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If you have booked us or been to one of our ceilidhs we would love to hear from you. In order that we can continually make improvements to our service and performance we are interested in your views on: the booking process; our pricing; communications; our music; the caller; and any other comments or suggestions that pertain to your experience of Haste to the Wedding Ceilidh Band.

If you wish to add any comments please send an e-mail. Below are a few received over the years:

David (Radison Limavady, Sept 2011)

We were sending out thank you cards and I Thought it would be remiss of me not to drop you a line. Just to say a massive thank you to you and the rest of the boys in the band, it was a real talking point for all the guests and everyone we spoke to had a fantastic time. The music was excellent and really made the evening!
From http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/community/forums/thread/300897?page=2 Posted : Feb 19, 2010 09:44:15 PM Subject: NI Wedding Bands Oh FutureAggle We had Haste to the Wedding play at our wedding last year. They were great and everyone raved about them afterwards. It takes a lot of people on the floor to make it work but they were good at getting people up. We got the ceilidh/DJ package and the DJ afterwards was excellent too. The only problem was I couldn't do traditional dances properly due to my dress and so i missed out on some of the fun. I may stalk you on here, find out the details of your wedding and then gatecrash! I'll get my ceilidh yet!

Neil & Hannah (Rosspark, Aug 2011)

Hi Pete,

We just want to thank all the band for the ceilidh at our wedding on Tuesday 9th August 2011 at Rosspark Hotel. It really added to our day. Everyone enjoyed it and remarked on how talented all the band members are. We would highly recommend it to anyone and was worth every penny! The quality of the music was superb and we can honestly say that it was one of the highlights of our day - we will always remember it. Anyone thinking about booking with Haste the only advice we can give is - book now- you definitely won’t regret it!!

Neil & Hannah Brown

Kate & Chris (Lisanoure Castle, Aug 2011)

Hi there

Thank you so much for Friday night-everyone had an absolute blast and it got everyone on the dance floor !!!

Booking process- all good, only thing Iwould suggest is that you send a wee text on the morning of the wedding to say you all to see the bride & groom later. Just I hadn’t heard from you in a week and didn't hate reception as Lissanoure I was hoping you would turn up okay, thank full you did.

Caller and band was fantastic!!!
Appearance- fantastic!!
Pricce-100 pounds more Expensive than competition which might deter people"
I really, really enjoyed it though! Wish I had more time for dancing!!
Thank-you!!!

Kate& Chris!!

Duncan (Belle Isle, Aug 2011)

Dear Pete,

The music was great! As you can tell probably by number of people. It was a shamed the ceilidh couldn’t go on for long but we had good time while it lasted.
The booking process/ communication –No-probs
Price seemed - fine
The caller and band -Great- excellent
Our appearance-Didn't notice any problems!
Did you enjoy it best parts?- very much.

The had lots of people up and dancing. I particularly enjoyed the crazy dance with lots of spinning around. The Dj in the evening was great - although very few of the requests were played – this wasn’t actually the music chosen went down probably even Letter. Any suggestion for improvement?

Had a great time –don’t see how it could have been any better. Maybe if it had gone on a bit longer... (not your fault obviously)

*Note from Haste to the Wedding - Belle Isle do not allow music after 10pm in the main function room, so as this wedding started late, we only got to play over 1 hour. Disappointing for us and the wedding couple.

Chris (Clandeboy Est, July 2011)

Just quick. email to say how delighted we were with entertainment for our wedding, exactly what we were looking for.

We found the booking process very easy, the price to be very competitive with the other entertainment options we looked at and the communication to get timings sorted was always quick. The band looked. the part we found the caller very friendly and he was able to get a good number of people on the dance floor with out having to force people on (very friendly).

To be honest the whole night went just as we hoped it would and given our dislike& disco cheese the DJ did a very good job of playing the music we wanted and also meeting any request(still can't believe he had a copy of the Ataris version& boys& summer).

All in all helped to make a great day into a great night

Thank you

Alex

Peter & Joy (Malone House, June 2011)

Hi Pete,

Me and Joy were very happy with the ceilidh music at our wedding (Belfast June 11/201.I.) and most of our quest have told us they enjoyed it very much as well.

