Long before the day I am always happy to meet, Zoom or chat about everything from favourite songs, dress code and timings to make sure you get everything you want for your special day.
Here is a guide to how the day usually goes, set lists and cost.
Guest Arrival, Ceremony and Drinks Reception
This is around three hours or so, within an hour's drive of Burgess Hill it's £300.
If you'd like a bespoke arrangement of a favourite song for the ceremony it's an extra £50.
For any other enquiries do get in touch for a quote.
If your ceremony is at 2pm, I'll be there by 12.30 to set up and ready for 1pm.
I'll always be early in case of traffic.
As the guests start to arrive I play some background instrumental and classical guitar.
It lets then know they are in the right place and sets the mood before the ceremony begins.
Just before the ceremony the Celebrant will ask for all phones to be off and ask the guests to be ready for the processional.
When the bridal party is ready the guests are asked to stand, this is my cue to start the song / piece you have requested to walk down the aisle.
Once everyone is in place for the ceremony to begin, I bring the music to an end.
Signing the legal documents with the witnesses can take at least 5 minutes, after which the photographer will take some photos and the guests are usually invited to take some as well.
The guests tend to chat amongst themselves so I recommend 2 songs / pieces with an extra one in case it takes a little longer.
Once you are introduced as the new married couple the guests will clap and cheer you back down the aisle, at which point I will play your favourite happy song! I'll keep playing until all the guests have left the room.
I'll set up near where the guests usually congregate and play either acoustic and vocal or keep it instrumental if you prefer.
There is often a photographer trying to take group shots for a while so I try not to get in the way or be too loud whilst guests are being gathered for photos. Once they are done I can bring the volume up a little and keep the guests entertained before you all go inside for the wedding breakfast.
If you have a large number of happy guests in a room, the general clatter and chatter can be quite loud. With smaller groups live music can be lovely, however if you have 40 or more guests for the meal I would consider putting some music on through the house system and saving your money towards the evening entertainment instead.
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Burgess Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
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