Top Tips for Booking a Harpist for your Wedding Day

Top Tips for Booking a Harpist for your Wedding Day

Booking a wedding harpist is something that can elevate your wedding day from incredible to unforgettable – just imagine walking down the aisle to the serene sounds of your favourite song, played on the most romantic of instruments. 

But there’s more to think about with a harpist than just the music, take it from professional harpist Harriet Flather who has performed at over 300 weddings! Having a think about these six tips can seriously lower a harpist’s stress levels on the day! 

1 – Inside/outside

If you’re planning on spending your wedding day outside, including your ceremony, then consider how your harpist will fit into this. We harpists are, understandably, very cautious when it comes to playing outside because too much sunlight, and equally any rain(!), are very bad for the delicate instrument. 

As a general rule, if you would like your harpist to play outside, cover is pretty much a non negotiable, along with hard standing ground being preferable.  

wedding harpist playing any a ceremony
Photography: Gina Fernandes

2 – Access

You might have noticed that moving a harp around is not an easy thing, so make it as simple as possible for your harpist! If there’s a lift, make sure your harpist has access to it; and if your venue has lots of steps, ensure there’s either someone around to help, or ramps. 

Parking also needs to be reserved for your harpist, having to wheel a harp through a huge car park is not ideal! 

3 – Consider the type of music you would like

If your vibe is Ibiza club nights or endless dancing, then a harp probably isn’t for you. But if you like something a little more relaxed, think Bridgerton vibes and book a harpist! Most music works perfectly on the harp, but if it’s something that relies heavily on a beat, then it’s probably not suitable. 

4 – Number of guests

While some harpists can provide amplification, the harp is essentially a quiet instrument. This means that it won’t be heard above a certain number of guests, especially if they’re also sitting down to their wedding breakfast. I always recommend no more than 50 guests for a wedding breakfast if you would also like a harpist to be heard! 

5 – Children! 

Sticky fingers, natural curiosity and overexcited children do not mix well with a harp! I always find my stress levels go from 0-100 when there’s a lot of children running around at a wedding. I am more than happy for children to come and look at the harp (but not touch), and always prefer their parents to be with them. Harps are incredibly delicate (although they may look robust) and can easily be knocked and damaged by unsuspecting children! 

6 – Make sure we’re happy!

Photography: Jennifer Amy

As with any supplier, make sure we have everything we need to allow us to do our job to the best of our ability. Most musician’s contracts will ask for soft drinks as required, so make sure the bar/caterers are aware of this and won’t be charging me for my orange juice and lemonade! Making sure an usher is on hand to help carry things to and from the car is also a godsend!

This list may sound like I am not doing everything I can to dissuade you from booking a harpist, but thinking these six points through will help make sure that your harpist has the most stress free day possible, meaning their performance is going to be next level! 

To chat to Harriet about booking a harpist for your wedding day go to www.harrietflather.co.uk

Wedding Music Inspiration for Every Part of Your Celebration

Wedding Music Inspiration for Every Part of Your Celebration

If you’ve read any of our other blogs, you’ll know that we love helping couples to curate the soundtrack of their dreams for the biggest day of their lives. We know you’re not just planning a wedding; you’re creating an unforgettable experience, and music is the element that ties it all together.

Without further ado, here is some inspiration of musicians that suit each part of the day with clips you can watch too – just click the names to watch. Treat it like a delicious musical pick and mix!

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

The music for this part of the day is a reflection of you and what you love as a couple so go for the instruments and sounds you love.

