Music & Entertainment

Never underestimate the power of music to create atmosphere. Music can add drama, heighten emotion and help proceedings to flow smoothly.

The soundtrack for your special day starts with your ceremony. You will need a selection of pieces to be played as guests arrive and are seated, a processional for your entrance, interlude music for important moments such as the signing of the register, and a recessional piece to accompany your walk back down the aisle.

Key musical moments to consider for your reception include background music for your guests while they await your arrival, something memorable to mark your entrance, an ambient selection during your meal, a special piece for the cutting of the cake, and of course, your bridal waltz.

If you’d like to hire a DJ, band or entertainer for your reception, visit the Wedding Services Directory at for a variety of options. A confident MC is pivotal in ensuring the success of your reception, and many couples now entrust the task to an experienced professional. They are familiar with the order and timing of a reception, and create an appropriate atmosphere in which everyone feels comfortable.

Toasts and speeches are an important reception feature and there’s a traditional order you will probably follow if your wedding is very formal. However, these days tradition can be forgotten in the interests of creating a relaxed, happy event that’s uniquely yours. And don’t forget that if you, your mother, or maid of honour would like to share your thoughts, that’s absolutely appropriate.

If the idea of speaking in front of a room full of people makes you weak at the knees, you need a copy of our fabulous book, Wedding Toasts & Speeches – it offers a wealth of inspiration, information and humour to help you prepare the perfect speech. Simply visit our Shop to purchase.

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