Expert advice about entertainment

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourberksbucksoxon.wedding

 

Strike a chord

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!

Steven Robertson
www.entertainment-nation.co.uk

 

Sound check

Sound check

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.

Steven Robertson
www.entertainment-nation.co.uk

 

Subtle differences

Subtle differences

Q. We've just realised that the sound and lighting isn't up to scratch at our venue – what can we do?

A. Maggie Yates says: There is so much that you can do! Different options are available depending on the type of venue. Country houses can be enhanced with architectural uplighting to illuminate the exterior, together with gas flambeaux for a glamorous entrance. Barns lend themselves beautifully to jaw-dropping lighting canopies and romantic swags. All our canopies are dimmable, so the transition from day to night couldn't be easier. And when used with paper lanterns, they work particularly well in marquees and yurts, injecting a splash of colour on a neutral backdrop.

A fairylight archway with a coach-lantern aisle will guide your guests enchantingly, and outdoor courtyards can be defined with festoon lighting along walls, with dramatic uplighting making a feature of larger trees or statues and fountains.

A high-quality PA system with wireless microphones will get your message across loud and clear. Small speaker systems can be placed discreetly within the venue for playing background music during your meal. And if you are having a band that doesn't have suitable front-of-house PA equipment for the size of your venue, this too can be hired to make the most of the live music experience for your guests.

Maggie Yates
www.academy-productions.co.uk

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