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Q. Like many couples, our wedding has been postponed due to the pandemic, and we're having to re-book our entertainment. What should we take into consideration before booking?
A. Mark Tolliss says: Make sure you have complete clarity over the what-ifs. Due to the circumstances, your deposit or booking fee should be fully returnable.
You'll need to discuss the availability of your wedding and the dates they have available, as so many events and weddings have been postponed to 2021 and 2022 those dates will be getting very full already. Finally, your deposit or booking fee that you paid for on the initial date should hold for the re-booked date. If you're booking completely new entertainment for your wedding, you need to find a supplier that reflects your personalities and brings out the fun side in you. Make sure you click with your entertainer before booking or paying any money. I always say to my clients that if they don't feel comfortable around someone, don't use them! That one person will give a different feel to your day, so it's not worth taking the risk.
Make sure the entertainment you book will be flexible enough to offer what you want from your big day. Take their advice, but you need to be involved in the decisions as well, so you must find a balance.
Mark Tolliss,Mark Tolliss Entertainments
Dance the night away
Q. My hubby-to-be and I are looking for fun entertainment that will appeal to everyone. Do you have any ideas?
A. Alice Winstone says: There are so many options available to keep your guests entertained, whatever they're interests are. Don't forget, while it's important that your friends and family have a great time, make it about you too!
It doesn't matter how old you are, nobody is immune to the wonder of a magician. There's something mesmerising about them that you just can't beat. Plus, it's entertainment that everyone can join in with.
Look for pop and rock bands. They usually feature contemporary chart hits alongside golden oldies from the 50s and 60s and everything in between. There's something to keep everyone superglued to the dancefloor. Don't compromise your diverse music taste, pick a band that can do it all.
Brighten up your evening reception with summery vibes from a folk-style band. They inject their feel-good energy into just about any song you can think of including modern and soul favourites to indie-rock classics. Their happy-go-lucky attitude and sound can create the best night ever.
Alice Winstone,Entertainment Nation
Q. We're tying the knot in winter and would love festive music but still want it to be elegant. What would you suggest?
A. Christopher Langdown says: In years gone by families and friends would gather together around the piano to sing Christmas carols. Today, the piano still has the capacity to create a magical atmosphere at Christmas time. Timeless classics such as White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, The Snowman, Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and The Christmas Song work wonderfully well on the piano. Mix in some arrangements of traditional carols such as Silent Night, Away in a Manger and We Wish You A Merry Christmas and you'll have the perfect mix for all your guests. For a real touch of class, why not get a musician to play these songs on a elegant baby grand piano at your wedding?
Q. What advice would you give me on choosing the music for my wedding?
A. Christopher Langdown says: Most people book a band or a DJ for their evening, but are unsure about what music to book for their ceremony, drinks reception or the afternoon wedding breakfast. Here's ten top tips from Romantic Piano:
- If you're looking to create a vibrant atmosphere for your ceremony, drinks reception and afternoon wedding breakfast, why not consider having some live music?
- In contrast to the evening, music during the day is usually more subtle in the background. An experienced musician will be able to create a perfect ambience for you and your guests.
- As wedding guests often range in age from 8 to 80, it's good to choose a musician with a wide repertoire as this will help to keep all suitably entertained.
- Live piano music is a great choice for weddings as it's classy, unobtrusive and all styles sound equally fantastic on the instrument.
- Make sure you book an experienced musician who will deliver a top quality performance. This will definitely make your big day even more enjoyable and memorable.
- Ask if they have Public Liability Insurance and whether all their equipment is fully PAT tested as many wedding venues now insist on this.
- Enquire whether your musician has verifiable reviews from previous couples and ask to hear examples of their work.
- Make sure you have a proper contract and that the booking is confirmed in writing.
- Check what would happen if they became ill just before the wedding and whether they have a contingency plan.
- Ask your musician whether they would be able to learn any special requests in advance.