FAQs and expert advice about entertainment

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds 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@yourhertsbeds.wedding


Now that's entertainment

Now that's entertainment

Q. We're thinking of booking an entertainment company, what advice can you share with us?

A. Sam Lewis says: Firstly, speak directly to the artist, band or DJ and not via a third-party agent. Agencies serve a purpose, but you need to get a feel for the person you're booking.

Check that the performer in the video is the one you'll get on the night, which is really important and often is just assumed to be the case. But trust me, it's not.

Save yourself the hassle and book our all-day wedding music solution. I'll play at your ceremony, drinks reception and then with my band in the evening. I'll also DJ in between the live band sets and do toastmaster duties throughout the day!

Sam Lewis, The Sam Lewis Wedding & Party Band


That's entertainment

That's entertainment

Q. What questions are important to ask entertainment companies before we book them for our wedding?

A. Tim Reynolds says: When it comes to finding an entertainer for your wedding, here are a few questions you should ask…

- Are they able to learn and play your first dance?

- Can they play a Spotify playlist for you in between sets?

- Do they interact with the audience and if so, how?

- Can you use their microphones for speeches?

- If your venue has a sound limiter, can the entertainment company work with it?

If you love what your entertainment provider does, trust them to build a set for you because they're the experts and for many, it won't be their first wedding. It's always better to let the band choose the setlist based on your genre preferences. If not, it's like telling a chef what ingredients to use.

Tim Reynolds, Next Level Music


Now that's entertainment!

Now that's entertainment!

Q. Why is live music so important at weddings? 

A. Hayley Pomfrett says: I believe that live music sets the tone and mood of a wedding like nothing else can; this is especially the case when the couple chooses to have live music during the ceremony itself. From a short ceremony in a registry office to a grand affair, live music will make it a magical and personal occasion. 

I tailor each wedding booking to suit a couple's desires and strive to accommodate requests that hold a special meaning to the couple. I have some popular choices in my repertoire such as Pachelbel's Canon, Ed Sheehan's Perfect and Christina Perri's A Thousand Years. If the couple chooses to walk down the aisle to the Game of Thrones theme tune and exit to the Star Wars theme tune, then that is fine by me – I have played both of these on more than one occasion!

Hayley Pomfrett, Hayley Pomfrett - Wedding Violinist