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Q. Following the last 18months, how has the wedding industry changed?
A. Dessie Poleon says: After the past 18 months, it seems like people were desperate to be back with their loved ones to have a celebration. This has made us feel welcomed every time we've recently performed at a wedding, like everyone's been missing us and the band has come to bring the party.
After the pandemic, I expect to see an increase in bookings and weekends filling up quickly as there will be no restrictions and everyone will be ready to celebrate. Couple's priorities have changed and varied as people were affected differently by the pandemic. You have those clients who are now trying to cut down on their band sizes due to change in venues, or perhaps even income, and on the other hand some people are increasing their band size and adding more live music through out the day for their drinks reception and ceremony – this could be due to increased budgets through saving during lockdown or because the last 18months have made them want to celebrate bigger and better. We're looking forward to being a part of some amazing parties!
We have a very easy online system where clients can start planning their event with us. This means that throughout the pandemic, most clients who postponed had good time to get it all in order. When we do our final call before the event, it's usually very easy as everything is already prepared for us. This includes their music preferences, schedule and logistics.
Dessie Poleon, Blue Lion Band
Best night ever!
Q. My partner just wants to put on a playlist for our wedding. How do I convince him that live music is best?
A. Tim Sentance says: The answer can be summed up in three words: energy, interaction and personal. Firstly, let's look at energy; live music feels alive! There's something about being in the same room as the roaring guitar amp, crashing cymbals and screaming vocals that makes it more exciting than a record. Your guests will feed off the energy of the performers too – seeing the band jump around on stage will make them want to get on the dancefloor!
Secondly, interaction – a good band makes you feel part of the music. Whether it's singing along or joining in with some cheeky choreography, it just feels cool to get involved! Many performers now use wireless microphones so they can come down and party with your guests.
Most importantly, live music is personal. A record will always sound the same, but every live performance is special and unique – just like your wedding. With a live band playing your first dance song and your favourite tunes in their own style, you'll create a party your loved ones will never forget.
Tim Sentance, All Town Music
Time to party
Q. We're worried about keeping our guests on the dancefloor all night. How do we make sure the DJ plays the best mix of tunes?
A. David Parkinson says: My first step is to have a chat with my couples about the style of music they're into so I can begin to create a playlist. I also suggest that when couples send out their invitations, they include the option to make a song request on the RSVP; this gives the DJ a great platform to start with and will keep the dancefloor rocking.
I build a playlist to include important tracks such as the entrance songs for the ceremony and reception as well as the first dance. I'll always go through this with the couple to ensure they're happy. On the night, we're always ready to read the crowd and switch genres so all guests are catered to. An experienced DJ will create an upbeat party atmosphere to get everyone joining in.
David Parkinson, DJ Dave B
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