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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

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Q How do we know what kind of live act to book for our big day? Should it be something we love – or think of our family and friends' wants and needs?
A Leon Marshall, says: Whichever kind of live act you're both thinking of booking, be it a solo musician or band, it should absolutely be something that's special to you both. Chances are that if you both love it, your family and friends will too anyway! I get booked for anything from the ceremony on its own, which adds to the romance as well as making it unique and special to you both; to the full day's entertainment, which is great for continuity. I get to build a rapport with everyone, and the day flows so much easier. Plus I can also adapt to any setting, meaning my couples get to relive their day over and over again.

Remember: your big day will go so quickly and it's so easy to get caught up in the details while you're trying to make everyone else happy. Of course, make it enjoyable for them, too, but try to remember that it's your wedding day, and they're just invited!

Leon Marshall,, Leon Marshall Music

Cool for kids!

Cool for kids!

Q I'm inviting children to our wedding. I know that the speeches can be boring for little ones. Any suggestions to keep them amused?
A Amy Wright says: There are lots of ways you can keep children amused on your big day! Weddings can be a long day for little ones anyway; and keeping them entertained during more boring parts of the day such as speeches can be a challenge. We offer tipi kids corners which offer a cosy space for little ones to play. Areas like this can include games and colouring books/ pencils, you can relax knowing your little ones are keeping busy and most importantly, not causing a fuss! Speeches also offer an hour for younger children to relax and take a nap before the long night ahead. For this reason, we always style kids' corners with lots of comfy cushions, rugs and blankets to ensure there's a little space for them to rest if needed. Our kids' corners can be set up indoors or outdoors, however our top tip would always be to choose an indoor option! The last thing you want is for your guests to be going outside every five minutes to check on the kids. Let's face it… speeches can be difficult enough without more distractions! By having the kids corner indoors, parents can relax and fully enjoy the speeches knowing their little ones are safe and having fun!

Amy Wright, The Beverley Events Company

Paty on!

Paty on!

Q Like many couples, our wedding has been postponed due to the pandemic, and we're having to re-book our entertainment. What should we take into consideration before booking?
A Steven Robertson says: If you're re-booking wedding entertainment for a wedding that you've had to postpone, the first thing you need to find out is if your original band is still available. If you booked through a reputable agency, they should be able to transfer your booking to your new date or to a new band – no problem!

Maybe you've booked directly with your band? Find out about their cancellation policy. They might be able to perform on your new date instead or might have a refund policy.

If you need to book a new band last minute – don't panic! Give your agency a ring and tell them your new date. They'll be able to give you a list of bands who are available on your wedding day and help match you to the perfect act. The chances are, you'll still have a great variety of options to choose from.

Finally, if you have your heart set on a band, you could always find out which dates they are free and find out if your venue is able to amend your booking to match. You never know, and it's always worth asking! Good luck on your search and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!

Steven Robertson, Entertainment Nation

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