FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A selection of questions James is most frequently asked and his answers for each:

What do you do?
What kind of songs do you sing?
What about the disco?
How can I hear you?
How do I know if you're available?
In what venues can you play?
What areas do you cover?
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Can I reserve a date in case it gets booked?
How much do you charge?
Can guests requests songs whilst you are DJing?
How do I make a booking / enquiry?
Can guests get up and sing?




What do you do?


As 'The Wedding Singer' I offer singing and DJ services for wedding receptions throughout the UK. Packages range from evening singer / DJ services to full provision for your reception music including live singing and pre-recorded background music during your Wedding Breakfast. I am based in Stafford, North Midlands but am available throughout the UK.

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What kind of songs do you sing?


My evening singing sets contain a mixture of the most popular rock, pop, disco and soul songs of all time - everyone will know the songs in my set and I ensure that there is something for people of all ages. The main aim of both the evening singing and DJ sections is to try and get as many people up on to the dance floor as possible and to provide a musically exciting and varied evening for everyone.

Music during dinner consists of a selection of the finest Dinner Jazz, Swing, Easy Listening and Love Songs. Unobtrusive background music creating a perfect dining ambience. I very much welcome your input both during the day and evening, ensuring you hear some of your favourite tracks throughout your day. Visit the wedding music list page to see a selection of the songs that I sing.

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What about the disco?


The disco, manned by myself, which accompanies my live singing sets, features an extensive song library including a mixture of the best current chart as well as the greatest pop, disco, soul and rock music of the last 40 years. Employing The Wedding Singer disco as a part of your wedding music package saves the hassle of hiring and dealing with a separate wedding DJ and means only one set of sound equipment at your reception; especially suitable for small to medium-sized venues.

I have been providing discos at 70+ weddings per year for nearly 10 years now so can be considered as one of the most experienced wedding-specialist DJs around. Whilst being young enough to be tuned in the latest music trends, I have learned exactly which classic record to put on at the exact right time to get all generations up onto the dance floor - surely what wedding parties are all about!

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How can I hear you?


There are a selection of recently recorded tracks on the wedding music samples page. Whilst I only perform at wedding receptions, where I obviously wouldn't invite potential clients, I occasionally attend wedding fayres where I perform live. Check the blog or Facebook page for latest updates or contact me directly.

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How do I know if you're available?


Contact me via the booking enquiry form, giving all the requested information and I will reply, let you know if I'm free on your chosen date and detail the costs of the various packages for your wedding reception.

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In what venues can you play?


My set up can be easily tailored and adapted to almost any space so I can play in practially any venue. I use an HK Audio Elements, modular, line array speaker system which is scalable from 900 watts right up to 3.6 kwatts of power meaning that I can cater for guest numbers ranging from 25 to 500!

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What areas do you cover?


I cover all of England, most of Wales and some of Scotland. I can be most commonly found entertaining in: Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, North West, Wales, Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Berkshire & Manchester

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Do I need to pay a deposit?


To confirm your booking and make your date unavailable to others, a £100 deposit is required. This can be paid either with a credit or debit card over the phone or via a cheque payable to 'James Barlow Entertainments'. Once you enquire, your wedding date is put into the system as an enquiry. Please note that at any one time I may have a number of enquiries underway for any given date and that your booking is only confirmed when I receive your returned deposit and booking form.

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Can I reserve a date in case it gets booked?


I can hold your date for up to 24 hours until I am in receipt of your deposit, after this period the date will be made available for booking elsewhere.

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How much do you charge?


Details of packages and price guidelines can be found on the 'pricing' page. For an accurate price, fill out an enquiry form and I'll get straight back to you.

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Can guests request songs whilst you are DJing?


Of course! Unlike some singers that provide 'disco music' and leave a laptop playing a pre-planned, set list of songs, my DJing play list changes from wedding to wedding combining both the bride and groom's requests made before the day with guests' requests on the night. This mixed with my many years experience of knowing what track to play at which particular moment to keep your guests entertained is the key to a busy dance floor and successful evening.

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How do I make a booking / enquiry?


Simply head to the enquiries page and fill in the booking enquiry form provided. I will then contact you with a quotation and, at your approval, dispatch a booking pack containing a CD demo and further information.

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Can guests get up and sing?


Unfortunately not. The Wedding Singer is a singer/DJ service, I do not offer "karaoke" and I am un-insured for guest singers of any kind.

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