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The Best Wedding Planning Apps According to Monotones

As well as playing countless weddings over the years, most of us have had experience in planning our own. We’ve scoured the app store and put together a list of apps that will help your big day run smoothly and take away some of the stresses that come with planning a wedding. 

Not a fan of apps? Check out our post on wedding planning where you can download and print our paper wedding planning checklist. 

So, here we go…

The Knot

Available on both the app store and play store, The Knot has everything you could wish for in one handy app. Appointment reminders, vison boards, timelines plus so much more! 

The Bride Book

It’s FREE! You can search for suppliers, keep tabs on your budget and your guest list.

Pinterest

Ok, so not technically a wedding planning app. However, Pinterest is great for inspiration, if you’ve never used it before you’ll become hooked. Create different boards for flowers, dresses etc. to refer back to when it comes to booking suppliers.

Top Table Planner

Arrange your seating plan in minutes. This app is user friendly, drag and drop your guests into position and away you go. This app comes with a cost, but you can get a free trial and is available to us across any device.

Etsy

Once you’ve set up your inspiration boards, Etsy is the perfect place to find bespoke, unusual and quirky pieces to set your wedding apart. They have everything you could think of for your big day, and of course all handmade.

If you’re looking to book a world-class function band to compliment your big day look no further. Monotones are a well-established wedding and function group. Every member of Monotones has multiple years of experience in the industry. Whether you’re looking for an acoustic line-up for an intimate reception or a full-throttle party band Monotones are the number one choice. Check out our packages here.

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Wedding Planning: Your ultimate lockdown guide

Many couples are choosing to use this period of lockdown to plan the finer details for their special day.

Budget is probably one of the main factors to consider when booking your wedding this guide will enable you to easily allocate your budget. Everything from your venue to that award-winning function band Monotones.

The first things you’ll want to book are your ceremony and reception venue. Once booked, you have a date to share with suppliers, bands, photographers, caterers and florists. These tend to get booked up pretty quickly, so make sure these are next on your list. Writing your guest list is also high up there as you can start to send out your save the date cards, giving your guests something to look forward to after lockdown!

Say YES to that dress! It’s time to start thinking about outfits for yourselves and your wedding party. Wedding outfits are a tricky one given the current climate; however, speak to your intended bridal boutique as they may be able to make alternative arrangements.

As your wedding day approaches, there will be many tasks that need tying up due to restrictions during the isolation period. Our checklist will help you to organise and priorities all your planning.

Monotones Wedding Planning Check List

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Wedding Insurance. Do I need it?

So you’ve popped the question, booked your venue, along with that fantastic function band Monotones! With weddings being an expensive occasion, should you fork out for insurance to cover it?

Wedding insurance is designed to protect you from losses should you need to claim. Only get wedding insurance should you be out of pocket should anything go wrong

  1. If the financial cost of rearranging is too much, then you might want to look at insurance.
  2. Insurance usually covers venue or supplier failure, not cold feet.
  3. Paying by credit card can give you some protection, but not to the level some insurance policies do.
  4. The sooner you buy your cover, the sooner you’re covered. Some policies allow you to purchase up to two years in advance.
  5. Keep a record of everything you book and keep receipts

Unfortunately, some suppliers have stopped selling new policies due to coronavirus and the risk of cancellation, for those that are still selling check the small print.

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Wedding Logistics

When will the band arrive for our Evening reception? Will they start sound-checking a Motorhead track whilst we’re doing speeches? What happens to the band when they’re not playing? When should my first dance be?! WHAT SHOULD MY FIRST DANCE BE!?

In short:

Between 5 and 6 pm
No
They’ll probably be playing lawn games
8 pm
Whatever you bloody want

In…long(?)

Your band will aim to arrive late afternoon, between 5 and 6 pm, this is usually when speeches tend to be finishing or your dessert plates are being cleared away depending on which way round you’ve done it.

They’ll then get in during the room change-around and set their gear up which usually takes an hour unless it’s an unnamed Yorkshire city centre hotel which is a rabbit warren of lifts and corridors and then you can bank on them being set up to play 5 minutes before your evening ends (jokes)

Everything will be set up and sound checked for when evening guests arrive and they’ll have music playing through their system unless you have a DJ too (More on DJs in a later post)

Your cake cutting and first dance tend to work best if you’ve given everyone an hour or so to get in and settled with a drink. Some of these people won’t have seen each other for a long time and they’ll all be chatting about how beautiful the day has been, how great the speeches were and which family member has already gone to bed after too many drinks (this was me on my wedding day-I re-emerged later)

The band will then go into their first set straight after the first dance whilst everyone is in the mood. This lasts around 45 minutes.

You’ll then have your break for food (usually 45 mins to an hour) and then the band will go back on with a longer set of party bangers till around half 11.

Carriages usually at 12am and then the band load out and pack up for the long journey home whilst everyone prepares for their hangovers in the morning.

Please bear in mind, these timings are approximations and can vary from venue to venue. Whatever timings you decide on, your band will be flexible.

This is a guide based on the vast experience of our musicians.

Thanks for reading and share with anyone who’s flapping about how it all goes!

Martyn

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