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Top 5 pieces for the Entrance of the Bride
at Civil / Humanist Weddings

Fashions change: meringue skirts come and go; one year flowers are bold and bright, the next pretty pastels.

But music is timeless, and since our business began in 1990, the top five choices for entrance music amongst our brides each year have been:

  1. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Canon in D – J Pachelbel
  2. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Air on the G String - JS Bach
  3. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Wedding March from 'Lohengrin’ (“Here comes the bride”) – R Wagner
  4. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Air from The Water Music – GF Handel
  5. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Wedding March from Figaro

All of these pieces are fabulous played by ‘classic’ ensembles and instruments such as a string quartet, pianist or harpist.

But what to choose for something a little bit different? There are so many wonderful options! Staying with classical, some of our favourites include:

  1. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Salut d'Amour - E Elgar
  2. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Allegro, from Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G - JS Bach
  3. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists La Rejouissance from 'Music for the Royal Fireworks' – GF Handel
  4. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Waltz of the flowers - P Tchaikovsky
  5. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Minuet - L Boccherini

However, just because you have a string quartet or harpist, for example, doesn’t mean you can’t go for a more contemporary twist for your music choices. So how about:

  1. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
  2. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
  3. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists We found love - Rihanna ft Calvin Harris
  4. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists Marry you - Bruno Mars
  5. The Wedding Music Company - By Guest Artists What makes you beautiful - One Direction

Any of our wonderful musicians can play any piece or song, so if it means a lot to you, it can be done! We have some wonderful arrangers too, so if an arrangement doesn’t exist, we can commission it for you.

What entrance piece are you considering, or do you have no idea where to start? Join in the conversation on Facebook.

Guest Artists does Top Gear!

There are many days in our working calendar that stand out for us as a team. We thought it may be interesting to share with you some of the (sometimes, in retrospect, hilarious) hiccups we encounter, and the lengths we go to, to ensure our clients receive the very best service we can deliver.

Here’s what happened when David, our Director, spent a rather hectic 24 hours running the music for a very elegant wedding in Europe.

The Runaway Priest…

For a start, the priest told me that he didn't like to hang about. He wasn't joking, sounding at times like the auctioneer on Storage Hunters (only with an Irish accent) - but to be fair, omitting the opening hymn altogether and then sending the bridal party out during the final hymn did give him a head start in his record-breaking attempt. The congregation must have wondered what this thing noted on the order of service as "recessional" was all about...

Frankly I'm not convinced he had even read the order of service at all - my suspicions being particularly raised when at one point he announced: "Let us proclaim the mystery of faith in bold type"...

Combining this with a request given just before the service for an extra (unrehearsed, of course...) "special piece" for the bridesmaids to enter to - they were sent down the aisle individually at 5 yard intervals by the wedding coordinator - made for a service more challenging than was strictly necessary.

But that was the easy bit…re-wind to the middle of the night before the wedding…

A flight cancelled late the previous night had led to a merry, early hours game of find-a-flight-going-within-200-miles-of-where-we're-going-before-anyone-else-finds-the-same-flight, to say nothing of a £2.5k bill - and this only once I'd explained to the nice Barclays lady in Newcastle that my desire to spend £2.5k on flights at 2am was entirely genuine. Having done that it was then simply a question of contacting the performers (it’s the early hours of the morning remember), to get them all to change their plans and get to Gatwick rather than City for their early morning flight. Easy peasy.

Even this would have been fine except the replacement flight was then delayed on the tarmac, meaning that there was a fair chance that my esteemed colleagues wouldn't actually make the service at all anyway.

What to do? What would Jeremy Clarkson do? Hire a helicopter to meet the flight, of course. But the helicopter only seated six - and seven needed transporting.

So the day morphed into a "GA does Top Gear". Who would win over a 200-mile trip? A fast Mercedes going straight to the venue or a helicopter flying to its base about 30mins drive from the venue, plus car from there to the gig. (If you're interested, it was the helicopter by about 20 minutes). But all musicians made the service.

All in a day’s (and night’s) work

Once the service ended, all was disappointingly plain sailing!

But none of it would have been possible without the assistance, good grace and forbearance (and, of course, excellent performances) from our amazing musicians! I might perhaps have got a teensy bit shouty at some points, for which I apologise, but you were all stars!

This wedding was under a strict confidentiality agreement, so we’re unable to share much more detail with you – but we wanted to share the logistics of what can happen with some of our client projects. We absolutely love the work we do, are passionate about music, and work with an amazing group of artists – which makes our jobs that much easier.

Guest Artists are on the Blog!

It has been said, many times, that we should start a blog to record the life and times of Guest Artists, and try to pass on our wealth of knowledge after 25 years in the business. As musicians and event managers, we regularly experience situations that just wouldn’t happen to anyone else, and are daily in the privileged position of advising people about the music for their Big Day, organising spectacular entertainment for events large and small, and also giving comfort through music, after the passing of a loved one.

Through this blog we aim to: pass on tips for organising the music and entertainment for your event, be it large or small, private or corporate; take you backstage to show you the build up to some of our bigger events; and of course, share the “you won’t believe what just happened…” moments.

We hope you’ll join us on our journey into the world of blogging, and if there are specific topics you’d like us to cover, please let us know!

Guest Artists x