27 02, 2019

How To Book A Wedding Band In Scotland

By | February 27th, 2019|News|0 Comments

How To Book A Wedding Band In Scotland

If you are looking for help in booking the best wedding band in Scotland you can for your big day then we hope the following guide will be of some help to you.

Planning Your Wedding In Scotland: How To Book A Wedding Band In Scotland

Apart from being guitarist with the hugely successful Ritz Trio, Marcus Ford has many years experience both on and off stage in events management. For over ten years he was Theatre Manager at major Theatres in Scotland and has successfully managed high profile events including concerts, royal visits, corporate events and product launches. His band, the  Ritz Trio, are one of Scotland’s most established, sophistcated and experienced musicians providing ceremony and drinks reception music.

On stage he has performed at major venues, arts centres, on ships, trains and even on Concorde! He has played at just about every major hotel in Scotland including Gleneagles, Hopetoun House, The Balmoral, Balbirnie House and One Devonshire Gardens. During 2018 he performed at over 40 weddings and numerous private parties and corporate events. This vast bank of experience has given a unique insight into event management and working with wedding parties and corporate clients and agents.

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Marcus Ford Ritz Trio Guitarist

Where to Look For A Wedding Band
So you are probably thinking about plans for your own wedding which is why I assume you are reading this article.With internet access finding information has never been easier however the overwhelming number of choices, opinions and products can make it a daunting task. A first search for “wedding music Scotland” in Google will present you with over 48,700,000 results. Ok, don’t panic most of these will not be relevant however you will see that they can be split into a few categories, Wedding Agents supplying bands, Bands own sites and general directories listing wedding suppliers.Wedding Band Agents will be able to provide you with recommendations of bands and DJs that they work with and can provide you with a one stop solution for finding all your music needs. These Agencies range from well established companies to people just dabbling in providing music. Have a read through their testimonials and speak to a few of them to get a feel of how they are to deal with. For their services and expertise you will probably pay an Agency fee of anything from 15% to 30%. Using Agencies can take away some of the risk of booking a poor band as they tend not to keep people on their books who have let them down or have a reputation for spoiling weddings!

Many agents will display band testimonials next to the band they are recommending. If you decide to book a band direct then much of the above applies. Call them and speak to them. How easy are they to get hold of, do they return your calls or emails promptly? Look at the quality of the information they are providing and ask to hear sample tracks if these are not available on their website. Again up- to- date testimonials are important. You may be able to speak to your venue wedding co-ordinator and ask them what they know of the band. Look on some of the many forums dedicated to weddings and see what other brides are saying about their experiences. Ask your other suppliers i.e. florists,photographers and caterers if they know of any good (or bad) bands. Both Agents and Bands should provide you with a Booking Confirmation/Contract detailing exactly what is required from both parties.Who is the contract with? What is their address and phone number? Importantly, what is the date of your wedding? It seems strange to mention the obvious but last year the Ritz Trio turned up to an event to find that along the way the date had been changed to the following week and nobody had told the Agent. Double check your dates! The time you require the band for should also be clearly detailed on the contract including breaks.The contract should detail the fee and what this includes.Will there be any extra charges for travel and accommodation?

how to book a wedding band In Scotland

The Ritz Trio

Band/Agent’s contracts will also detail cancellation policies for both parties. You will be expected to pay a deposit to secure your booking and this amount varies. Some bands will include an overtime rate often in 30 min increments. It is best to discuss this before-hand rather starting to negotiate on the night should things need to run on. It may not be possible for a band to play after the booked time for various reasons; so again, it’s definitely worth discussing this in advance. As with most things you will be able to find cheap options however quality should be your main concern when sourcing a wedding band.

Don’t be side-tracked by a cheap quote and end up booking an inexperienced, unreliable band- bad memories will prove more costly!




You can read the remainder of this article on the Ritz Trio website and I do hope it will be of some help to you in booking a wedding band.  The Ritz Trio are one of Scotland’s most successful, entertaining and established weddings bands providing daytime entertainment in Scotland – have a read at the band reviews!

We would look forward to being part of your big day!

Other resources: Scottish Wedding Directory

18 07, 2018

A Big Thank you!

