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The First Look Pros and Cons

Last week we chatted about the rise of the Escort Card and this week we’re looking at another wedding trend that’s come from the other side of the pond, namely the ‘First Look.’ For any bride or groom who are active on social media, and sites such as Pinterest, they’ll no doubt have seen lots of talk of this new phenomenon. But what is a ‘first look? Simply put, it involves the bride and groom sharing a quiet moment and seeing each other before the ceremony with a ‘reveal’ set up which is generally caught on camera.

It can be a lovely idea to consider and has plenty of positives, but of course, there are many reasons why couples would prefer to stick to the traditional route of seeing each other for the first time at the top of the aisle. Whichever you choose to do, it will be a special moment, but make sure you decide on an option for the right reasons and what you both want, rather than just following a trend.

If you’d like to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning, then please get in touch.

 

The Pros of the ‘First Look.’

There’s plenty of reasons why the ‘first look’ has become a super popular phenomenon in the United States and has spread to this side of the Atlantic. Here’s just a few to consider.

Break The Mould – The ‘first look’ gives you an opportunity to break with convention, which for many brides and grooms is exactly what they are looking for and if following the same old traditional route is not your thing, then a ‘first look’ is perfect. It can really help to give your day an extra special and unique dimension to it.
Photos – One major plus is the photos. You will have a huge amount of control as to how you want to set up the reveal. Just Google a ‘first look’ and you’ll be bombarded with a horde of creative ways to do your ‘first look,’ everything from standing on different sides of a door, to a tree, to blindfolds to even using a bunch of balloons! The sky is the limit on it and it’s perfect for those who love to be super creative. It may also free up some time post-ceremony as you’ll already have lots of photos in the can
Nerves – Finally nerves can play a huge part in your wedding day and walking down the aisle can be one of the scariest parts. So if you don’t want your nerves to overcome you, opting for a ‘first look’ is one definite way to ensure you’ll be calm and relaxed for the aisle. Also you’ll have the private moment between both you as a couple, minus the guests.

 

The Cons of the ‘First Look.’
The ‘first look’ may have its pluses, but for many couples, the traditional route is still the more preferred option. Here’s some of the reasons why a ‘first look’ may not be for you.

Anti-climax – Going for the ‘first look’ can mean you end up losing the magic of waking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. The whole aisle part can just end up being a bit of an anti-climax, when really it’s something you’ve been both looking forward to as a couple for many months and sometimes even years.
Staged – While the ‘first look’ is supposed to capture the reactions of both parties when they see each other for the first time, it can sometimes feel a bit staged, with the photographers and possibly videographers lenses on you as you wait to capture this ‘private moment.’ Of course they will also have their lenses ready if you decide to wait until you walk down the aisle, but in truth with the gaze of the guests and everything else going on, a good photographer wont even catch your eye as he or she quietly takes position and captures the natural reactions of you, your husband or wife to be and the guests.
Tradition – Finally, there is the old notion of tradition. Tradition is not necessarily a bad thing and there’s no sense in breaking with it just to follow a trend if you’re not 100% happy. If you’ve dreamt of walking down the aisle and seeing your partner for the first time, then why not just stick with it and enjoy the special moment.

Wedding Gifts for Parents

For most couples, your parents are a wonderful support to have during the wedding and the planning stages. But of course your parents are a source of support, love and kindness not just throughout the wedding, but indeed for your entire lives. They’ve been there for all the tears, the laughter, the testing times and the happy times. In short they have been your rock for a large part of your lives and when it comes to finally walking down the aisle, it can be an emotional time for everyone. That’s why it’s a nice idea to get your parents a small token to say thanks. Not just for their support on your wedding day, but for your whole life! Of course that doesn’t mean you have to splash out on something hugely expensive, indeed smaller, more thoughtful gifts often turn out to be the best. Try and take a quiet moment on the morning of the wedding and give your parents these gifts… and have a few tissues at the ready, as it’s likely to be emotional!

As an award winning wedding planner, I’ve helped lots of couples to have the day of their dreams and watched as they celebrated with their parents and loved ones. If you’d like to chat about how I can help plan your big day, then please get in touch. In the meantime, here are some super sweet ideas for wedding gifts for parents.

