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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: Meet the expert: Lewis Bolland is a wedding and events pianist based in Berkshire. He was taught to play by his grandmother at the age of five and by the time he turned 15-years-old, he was a student-teacher. Today, Lewis runs a modern piano school and frequently plays at weddings, proposals and corporate events.
Lewis 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: 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!
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