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5 Things you didn’t know about Down Street Band

1. They are named after the street where a few of them met, Down Street in Mayfair.

2. They recorded all their songs in one long day, including videos and photos!

3. The most popular event they play for is wedding receptions.

4. Their most requested first dance song is Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.

5. If one of the main players is already busy, they have a pool of about 15 fabulous players who ‘dep’ in and out with them.



Do I have to have a first Dance at my wedding?

Short answer is  No! Of course not!! It’s YOUR day, but here are some things you and your future spouse might like to ponder…

1. Do you really like it?

Do you and your other half actually like dancing in front of other people? If not don’t STRESS! Why not have a ‘bridal party’ dance so there are loads of people dancing with you.

2. We don’t really have a special song

You’d be surprised how long it takes some of our couples to decide on a song. In the end some choose to just cut the cake and let loose as a group, trusting the band with a song that will get people grooving.

3. Just not us

Again – this day is about YOU. Don’t do anything just because ‘it’s tradition’ – especially if it’s not who you are as a couple. Perhaps instead why not ask the kids attending to prepare a dance – they’re sure to love it!

1. Memories

First dances are often one of those ‘must capture’ moments by photographers and are something really special to look back on. Is this something you might want to show the grandkids.

2. Learn to Dance

‘First Dance’ classes are becoming an increasingly popular way for couples to spend time together in the madness before the big day. Why not get some professional tips.

3. Get the Party Started!

From a practical point of view – the first dance is invaluable in getting people to the dance floor. It’s a great way to get people in the dancing mood to celebrate your big day!

Still thinking? Check out some of our best First Dance Ideas here.

Still stuck? Get in touch! We’re always happy to chat!


10 Essential Tips for Summer Brides

2001. Arm your wedding party with water

Water may be one of the last things on your mind, but you will end up feeling lethargic and cranky if you become dehydrated and in the midday heat that can happen quickly. Have bottles of water everywhere – at the Church, at the venue, in your wedding car and in the bags of all of your bridesmaids and ushers. Your guests will thank you too as they are unlikely to head straight for the champagne on a hot day and are more likely to prefer some refreshing h2o.


wedding tips blue flamingo2. Wear sunscreen

Apply sunscreen to all areas that will be exposed, at least 15 minutes before putting on your dress. This will ensure it doesn’t mark your outfit but will also mean you aren’t left looking like a tomato after your perfect day. The honeymoon does not want to start on a fiery foot.

giphy-33. Choose music so good that people will want to be near it

If your venue is on the warm side, your guests are likely to head outdoors at the first polite opportunity. Choosing great music is essential to keeping the party vibe going even if guests disperse around the venue. With great grooves, they’re sure to return after a quick breather and you can dance your night away to your favourite tunes.

200-24. Take photographs in the shade and not in the heat of the day

The details of a white wedding dress will be blown in photographs if taken in direct sunlight, so choose a photographer who knows how to make the best use of shade and natural light to capture you and your new husband un-flustered and at ease. If you can, take some of your photos later in the evening when the temperature drops a few degrees. You’ll have much better light and your guests will thank you too!

200-3 5. Keep the cake cool

The wedding cake is easily forgotten until the time comes to cut it, so make sure you remember to keep it away from direct light and in a cool shady spot, so that you don’t find a melted mess when it comes to its moment of glory.

Minion Meme6. Umbrellas are fun to keep cool as well as dry

Autumn, winter and spring brides almost always remember to buy some funky or wedding white umbrellas to make photos in the rain more fun and a lot drier. What you may not realise is that umbrellas can make photographs in the sunshine fun and beautiful too as the sunlight will diffuse through them to make for some perfect couple shoot lighting. They’ll keep you cool too if you choose to have your couple shoot where shade is hard to find.

 cat snack gif7. Keep snacking

Keeping your blood sugar up as you chat to your guests is as important as keeping hydrated on a sunny day. Have a few snacks to hand with members of your wedding party to keep sugar and energy levels up. I promise you that you’ll still have room for that delicious wedding breakfast you’ve planned.

relax8. Relax & Put your feet up

Don’t believe for a second that just because it’s your wedding day, you are obliged to remain on your feet the whole time on the false belief that if you stop for a moment, then you aren’t making the most of the one day where all your loved ones are in one place. Take a couple of minutes out every now and then to sit down with some of your guests, put your feet up and cool down. As well as your feet thanking you, you’ll be energised to get back up with joy rather than dread.

yoga gif9. Be flexible

If your band are able to play outdoors and the venue is happy with that – let them. If you need to pay for a few more drinks to keep people cool and hydrated – do it. If you need to rearrange your timetable so that people eat sooner – rearrange it (or ask the best man to). If one of your wedding party needs a break in the shade – encourage it. If you need to stop for a few moments – stop. Go with the flow and don’t let adhering to all of your perfectly laid plans mean that the sunshine spoils some of your experience.