After our initial request you responded very fast and just before the wedding you promptly contacted us to make final plans. At first n stance one might think the price is a bit high but after we talked to one of our references she told us your performance was m ore than good value for the price. After the wedding we both agreed the price is very good value and don't think you can get the same quality for a cheaper price.

The Band and the music flow was fantastic, all members are very talented and very nice lads. Of all the ceilidh I have been to, I have never seen a caller interacting and directing the audience the way you did it. It made the dancing a lot more fun since the moves we explained very well (even for new starters) and when things went wrong the caller took the initiative to correct it on the move.

The band and the equipment w as better than most ceilidh bands I have seen.

Best .. I think the part where the man had to carry the woman.. and the very last piece everyone joined in.. Everything was very well arranged; just make sure You maintain the same quality.

Thanks. Peter and Joy

Kirsty & Richard (Carnalea Golf Club, June 2011)

Hi pete,

Hope you are all well . Back a week from our amazing honeymoon and just getting round to providing feedback. We had a fabulous wedding and the superb entertainment provided by yourselves was the icing on the cake. We would definitely have no issue recommending your band and DJ. In fact the entertainment committee at our venue were enquiring about how to do ok yourselves in the future for functions. ,

The booking process was extremely simple and stress free. Any queries were answered very promptly and efficiently. Also we were always met with professionalism and nothing ever seemed to be a problem. ,

Maybe slightly more expensive than other ceilidh bands we had viewed however without doubt worth every single penny. They were extremely easy to pay and very reasonable for the brilliant service you receive. ,

The band and caller were always very professional and friendly. Our wedding guests have remarked how much fun they had at the ceilidh and in particular how good the caller was. The caller definitely had to work hard with the slightly ‘lovely/intoxicated’ wedding guests but responded in good humour and handled it very well. The appearance of the band was excellent, I think the most apparent thing was that the band judged the crowd well and geared the entertainment accordingly. ,

Our guests are still talking about the fabulous entertainment. It was so much fun however the 2houres went too quickly! I don’t think we could highlight a be part as the whole ceilidh was brilliant. I don’t think I have laughed so much trying to do a dance or watching people trying to do a dance. Our guests were fighting each other to get on to the dance floor.

Evelyn (Galgorm May, 2011)

We had a great time thanks and everyone enjoyed the music.

The booking process/Communications that I’ve ever encountered. I cant’ remember if its 12 or 24 hours that you state you’ll respond in, but you’ve met the bill each time and I work for a company that you state that you’ll respond in, but you’ve met the bill each time and I work for a company where service is crucial and people usually fail to meet my high expectations, so this is a refreshing change and it counts for a lot!

Price-honestly I thought it seemed like quite a lot of money, but I don’t have anything to compare it to and I’m still glad we booked you

The caller and band-great. Colin had just the right balance between trying to get people up and knowing when to leave someone – he stopped at just the right time when trying to convince my friend stuart to get up, (stuart would never be convinced to dance by anyone!) and it didn’t get uncomfortable.

Our appearance grand? I can’t really remember, you all looked fine and were wearing uniform t-shirts I think

Did you enjoy it – best parts? Loved it and was great that even though there were a lot of old folk that couldn’t dance, it was much more entertaining for them than an all night disco – also that it got some of the older ones up that wouldn’t have dance for a disco.

Any suggestions for improvement? Although I’m not great example as I’m not exactly what you’d call anywhere near peak fitness, (although same goes for most of my friends!), I was knackered after the first dance whichwas one of the easier ones apparently, so I’d suggest a couple of slower choreographed ones if that’d work to build up to the hardcore stuff!

Kelly (Belfast Castle, May 2011)

Dear Haste to the Wedding, Having recently booked your services on Sunday 29th May at Belfast Castle, I wish to provide some feedback in terms of your services, I’d firstly like to express how pleased I was with the service I received from your company in terms of your prompt and polite responses to my emails etc. You manage the set , and for that , I am thankful. Indeed, the playing of the live music was exemplary and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The caller encouraged people to remain on the dance floor and many guests later expressed how much they enjoyed the Ceilidh. Overall, the ceilidh was a resounding success.

