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


Night fever

Night fever

Q. We want a DJ for our wedding, but how do we make sure we have music that reflects our tastes and not just cheesy tunes?

A. Phill Makepeace says: Finding the right DJ is so much more than just finding someone to stick on some tunes. Wedding days are filled with love, friendship, emotions and memories; choosing a great DJ will ensure all of these things are continued well beyond the first dance. On the subject of the first dance, this is the highlight of your evening celebration and should be set up and introduced by your DJ with all the love such a moment deserves.

Ensuring your music reflects your preferences is key to a great party. The best way to do this is by engaging with your DJ on the phone or preferably in person before you confirm your booking. It's important that your chosen expert can provide the type of music and atmosphere you're after at the most important party you'll ever throw.

Some DJs offer some sort of music selection, either via email or with online tools. Use these – they're you're friend! The more insight your DJ has into who you are, the better they can tailor the music to your tastes.

Songs that have special meaning should all be given credit. Perhaps you have a favourite song from a holiday or college nights out – they'll all trigger great memories for your guests. Don't forget the hen and stag do anthems!

Lastly, don't overthink it – choose an expert and give them the right information, and they'll do that for you.

Phill Makepeace


Time to party

Time to party

Q. My other half wants to save money and have a playlist at our wedding. How do I convince him that live music is best?

A. Charlie Evans says: The biggest issue is that a playlist can't react to people in the room. It can't see what people are enjoying and adapt to make sure everyone stays on the dancefloor. It also can't engage in repartee and make sure everyone in the crowd, from the hipsters to Great Aunt Shirley, are entertained all night.

Your wedding is a chance to pull out all the stops. You can pop on a playlist any time you like at home. You rarely get the chance to have a live band perform the songs you love in a beautiful setting surrounded by your friends and family. This is your big day; make it the magical experience you deserve!

Charlie Evans