By | July 18th, 2018|News|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio wedding band performing at the Old Course Hotel St Andrew's

The Ritz Trio wedding band performing at the Old Course Hotel St Andrew’s

“The music you played during the ceremony was absolutely beautiful, and exactly what we were looking for. I was upset we never managed to make it up to the drinks reception to join our guests, and thank you all in person… photos took longer than expected, but we have heard nothing but great feedback from our guests regarding the band at the reception drinks!

Thanks again to you all, and thank you so much for all your efficient correspondence from our initial email, to the day of the wedding, you were absolutely brilliant and so helpful!

I will pop a wee 5* review on facebook soon too.

Stephanie and Mark
Wedding At Old Course Hotel St Andrew’s 2nd June 2018

16 07, 2018

Upcoming Ritz Trio Public Event

By | July 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio will be performing with vocalist Niki King at Kinkell Byre on August 5th. If you haven’t heard the Ritz Trio live this event provides the ideal opportunity to enjoy some great music and chat to the guys and gal!


Ritz Trio Concert at Kinkell Byre

25 06, 2018

Dunglass Wedding Video

By | June 25th, 2018|News|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio performed for the first time this week at Dunglass Estate at Cockburnspath East Lothian. Prior to the drinks reception the Trio where joined my a violinist to provide a more tradition element to the wedding. The ceremony was held in the 15th-century Gothic church is set in the heart of the Estate and is one of the finest examples of its period and design in Scotland.
The Ritz Trio look forward to returning to Dunglass.

21 06, 2018

Crossbasket Castle Wedding Entertainment Ritz Trio

By | June 21st, 2018|News|0 Comments

Ritz Trio At Cross basket Castle

Ritz Trio at Crossbasket Castle

The Trio performed at Crossbasket Castle this week for the first time. Steeped in history, Crossbasket Castle has many unique period features which have been restored to their original beauty using traditional craftsmen and materials. This is a great wedding venue and the chaps look forward to playing there again at some point!

15 06, 2018

Garden Party At Winton House

By | June 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio are delighted to be reviewed in the blog about Winton House. It’s a fabulous venue that the Trio enjoying performing at. Stunning views, great staff and it always seems to be sunny when we go there!

The Ritz Trio provided the perfect musical accompaniment to our Garden Party setting. Their lively, yet subtle set was the perfect backdrop to allow our guests to eat, drink and dance the afternoon away with a fun, sophisticated edge. They certainly looked the part and blended in perfectly with the chic garden party look.

Read the full article here

Read the article here

11 06, 2018

Jazz Band Scotland

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The Ritz Trio enjoyed a sunny weekend playing in Old Meldrum. The Trio originally played for couple’s engagement party a year ago then for the actual wedding and post wedding BBQ. It was a gloriously sunny weekend enjoyed by all!

A Big Thank You….

Thank you very very much for the awesome music you and the guys played and the vibe you created over the Friday and Saturday afternoons. We genuinely couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of musicians to play on what was the best weekend of our lives.

We have been telling everyone who you are as we kept getting asked, hopefully you get a few more gigs out of this.


31 05, 2018

Filming Project

By | May 31st, 2018|News|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio will be going into the studio this summer to film a few clips for the website and for other promotional uses. We hope to have these available from late July… this space!

29 05, 2018

A Big Thank you!

By | May 29th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Clare and I just came back from our honeymoon. We were in Capri, Italy. It was wonderful, just like our wedding! Clare and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, the whole band and the Georgia! We loved the music and will definitely recommend you all to our friends for their wedding.

Claudio and Clare
Wedding At Lungha House May 2018


View across the bay near Lungha House

16 05, 2018

Busy week of engagements!

By | May 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments

A refreshing break at Errol Park, Perthshire

A wonderful view at Craob Haven

The Ritz Trio performing at Errol Park, Errol Perthshire

The end of a sunny weekend of engagements at The Vu, Bathgate











The Ritz Trio had a busy week of events and weddings last week starting out performing at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh for Petroleum Experts, a regular client of the Trio. On Saturday the chaps travelled over to Perthshire to play at Errol Park. It was then a quick drive over the Lungha House on the West coast of Scotland to play for another wedding but joined by pianist Euan Stephenson and vocalist Georgia Smith. On Sunday the Trio returned to the Edinburgh area for another wedding at the Vu near Bathgate.

9 04, 2018

Dundas Castle Wedding Performance Ritz Trio

By | April 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments

The Trio performing at Dundas Castle recently