Embarrassing truth: I don't have have great taste in music. The simple question 'what kind of music do you listen to?' fills me with dread, so I knew that our wedding music would be a tricky one.
One thing I have always dreamt of though, was having a live choir at my wedding. As soon as I got engaged - possibly even before we booked the church! - I booked my old school choir. A personal touch, so deeply meaningful to me and so lovely; I can't wait! Choosing what I want them to sing will be harder.My favourite hymn is O Holy Night, but it might be a bit weird to have a Christmas song at Easter...
Reception music and reception entertainment isn't something that I ever worried about, until I saw it done right. My friend Chrissie had the most amazing five-piece band I'd ever heard. They played during the entire reception, and did it in such style. The London Essentials (www.thelondonessentials.com) perform completely acoustically - perfect for our garden setting! - and have such a genuine enthusiasm for their craft. After Chrissie's wedding I was sure they were for us. When I was independently recommended the same band, and saw them at another friend's wedding this summer, I was beyond certain. I know that we can throw anything at them (not literally, I mean musically) and they will be more than able to handle it.
To finish the night, we need a cracking DJ. Matt Maurice (www.mattmaurice.co.uk) is a DJ we've used for Maids to Measure parities and launches, and he really is one of the best in the business. He has a way of reading the crowd which makes parties so successful. I'm hoping he and his super helpful wife Lotte are free for our big day. There is another great DJ I have in mind though, Mikasa Events, whom I recently discovered at another friend's wedding.
Hymn decisions aside, this is one big tick off the list. Now I can move on to planning my hen do! But more on that after the holidays. Happy Christmas all!