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


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


Get the party started

Get the party started

Q. What should we take into consideration when booking a DJ for our wedding?

A. Gary Huggan says: We'd recommend that couples select a wedding DJ that can demonstrate that they'll take your day seriously. There are many parttime DJ's and start-ups out there that may not have the experience or investment in professional equipment to pull off your event. Take time to review their social media or website and arrange a meeting with them so you can feel reassured.

Equinox-Storm offers a free studio visit where you'll meet your DJ, view a picture portfolio, discuss options and experience a live sound and light demonstration so that you leave feeling confident that your wedding reception is in capable hands.

It's important to receive a contract detailing what you've booked, make sure that your supplier has Public Liability Insurance and their equipment is PAT tested – these will be requirements of your wedding venue.

Never just book the cheapest option, like any other industry, the cost of a DJ varies and so does the service, delivery and ability to perform. If you were having a small gathering for a regular party you may go for a cheap to a medium option, but for your wedding day, you should consider a premium service.

As a DJ company, we've seen a growing trend in couples wanting to decorate their venues to improve the look and atmosphere for their big day. Our wall drapes and twinkle backdrops help to achieve this and are extremely cost-effective and when coupled with our mood lighting system; Venue Alive can transform a venue and wedding reception.

By combining the DJ and décor services you can save money.

Gary Huggan, Equinox - Storm


Suited perfectly

Suited perfectly

Q. I want to find the perfect suit for my big day and was wondering if you have tips or advice when it comes to finding the right look?

A. Sharon Cousans says: It's never too early to start looking for the perfect suit for your wedding day. Follow these simple guidelines for a stress-free and fun experience!

- Decide on what colours suit you before choosing bridesmaids' dresses, as this colour is often worn close to your face as a tie or cravat – it's important it doesn't drain away your natural colour.
- Be prepared to try a range of styles, even those outside of your comfort zone as you may be surprised how good it looks on you.
- There will be many men at your wedding wearing suits, so choose an outfit that makes you stand out with a contrasting, textured or a check or patterned waistcoat. A floral tie will help you look the most distinguished man in the room.
- A waistcoat is the most important part of your outfit; once the jacket's removed, it will keep you looking smart and distinguished.
- Ensure the suit fits you perfectly, especially the trouser length, and make sure you take shoes to your fitting. Book a final one close to the wedding day.
- Have fun, experiment and find the best suit that makes you feel special and confident as you walk out on your wedding day.

Sharon Cousans, Chimmey Formal Menswear


All fun and games

All fun and games

Q. We're having an outdoor wedding and I was wondering if you have any suggestions when it comes to keeping our guests entertained throughout the special day?

A. Annabel Hopkinson says: There are many times during the day where guests can be entertained, such as when you're having photos taken, during the drinks reception or in the evening. A great way of bringing all your loved ones together is by including some garden games, which is a perfect ice breaker and your guests can enjoy their drink whilst engaging in a little healthy competition. Think coconut shy to knock the coconuts from the posts or hook a duck for the little ones, trying to hook those floating ducks and a queue of competitive friends wanting a go on the strongman to ring the bell. Some fabulous photos are always caught in action! Your photographer will have a blast capturing your guests giggling and playing – games are a great way of making it a wedding to remember! You can create your own village fete with some old-fashioned fairground type activities, finished off by surrounding them with bunting. Why not add in some fun fair type canapés for your drink's reception? Think candy floss, popcorn, mini-hot dogs and even a lemonade stand – who doesn't love some nostalgia? Want to add the cherry on the cake? Include a face painter and a bouncy castle too – it adds to the atmosphere.

Annabel Hopkinson, Dolly Dimples Weddings & Events

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