Wedding ceremony
Photography: www.paigemary.co.uk

Solo Harpist – Magical harp music to set the scene from the beginning with a wide range of repertoire from classical to pop covers ❤️

Solo Violin or Cello – Booking a solo wedding musician keeps the cost down and still works beautifully for the ceremony. Our classically trained professional string players can perform your special requests to high quality backing tracks, creating a beautiful and emotive ambiance. Have tissues at the ready! 🎻

Wedding cellist UK

String Quartet – A high impact choice. With a wide range of repertoire encompassing classical, pop, film music, Bollywood and Jazz to name a few. A string quartet is a stunning combination of instruments featuring two violins, viola and cello 🎻

Singer & Guitar  / Piano Duo – Creating a beautiful atmosphere. Bespoke arrangements of your special requests can be made if they aren’t already in the musician’s repertoire  🎤

Gospel Choir – A spiritually uplifting experience for you and your guests, enjoy the soulful harmonies of a gospel choir 😇

Gospel Choir wedding

The Queen’s Six – One of the most prestigious choral ensembles in the UK. They sang for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and they sing regularly for the royal family at both private and state occasions 👑

Wedding Drinks Reception Musicians

For this part of the day you want music that lightens the mood (you’ve done the serious bit!) It should be highly entertaining but still background enough that people can hear themselves chatting.

Duo for drinks reception Surrey

String Quartet – The quartet can turn to their lighter repertoire of pop covers or jazz for the drinks reception 🎻

Singer & Guitar / Piano Duo – Performing everyones favourite tracks that get everyone in high spirits 🎤

Solo Singer – Performing to high quality backing tracks for sparkling background entertainment ✨

vintage singer for weddings

Jazz Trio – A chilled ambiance for drinks, playing jazz standards and vintage swing 🎺

DJ & Sax/Trumpet – Relaxing jazz tunes to smooth pop beats or even Ibiza sounds, we have something to suit any occasion. State-of-the-art compact PA system enables them to perform indoors or outdoors and have the brass mingle with your guests too! 🎷

Gypsy Chanson – If you want something a bit unique, this band brings together four hugely successful multi-instrumentalists and singers who have performed all over the world. Gypsy Chanson present a sophisticated and hugely entertaining mix of pop songs, Latin and jazz tunes, French chansons and originals in their unique style.

Wedding Meal Musicians

For this part of the day the music starts to get people ready to party – upbeat but background enough to hear each other talk over the meal.

saxophone player weddings
Photography: YorkPlaceStudios

Jazz Trio – A chilled ambiance for the meal, weaving together smooth melodies and upbeat rhythms, playing jazz standards and soulful tunes 🎺

Solo Pianist/Vocalist – The perfect background music for the meal, our talented pianists have a wide range of favourite songs in many genres from Ella Fitzgerald to Norah Jones 🎹

Violin & Piano Duo – A fresh dynamic duo with a wide repertoire from songs from the musicals to Dua Lipa, Elton John to Bruno Mars, and everything in between. 

violin and piano duo wedding

Flamenco Guitar – The high energy, spontaneity and driving rhythms of flamenco music that takes you to sunnier climes. 

Vintage Swing Band – Sets the tone for an elegant wedding meal with timeless melodies.

Evening Dancing Wedding Bands

Now the music takes centre stage! It’s the driving force to get everyone, young and old up on the dance floor. Here are some of our favourites:

wedding band uk

Quantum Beats DJ Live – A female-led act and one of our most popular. From disco, house, Latin and R&B, the DJ moves between the decks and the percussion, playing alongside live instrumentalists – a singer, saxophonist and violinist. Choose how many you want to book!

Sway Luxury Showband – Available from a 6 piece to a 12 piece band, this is one of the hottest on the party scene and in demand for exclusive weddings and events in the UK and abroad. Previous clients include Richard Branson, Samuel Jackson and the King of Bahrain. With a repertoire of over 200 songs, you choose your genre, write your own setlist and they’ll play it! 

The Finders – If you like your guitars and your rock music, this is the band for you! Available from a 4 piece to a 6 piece, they have over a decade of experience playing across the world. When you book The Finders, you’re not just getting a ‘cover band’ trying their hand at hit songs. This band have been there and done it, with the biggest names in the industry on the biggest stages.

wedding dj band uk

The Filthy Six – Available from a trio to all 6. If Jazz and Funk is your thing, this band are the most exciting, authentic Soul Jazz outfit in the UK today. Their soaring horns, blistering guitar and gut-wrenching Hammond are fuelled by one of the hardest grooving rhythm sections around, producing a hip shakingly powerful mixture of jazz, funk and boogaloo.