 

Handkerchiefs
No matter how ‘together’ you think you are, it’s very likely there will be some happy tears at some point during your wedding day and taking a moment to tell your parents how much they mean to you, can be one of those moments for all of you. So a personalised handkerchief with a heartfelt message on it, is an ideal gift that will also serve a purpose!

 

Jewellery
Jewellery is always a good call and it doesn’t have to be some super expensive piece either. Instead, why not think about personalised cufflinks or a money clip for your dad with a sweet message on it, or a bracelet or necklace for your mum with the date engraved on it and presented in a personalised box. It’s something that when they wear it, it will remind them of the big day.

 

Plates
A presentation plate is a super idea for a special present to both your parents. Again you can get these hand painted with a special message and it can be hung on the wall or displayed in your parents’ house.

 

Personalised coasters
This is a really sweet idea. Why not get some coasters made up for the reception with some words that are a tribute to both of your parents? You could even add in some funny quotes from them too.

 

Post Wedding Gift
As well as a small heartfelt gift on the wedding day, consider getting some special photos done on the day and present them to your parents after the wedding. For example, you could have a photo where you both hold up a picture of your parents on their wedding day or even recreate your favourite photo from your parents wedding day and present it to them in a frame.

Reasons to Love a November Wedding

For many couples the months of July, August and September are the most popular times to get married. However, it can be difficult to secure your preferred dates and venues during those months due to the popularity. Getting married in the so-called off peak winter seasons, such as in November bring with it lots of positives you may not have even thought about. Rates will be significantly reduced and the availability of everything from bands to venues should be much easier to secure. It’s also a time of year when people won’t be away on holidays and so you don’t have to worry about your close friends being away when you say ‘I do.’ The winter landscape can also look truly stunning in your photos and who doesn’t love the crackle and roar of a cosy fire as you toast to your new life together with family and friends.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve helped to put together dozens of beautiful November weddings. If you’d like to discuss any aspect of your big day, then please get in touch.

 

Reduced Rates & Availability
This is a key factor for choosing an off-peak wedding, such as in November, especially if you’re a little short on planning time or are keeping to a particular budget as you’re likely to make big savings on everything. You’re also likely to get your first choice of venue, church, band, photographer and much more.

 

Winter Décor
Don’t worry, winter decor doesn’t automatically have to mean Christmas decorations. In fact, there are so many amazingly beautiful ideas for winter décor that don’t have anything to do with Christmas! Banish thoughts of red and gold and instead think of chic palettes of greys and purples, offset with winter pinks for a really modern look. Plus candles can really come into their own for a truly stunning effect, as well as things such as hanging tealights and chic fairly light backdrops etc. And let’s not forget the cosy appeal of a roaring fire which will look amazing in your pictures too.

 

The Weather… Yes Really!
When it comes to planning a wedding in Ireland, you just cannot tell what the weather is going to do. Let’s be honest, you are as likely to have monsoon style weather in June, as you are to have a crisp sunny day in November. That said, you must still bear in mind that November is winter time and it is possible it could be snowing too! But for many couples the idea of a winter wonderland also has its own appeal. Finally, if you’re a bit of a sweaty Betty at the best of times, then consider that shimmying through the day in a big gown etc, on a warm summer’s day could be a disaster.

 

The photos
The natural beauty of the winter landscape is not for everyone, but if you and your partner are happy to take advantage of that, then you are guaranteed to get some stunning shots you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get in summertime. Talk to your photographer in advance about the time of year and how it will affect your pictures and if he or she has shot at your venue in the winter, then check out their previous work for some great ideas.

Tips for Wet Weather Wedding

In Ireland, rain is an unavoidable fact of life and no matter what time of the year you decide to tie the knot, in this country it could very well rain on you in June, just as you’re likely to have blue skies in November! The point is, you cannot change the weather. But it’s worth remembering that rain on your wedding day really isn’t the end of the world and indeed in some cultures rain is even considered good luck on your big day!

If you find it does rain on your wedding day, then they key is not to panic, they are plenty of way to be prepared so that you won’t miss a beat and indeed in some cases rain can make for some truly stunning photos you wouldn’t get otherwise.

As an award winning wedding planner, I’ve seen my fair share of rainy wedding days, but with clever tips and tricks up my sleeve it didn’t impact on the day. Here’s some of my insider advice on how to deal with rain on your big day. If you’d like to chat in more detail about your wedding day planning, then please get in touch.

