Sax-by-sea?? Girl on Sax sets sail!

Ahoy mateys! It’s your favourite saxophonist for hire here, and this week we’re testing out our sea legs – well, our river legs – as we set sail with the Tattershall Castle Boat.

If you haven’t heard of the Tattershall Castle, it’s a floating bar aboard a refurbished paddle steamer moored on Victoria Embankment opposite the London Eye.

Just a few weeks ago in early 2019 they held their Spring Event on the boat’s Aft Deck, and asked me to pop along and play some live sax.

I’ve played my fair share of gigs as a hired saxophonist for corporate events, but I have to admit the setting moored on the Thames with the London Eye as the backdrop was quite something.

Embark on a saxy adventure!

Boats can be amazing to have a party on! When you hire a sax player like me, you lose very little capacity – me and my sax can work the room (literally!) and fit into the available spaces as I dance around in between your paying guests.

It’s an up close and personal form of live entertainment that sticks in people’s minds, and it frequently makes the right kind of splash on social media too as people love to post pics and videos of my performances.

So if you have an upcoming corporate event or are planning any kind of party aboard a boat, consider hiring a live sax player like me to put on a show.

A sax for all seasons

I must say the springtime setting for this particular event was just stunning – the party started in daylight and as the sun set, the sky behind the London Eye turned into a lovely palette of deep blues and dusky oranges.

But a hired sax is for all seasons, and I’m equally happy to party into the late evening under lighter skies in summer, or turn on the lights on my light-up sax to brighten up a dark winter afternoon!

All I would say is that many of my dates get booked up well in advance, so if you’re planning an event even several months away, let me know as soon as possible to check my availability.

Hopefully I’ll be available, and you’ll be able to welcome aboard your very own seafaring saxophonist for hire at your next corporate event or boat party!

Book all-inclusive entertainment with a wedding saxophonist

Hello my lovelies, spring has well and truly sprung, the sun is high in the sky, and the season of love (the season of weddings) is upon us! I know this because more and more of my summer bookings are to play sax at wedding receptions.

Often when people contact me to book a wedding sax player, they ask about hidden costs, extra fees and other things that might bump up the price they pay for my wedding sax services on the day.

In fact, as far as possible, I prefer to quote a fixed price upfront so you know what you’re getting and how much it will cost.

Why? Well as an experienced wedding saxophonist, I know how important it is to bring your big day in on budget. I don’t want to complicate your day – I just want to make it one to remember! – which is why I’m proud to provide all-inclusive wedding entertainment that takes into account everything you need.

 

What does a wedding saxophonist cost?

Now that’s the big question! Unfortunately asking how much a wedding saxophonist costs is a bit like asking how much a wedding itself costs – it really depends on what you need.

As standard I suggest 90 minutes of actual sax playing, spread over three hours in total, but this can vary depending on what time of day your ceremony takes place, and whether you want me to play at the drinks reception, wedding breakfast and/or evening reception.

There are other details too, such as where the ceremony will occur – I don’t just travel all over the UK, I also often play sax at weddings in Ibiza, plus bookings elsewhere in Europe and around the world!

Finally, do you want me to play solo, or do you want other accompaniment? I work with DJs, percussionists and violinists, among other musicians, so if you have something specific in mind and want me to put a band together, I can do that for the right price too.

All you need to do is let me know the details, and I’ll quote you a price for my wedding sax services taking everything into account upfront.

You can fill in my enquiry form on my website, email may@girlonsax.co.uk or give me a call on 07740 192973 for a chat. Unless I’m off somewhere playing sax, I’ll be happy to talk you through your options!

How to plan your wedding entertainment

A lot of times when people call wanting to book a wedding sax player, they’re not sure about the set up for the equipment we bring, I know most of you have never needed to know how to plan your wedding entertainment before!

It’s a little different planning for a wedding saxophonist and DJ than it is for other types of entertainment, and I like to think I make it as easy as possible, as I bring the sax, the sequins, the lights etc.

Here are some of the top things to think about when planning wedding entertainment:

Stage

Where do you want your wedding reception entertainer to be located? Will they stay in one place or move around?

As a wedding reception sax player I can do either – some people like me to be in the spotlight while others want me to move around and mingle in with their guests.

I’m happy to do either, just let me know ahead of time so I can make sure I’m in the right place!

Lights

You want your entertainment to be seen, so think about how to light them up. Again this is a very personal choice – some go for a retro disco lights look, or a magical fairy lights setting.

In my case, I have a light-up saxophone, so even if there’s no spotlights, fairy lights or disco lights, you won’t miss me!

First Dance

One of the most important moments in your wedding reception is your first dance, so think about whether you want your main entertainment to be a part of this.

Some people like to play a favourite song, while others want a live performance from a singer, band or solo musician (like me!).

You might not realise you can actually have both – often when I play my sax at wedding receptions and club nights, I’ll play along to tracks chosen by a DJ, so I’m very open to requests if you want your first dance to involve a particular backing track AND live sax.

Enjoy it!

The most important thing is for your wedding reception entertainment to give you a night to remember, and that’s where I come in.

I love my wedding sax player bookings, it’s such an honour to be a part of people’s big day and the atmosphere is always absolutely buzzing.

So if you want to give your guests a wedding reception they won’t forget in a hurry, book Girl on Sax today and let’s create the perfect party atmosphere together!