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Music for the soul
Q. How can we incorporate live music into our ceremony to make it even more meaningful?
A. Claire Thackeray says: One wonderful way is to walk down the aisle towards your beloved to the sound of a cello playing your special song. It's an instrument with an incredibly beautiful and emotive sound, perfect for this moment. There won't be a dry eye in the house!
Then, after the “I dos,” to avoid a lull in proceedings for your guests as you sign the register, have your cellist play music that reflects your mutual interests before you walk out as husband and wife to your favourite upbeat song. The live acoustic of a cello can perfectly and romantically create your personalised, meaningful musical moment.
Claire Thackeray,Thackeray Music Productions
Magic in the air
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. Susan Lambert says: The harp is a perfect accompaniment to any drink reception. It provides a relaxing musical backdrop for you and your guests to catch up over a few nibbles and drinks. With its versatility anything from classical to upbeat pop can float through manor house halls, hotel lobbies, fire side pub gatherings, sun kissed verandas, over luscious green lawns or through the trees of your forest setting. Wherever your celebration takes you, the harp will keep it gently magical. Even when amplified the harp is never intrusive, it seems to sit in the air, so when you and your family start to let your hair down and you excitedly catch up with old friends after the ceremony, the sound of the harp will still be there gently drifting above the chatter.
Susan Lambert,Susan Lambert Harpist
Love is in the air
Q. How can we create a romantic and intimate atmosphere for our ceremony?
A. Fay Wert says: Firstly, set the scene. For a good 20 minutes before the ceremony, entertain your guests with live atmospheric music of your choice, whether it's popular, classical or just your favourite tunes. This will immediately enable those close to you feel involved. Alternate the more gentle tunes with other more lively ones so that there's a contrast, but ensure the bride's entrance is a slow number. Winter weddings in particular, have an ambience of their own if you're clever with your lighting. Whatever the season, keep your colour scheme simple, and coordinated, to create unity, and flow. Flowers, décor, lighting, as well as music, are all key to your special day's tone and success.