Today we are featuring something a little bit unique for our supplier spotlight.
When planning a wedding making sure your guests are entertained becomes one of the key priorities for the happy couple.
It seems that couples battle it out to make their wedding stand out and today’s supplier will certainly do that!
We chat to Kat Collett who offers unique circus skilled entertainment and get the low down on wedding entertainment.
Hi Kat can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I'm 33 and live in Bristol with my boyfriend Mike, and two cats, Crunchie and Bob. I have performed circus skills for about 10 years now and have been training them for around 13. I didn't go to circus school, but am self taught. When I went to uni I didn't know that circus skills was an option! I started learning at the end of my first year of uni, just as a hobby but this soon became a life long passion! It's quite addictive and I'm sure that without circus skills I would have become a couch potato long ago!
How and when did you get into providing circus skills as wedding entertainment?
In 2011 I joined a group called Juggling Inferno who are a group of performers providing fire shows to weddings. From there I got a taste of how nice it is to perform at weddings and so I started to develop my own solo show with weddings in mind.
Can you tell us about the different skills you can offer?
Most fire skills I guess, except fire breathing, that is really dangerous and most serious fire performers don't offer this! Are you ready for a my list? Fire whip, fire eating/body burning fire staff, fire club swinging, fire hula hoop, wall of fire poi and multiple fire hoops. I spin three fire hoops at the same time, which few other fire performers are brave enough to try! I perform with pyrotechnics and have my safety certificate from the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians.
I also have a glow show that includes glow poi, glow staff and glow hoop and multiple glow hoop. I have a really awesome glow hoop that does around 300 different patterns!
When people are booking your entertainment services what are the running times for performances and what do clients get?
My Fire Show is 20-25 mins and my Glow Show is 15-20 mins. The price also includes a PA for up to 100 people and every show is rehearsed beforehand so that every wedding gets the best show I can offer!
What kind of prices can clients be expecting to budget for your entertainment?
Usually couples will be expecting to spend between £300 to £400.
As a circus entertainer we imagine there are always new skills you can gain and offer as saleable skills, do you have any new services lined up?
I'm glad you asked that! I have been learning balloon modelling for a few years now and I have a shoot later this month to photograph me in a colourful yet classy outfit! I'm also shooting a more corporate look; a gold and black hooper outfit, with matching hoops of course!
With entertainment there are obvious health and safety issues but what do clients need to be aware of before booking your services?
There needs to be a suitable performance space. This should be at least 6 meters wide by 4 meters deep with at least 4 meters head clearance. This can be outside or inside, however an inside area needs to be carpeted and the venue needs to be happy with the idea.
I find that sometimes the venues are a little nervous of hosting a fire show. I n the past I have performed in well know London Hotels and they have invited the Head of the London Fire Brigade to watch a fire run through of my show. He was very happy with all the safety precautions I was taking, so I always tell venues that they can invite their local Fire Brigade if they are concerned.
Finally For potential clients are there any pieces of advice you can give them in regards to how entertainment helps set the tone for the evening section of the day.
The most common feedback I get is that the fire show gave an perfect addition to the evening. It brings everyone together again and gives them an exciting shared experience that all ages can relate too.
So why not make your day glow with awesome entertainment and get in touch with Kat via her website at http://katcollett.com/