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FAQs and expert advice about entertainment

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North West 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@yournorthwest.wedding

Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Q What style of music would you suggest to please everyone?
A Simon Levi says: Include all genres on your wedding day, from soul and Motown to funk. Spice it up with house music and nu-disco for the under 40s. If you add in some current chart pop music, everyone will be happy and dance the night away.

Simon Levi, Simon Levi Sax

Time to celebrate

Time to celebrate

Q My wife-to-be and I are looking for entertainment that will keep our guests happy throughout the day, do you have any suggestions?
A Michael A says: A wedding reception will undoubtedly have slower moments such as while people are waiting for food, between the toasts, the room turn around or while the wedding party head off for photos. You need to think of a blend of activities that complement each other to keep your guests entertained. There are lots of ideas to choose from, but a magician really takes the cake. A magical host/compère can make a big impact on your guests and goes a long way to make the big day even more magical.

On the wedding day, a lot of different social groups, families and friends with different dynamics are being brought together, sometimes for the first time. While this is a great opportunity to get to know people, it can often lead to some lull moments. The great thing about a wedding magician is that they'll mingle with your guests, help break the ice and alleviate some of that tension and distract from awkward moments.

Michael A, King Of Aces Magic

Wow the crowds

Wow the crowds

Q My wife-to-be and I are thinking of hiring a band, but we're a bit worried about booking someone online that we've never met. How can we make the right decision?
A Ben Fisher says: Finding the perfect wedding entertainment can be a daunting task, especially as a professional band will be booked up for private events so it will be unlikely you'll get to go to watch them live. However, lots of bands now have social media profiles. A high-quality band will always have videos and photos on their Instagram, Facebook or TikTok profiles from recent weddings, so you can instantly see if the band is the right fit for you.

For our couples, we always like to arrange a chat over Zoom, on the phone or in person. This way, we can discuss your ideas on a more personal level. Ask your band if this is something they can provide to put your mind at ease.

Recommendations from venues, friends, suppliers and family members are always a great place to start. It's also worth reading through reviews before making a decision.

Ben Fisher, Jukebox Band

Strings of love

Strings of love

Q My wife-to-be and I love modern songs and were wondering if these would work with a string quartet?
A Charli Daw says: From Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran to Lizzo and Dua Lipa, you'll want a supplier who can do it all and more. Start by looking for a company with an extensive modern repertoire list.

Choosing songs for your wedding can be a daunting task, especially when you're not sure if your music tastes are what all of your loved ones would like too. A string quartet will add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your special day and can be a beautiful way for you and your guests to enjoy the music you love.

Charli Daw, Harmony String Quartet

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Q We'd love some live music at our drinks reception, but don't want anything too intrusive as guests will want to chat and catch up. What would you suggest?
A Charli Daw says: Consider booking a string quartet for your big day. An acoustic string quartet will be non-intrusive and provide a comfortable atmosphere for your guests to mingle and converse freely. Here at Harmony String Quartet, we give our couples access to our full catalogue of music ranging from soft classical to light jazz and modern day hits. Look through your supplier's repertoire and see if their style suits your big day.

Charli Daw, Harmony String Quartet

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