Lisa & Mark (Corick House, May 2011)

Hi Pete,

Just a quick note to thank you for the entertainment Haste to the Wedding provided at our wedding. The booking process was very easy and straight forward and you answered any questions promptly, replying via e mail or arranging a mutually convenient time to speak by phone. ,

I initially thought the cost of the band was a bit pricey, however for the entertainment the band provided on the night it was more than reasonable and well worth every penny ,

The band and the caller were superb. The band and callers presentation, were very professional. This added and air of reassurance at the start of the night you knew your profession well. I’m saying this as I didn’t have the opportunity to you’s before the night of our wedding, although you’s had been highly recommended on how he made the night with his humor, instructions and he kept the more excitable guests from not getting to carried away! ,

My guests were Irish and English, and the Ceilidh got everyone mixing. It was commented after the wedding , by young and old how the idea of getting a Ceilidh Band was a stroke of genius as it got EVERYONE on the dance floor, bearing in mind that the majority of my guests had never Ceilidh dance before! However im in no doubt this was more to do with your talent as a band, as opposed to anything else. ,

Some of the best parts of the night were seeing the more reserved guests really getting into the swing of the dancing, seeing my brother carry my now sister in law from one end of the room to the other, (and she wasn’t getting the chance to protest), nothing like getting a proper introduction to the family! Oh and not to mention one of our English guests, giving a solo ‘Irish Dance’ at the end of the night! ,

Guests have been talking about the band since, saying what a great ‘do’ it was, and some have said that you’s are probably one of the best wedding bands they’ve come across. ,

If you do decide to put this review on your website all I can say to anyone this is. You will not be disappointed. ,

Lisa and Mark

Jacqui & Wesley (La Mon, May 2011)

Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful evening at our wedding reception on the 6th of May thoroughly by all (except the new shoest)The evening was great entertainment by both yourselves and the disco. The Scots and English and English contingents all had a ball I woukd thoroughly recommend you forfuture events. Thanks Again Jacqui & Wesley Wallace

Hannah & Greg (Ballyduggan Mill, April 2011)

Dear Pete and an the guys from the Band

We would like to thank you so very much for being there to play °no our special day at the Ballydugan Mill. The music was fantastic and enjoyed by everyone. The dances were terrific, a great mix which everyone enjoyed participating in. The guest at the wedding were an international crowd from New Zealand, America Australia China and then of course closer to home, and so not many had experienced the fun wad energy of an Irish Ceilidh. all thoroughly enjoyed the dancing and it was all made easier by the wonderful caller who had such great enthusiasm and patience as we swung and jumped in an the wrong directions initially but then finally managed to move in the appropriate way.

Your presence certainly made a great day even more special and fun and we win be highly recommending your band to everyone we know for all events

Thank you again

Love Hannah and Greg 2.8th Apr.011 Ballydugan

Sarah (Fermanagh, April 2011)

Hi pete and all the band. Thanks so much for your fantastic contribution to our wedding party at the Manor House Hotel, Killadeas on 9th April. We loved it and so did all our guests.

Ian & Charolette (Portadown, April 2011)

Hi Pete

I want to start by saying a big 'Thank-you' for help, make our wedding day so special. I can't think of anything, that you need to improve. The booking process was seamless and you sorted out our first dance music exactly as we wanted it. You were professional throughout: you looked great, sounded fantastic and created an unbelievable atmosphere for all our guests. The real testimony to your enthusiasm was the number of people who were on the dance floor! The dances themselves were clearly explained, easy. follow and great fun.

Overall we would highly recommend you anyone who asks and there were so many positive comments from our guests about you who had a fantastic time, as did we.

Many thanks again and best wishes for the future.

Ian and Charlotte

Sam (Newcastle, Jan 2011)

The night with you guys was supper. The children from New York and Chicago were able to participate and I have never seen so many people wanting to get on the floor. Booking was easy and your fee was fair. I thought the caller was very good and patient with the slow learners and had a nice balance of humor. I would strongly recommend you to others for a similar occasion. You cater for all ages whereas discos are too noisy and not suitable for all ages. Many thanks for all your good work.

