Expert advice about entertainment

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North East 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@yournortheast.wedding

 

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Q. There are so many wedding pianists to choose from in my area! What should we look for to make sure we end up with the best?

A. Angela Hall says: Angela says: Music is an extremely important part of your wedding day, and hiring a live musician can create magical moments you will cherish for the rest of your lives. Choosing your own music adds a personal touch and creates a relaxing and romantic atmosphere throughout the day.

It's important to find a musician who matches your taste and budget and who will work with you to create the ambience you're looking for.

I offer a completely personal service to my couples, working closely with them to build a bespoke musical programme for their wedding day. Often, a couple will have a particular song they would like included in their day but feel that it doesn't match the mood they are hoping to create. I make my own arrangement of the song with a twist – I've played brides down the aisle to heavy metal, songs from video games and even raps!

Angela Hall
www.facebook.com/angela.hall.wedding.pianist

 

I'm with the band

I'm with the band

Q. My dad is adamant he wants '60s music at the evening of our wedding. However, my mates will want more up-to-date tunes! Are there wedding bands that versatile, or is it best to stick to a DJ?

A. Gareth Beddard says: Weddings now are more like festivals, and you'll want your guests to have the time of their lives – and go away talking about your wedding for years to come! I therefore believe you're best booking a band, as live music creates an atmosphere and energy through a visual performance for your guests to enjoy.

Most bands have versatile set lists – ours ranges from Queen and AC/DC to smash hits from The Backstreet Boys and Hanson! Make sure you choose a band that you enjoy, remembering it's your big day. You can always have a DJ at the end of the evening, and most bands provide this service inclusive of their rate. When enquiring about a band, ask to see their set list and, if possible, go to watch them play a live gig.

Gareth Beddard
www.facebook.com/TheFolkSoulBros

 

Fire starter

Fire starter

Q. My partner and I are organising our 2020 summer wedding and want to make the use of the outdoor space at our farm. We're looking for alternative entertainment that will really get the guests talking…

A. John Young says: As a farmer myself, I know the joys of hosting on one's own land, so here are three examples of what you could do.

First, why not plant willow this season and weave it as it grows over the next year into a beautiful growing bridal arch? You can also gift wedding favours of trees and shrubs, having ready-made holes dug in your land. That way your guests can just pop them in for a brilliant legacy of the day – a growing commemorative arboretum!

As for some alternative entertainment, imagine walking hand-in-hand over hot coals for each other in a magical bespoke fire-walking ceremony as the sun slips below the horizon. You can invite your family and friends to add blessings within the fire before it's lit, before walking over the coals and finishing your evening with photos around a beautiful fire heart.

John Young
www.logi-firewalking.co.uk

 

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Q. When I type in “North East wedding DJ” on Google, I get more than 23 million results! How do I know who's best to choose?

A. Simon Jobson says: To be honest, searching for anything on Google will give you millions of results – and the way Google's algorithm is, you may have to dig a little deeper than just the top 10 results to find a DJ who suits your needs. It's worth having a look through the top 100 results, seeing whether any of the website descriptions jump out at you and then taking a note of your favourites. Take a look at each of the websites, see whether they have any photos or videos of the disco in action and check the testimonials page to see how many they have – and if the testimonials are traceable so that you know they haven't just been made up! Check that the services the company provides suits your needs too. Factors such as the lighting it offers, if it accepts playlists and if it is able to mix music will all have an impact on your final decision.

Simon Jobson
www.facebook.com/marvellousdisco

 

The wedding singer

The wedding singer

Q. We're looking for a singer to entertain our guests during the drinks and wedding breakfast but don't know where to start! Are there any dos and don'ts when it comes to looking – and how can we pick someone all our guests will like?

A. Stephen Halliday says: Don't just look at the fi rst page of Google, no matter how easy it is, as there are so many amazing acts that won't pop up. You should also avoid going with the most expensive act – the price doesn't mean you'll get the best. Instead, try to get a few quotes from singers of a similar genre, and then decide which one you both like.

As for choosing an act everyone will enjoy, well, it's your wedding! A lot of wedding singers have a huge repertoire, so asking them to do a mix of songs should keep everyone happy. Ask for their song list and even request the tracks you like – and make sure you hear them or watch a video if you can.

Stephen Halliday
www.thevoiceofswing.com

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