20010. Walk slowly

Your walk down the aisle should be cherished whether it’s snowing outside or scorchingly hot. Make the most of every footstep as you approach the man you love and see the joy on his face. The same applies the rest of the day. Avoid rushing around like a breathless bride as you won’t remember any of it. Take it easy. Walk slowly. Don’t allow others to rush you. Above all, take the time to enjoy the moments – the big ones, as well as the small ones.

Need some more advice? Got suggestions? Get in touch!

~Lani Charlwood, Head of PR & Wedding Advisor at Blue Flamingo

3 Reasons to Hire a Harpist

1. Amazing Sound
The harp is surprisingly versatile, with a big warm sound. Harpists don’t just do classical either, they also sound mellifluous playing popular tunes.

2. Class & Style
Nothing quite beats the look of the harp and harpists bring an effortless spark of elegance to any event.  Whether playing musical magic at a party or strumming you down the aisle, there is nothing to rival the class and style the harp brings.

3. Affordable

As you’re hiring just one person, harpists are affordable.  With a smaller expense then a full band you still get a great live energy and passion.

Want to know more? Check out our harpists here!


Jazz @ 50th Wedding Anniversary

We had the privilege of playing jazz for a 50th Wedding Anniversary for a couple from Barnet, North London.  We got some lovely feedback.  CONGRATULATIONS on 50 years from all at BF! 50th wedding anniversary jazz barnet north london blue flamingo


10 Epic First Dance Songs: Classic, Quirky & Stylish

Whether you’re looking for classic, quirky, stylish or popular here are a few of the BEST first dance tunes!

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
We’ve had SO many requests for this great tune and you can see why…

Etta James – At Last
A favourite and oft performed by Jasper & Ruby

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of you – Lauryn Hill
A quirky take on an old favourite

I won’t Let you Go – James Morrison
Does what it says on the tin!

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Vera Lynn
‘Two Lovers met in Mayfair’ – a song for London Lovers

Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
A Song for Best Friends (as recommended by @LaniCharlwood)

All At Sea – Richard Walters
Something a little different

Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
So simple, so effective

Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
Cheeky, fun & upbeat

 La Valse d’Amelie – Yann Tiersen
Something classical, beautiful & different.  Recommended by @andyjosefDAM, California, USA

and one more for free!….

Marry You – Bruno Mars
What more could you want?

Need more advice?  Get in touch and do let us know your favourites!
And by the way – that epic photo at the top?  By our friends Charlwood Photography!



Jasper & Ruby update Jazz/Pop Fusion Set List

Our favourite pop/jazz fusion pop singer and sax lady group have updated their repertoire list.  See it below, or check out their website.  Who knew Bruno Mars, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, The Killers and Frank Sinatra could make it all into one set?  (Well, technically we did.  But it’s still pretty delicious).

Popclassic 60s

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Build me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

Can’t Take My Eyes off You – Frankie Valli

Dancing in the Street – Martha & the Vandellas

I’m a Believer – The Monkees

It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones

My Girl – The Temptations

She Loves You – The Beatles

Loving the 70s

Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Moondance – Van Morrison

Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

Epic 80s

Africa – Toto

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Neon 90s

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Fresh Prince of Bel Air – Will Smith

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys

Kiss Rom a Rose – Seal

Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre

Wannabe – Spice Girls

You and Me – Wannadies

Naughty 00s

American Boy – Estelle & Kanye

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Candyman – Christina Aguilera

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Crazy – Beyonce & Jay Z

Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

Make You Feel my Love – Adele

Mr Brightside – The Killers

Señorita – Justin Timberlake

Somebody Told Me – The Killers

Toxic – Britney Spears

Whenever, Wherever – Shakira

Modern Melodies

Earthquake – Labrinth

Rather Be – Clean Bandit

Royals – Lorde

Somebody I Used to Know – Gotye

Titanium – David Guetta

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

Swing & Jazz Standards

Ain’t that a kick in the head

All of Me

At Last

Beyond the Sea


Come Fly With Me

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Feeling Good

Fly Me to the Moon

Have You Met Miss Jones

How High the Moon

I Let a Song go Out of my Heart

I’ve Got You Under my Skin

I’m Beginning to see the Light

I’ve Got the World on a String

In a Mellow Tone

In the Mood

It Don’t Mean a Thing

My Funny Valentine

Night & Day

Nostalgia in Times Square

Pennies From Heaven

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

Somethin’ Stupid

Stompin’ at the Savoy




Take the ‘A’ Train

The Girl from Ipanema


Down Street Party Band @ Floripa

down street party wedding band from London play live at floripa london as they're really cool and fun and cheap and value for money!  All at Blue Flamingo!

One of our epic party bands are playing at Floripa London this Wednesday 7th January 2014.  Check out the Facebook event here and check out their website here.  Playing all things pop, soul, motown, rock and all that’s in-between!