What is your most memorable wedding?
"The most memorable wedding was the one where I was embraced as the member of the family"
2 years earlier I was booked to perform music at a wake for a gentleman who had passed away. It was one of his wishes to have steelpan music on his day. I was selected over many other choices, mainly because Weddings and Funeral days are both ends of the life cycle I love to be a part of. the first ever funeral was my mother, the 2nd my aunty. It was a wonderful afternoon, the music was well received and I had many a conversation with many of the family and friends in attendance.
2 years later I was invited to perform at the wedding of his daughter. Not only did I get to converse with many of the guests who attended the funeral .. but in the speeches there was a special message for me, thanking me for not only producing the music for the driks reception, but because it them feel like there father was there with them!!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Sticking to the pricipals of exceeding expectations as standard - and as such, continuing to be a leader within this wedding industry. We have been awarded a major entertainment industry award creditation every year since 2012.
Clients that book us see Steelasophical not as a nice to have expense ... but as a "Must Have Investment"
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Create two distinct categories in your mind to help set priorities:
1 - Must have (investments)
2 - Nice to have (expenses)
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
My favourite personal touch that I have seen at a wedding? .. A video message played on a big screen from a brides farther - he had passed away 2 years earlier
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Initial enquiry via various means, normally through:
• Professional recourse such as BrideBook
• Direct email from our website
• Enquiry form discovered online
• Recommendation from a supplier
• Recommendation from a venue
• Recommendation froma. family member or friend
Gain as much information as possible
Bespoke proposal prepared and presented
Follow up attentively with curtesy and informational emails
Secure wedding in the diary
• Email over online booking forms to be electronically signed and returned
• Secure a 40% retainer fee
Contact couple at least 30 days prior to wedding date
• Finalise details such as timings
• Confirm venue details and send over insurance and Health & safety documents to venue- coordinator
• Couple transfers 60% balance
We also have a COVID booking provision, where you can (if needed) postpone your booking for up to 2 years, with no additional fees nor uplifting in price.
What makes a romantic first dance?
Connection - a song that actually means something deeply to both - its amazing how quickly they will block out the rest of the world, and be lost in the moment.
We have had couples that did not want to be the centre of attention, and in some cases, not wanting a first dancedue to suffering with some level of social anxiety .. and we found creative ways to still have that first dance, and calm their worries and fears.
What is your number one floor-filler?
Hot hot hot (Arrow) an iconic Caribbean floor filler - when we perform it, it becomes interactive with dance moves and even a limbo pole .. plus you can get the entire room singing along!
A famous DJ and Band secret is, if you get the ladies dancing, the men will follow:
Top 5 floor fillers
Dancing Queen by Abba -•- Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners -•- It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls -•- Happy by Pharell Williams -•- I Want to Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?
It would have to be a bit of a Jam session made up of all my fav musicians and mentors
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Well my fav song is "Summertime" and proud to have my recording of it held within the Summertime hall of fame .. yes .. there is such a thing!
The second would be the Jamaican traditional Song "Linsted Market" .. my recording of that song was used as a soundtrack in the james Bond movie Casino Royale
But .. ultimate choice would be "My Way"