The Best Parts of The Day For Live Acoustic Music

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No.1 iTunes singer/songwriter Tristan Mackay has played live acoustic sets for hundreds of weddings all over the world, as well as huge events for Virgin Holidays, Pepsi, Canary Wharf, London Fashion Shows and The London Marathon.

Here are his top six times for live acoustic wedding music.

The Pre-Ceremony:

Even 10-15 minutes of live music as your guests take their seats can set the atmosphere for the ceremony perfectly. Instead of your guests sitting in silence, live music can provide a real build up to the big event. It might also help to settle the groom's nerves!

The Ceremony:

Live music during your ceremony will heighten the intense emotions already present. There's a reason why films have musical scores, and your wedding ceremony can be accompanied by your own live soundtrack. By choosing songs that are truly special to you and your partner, you can create something unlike any other ceremony. The procession, signing of the register and the recession are all opportunities to add your own musical highlights. I have had spontaneous sing-a-longs in many ceremonies, like this version of Stand By Me:

Canapes & Champagne:

Probably the most requested part of the day for me to play! Acoustic music in the afternoon is the perfect backdrop to canapes, champagne and post ceremony celebrations. Whether outside in the summer sun, or by a roaring fire in a wintery pub, live music works brilliantly here! Choose your own favourite artists and songs, and the live playlist for your afternoon will be unforgettable.

The Early Evening Warm-Up:

You've had your wedding breakfast and speeches, and everyone totters off for five minutes to catch their breath. Perhaps your wedding guests are arriving. This is a great time for a set that builds towards the full-on party of your evening reception. It can really help separate the daytime feel and the evening party, as well as breaking the ice for your newly arriving evening guests. A short set here is a really good idea.

The First Dance:

Nothing is more romantic than your first dance to a live version of your favourite/most romantic song. Quite often my favourite part of a wedding day. I have had the pleasure of being asked to play my own songs (A Million LIttle Things, usually) for first dances, which is even more special for me. Whatever the song though, this will be an amazing moment in your day.

Dancing - Pre DJ or Playlist

Whether you're employing a pro DJ or just a playlist, a set of live, upbeat music for your guests to dance to is an amazing idea. In the right hands, this will be the part of your day guests talk about for years to come, as you and all of your friends and family sing, dance and celebrate. I use loop pedal (think Ed Sheeran at Glasto) for my upbeat sets, and have performed them all over the world. I have lost count of how many incredible sing-a-longs and dance-offs there have been. Every one has been brilliant fun!

Tristan Macay