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FAQs and expert advice about entertainment

Here is a selection of Q&As from An Essex Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@anessex.wedding

Wedding Vibes

Wedding Vibes

Q I'd love a singer during the wedding breakfast. What kind of songs are general crowd pleasers. Myself and hubby love '90s Indie but understand this may not be suitable. Any help please?
A Amber-Hollie Wood says: From my experience, by the time we get to the wedding breakfast, the wedding party and guests have built up an appetite for a good natter to discuss the magic of the day. For this reason, I've found an acoustic set with an assortment of soul, garage, pop and chilled versions of club classics always go down a storm! Some of my most popular song choices are: Cry to me - Solomon Burke; Came here for love - Ella Eyre, Flowers - Sweet Female Attitude, Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles.

That being said, I'm passionate about making each wedding personal to the bride and groom and discuss in detail song preferences and wedding vibes.

Amber-Hollie Wood, Amber-Hollie Wood Vocals

It's childsplay

It's childsplay

Q We're having lots of children at our wedding and want something that will keep them entertained. What do you suggest?
A David Keddie says: How to keep the kids entertained is always a bit of a worry at weddings, particularly during speeches and the drinks reception but it doesn't need to be! Ensure your venue has ample space indoors for children's entertainers, soft play and magicians. Here at The Lawn, we're also blessed with three acres of stunning private gardens, set within 120 acres with no roads nearby to worry about, to explore and to host outdoor activities. We regularly see bouncy castles and other inflatables (which we find aren't just fun for the kids!), wedding themed crazy golf, garden games such as croquet, Connect 4 and Giant Jenga, alpacas for the kids to pet, bucking broncos, ice cream trikes, kid's archery and even a badminton net.

David Keddie, The Lawn

I'm with the band

I'm with the band

Q We'd love some live music at our reception, but don't want anything too intrusive as guests will want to chat and catch up. What would you suggest?
A Tracy Curd says: At Old Skool we offer lots of different packages to suit your needs. Our acoustic duo is the perfect option if you want some live background music whilst your guests have a drink and a chat. We can provide the perfect ambience with some chilled songs to keep your guests entertained, leaving them able to chat and socialise as they enjoy the live music. However, you may wish to consider upgrading to our full seven-piece wedding band, complete with brass section, for your evening reception. You and your guests can make memories on the dance floor from your first dance, which we can happily learn for you, to the end of the night with our arrangements of soul, Motown, disco and RnB. We play songs from the 1960s right up to the present day, so there will be something for all of your guests, young and old.

Tracy Curd, Old Skool

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Q My fiancée and I met at a casino, and I want to surprise her with evening entertainment to reflect that. Are all mobile casinos the same – or is there anything else I should be aware of that will wow her and all our friends and family?
A Victoria Limrick says: I would personally say most casino tables are the same, however, what I say to my brides and grooms is that with our business you deal with me from the beginning right through to the very end – I will be at your wedding, so you know who will be behind the tables. With 20 years of experience in London casinos I know what I'm doing, and I only work with casino-trained dealers. I also only host one event per day, so although the dealing time is up to three hours I'm available all day for your wedding.

Victoria Limrick, Against All Odds Mobile Fun Casino

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