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Q. We're having to postpone our wedding due to the Coronavirus, how should we approach the suppliers we'd booked for our special day?
A. Yew Han Baker says: With the uncertainty and soberness of our current situation, having to deal with postponing or cancelling your wedding is an unenviable task. Unfortunately, it's also a difficult time for your suppliers whose income has completely dried up. Having spoken to many other wedding bands and suppliers we know that most have chosen to be as flexible as possible by retaining deposits for postponed dates. Some businesses have asked couples to advance at least a portion of the final payment so that they might be able to survive this period until they can start up their businesses again.
Musicians have been particularly hard-hit, so this may be something worth considering when having these conversations. If you have insurance and can make a claim then do so, as it will help your suppliers too. When organising a new date, if it's possible, consider rebooking on a day other than Saturday as it will allow your suppliers to take new bookings and earn more income next year to compensate for this year's loss.
What I can guarantee is that whenever your event happens, your suppliers will be focusing on making your day super-special, with extra vigour gained from finally being able to serve their clients again!
Yew Han Baker , The Funtime Frankies
Q. We don't want to rush our couple shots but are worried about our guests becoming restless at the drinks reception while they wait for us. What can you suggest?
A. Andrea Lamballe says: I've been playing the piano at weddings for many years and I've seen first-hand how music has a positive effect on people. Having a live pianist at your drinks reception creates a beautiful ambience while the guests are sipping champagne and nibbling on canapes - it creates a focus. They love making requests, which become a talking point and make time pass quicker while they wait for their meal. So, you can relax knowing that your guests are well looked after and not getting restless in the slightest!
There's also the option to continue the music through to your wedding breakfast and as something special to add to your ceremony.
Q. My fiancé and I are big live music fans so want a band for our big day. How do we choose an act that everyone will enjoy?
A. Ellie Markham says: When choosing a live performer it's important to remember that although it's your special day, you're unlikely to enjoy yourself if your guests aren't having a good time, so try to choose music that has a wide appeal. Think about the ages and interests of your nearest and dearest and what they'd like to listen to; we've found that soul and Motown appeal to the masses and almost everyone will get up and have a boogie to Proud Mary.
If you want to make a big statement but you don't have a huge budget, you could choose a band with a brass instrument; adding a saxophone to the line up really makes an impression!
Try to find an act that plays regularly at weddings as they'll be familiar with engaging the crowd, keeping them dancing and ensuring the night runs smoothly. A professional outfit will also have their own high-quality sound and lighting equipment. Many party bands will offer a DJ or playlist option afterwards too, so you needn't worry about booking both.