FAQs and expert advice about music (ceremony)

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The music of love

The music of love

Q. How do we achieve a classic feel for our music in the day, but still get the party started in the evening?

A. Phil Richards says: This really depends on your tastes as a couple, but try to balance this with what your guests will enjoy. For instance, you might be into heavy metal but this might not get all your loved ones on the dancefloor! Try to strike a happy compromise with what everyone will enjoy.

During the day, it's wise to book a performer that isn't too obtrusive so that guests can chat and mingle. Consider a violinist or acoustic guitar – something light but upbeat. In contrast, for the evening you'll likely want to go for a four-piece live band or an entertaining DJ. I offer a variety of options and also work alongside many other talented musicians from a variety of backgrounds to create the perfect atmosphere.

Phil Richards, Phil Richards Music


Play on

Play on

Q. How do we go about choosing a big-day playlist when we have guests of all ages coming?

A. Mark Green says: Spotify and iTunes are a great place to start getting playlist ideas, and I recommend setting these up a few months ahead of the day. Instead of trying to think of music to suit everyone in one go, you can take the pressure off of yourself by adding tracks as you go; it's amazing how quickly your list will grow.

If you'd like input from your friends and family, you can share the lists with them and they can add requests too. A professional DJ won't play directly from Spotify or iTunes, but this will give them access to your ideas in one place and will show the vibe you're going for.

However, don't get too hung up on choosing music for the whole night. A good DJ will be able to cater to guests of all ages, so I'd recommend leaning on their experience to deliver on this. I find that if I take a good brief from my client and understand the demographic of the people attending, then I can deliver for a mixed-age group every time.

Mark Green, DJ Mark Green

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