Very few days in your life will be as thought through as your wedding day. From the time, and how, you will arrive at the chosen ceremony venue, to the formations for the photographs, the food and decorations on the table, through to the honeymoon night and transfers to your honeymoon holiday. The forward planning that goes into your big day is phenomenal and often as intense as planning a military campaign! A major challenge, not to forget, and with so many guests to consider, is entertainment that will suit everyone's taste, and fit the theme of your day. Getting this right takes some doing!
To make things a little easier we've broken the day into separate sections with what we hope are useful ideas - we hope you'll like them.
The ceremony Depending on where you carry out your actual nuptials you may look to carry out a traditional musical accompaniment such light, uplifting piano or organ. These work well to politely inform your guests that the ceremony is about to start as well as creating that perfect atmosphere. If you are looking away from the traditional route, it may be nice to make a big deal out of your entrance with something like a full steel band announcing your arrival to the venue.
The Paperwork Signing the register can be a fairly lengthy process. So guests don't get bored and fidgety, gain their attention with a musical diversion, such as a lovely aria (or two often!) by a top quality soprano or tenor. Or a lovely joyous string quartet, harpist or oboe trio.
The speeches, reception and food There are many options to consider when it comes to the reception. Depending on your character it may suit you to incorporate a sophisticated jazz band, harpist, string quartet, cocktail jazz piano or even something a bit more upbeat such as a swing band. If you'd prefer to create a more chilled out atmosphere, allowing your guests to get to know one another a bit more, it might be nice to have a soft accompaniment such as a simple flute.
The party The final big party is where you get to completely take in your day, and where your entertainment can be stepped up a gear! Whether you go suave and sophisticated, a bit of rock and roll or take a Latin and salsa vibe, the party should have your stamp all over it. It's advisable to a think about what you listen to at home, it may be that a tribute to your favourite band or singer, or a '50s, '60s, '70s or '80s theme reflect your leisure time in the best way. For a little bit of something different you could experiment with live karaoke. The choices are endless; it's all about your taste and theme so make sure you make the most of your big moment!
By Sarah Mariot
A boutique entertainment group from Melbourne, Australia.