A song is worth a thousand words…. Music can add emotion where words cannot and the ambience of your wedding day much depends on the type of entertainment you choose. Firstly, remember that music will played at different intervals throughout your big day, and the song should co-ordinate with the event – the music chosen for your wedding ceremony is likely to be much different to that of your first dance.
With a vast sea of musical choices out there, it can be a little tricky knowing where to start. So, we asked recommended wedding suppliers Jeremy McMurray (Solo pianist and member of the pocket orchestra) and Dawn Allen from the Arco String Quartet (a quartet offering traditional classic music, pop covers and jazz) for their expert advice.
Q. When should you book your wedding entertainment?
JM – Try and book your musicians at least a year ahead, good musicians get booked up well in advance.
DA – Then, always inform your venue when you’ve booked your entertainment. Good musicians will enjoy working closely with the venues they play at, and if the team know who they’ll be expecting, they can notify the musicians of any last minute changes on the day.
Q. And, how do you go about planning your wedding music?
JM – Make a running order of the day. Think about the different parts of the day you require music and how that will sound e.g. An organist for the Brooks Chapel, or perhaps a Pocket Orchestra trio for a civil wedding ceremony.
DA – Think about the special moments – your entrance, signing of the register and your exit. Don’t forget to include pieces that different generations in your wedding party will find familiar. Easy listening and jazz offer something for everyone to enjoy.
Q. What type of music do you recommend for arrival drinks?
JM – Typically the bride and groom choose soft sounding, instrumental music to be played while their guests arrive, although the most important thing is to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
DA – Use live music wherever you can. As well as being a great focal point for guests to watch and listen, it also allows the music to be tailored to your own wedding. For example, live musicians can ensure the music continues throughout a bride’s entrance and procession, until the wedding party are standing at the front of the room.
Q. And for the wedding reception?
JM – The ultimate high-end party band to finish the night off with a bang.
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