Expert advice about entertainment

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Perfect harmony

Perfect harmony

Q. We know how important it is to get our wedding entertainment right and want everyone to have a great time. Where should we start?

A. Nathan Evans says: Bear these key points in mind and you can't go far wrong…
- Season and theme. Music can enhance your theme and bring it to life, so think about what fits. - Type of venue. Every venue has it's own criteria including floorspace restrictions, permitted sound levels and whether music can be played inside or out. Be sure to find all of this out before you book.
- In-between moments. Consider your guests. They'll have to endure a lot of waiting around at various transition points. Entertainment will keep the day flowing and the atmosphere lifted.
- Budget and guest list. Be realistic. Try to allocate between 10- 20 per cent of your wedding budget to the entertainment and look for acts within your price range. Remember you may need to cover travel and food, sometimes even accommodation and equipment.
- Do your research. Ask friends, trusted wedding suppliers and top local venues for their recommendations. They'll know of the best, reliable and most professional acts around.
- Think of everyone. The most successful parties have a little something for all, so be sure to cater for a wide audience. Good quality acts confidently know which bangers to pull out of the bag! - Help is at hand. Using an agency like Toast can take the stress out of planning. Our in-depth knowledge of venues means we can confidently answer your questions and make suitable recommendations. Booking a trusted artist guarantees outstanding entertainment, leaving you to enjoy your day.

Nathan Evans


So long, farewell

So long, farewell

Q. How can we ensure the end of our wedding day is fitting and memorable?

A. Harriet Ellis-Smith says: It's so important that your big day finishes on a high. After all, at the end of a long and joyous day, the culmination of months of planning, why wouldn't you want your guests to remember it? Once celebrations have drawn to a close, you can achieve this with nothing less than a beautiful and memorable send-off. Whether you're staying in newlyweds' accommodation at your venue or heading off elsewhere, delegate a trusted member of your bridal party or venue team the responsibility of gathering together your nearest and dearest, each with a sparkler in hand to send you both off through a tunnel of sparklers, wishing you well on your journey into married life. A perfect, well-rounded finish to the day's proceedings.

Harriet Ellis-Smith


The food of love

The food of love

Q. How can I add an element of romance into my wedding day?

A. Tom Butterworth says: Live music for the “I dos” adds such a personal touch to the occasion, having someone playing live as your guests arrive makes them feel welcome and helps create the romantic ambience and anticipation of the ceremony to come.

As a classical guitarist and singer, I find having some beautiful classical guitar for the ceremony adds to the sense of occasion, and creating a one-of-a-kind arrangement of your chosen song makes your ceremony a personal experience that's hard to replicate with a CD or MP3 player. The right musician will happily play your other requests for the signing of the register and give a great, joyful musical accompaniment for the recessional as you enter the world as a married couple for the first time.

For the drinks reception and photos, you can relax and enjoy a drink, often outside during summertime. For this, I enjoy singing some laid-back, happy songs from across the decades, taking requests from guests young and old.

Tom Butterworth

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