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Getting to Know – Entertainment Nation

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Interview With: Paul

Company Name: Entertainment Nation


Location / Coverage: Nationwide

Who are Entertainment Nation?

Entertainment Nation is the UK’s most exciting entertainment agency! We represent the finest wedding bands, performers and entertainers in the land. We love to match up happy couples with their perfect wedding entertainment.

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How did Entertainment Nation get started and how long have you been going?

Entertainment Nation was born after many years playing in bands and booking weddings through other agencies. My business partner and I realised we could provide a better service than what was out there at the time. We’ve been going for many years now and continue to grow year after year.

The Craft - Entertainment Nation Wedding Band

Why are you called Entertainment Nation?

Because we bring entertainment to the nation!

Where do you cover?

As our name suggests, we cover the whole of the UK, as well as weddings in Europe and farther afield. We have bands situated across the country, so no matter where our clients are located they can book a brilliant local wedding band.


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Getting to Know – The Beauty Island Sanctuary

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Interview with: Linda Buckberry

Company Name: The Beauty Island Sanctuary


Location: Worthing, West Sussex

What is The Beauty Island Sanctuary?

The Beauty Island Sanctuary is a day spa and beauty salon in Worthing, Sussex, offering a wide choice of beauty treatments.

Relaxation Room at The Beauty Island Sanctuary

How did The Beauty Island Sanctuary start and how long has the business been going?

Developed from a home beauty business, The Sanctuary opened in December 2014.

Why is your business called The Beauty Island Sanctuary?

We wanted to create a sanctuary where clients can relax and enjoy being pampered. Our aim is to provide our customers with a stress-free environment where you can relax, refresh and revive!

What treatments do you offer for brides-to-be?

We offer wedding make-up, hair, and pre-wedding beauty treatments including facials, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, weight loss, etc.


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Getting to Know – Bands for Hire

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Interview with: Adam Mezzatesta

Company Name: Bands For Hire


Location / Coverage: UK

Who are Bands for Hire?

Bands for Hire is a live music agency providing high quality bands and artists for weddings and events across the UK.

The Mesh Band, Four Piece Function Band
The Mesh Band, Four Piece Function Band

How did Bands for Hire start and how long has the business been going?

Having spent over 10 years performing in a wedding band and also working as a freelance web developer in the week, starting a live music agency seemed like the obvious next step.

Having started out as a bedroom business six years ago, the company has gone from strength to strength and we’re now a team of four, booking thousands of events each year.

Harmony, Classical Singers
Harmony, Classical Singers

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We’re based in Stamford but our bands and acts are based all over England and Wales. Earlier in the year we expanded into the North of England and over the next year we’ll be working with and developing bands across Scotland as well.


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Bride and groom outside Warwick Castle at night

Getting to Know – Warwick Castle

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Venue Name: Warwick Castle


Location: Warwickshire

Please tell us a little about Warwick Castle’s history

Attacked in 1264, besieged in 1642 and damage by fire in 1871, Warwick Castle has nevertheless survived the ever-changing fortunes of history. The castle remained under the stewardship of the Earls of Warwick and later the Greville Family as a private home until 1978. The property was then taken over by The Tussauds Group, which later became Merlin Entertainments Group, in 2007, and remains under their guardianship today.

Bride and groom outside Warwick Castle at night

The records of a walled-building in Warwick can be traced back to the Saxon fortification which Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, used to defend against the invading Danes. The first castle to appear on the site was a wooden motte and bailey constructed in 1068 at the command of William the Conqueror. Throughout the middle ages, under successive Earls of Warwick, the Castle was gradually rebuilt in stone.

How long has Warwick Castle been a wedding venue?

Warwick Castle has been a wedding venue for over 20 years, but has records of many fabulous events with the rich, famous and powerful throughout its 1100 years of history.

Bride and groom kissing in Warwick Castle

Is Warwick Castle licensed for wedding ceremonies?

Warwick Castle boasts three magnificent registered ceremony venues: the Green Drawing Room, State Dining Room and the Great Hall.

Wedding ceremony in the Great Hall at Warwick Castle

What are the capacities for wedding ceremonies and receptions at Warwick Castle?

For a civil ceremony, the Green Drawing room seats up to 80, the State Dining Room seats up to 95, and the Great Hall seats up to 180.


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Getting to Know – Carmela Weddings

Sam and Lisa of Carmela Weddings

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Interview with: Lisa Johnson

Company Name: Carmela Weddings


Location / Coverage: Nationwide

What does Carmela Weddings do?

Carmela Weddings creates stylish, modern weddings for fashion-forward couples.

Bride and groom sitting on couch

How did Carmela Weddings come about and how long has the business been going?

We’re a husband and wife team (Sam and Lisa) and we’ve run Carmela Weddings for three years now. The business came about as I had worked in events for about 15 years and had organised a few friends’ weddings.

I loved it, but particularly liked unique, urban, luxury weddings that had a real sense of style, so when Sam came on board we decided to concentrate on that style of wedding.

Elegant bridal bouquet

Have you always been interested in weddings and wanted to be wedding planners?

I had always loved events and always loved a planning spreadsheet. Sam loved design and has a creative flair so it just worked out brilliantly.

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Which areas of the UK do you cover? Do you offer your services outside of the UK?

We mainly cover London and Surrey but have done weddings further afield (there are some fabulous warehouse locations in Birmingham).

We also specialise in Malta weddings as I am Maltese and have a base there. We’re so familiar with all of the venues and suppliers in Malta (we even got married there ourselves) so we provide local knowledge whilst couples are still able to chat to us face to face in the UK.


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