Groove Zoo – Primarily a 6-piece band, Groove Zoo will bring the energy and make sure the dance floor is going wild all night long! Their live show not only sounds amazing, but also looks mesmerising thanks to their stunning light and laser show.

R & B Collective – This award-winning international band creates immersive, high-energy live performances with seamless blends of mashups, medleys and their unique repertoire of 90s R&B classics to packed out dance-floors. Their years of experience ensure a smooth process throughout.

We hope this gives you some inspiration and that you can see the possibilities. We work with couples to find the best solution for their day which fits into their timeline and budget. If you’d like any prices for the acts above or any help choosing, book in a free discovery call with us and let’s make it an epic day that you’ll treasure for the rest of your lives: Book a Discovery Call


Do I Really Need A DJ For My Wedding?

Do I Really Need A DJ For My Wedding?

Exploring the Pros and Cons of booking a DJ versus going DIY

Your wedding day is one of the most significant events in your life. It’s a day filled with love, laughter, and memories that you’ll cherish forever. As you plan every detail, one question that often arises is whether or not you really need a professional DJ for your wedding. While some couples opt for playlists and DIY music setups, others swear by the expertise and energy that a professional DJ brings to the table. In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of having a DJ at your wedding to help you make the best decision for your special day.

The Pros of Hiring a DJ

Expertise and Experience: One of the most significant advantages of hiring a DJ for your wedding is their expertise and experience. A professional DJ knows how to read the crowd, keep the energy high, and create the perfect atmosphere for each moment of your wedding day. They have experience with different musical genres and can tailor the playlist to suit your taste and the preferences of your guests.

Seamless Transitions: A skilled DJ can seamlessly transition between songs, creating a smooth flow of music throughout the day. Whether it’s during the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, or reception, a DJ can ensure that there are no awkward pauses or interruptions, keeping the momentum going and the dance floor full.

Equipment and Backup Plans: Another benefit of hiring a professional DJ is access to high-quality sound equipment and backup plans. They come prepared with all the necessary gear, including speakers, microphones, and lighting, ensuring that your wedding sounds and looks amazing. Additionally, if any technical issues arise, a professional DJ will have backup equipment and contingency plans in place to keep the music playing without any disruptions.

Photo: Gabriel Barletta

Song Suggestions and Requests: While you may have a list of favourite songs for your wedding, a DJ can offer valuable song suggestions and help you create the perfect playlist. They can also take song requests from you and your guests, ensuring that everyone hears their favourite tunes and feels included in the celebration.

Entertainment and Engagement: Beyond just playing music, a DJ can also serve as an entertainer and master of ceremonies, engaging with your guests and creating memorable moments throughout the day. From announcing the bridal party entrance to leading group dances and interactive games, a skilled DJ knows how to keep the party alive and the crowd entertained.

Customized Experience: A professional DJ can tailor the music to match the theme and vibe of your wedding. Whether you’re into classic Disco hits or Post Modern Jukebox, a skilled DJ can curate the perfect playlist for your taste and enhance the overall experience for you and your guests.

Professionalism: When you hire a DJ, you’re not just paying for music; you’re investing in professionalism and reliability. A reputable DJ will arrive early, set up their equipment efficiently, and adhere to your timeline, ensuring that everything runs smoothly on your big day. Their experience in handling weddings allows them to anticipate potential issues and handle them discreetly, allowing you to enjoy your celebration without any worries.

Coordination with Other Vendors: A professional DJ often collaborates closely with other vendors, such as photographers, videographers, and wedding planners, to ensure seamless coordination during your event. They understand the importance of teamwork and communication, working together with other professionals to create a cohesive and memorable experience for you and your guests.


The Cons of Hiring a DJ

Cost: One of the main drawbacks of hiring a DJ for your wedding is the cost. Professional DJs can be expensive, especially if you’re working with a tight budget. However, it’s essential to consider the value that a DJ brings to your wedding day and weigh the cost against the benefits they provide in terms of expertise, entertainment, and peace of mind. Remember – the entertainment is one of the main elements of the wedding people will remember for a long time afterwards!

