FAQs and expert advice about music (ceremony)

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

 

Strings of love

Strings of love

Q. My wife-to-be and I want to book our wedding entertainment but due to lockdown, we've been struggling to find the perfect supplier. How can we feel confident booking someone online that we've never met?

A. Sarah Davies says: Booking someone online can be quite a daunting prospect, especially for your big day. Unfortunately, meeting your musician in person is not an option at the moment. However, most professionals will have a website with recordings and videos that you can play to help you get a feel for if they're the right person for you.

If you're thinking of booking, try and speak to the supplier in person rather than just through E-mail. There are so many different platforms available for this, including Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp.

When a couple does book me for their big day, I send them a list of what I currently play and ask them to send over some of their ideas so that I can tailor the music to suit their tastes. Those of you thinking of booking a harpist, it's a beautiful, rich sounding and dramatic looking instrument. The effect may be lost in a web link, however on the day, you cannot beat the sound of a live instrument.

The main thing is to get in touch and start talking to your supplier. I love speaking to all my couples and seeing how I can be a part of their special day.

Sarah Davies,Sarah Davies Harpist
www.sarahdaviesharpist.com

 

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Q. Like many couples, our wedding has been postponed due to the pandemic, and we're having to re-book our harpist. What questions should we ask before re-booking?

A. Sarah Davies says: This is an important question to ask with everything that's going on right now. The very first thing you should do is make sure your supplier has your new date available. Lots of musicians have already had bookings for 2021 and 2022, and I for one have been re-booking weddings, so these dates are filling up fast.

Check if there are any re-booking fees or an increase in pricing for future dates. I'm transferring all deposits to the new date and honouring all prices given previously, but some suppliers may be raising their prices, either due to recovery costs or inflation.

What protective procedures have they put in place? I'll be wearing a visor during weddings so that I can follow guidelines without protective gear being too obtrusive or conspicuous in photos. Previously I would bring my husband along to help move the harp, but for the time being, he's staying at home to help keep the numbers at the wedding down. The harp itself is a social distancing tool with its size!

The main thing is to ask your harpist anything that's on your mind, no matter how silly it may feel. I encourage all my couples to keep in touch during these strange times, and I think all of our priorities are on making your day feel safe, comfortable and fun.

Sarah Davies,Sarah Davies Harpist
www.sarahdaviesharpist.com

 

Classic elegance

Classic elegance

Q. We're looking for elegant music for our ceremony. Do you have any ideas?

A. Sarah Davies says: I often get asked this question and I always ask have you thought about the harp? Playing relaxing music for your guests while they wait for the slightly late bride is a great idea, but save the more elegant song for the bride's entrance.

There's a superb range of classics that would work. For example, Pachelbel's Canon in D works wonderfully on the harp. It's dramatic and stylish while also setting a good pace for the bride to savour the moment as she walks down the aisle. You could add a more modern twist, with a pop arrangement on the harp – A Thousand Years is a favourite of mine.

The signing of the register is a good time to entertain your guests. You could opt for pop music, classical or even Celtic melodies to help emphasise the ambience of the moment.

An absolute must is the exiting of the newlyweds. Here is where dramatic harmonies work best, such as A Sky Full of Stars or All of Me.

Whatever you decide, you should discuss it with your musician beforehand. This way, you can choose what will enhance your day in the most elegant way.

Sarah Davies,Sarah Davies Harpist
www.sarahdaviesharpist.com