 

Have a Backup Plan
If you’ve decided to have an outdoor ‘I Do’ or a large part of the pre-dinner reception will be outside, then it’s important to have a proper back up plan. Discuss wet weather options with your venue from the very start. Most venues that offer outdoor nuptials will have backup plans already in place, be it alterative rooms inside the venue or tented/marquee areas. If you’re going to book open-air transport such as a horse and cart, ensure you have access to alternative wheels just in case. Also, it’s an obvious point, but check and keep checking the weather in the days leading up to the big day, as forecast really can differ greatly from day to day.

 

Talk to your photographer
Sit down and chat with your photographer and set out your wet weather contingency plan in advance. He or she will have oodles of experience with rainy wedding days and if they have worked in your venue before they will know all the dry spots like gazebos or covered terraces that will work no matter what the weather. Also, as many photographers will tell you, it is very rare to have a day where it rained all day… it’s almost certain there will be breaks in the weather and this is when you can run out and get those vital shots. Plus your wedding venue is bound to have some really beautiful indoor spaces too, so make use of them. Also don’t forget that rain can actually lead to some truly stunning pictures which you would otherwise not be able to achieve.

 

Bridal Party Essentials
Makeup and hair can take hours to complete and so if the weather does decide to turn rainy, then you’ll need to make sure you have some essentials on standby to fix any potential hair and makeup related issues! Waterproof mascara is essential, as well as having some tissues and small face towels on standby, as well as hairspray and extra pins in case the wet weather impacts on the hair. If it’s really chilly then have pocket hand warmers for the bridal party and wraps for the brides and bridesmaids too. A white sheet is always good for helping to keep the bottom of the dress dry.
 

 

Umbrellas and Footwear
It’s an obvious one, but make sure to have a good supply of umbrellas, even if you don’t think its forecast to rain, have at least enough umbrellas on standby for the immediate bridal party just in case. If it’s pretty certain that rain is forecast then look for some really prey umbrellas that are going to look amazing in the pictures. Think about colours and different fabrics. Also bring backup wellies, especially if the forecast is looking dodgy so you can get from A to B without ruining your expensive white bridal shoes! Wellies can also make for some really fun pix too!

 

Don’t Panic
Finally, if the heavens open, don’t panic and don’t let rain spoil this special day you’ve worked so hard to plan. Remember the day is about you and your partner and your family and friends all coming to together to celebrate your love and rain can’t spoil that! Plus as I’ve outlined with a little prep, you’ll be able to easily cope and you’ll even end up getting some amazingly pictures that not many other couples will have!

Wedding Food Stations

Gone are the days of the traditional rules when it comes to wedding food. These days’ couples can choose from a variety of options, with food stations becoming a very popular choice. The trend really started with sweet tables, which morphed into dessert tables and now we’ve got everything from cotton candy stations, to pizza, ice cream, sushi and everything in between.

What’s nice about a wedding food station or table is that you can choose how and when it is served. You can have a table of antipasti for grazing before the ceremony, or a spread of make-your-own nachos for your midnight snack. The choice really is up to you, but generally speaking they are a super fun way to entertain your guests and are a fabulous ice breaker too.

If you’d like to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning, then please get in touch.
Sushi and Asian
Plates of colourful sushi really makes a great visual impact for your guests. Make sure you have veggie options available too, as not everyone likes the idea of raw or even cooked fish inside the sushi rolls. Why not add some Asian noodles too and let guests put them into mini takeaway boxes at the food station?

 

Make it Yourself
The essence of a Make-it-Yourself food station is fun, fun, fun! They are a great way to get your guests mingling and you can really choose from anything your taste buds can imagine. Some popular ideas are; nachos, tacos, cupcake decorating, s’mores, baked potatoes and even snazzy sandwich stations!

 

Fun Junk Food
Yes junk food is naughty, but it’s also a treat and what better time to indulge than on your wedding day. Think pizza, mini burgers or sliders, hot dogs and fish and chips! These sorts of foods tend to go down really well with young and old alike. Why not get creative with the packaging and have takeaway style boxes and containers for you guests to use at the food station.

 

Antipasti
Everyone loves an antipasti platter. Think of having an array of cured meats, cheeses, breads, focaccia, olives, roasted veggies and tapenade. This sort of food station makes a great grazing table for pre or post main meal times.

