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Wedding Ideas: Wedding Music

Technology and weddings

With the rise in use of social media and the mere fact that nearly everyone who know now owns a smartphone…it is not surprising that weddings have been changed by digitization. Cameras have been replaced by iPhones, everyone knows what you’re up to, a phone call is a novelty and the internet plays a huge role in your life. So how has all of this changed the face of weddings?

1. Planning

Planning has been simplified. You are now able to plan your wedding online as well as on a downloadable app. You have access to 110,000 businesses on the Guides For Brides website and with GPS locator can easily see which suppliers are closest to you. You can easily keep track of your budget, to-do-list and have a common sense approach to organising your wedding. And with the app available for mobile and tablet, you can take your wedding plans anywhere! By having all the information so easily accessible and with the ability to order online, purchasing for your wedding has been made a lot easier.

Guide For Brides App

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Wedding breakfast background music

A good choice is a string quartet which consists of two violins, a viola, a cello and an organist who can play hymns for church ceremonies and also at the wedding breakfast.­­ The advantages of choosing a string quartet to play on your special day is that they are able to play indoors and outdoors, are small enough for conversation to flow easily and their music is sophisticated to create a formal atmosphere.

However, remember live musicians must have public liability insurance to cover them if a guest is injured by their equipment and make sure that they have their portable appliance test certificate for any electrical equipment used by the band.

String quartet

Wigornia String Quartet

Fun Wedding Reception Ideas

Your wedding reception party is when everyone can ditch the posh hats, kick off their shoes, and really enjoy themselves.
Make your guests feel like celebrities from the moment they arrive with comedy paparazzi at the door, desperate for that ‘scoop shot’, and first drinks served from ‘living tables’, complete with costumed host or hostess in the middle! Line the way into your venue with eye-catching ice sculptures, leading to a neon-lit bar with flair bartenders ready to mix up a storm of breath-taking cocktails.

Alive Network - Living tables

Alive Network – Living tables

Whether you love to salsa, boogie, jive, hop or just go disco crazy, there’s a wedding function band for hire just waiting to play for you!Read More

Getting Married in St Paul’s Cathedral

Last night I went to Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, to listen to some of the members of Trio of Trebles singing. While I chatted to them afterwards on the Cathedral steps I thought about who, other than Charles and Diana, has been married in this incredible place. Can anyone apply to get married there?

St Pauls Steps

The choir on the steps of St Pauls

Weddings take place in the Chapel of The Order of the British Empire which is in the crypt of St Paul’s, but first you need a Special Licence granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The bad news is that your licence application will only be considered if you fall into the following categories:

  • Members of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • Members of the Order of the British Empire
  • Holders of the British Empire Medal
  • Members of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor
  • Children (but not grandchildren) of the above

No wonder you never see confetti on the steps…!

Live Music International

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The Greatest Show on Earth- You’re Circus Theme Wedding

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The Earls Court National Wedding Show. These people were there…were you?

The Earls Court National Wedding show was a whirlwind of unique services and beautiful products, making each wedding bespoke for each bride. Here are a few of the companies we met up with. Here is a chance to gain inspiration for your wedding.

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The Wigorina String Quartet at the NEC National Wedding Show!

Find the amazing Wigorina String Quartet at the NEC this weekend! You will never consider any other quartet!

We are really excited about seeing everybody at the NEC on Friday!

Choosing hymns for church weddings

If you’re marrying in church, you’ll need to choose at least two hymns, and possibly up to four, depending on the length of the service. Your minister or the church music director will be able to make suggestions, but here are some of our favourites. If most of your guests aren’t regular church goers, try to stick to more well known choices with easy tunes. Remember, some words are associated with more than one tune, so do make sure that if you have a favourite, the organist knows which tune you’re expecting.

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Come Down O Love Divine
  • Father Hear the Prayer We Offer
  • Give Me Joy in my Heart
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  • Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us
  • Lord of all Hopefulness
  • Make Me a Channel of your Peace
  • Morning has Broken
  • One More Step Along the World I Go
  • O, Praise Ye the Lord
  • Now Thank We all our God
  • Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven
  • The King of Love my Shepherd is
  • Lord of the Dance

For civil ceremonies, don’t forget that you won’t be allowed songs or music with any religious connotations. If you’re not sure whether a certain piece is allowed, check with the registrar beforehand to avoid disappointment on the day.

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