David & Heather (Clandeboy Lodge, Dec 2010)

Dear Haste to the Wedding, Just to say thank you for playing at our wedding on 1st December. Everyone really enjoyed the Ceilidh dancing. A great nights craic. Thanks again.

Cathy & Chris (Dublin, Dec 2010)

Dear Pete

First, thank you so much for a cracking night! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and know our goes. had a fabulous time. Tums out, most our siblings and our paren. were secretly sceptical before the wedding day as to how a ceilidh band would work. They all imagined an old man with a fiddle sitting in the corner. How wrong they were and were gracious enough not only to admit it, but also to dance all night.

The booking process was very straightforward. The fact that payment was through paypal made it that bit easier. I already had a paypal account myself (from using Ebay). I felt this added to the security of the whole operation as well. inspiring confidence that you are a professional outfit with legitimate setup. Clearing outstanding payment was also very easy and your arrangements flexible. !would offer couples the opportunity perhaps to pay £100 each month in the run up to the wedding to help spread the cost, however, this may not be agreeable to all - many will not pay the ferryman until they get to the other side. As regards overall cost, yes, I thought it was expensive in comparison to the usual show band/DJ. Of course, you get what you pay for, but still a little on the expensive side. It took me several extra night duty shifts to help pay for it! But worth every penny.

Communication was always prompt and straightforward. I use email on a regular basis so this worked very well for us. Arranging the first dance was very, very easy. It was a relief not to have to look for a recording of our chosen song or delegate someone to bring the CD to the hotel. Your method of securing the track through iTunes is brilliant and provided one less thing for Chris & I to worry about.

You arrived on time, set up discreetly with no disruption to any guests, and got started promptly. The caller was fantastic and set the tone from the first step. His personality was as much as part of the act as the music itself and lent a wonderful sense of frivolity to the whole evening. I think my mother was ready to run away with him by the end of the night.

We took a risk in this being our only source of entertainment for Me evening; tradition dictating a show band followed by a DJ With a small crowd of less than 60 and a mixed age group from twenty something to eighty something, this type of entertainment was the only thing that Chris & I could think of that would work to ensure that everyone got on the dance floor at some point without anyone feeling left out. The younger crowd enjoyed the chance to mess around whilst the older generation relished the chance to show off the dancing skills of yesteryear that are so rarely seen nowadays. I have been to two Highland weddings in Scotland in the past few years where a ceilidh band was the primary source of entertainment. Both of those weddings were the best I have ever been to (with the exception of our own of course!) I hope that this type of entertainment becomes more popular in Ireland. All our guest commented on how refreshing it was. The mixture of the participative dances well the traditional waltzes went down very well with everyone. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that my eldest brother who taught me how to ride a bike when I was little would be giving me a piggy back in my wedding dress in a packed wedding venue in front of friends and family!

John & Carol (Clandeboy Lodge, Dec 2010)

Once again a brilliant job! This is now the 5th wedding I've been at in recent years where the band has played and you have never disappointed - that's where the repeat business comes from and I know it isn't finished yet. Great music and musicianship, and Colin is just what is needed for the craic and clarity of instruction. There are always reluctant guests who become quickly converted and wish they had been dancing from the first dance. We had people from Canada, the Bahamas, all over the UK, first timers and those who were a little more familiar - the best bit is that everyone was involved and had a great night. I can't wait for the next wedding! Best wishes.

Suzanne & Ross (Galgorm, Oct 2010)

Just an email to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding in the four seasons last Saturday. The ceilidh was amazing fun and everyone thought your band was just excellent and just what we needed to get everyone on the dance floor. Our whole family (Scottish and Irish) has an amazing time thanks to yourselves. Thanks again.

Al (Ballyliffen Lodge, Donegal, Sept 2010)

Just to say thanks a mil for Saturday. Had a great time as did everyone! Lots of compliments on you and the rest of the guys, I will be sure to pass your details on to anyone needing a band in future. Cheers.

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