 

Carnival
This option is ideal for bringing out your inner child! Think of having popcorn, candyfloss, candy apples, retro sweets and chocolate fountains with lots of fab dippers like marshmallows and fruit to complete the carnival feel. Everyone young and old will enjoy this style of food station.

Burlap Wedding Decor

If you’re looking to give your wedding day that signature rustic or even vintage feel, then prepare to make burlap your new BFF. The handy material can be used in a myriad of ways and is a DIY décor lover’s dream. It’s also relatively cheap and makes a fantastic impact. Think about incorporating it into your pew ends at the church or ceremony venue, your table décor, your table plans, even in your bouquets and buttonholes.
As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve seen burlap used to great effect over the years and here are a few of my top tips on ways to use it in your big day décor.

If you’d like to discuss how I can help with your wedding, then please get in touch.

 

Pew Ends
Burlap is the perfect match to lavender and gypsophila. Make little cones to hold the posies, or use it to make oversized bows mixed with ribbon and lace. Tie it around lanterns or candles or use it to hang mini hearts too.

 

Buttonholes & Bouquets
Tying burlap around your bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets is a subtle way to add a touch of the material to your big day. But if you want to ramp it up a bit, why not pop in some burlap flowers into the bouquets too? And don’t forget the guys! Burlap wrapped around the groom and groomsman’s buttonholes is a lovely way to accent the look.

 

Table Décor
Your table décor is one of the big things to consider on your wedding day and if you’re keen in get that rustic chic or vintage look across then this is the ideal time to roll out the burlap! It looks amazing wrapped around mason jars accented with lace, for example. Table runners are another really show stopping look. For little pops why not have the cutlery sitting in burlap or dot the table with wooden and burlap accents.

 

Favors
Have fun with your favours and if you’re a bit of a wedding DIY buff then this is where you’ll come into your own! Why not wrap some retro sweets in burlap wrap? Use it to cover the lids of homemade jam jars? Wrap some lavender soaps, or coffee beans or use it to go around the pots of mini plants or cacti? Also wrapping some dried lavender or potpourri in burlap is a lovely favour guests can put into their wardrobes or drawers as a scent.

 

Bunting & Pompoms

Another great way to highlight burlap is with bunting or pompoms. Think about stringing bunting from any balconies in the venue or on the cake or dessert table. Hang pompoms from the celling or dot them on the table for a stunning look. They can both also be used to great effect in your pictures.

 

Something Blue

The saying goes; ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,’ for what a bride should wear on her wedding day for good luck. The rhyme has its roots in 19th Century England, but it’s a ritual that is still popular today with many brides around the world. While it can be easy enough to get you hands on something new, something old and something borrowed, many brides are left wondering what they can have for their something blue, apart from the obvious blue garter!

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve chatted to lots of brides about different ways to incorporate that ‘something blue’ into their wedding day. Thankfully today brides are spoil for choice in what they can use. Here’s just a small selection of some of the more unusual and modern ways to add in that ‘something blue.’ If you’d like to chat about your wedding day in more detail, please get in touch.

Shoes
Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahnik proposal shoe from the Sex and the City Movie has inspired a whole generation of women to go for blue shoes on their wedding day. But if you don’t fancy the stark contrast of a rich blue shoe, why not consider blue shoe clips, blue ‘I Do’ stickers for the soles of your shoes or look for shoes with a blue sole or insole for that hint of the colour.

 

Secret Label or Bows
When it comes to your ‘something blue’, it doesn’t necessarily have to be something that’s visible to everyone. Sewing a custom label with the wedding date and details on it, into your wedding dress is a subtle and very personal way to get your ‘something blue’ included in your day. Equally tying a blue ribbon on the underside of the dress is a quick, easy and also very personal touch.

 

Bridesmaids
For the bride who likes to multi-task, why not have your bridesmaids dressed in blue? It’s a really simple way to make sure you’ve got that ‘something blue’ box ticked and it solves the questions of what colour to have for your bridesmaids dresses!

 

Wedding Hanger
More and more brides and their bridesmaids have custom made hangers for the big day, so why not go for a blue one, for a unique take on ‘something blue?’

 

Flowers
Flowers are a more visible way to inject that splash of ‘something blue’ into your wedding, but the beauty of flowers is that the colour can be as strong or light as you wish, depending on the flowers. Also don’t forget you can wrap some blue ribbon around the base of the bouquet either.

