FAQs and expert advice about entertainment

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Bristol and Somerset 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@yourbristolsomerset.wedding

 

Dr3w Hall Duo

Dr3w Hall Duo

Q. We'd love some live music at our drinks reception, while still allowing our guests to chat and catch up. How can we strike a good balance?

A. Drew Hall says: I'd suggest a laid back, non intrusive approach such as some soulful, acoustic, easy listening tunes. Perhaps something a little more stripped back than a full band, such as an acoustic or even completely unplugged duo or trio. The volume should be quiet enough for guests to chat comfortably and loud enough so that those who want to take a break from conversation can enjoy the atmosphere it creates.

Drew Hall, Dr3w Hall Duo
www.dr3whall.com

 

Fiery, fabulous and fun

Fiery, fabulous and fun

Q. We're looking for entertainment that'll appeal to everyone and have our wedding be the topic of conversation for months to come! Do you have any ideas?

A. Danny Albone says: Two words – fire show! It's a different approach to entertainment that'll immediately captivate, easily excite guests of all ages and bring a truly unforgettable wow-factor element to your special day.

Performing at weddings is my absolute favourite thing to do, which is why I decided to set out and create a fire show specifically for them. In doing so, I ended up creating three! These extensively choreographed fire and pyrotechnical performances feature plenty of crowd interaction, comedy, movement and dance through an extensive range of up to 14 dangerous props and skills all leading up to a jaw-dropping finale. Meticulously created with wedding clients and venues in mind, each show is crafted to match the space, party size and budget while remaining fully portable and lasting either 12, 20 or 30 minutes. It's the perfect time-filler for when your band or DJ takes a break.

Danny Albone, Danny The Fire Performer
www.dannythefireperformer.com

 

Small but perfectly formed

Small but perfectly formed

Q. We've had to cut back our guest list. How can we still get the party going and what entertainment do you suggest for a smaller group?

A. Phil Makespace says: We're never ones to wait until the evening to have a party. We've been entertaining guests and having fun from the wedding breakfast onwards for years! Now is a great time to consider a more intimate day-only celebration, which includes having entertainment much earlier in the day.

Our trained wedding hosts are brimming with ideas. They can hold a best man's speech sweepstake, host a fun (not cheesy!) quiz on the newlyweds, or how about playing the shoe game during the breakfast? We also love a great entrance. So much fun and laughter can be incorporated into the wedding breakfast entrance. And it's not only the couple that can be involved. Using the bridal party in the introductions is a great way of deflecting attention away from a shyer couple.

We recently had a guest say to us that it was the best and most fun wedding they'd ever been to – and this was before the evening reception had even started!

Phil Makespace, Celebration Roadshow
www.celebrationroadshow.co.uk

 

Turn it up

Turn it up

Q. My partner wants to put on a playlist for our wedding. How do I convince him that live music is best?

A. Andrew Colman says: There really is nothing like the sound, energy and excitement of having a live band perform at your wedding! Real music played by real musicians judging the mood of the room and interacting with the audience creates an atmosphere that doesn't compare to an empty stage with an iPad and speakers. If you do your research and pick the right band for you, then you will be dancing with your nearest and dearest all night, enjoying an amazing evening after the perfect day!

Andrew Colman, Brass Junkies
www.braassjunkies.co.uk

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