and around the Essex area for over 9 years, you can be confident that we know how to get the party going.

Just take a look at our wedding band reviews page! We take the stress out of the booking process by making it hassle-free and easy.

Playing music from the 60’s right through to today’s hits, you can also be sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Just take a look at our song list: Wedding Band Song List

We believe that every wedding is different and unique in its own way. That’s why we offer a wide range of services and band hire packages including full evening entertainment, drinks reception music and music for your wedding ceremony too. We also provide a bespoke service so if it’s something different you are after, don’t hesitate to ask us.

How do we hire your Essex Wedding Band?

  • Our booking process is really simple.
  • Let us know when you want to hire your wedding band.
  • Once you have decided which wedding band hire package you want to go for we will email a booking contract with a deposit required to secure the date.
  • As soon as we receive your signed paperwork back and band hire deposit we will drop you an email to let you know we have received it and you are all booked in!
  • We then send you a final form a few weeks before your wedding to confirm all final band timings, song requests etc…

Wedding Bands Essex

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About Essex

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

Essex is a county in the East of England immediately north-east of London and is one of the home counties. It borders the counties of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, which is the only city in the county.

Essex History: Essex occupies the eastern part of the former Kingdom of Essex, which subsequently united with the other Anglian and Saxon kingdoms to make England a single nation-state. As well as rural areas, the county also includes London Stansted Airport, the new towns of Basildon and Harlow, Lakeside Shopping Centre, the port of Tilbury and the borough of Southend-on-Sea.

Wedding Bands Essex is a great county to hold your wedding.

Wedding Bands Essex – Venues We Have Played:

Prested Hall Country House Hotel Essex

www.thelawn.co.uk
Prested Hall Chase, Feering, Colchester, CO5 9EE

Gosfield Hall
www.gosfield-hall.co.uk
Gosfield, Essex, CO9 1SF

Leez Priory
www.leez-priory.co.uk/
Hartford End, Great Leighs, Chelmsford, CM3 1JP

The Old Rectory
www.theoldrectoryweddingvenue.co.uk
Lower Dunton Rd, Dunton Wayletts, Brentwood, CM13 3SW

The Lawn
www.thelawn.co.uk
Hall Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PL

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 🙂