 

Hair
There is something really vintage chic about hairpins and combs on a wedding day, whether your hair is up or down. And if you’re lucky enough to have a special hair slide or pin from a relative that has a touch of blue to it, then it’s the perfect way to tick ‘something blue’ (and something old) off the list!

 

Nails
Not every bride is into nails, but it’s surprising how amazing a pop of colour can look on those wedding day talons. If the thought of blue nails scares you, think about super light baby blue shades or some cool 3D embellishments. Don’t forget you could paint your toenails too, as those are less visible!

 

Cake
If you’re not keen on having something blue in relation to your dress, hair or makeup, then why not go with a blue cake? It’s a great way to inject some colour into your big day and a really unique way to get that ‘something blue’ in there.

Transport
Have fun with your wedding day transport and go for ‘something blue!’ Vintage style VW campers or beetles are a great choice, as are Vespa’s and even push bikes too!

 

Cocktails
For a really unique take on the ‘something blue,’ why not create a signature blue cocktail and have it waiting for your guests when they arrive? Or have blue bubbles for the wedding toast?

The First Dance

The first dance is one of those wedding rites of passage that not every couple looks forward to. It can be nerve-wracking to stand alone as a couple on the dancefloor with everyone watching, as you’re supposed to float around like Fred and Ginger, especially if you’re not used to dancing. It’s also one of the final formalities of the evening before you can let your hair down and relax. But with a little planning and a few deep breaths, it can become something that is fun, rather than something to be feared.

As a wedding planner, I’ve watched dozens of couples take to the dancefloor on their big day and end up with huge smiles on their faces. Here’s some of my top tips to help you breeze through the first dance like a pro. To discuss your wedding in more detail, please get in touch.

 

Choosing Your Song
While you might love a 4 minute long version of a dance mix you both boogied to in a nightclub when you first met, for your wedding it’s important to pick a song that’s an appropriate length for the first dance and crucially one you can both dance too. Sit down as a couple and research some songs you both like, that have meaning for you and will fit the bill in terms of length and ‘dance-ability’.

 

Practice
Even if you don’t want to, it’s worth just having a quick twirl around the living room to get the feel of where your hands should be placed and to practice the important parts of leading and following. You don’t have to be Fred and Ginger, but a little practice makes perfect and will help with your nerves. Also consider taking a few dance lessons before the big day. There are many companies who cater specifically for wedding couples first dances.

 

Consider the Dress and Shoes
Remember on the day the bride will have her wedding dress and heels on, while the groom will be in his suit, so bear this in mind before taking to the dancefloor. The bride might want to change into dancing flats and the dance itself will have to cater to the dress, for example a tight fitting dress may not allow for a lot of dramatic movements, whereas a princess style dress is made for twirling.

 

Nerves
Nerves are to be expected. Even though you will be surrounded by you family and friends, it is completely understandable to be nervous. But try and remember that everyone who is there, is someone you love and they are there to celebrate with you, not judge you. If you still have butterflies, try and take a deep breath before you begin and look into your new husband or wife’s eyes, smile and giggle!

 

Going Viral
In recent times, there’s been an explosion of first dances which have gone viral, some for the right reasons and others for the wrong reasons. We’ve watched as couples have started off dancing normally and then suddenly burst into a pre-choreographed routine that wows the guests. If you do plan to go this route, do be careful as we’ve all seen versions where it can go horribly wrong. That said if it’s something you are both up for, it can be huge fun. Of course if you are not the sort of couple who enjoy dancing in the spotlight, then don’t feel under pressure to pull off some crazy routine; there’s nothing wrong with a traditional style first dance.

Autumnal Wedding Flowers

The autumn season is upon us and it’s a really special time of the year to tie the knot. The changing leaves and the hopeful promise of some mild weather still to come has made September and October increasingly popular months to say ‘I do’ in recent times.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve helped countless couples put together their dream autumnal wedding day, drawing on the palettes of the season. One of the most practical ways to inject some autumnal flavour into your day, is by using some carefully chosen seasonal flowers, which you can use in everything from your boutiques to pew ends and even your table centrepieces. Here’s some of my top seasonal inspiration for achieving the look. If you’d like to chat in more detail about your wedding day, then please get in touch.

