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Booking a Scottish Ceilidh Band for your Wedding Reception

As anybody who has organised a wedding will know, planning and preparation is key to ensuring a successful day. You've sorted out the venue, started to make guest lists and now need to choose a photographer, make-up, flowers and of course the decide on your plans for the evening reception. You want to arrange the best entertainment for your guests, to ensure an enjoyable, memorable and fun evening for all. There are many options to choose from but the increasing demand for high quality live music has helped to raise the popularity of ceilidh bands as a choice of entertainment for wedding receptions. There are many aspects to consider when deciding on a hiring a ceilidh band.

Making the right choice of ceilidh band

HotScotch ceilidh band have been playing together for 13 years now and have played for getting close to 1000 weddings in that time. As such, they have a wealth of experience of putting on a successful evening so that you and your guests have a brilliant time dancing and celebrating, letting the band take care of the entertainment and co-ordinating with the venue. The regular line-up of the ceilidh band is Accordion, Fiddle and Drums but can be augmented should you wish, or reduced to a duo of Accordion and Drums if budgets are tight.

Which are the most common dances?

Our accordionist, Paul, is our dance caller and he will make sure that if some guests are not sure what to do, need a reminder or have never done ceilidh dancing before, then they’ll be able to join in without any problems and have a great night. Usually the caller will talk the guests through the dances and may also do a walk-through prior to beginning each dance. Some of the most popular dances are The Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow, The Dashing White Sergeant, The Flying Scotsman, Military Two-Step, The Eightsome Reel, Canadian Barn Dance, The Virginia Reel, The Cumberland Square Eight, The Riverside Jig and The Orcadian Strip the Willow.

How large does the dance floor need to be for Ceilidh Dancing?

All hotels and wedding venues will either have a dance floor built into the room, or will put one down prior to the evening function commencing. These vary greatly in size, but the generally, the larger the dancing area, the better.

Ceilidh and Disco Combination

HotScotch can offer an evening consisting of a combination of both Ceilidh Dancing and Disco music. This can be the perfect combination to cater for all tastes during the function and much more economical than hiring a Ceilidh Band and a separate DJ. We are happy to take requests in advance or just on the night itself - some couples decide to provide a complete playlist for the DJ, while others will make a list of the favourites to be included in the evening. Disco lighting is important and the addition of professional lighting effects makes the complete Ceilidh/Disco package.

So when planning your wedding reception, if you are thinking about having a Scottish Ceilidh Band get in touch with Paul Chamberlain at HotScotch to discuss how we can make the evening a fantastic fun-filled conclusion to your special day. Call on 07799 896050, email or contact us through the website

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