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Always and forever
Q. We want to book a wedding singer to entertain our guests, who do you suggest?
A. Hayley Otway says: I'm a soprano singer with the ability to sing alto and harmonies and I'm a considerate group performer, blending well with others to provide memorable, heartfelt and honest interpretations of songs. I can perform pop and disco hits, jazz and musical-inspired tracks, ballads and also classical music which is popular for weddings. I'm open to couples adding their own song choices and I guarantee the smooth booking and tailoring of your event.
Hayley Otway, Hayley Emma Otway
Music to your ears
Q. Please can you give us some ideas for music at our micro wedding?
A. Ella Timms, Content Writer says: Having an intimate wedding doesn't mean missing out on amazing entertainment! If you're searching for a unique and memorable wedding band, an acoustic duo or soloist are both fantastic options. As they require minimal equipment, they're ideal for a small venue, and their acoustic sound will bring any party to life without overwhelming your guests.
A DJ is also a brilliant choice - a smaller guest list means everyone can get involved, making requests and enjoying the type of music that everyone wants to hear. Why not curate a personalised list of favourite tunes to be played throughout the evening? Their equipment typically only requires three metres by two metres of space, so will fit into any venue with ease.
Ella Timms, Content Writer, Entertainment Nation Ltd
Sounds of summer
Q. We're planning an intimate summer celebration and want to entertain our guests with a live musician, what can you suggest?
A. Lewis Bolland says: A pianist is a fantastic choice for a small wedding. The piano produces a warm, welcoming sound that greets guests, and is a romantic choice as you walk down the aisle. Wedding music should be subtle, elegant and flow on the day. Your song choice, especially for the ceremony, doesn't have to be a traditional or classical piece, it can be a modern pop, dance or rock track, or a favourite song from a soundtrack. I always prepare an arrangement of a couple's chosen piece to be around one-and-a-half minutes long so if requesting a song, ensure that you communicate what your favourite parts of the track are with your performer beforehand.
During the drinks reception and wedding breakfast, I would suggest that the pianist plays well-known pop, rock and traditional tracks for everyone to enjoy. A playlist to cover all tastes is important. If live music isn't required throughout the reception then I'd recommend preparing a playlist of your favourite songs that mean something to you both. Spotify and Apple Music have some great wedding playlists.
In the evening, you might want to book a DJ or a band to get guests dancing, but there's nothing like a live performance at this point in the celebration. Having a pianist play your favourite song for your first dance as everyone looks on is a special way to end your big day!
Lewis Bolland, Lewis Bolland Music
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: 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