 

Bouquets
You don’t have to go over the top with the colours of autumn to get the seasonal feel across. Think of using just a few vibrant dashes of yellows, burnt oranges and greens within your bouquet. The contrast of the pop of colour with the lightness of your dress will be impactful and beautiful. Also think of adding in hints of gypsophila and even some leaves into your traditional bouquet for a unique take.

 

Headpieces
If you’re not keen on using seasonal flowers in your bouquet, but still want to channel the theme, then why not go for a headpiece? It can be a simply beautiful and easy-to-do look. Think about winding branches, burnt orange leaves, berries or posies together for a full headpieces or just an accent you can pop into your updo? Works just as well with your hair down too. You can also extend the look to your bridesmaids and flower girls.

 

Pew Ends
Your church or ceremony venue is the first thing your guests will see of your wedding day, so it’s important to make sure you have it looking the way you want it. Pew ends are always a wonderful way to make a stunning impact and injecting them with a season autumnal feel makes for a total showstopper. Think about adding a bit of drama with mini hollowed out pumpkins with floral arrangements coming out of the tops, or a scattering of season leaves.

Centrepieces
You can really have a lot of fun with your autumnal centrepieces and if you want to ramp up the drama and impact, then go for a vibrant mixture of burnt oranges, yellows, creams and browns in a variety of florals. Add in hints of strong green, as well as twigs, branches and crisp leaves for a really rich look. Pop in lanterns, tealights, wooden décor and even mini pumpkins to complete the look.

Tips on Choosing a Wedding Band

There are many things that your guests will comment on about your wedding, months and even years after the day itself. Often it’s comments on ‘how good the food was,’ or ‘how lucky you were with the weather,’ and so on. But one of the most remembered parts of the evening, not only for the guests but for you too, is the music. People are likely to remember whether they were up dancing all night, or whether they sat it out instead. The point is, that your wedding band is a very important choice. By the time you get to the dancing, it is the part of the evening when you can relax. The ceremony is over, the speeches are done and once you’ve finished the first dance, it’s time to let your hair down, so picking a band that will play music you both like as a couple, as well as music that will get all the guests up on the dancefloor is key.

As a wedding planner with years of experience behind me, I’ve advised many couples on their choice of band. Here’s my top tips on things to consider when picking yours. If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your day in more detail then please get in touch.

 

What Style
One of the first things to consider when choosing your band is they style of music you want. Many couples just want a range of music from across the decades that will guarantee a full dancefloor all night. However some couples want to have a specific style of music, such as swing music, or 90s style beats, an 80s tribute wedding band or even something more jazz inspired. Thankfully whatever style of music you want, there is guaranteed to be a band out there that will suit.

 

See Your Band in the Flesh
This is crucial. You might have watched a clip of your prospective band on YouTube, but nothing beats seeing them in the flesh. Thankfully most bands run free showcases around the country for this exact purpose, or of course if you’ve been at a friend’s wedding and fell in love with their band, then you already know they can deliver.

 

Size of Band
This is will depend to a large extent on your budget. For example a 10 piece band with full brass section will cost much more than a three piece band. You’ve got to weight up the cost with the sound you want to have on the day, so again going to the showcases is a great way to identify how many people you’ll want in your band. Also consider the venue size, while most can accommodate a sizeable band, some venues will have limited in space. If in doubt, ask (see the next point below.)

 

Have They Played Your Venue Before?
This is a very important point to ask your prospective band for a number of reasons. Firstly, it means they will be familiar with the venue and how to get there. Secondly, it means they will be able to breeze through the set up and break down procedures with minimal fuss, thirdly if they’ve played your venue several times, it’s a safe bet that they are a good band that can pack the floor all evening.

 

Song Choice
Never be afraid to let your band know what songs you want to hear and equally what songs you don’t want to hear. They are professionals who are used to tailoring their sets for their clients preferences, so don’t be shy. We all have our favourites and your wedding day is the ideal day to hear them. Similarly if there is a song either of you just hate then make sure you communicate this to the band so they do not play it.

 

The Nitty Gritty
Finally it’s good to check the fine print with your band before you put down your deposit. Never assume they will play for a set number of hours, or will turn up at a set time, always check these details. Also make sure to ask if they provide an after band DJ service and if they will do a special deal if you book both services. Also don’t be afraid to ask about lighting and attire, as well as what sort of backdrop you band will have on the night, as these will all impact the look of your wedding reception.