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Never underestimate the power of music to create atmosphere. Music can add drama, heighten emotion and help proceedings to flow smoothly. Choosing the right type of music is crucial – and although certain songs and styles of performance are synonymous with weddings, the music you ultimately select should reflect both your personal style and the overall theme of your wedding and reception.

The soundtrack for your special day starts with your ceremony. You will need a selection of pieces to be played as guests arrive and are seated, a processional for your entrance, interlude music for important moments such as the signing of the register, and a recessional which is played as you walk as man and wife down the aisle and out of the wedding venue.

If you have opted for a formal church wedding, you might like to match the mood with an organist, a choir or a soloist. You will need to discuss your choice of music with your religious celebrant however, as some denominations will not allow secular songs or music to be played in church.

Key musical moments to consider for your reception include background music for your guests while they await your arrival, something memorable to mark your entrance, an ambient selection during your meal, a special piece for the cutting of the cake, and of course, your bridal waltz, which might be anything from elegantly formal to deliciously romantic. A live band can add an enjoyable dimension to your celebrations, or you may prefer to hire a DJ. Either way, make sure that the music they offer will suit both you and your guests. Many couples also hire entertainers for their reception. Elvis impersonators, comedians, flamenco dancers, acrobats and cabaret artists are just some of your options. Of course, you will need to take the size of your reception venue and your guests’ tastes into consideration when selecting entertainment, and be sure to see the act before you make a booking.

As with every other aspect of your wedding arrangements, you should research potential entertainers and musicians. Ask for recommendations from friends, or wedding professionals, or contact a reputable agency.

Once you have a short list, get in touch with each act (or their agent) and ask how much room they’ll need and whether they have all the necessary equipment. What styles of music do they play? Do they take requests? How will they dress? How many breaks do they take? How long are their breaks? Do they charge overtime? And most important of all, can you listen to them playing either on a demo CD or video, at a rehearsal, or at a live performance before you make a final decision?

When you have found the artists or acts you want, make a booking and get a written agreement stating the date, location, the hours they are to work, their fee, whether or not they have agreed to work overtime, and if so how much they will charge.


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