FAQs and expert advice about entertainment

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire 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@youryorkshire.wedding




Q. Following the last 18 months, how has the wedding industry changed?

A. Dessie Poleon says: After the past 18 months, it seems people were desperate to be back with their loved ones to have a celebration. This has made us feel welcomed every time we've recently performed at a wedding, like everyone's been missing us and the band has come to bring the party.

After the pandemic, I expect to see an increase in bookings and weekends filling up quickly as there will be no restrictions and everyone will be ready to celebrate once again.

Couples' priorities have changed and varied as people were affected differently by the pandemic. You have those clients who are now trying to cut down on their band sizes due to change in venues,or perhaps even income, and on the other hand some people are increasing their band size and adding more live music throughout the day for their drinks reception and ceremony. This could be due to increased budgets through saving during lockdown or because the last 18 months have made them want to celebrate bigger and better ‒ we're looking forward to being a part of some amazing parties!

We have a very easy online system where clients can start planning their event with us. This means that throughout the pandemic, most clients who postponed had good time to get it all in order. When we do our final call before the event, it's usually very easy as everything is already prepared for us. This includes music preferences, schedule and logistics.

Dessie Poleon,Blue Lion Band


Party on

Party on

Q. My other half just wants to have a playlist for our wedding – how do I convince him that live is best?

A. Rick Davis says: Playlists can be great, but live music brings so much more to your day. No one forgets a wedding where a great band performs. Whether it's your gran dancing to a song she recognises from her own special day, the happy couple swaying to their first dance or the whole party singing their hearts out to a song they all know, it's a live band that brings the magic together.

We play soul music; it has a timeless quality that works brilliantly for weddings, and the only way to get the emotion from it is to play live. The brass section has the wow factor while the tight drums and rhythm section create a natural sound that surpasses any laptop and speaker. Our singer, Lisanse, creates a rapport with the audience that a playlist can't get anywhere near.

Floor-fillers like Soul Man get everyone on their feet, while Let's Stay Together will have everyone arm-in-arm. A live band creates a life event that no one will forget.

Rick Davis


The magic touch

The magic touch

Q. What kind of entertainment works well to fill the gap between our ceremony and meal?

A. Alan McIntyre says: I may be biased, but I believe a close-up magician is perfect for bridging the period between the vows and the wedding breakfast. A great magician will interact with groups of people while providing humour and a sense of wonder. It's ideal for breaking the ice and getting your guests to socialise, especially if they've never met before – and all ages will love it.

A true professional won't be showing off, but they'll create a special moment for your loved ones and keep them entertained. Just like a musician, if you pick an expert with years of experience, it'll set your day apart. From a practical point of view, they don't need a stage area and can quietly mingle with your friends and family to fill any lulls in the day.

Alan McIntyre


Let me entertain you

Let me entertain you

Q. We want a DJ for our wedding, but how do we make sure we don't get cheesy tunes?

A. Mark Green says: Having pre-wedding planning sessions with an experienced, professional DJ should ensure you get the music you love. For me, my pre-event planning services are crucial to my role and enable me to deliver exactly what my customers want.

When choosing your DJ, always do some research online, on social media and in magazines. Professionals need to be visible nowadays, so it won't take you long to find someone and understand how they work, and most importantly, if they're a good fit for you. You might also like to seek out reviews from previous clients.

Before parting with your money, have a good chat on the phone or face-to-face. I love it when potential clients quiz me at length about my experience and services, that way when they book me I know I can give them the music they love.

Mark Green