Limited Music Selection: While DJs have extensive music libraries, they may not have every song or specific versions that you want for your wedding. If you have very niche or unique musical preferences, you may find it challenging to find a DJ who can accommodate all of your requests. However, most professional DJs are flexible and willing to work with you to create a playlist that reflects your musical tastes.

Personal Preferences: Some couples prefer to curate their own music playlists and have more control over the music played at their wedding. If you’re passionate about music and have a specific vision for your wedding day playlist, you may feel more comfortable handling the music yourself or hiring a band or live musicians instead of a DJ.

Potential for Inexperienced DJs: Not all DJs are created equal, and hiring an inexperienced or unprofessional DJ can lead to a less-than-ideal wedding experience. It’s essential to do your research, read reviews, and ask for recommendations to ensure that you hire a reputable DJ who can deliver the level of service and quality you expect for your special day.

Limited Availability: Popular DJs often get booked well in advance, especially during peak wedding season. If you have your heart set on a particular DJ, you may need to secure their services early to ensure they’re available for your wedding date. This limited availability can be a disadvantage if you’re planning a last-minute wedding or if your preferred DJ is already booked for another event.

Photo: John Fernandez


Potential for Overwhelming Presence: While a skilled DJ can enhance the atmosphere of your wedding, some couples may find that their presence becomes too dominant, overshadowing other elements of the celebration. It’s essential to discuss your expectations with your DJ beforehand and strike a balance between entertainment and allowing other aspects of your wedding, such as speeches and special moments, to shine.

Risk of Generic Performances: While professional DJs have the expertise to cater to a wide range of musical tastes, there’s always a risk of their performance feeling generic or formulaic. To avoid this, communicate your preferences and vision clearly with your DJ, providing them with specific guidance on the type of music and atmosphere you want to create for your wedding.

Conclusion

While hiring a DJ for your wedding is not a necessity, it can significantly enhance the overall experience for you and your guests. From creating the perfect ambiance with music to keeping the party alive and the dance floor packed, a professional DJ brings expertise, energy, and entertainment to your wedding day. However, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons, consider your budget and personal preferences, and make the decision that feels right for you as a couple. Whether you choose to hire a DJ or opt for a DIY music setup, the most important thing is that your wedding day is a memorable and personalised experience that reflects your love and commitment as a couple.

If you want to keep the dance floor full with an awesome DJ or live music at your wedding contact us here .


Selecting the Finest Live Musicians for Unforgettable Events.

Selecting the Finest Live Musicians for Unforgettable Events.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How We Choose our Musicians at Wislocki Music.

We want your event to be incredible and so at Wislocki Music, we take great pride in curating a roster of exceptional musicians who are not only talented but also embody professionalism, reliability, trustworthiness, and positive energy.

Drawing from our own experience as professional musicians, we’ve had the privilege of working with numerous talented individuals over the years. This first-hand experience has provided invaluable insights into what sets apart extraordinary performers in the live events industry. It also gives us access to a network of musicians that we know personally and can vouch for. 

Jazz musician on double bass
Image by Chloe Winstanley https://chloewinstanley.com

Here’s a detailed glimpse into our meticulous process for selecting the finest event musicians for our roster:

Exceptional Talent:
   We believe that talent is non-negotiable. Our event musicians are handpicked based on their exceptional musical abilities, honed through years of training and experience. Whether it’s a soulful jazz vocalist, a virtuoso pianist, or a dynamic ensemble, we seek out individuals who possess a mastery of their craft and a genuine passion for performing.

Extensive Experience:
   Being a musician for live events requires a unique set of skills that can only be developed through practical experience. Our live musicians have a proven track record of performing at a diverse range of events, from intimate gatherings to large-scale productions. This wealth of experience enables them to adapt seamlessly to different environments, engage with audiences, and deliver flawless performances every time.

