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Let me entertain you
Q. We want to wow our guests at our 1930s-themed wedding with some quirky entertainment – can you help?
A. Adam Denton says: Adam says: When working with clients planning their big-day entertainment, I like to get to know them and the type of wedding they are planning so I ask them a few questions to start. Why have they chosen their particular wedding theme? Do they want their guests to be dressed in the chosen style and how many guests are they expecting? The trend for micro weddings at the moment doesn't mean that entertainment has to be on a small scale – we offer everything from solo singers to a full seven-piece band.
It's important not to forget about the music and entertainment during the ceremony and drinks reception as well as the wedding breakfast and evening event. A solo singer performing the Bridal Chorus in a 1950s theme or a vintage trio like The Candy Girls all dressed up can make a wonderful choice for during the ceremony.
Silverbird Entertainment works closely with another company who decorate wedding venues based around the chosen theme. They will set-up a 1930s-themed wedding or a 1940s look complete with costumes to tie in with the style of music.
Adam Denton,Silverbird Entertainment
Strike a chord
Q. We're looking for ideas for entertainment at our festival-style wedding – any suggestions?
A. Steven Robertson says: We love a festival wedding – what could be better than replicating those carefree days (and nights) of singing along to your favourite bands? To capture the excitement and sheer summer bliss of your favourite festival, we recommend an acoustic act. Thanks to the likes of Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons, acoustic musicians are all the rage right now. Ranging from singer-guitar solo acts to full indie-folk bands, these upbeat performers specialise in raising the mood – and a few smiles – with their unique take on wedding entertainment.
Acoustic acts perfectly complement the festival theme during every moment of your big day: a delicately strummed ballad for your walk down the aisle; a roaming set of chilled live-lounge pop and rock covers as guests sip drinks and munch on street food; an energising evening show combining the best in modern folk and acoustic covers of party hits to get everyone's feet stomping. For the ultimate festival line-up, you could opt for acoustic musicians to kick things off, before moving on to a main-stage headlining indie-rock band to take the celebrations into the early hours!
Q. We want a live band, but how can I make sure I get the best value for money?
A. Steven Robertson says: It's not just about the initial cost. It's also about getting the most out of whomever you do decide to book. So here are a few wedding entertainment tips when it comes to choosing live music for your big day. Speak to your venue and read the fine print in your contract with them. Depending on the venue, there may be a curfew, a sound limiter (a device to ensure noise levels don't exceed a specified decibel limit), confined performance area or even a blanket restriction on live music. It's crucial you know all of this before you come to book your band.The most popular wedding bands often fill dates up to two years in advance, especially during the peak summer months. Therefore, if you fall in love with a band, it's vital you get them booked as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If you've done your homework and hired a reputable, professional band, you can rely on them to deliver a show worthy of your wedding reception. An experienced band knows which songs work and when, gradually building an irresistible party atmosphere that'll have guests of all ages flocking to the dancefloor.
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