Your Yorkshire Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 60)

HOT TOPIC Those in-the-know solve your wedding dilemmas MUSIC TO MY EARS 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? 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 | UP FOR RENEWAL My husband and I want to renew our vows. How can a celebrant help – and what should we expect? What a wonderful celebration and affirmation of your love! Your chosen celebrant will bring engagement, humour and sensitivity, created after a chat about your history, your family and your hopes for the content of your vow renewal. I can include readings; a symbolic element such as lighting a unity candle; your most important vows, exchanging of rings and your choice of music. Long, short, lavish or intimate, your ceremony will be all about who you are as individuals and a couple. With my service you will be the most important people of the day, as I will only book one service per day. I’ll also make sure I arrive an hour before your renewal starts, ensuring all guests are greeted, so they feel relaxed and at home by the time you arrive. All in all, a good celebrant will elevate and infuse your day with sparkle to create treasured memories for you and your guests, just as it should be. Helen Lesak, The Elegant Celebrant | 73 ASK THE EXPERTS