Wedding band playing on stage
Our musicians at Stone Barn in The Cotswolds. Image by York Place Studios


Professionalism:
   Professionalism is at the core of everything we do. Our musicians understand the importance of punctuality, preparation, and presentation. From the initial inquiry to the final encore, they conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism, ensuring a smooth and seamless experience for our clients and their guests.

Reliability:
   Reliability is non-negotiable when it comes to live events. Our clients trust us to deliver a memorable and stress-free experience, and we, in turn, rely on our musicians to uphold their commitments. From timely arrival to impeccable performance, our musicians consistently demonstrate reliability in every aspect of their work.

Trustworthiness:
   Trust is the foundation of any successful partnership. Our clients trust us to provide top-tier entertainment for their events, and we trust our musicians to deliver nothing but the best. Integrity, honesty, and transparency are the cornerstones of our relationships with both clients and musicians alike.

Pianist singing at the keyboard


Positive Energy and Personality:
   Beyond musical talent and professionalism, we believe that the energy and personality of our musicians play a crucial role in enhancing the overall experience. We are proud to work with individuals who not only excel in their musical abilities but also radiate warmth, positivity, and enthusiasm. Their friendly demeanour and genuine passion for what they do create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, leaving a lasting impression on clients and guests alike. Whether it’s interacting with clients, collaborating with fellow musicians, or engaging with the audience, our musicians bring a sense of joy and camaraderie to every event they perform at. Their infectious energy and vibrant personalities contribute to the success of each event, making them not only exceptional performers but also lovely people to work with and to have around!

In conclusion, selecting the finest musicians for live events is a meticulous process that requires careful consideration of talent, experience, professionalism, reliability, trustworthiness, and positive energy. That’s why we don’t have hundreds of musicians on the roster, but a curated selection who create a musical experience that lives on in people’s memories forever. 

Browse the musicians on our website today. You can read their credentials, watch a clip of them performing and choose your favourite! http://www.wislockimusic.com


How Music Sets the Tone for Relaxed and Candid Wedding Photos

How Music Sets the Tone for Relaxed and Candid Wedding Photos

Guest Blog

 Hi there lovelies, I’m Rebecca from Rebecca Jones Photography (www.rebeccajonesphotography.co.uk | www.instagram.com/rebeccajonesphotos). I’m a wedding photographer covering the North West and I’ve had the absolute privilege of capturing the happiest days of couples lives for over 10 years now (wow, that makes me feel old!) I specialise in relaxed, countryside weddings – from farms, to country houses to marquees at family homes and everything in between – the more wellies and dogs the better! Spending pretty much all of my younger years playing in orchestras and performing in musical theatre, music is still one of my passions and I am so excited to feature on Cressida’s wonderful blog!

I’m here to spill the beans on the magical power of music and how your choice of musical entertainment can really elevate your wedding photography to new heights. So if you’re dreaming of wedding photos filled with genuine moments, laughter and natural beauty, grab your favourite tunes and let’s dive in!

Setting the Mood

Think about the atmosphere you want to create on your big day. When it comes to choosing the right musical entertainment for your wedding day, the options are endless. From classical musicians to vocalists and choirs, classical to modern, there’s a musical style that perfectly reflects your personalities and sets the mood for your big day. Whatever your vibe, music sets the scene for the memories that you’re going to cherish for the rest of time. But did you know that choosing the right music can also work magic for your wedding photos?

From the quiet moments of your ceremony to your buzzing dance floor in the evening, music sets the emotional tone for each chapter of your wedding day.

As you walk down the aisle or share your first dance as newlyweds, the perfect music can tug at the heartstrings and bring tears of joy to everyone’s eyes. Music has an incredible ability to heighten all the emotions of a moment, creating memories that will stay with you forever, and will help us to catch on camera those beautiful raw emotions which tell the true story of your day.

Relaxed Vibes = Epic Candid Shots

Here’s the secret sauce: the right music creates an atmosphere where everyone feels relaxed and at ease. And when your guests are feeling good, that’s when the magic happens – candid moments unfold, genuine smiles light up the room, and we can capture all those beautiful moments that you will cherish for the rest of your lives when you look back through the photos that tell the story of your day.

The beauty of great music is that it helps your guests forget about the camera. They’re too busy dancing, laughing with friends, and soaking in the joy of the moment to even notice we’re there with a camera. And that’s when the most authentic photos can be captured.

 The music allows us to blend seamlessly into the background, able to capture all those spontaneous moments.

Keep the Energy High

And let’s not forget about keeping the energy high! While you’re off capturing your beautiful couple images and those obligatory group shots, it’s a great idea to leave your guests in good hands with some wonderful musical entertainment. The musicians will keep the mood high and the good times rolling until you’re ready to rejoin your guests, mingle and enjoy the Prosecco and canapés!

The more energy, smiles, belly laughs and atmosphere on your wedding day the better in terms of your wedding photos. You want to look back on the photos of your day and remember what an incredible day everyone had, when all the people you love the most in the world were all in the same place. In order to keep your guests in high spirits throughout your wedding day and prevent any lulls in energy, it’s important to put some thought into the types of entertainment that you are going to provide.

Seamlessly Blend the Elements of Your Wedding Day Together

Choosing the right musicians in particular can really help to blend the different elements of your day seamlessly together, which will help to avoid any of those dips in energy where guests are sat around waiting for the next part of the day to start.

Music on your wedding day is the heartbeat of your day. So, book your amazing musicians, dance like nobody’s watching, and let the music lead the way to a wedding day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments to capture in your wedding photos.





Wedding Dance floor fillers – Your ultimate wedding dance playlist

Wedding Dance floor fillers – Your ultimate wedding dance playlist

Your wedding day will be a day filled with love, laughter, tears of happiness and, of course, dancing the night away. Choosing the right music for your wedding can be a daunting task, but fear not – we’ve got you covered! In this blog, we’ll be your musical guide, presenting a handpicked list of wedding dance floor fillers that, in our experience, never fail to get people on their feet and grooving into the night.

Why not ask guests in advance to send you their requests of songs they’d love to hear and ask your band or DJ for set lists and a zoom to discuss what you want to hear on the night. A good DJ or band will read the room and keep the dance floor full by seeing what the crowd are responding to. Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than seeing the people you love letting go of their everyday worries and expressing themselves without a care in the world!

These high-energy dance floor fillers, ranging from timeless classics to contemporary hits, draw guests of all ages to the dance floor:

The Ultimate Wedding Playlist

David Bowie – Let’s Dance

George Michael – Too Funky

Jimi Hendrix – All along the watchtower

Chic – I want your love

Beyonce – Crazy in love

Scissor Sisters – Filthy Gorgeous

Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s delight

Shackles – Mary Mary

Lionel Richie – All night long

Chic – Good times

Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse – Valerie

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – Uptown funk 

Blinding Lights – The Weekend

Beyonce – Single ladies

Gabrielle – Dreams

Sister Sledge – He’s the greatest dancer

Chic – Everybody dance

The Emotions – Best of my love

Lauryn Hill – That thing

Sunshine Andersen – Heard it all before

Jet – Are you gonna be my girl

Eurythmics – Sweet dreams

Upside down – Diana Ross

Luther Vandross – Never too much

Rihanna and Calvin Harris – We found love

Taylor Swift – Shake it off

Candi Staton (or Florence and the machine) – You got the love

Phats and Small – Turn Around

Jackie Wilson – Your love keeps lifting me higher

Stardust – Music sounds better with you

Estelle and Kanye West – American boy

Murder on The Dancefloor – Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Groove is in the Heart – Deee-Lite

Don’t Stop me Now – Queen

Take on Me – A-ha

I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

Ain’t Nobody – Chakka Khan

Don’t forget to send a NO list if there are any tracks you definitely don’t want played and any good DJ or band will get a good sense of what you like. They should also read the room and react accordingly with what they play. 

Let us help you tailor the music exactly to your preferences by booking in for a chat here.