Updated: Nov 6, 2019
How do you decide on the music for your wedding, when there are so many options to choose from? How do you decide what’s the best time for live music and when you should let the DJ entertain the crowd?? Often times, the amount of live music comes down to that dreaded word: BUDGET! People often just have a DJ in the evening, but you would be surprised how cost effective a live artist is for the ceremony, especially if they also provide music for the reception drinks or wedding breakfast.
How do you decide on the music for your wedding, when there are so many options to choose from? How do you decide what’s the best time for live music and when you should let the DJ entertain the crowd?? Often times, the amount of live music comes down to that dreaded word: BUDGET! People often just have a DJ in the evening, but you would be surprised how cost-effective a live artist is for the ceremony, especially if they also provide music for the reception drinks or wedding breakfast.
Samantha is a cellist who has been performing in France for 5 years and many more in other parts of the world. She will play your favourite songs in her unique style, which I think is a great personal touch to add to any wedding.
How long have you worked in weddings?
I established my French wedding music business in 2014, but I have been composing and performing music for over 40 years - eek!
Why do you love specialising in weddings?
It is an absolute privilege to be part of arguably the most important day in someone’s life and an honour to be an integral part of the ceremony, that moment when two people vow to spend the rest of their lives together. It’s also a pretty big responsibility, but everyone is happy and wants to have a good time, so it’s really the perfect audience too.
What is your best wedding experience?
I absolutely love it when wedding guests break into a spontaneous sing-a-long – which happens more often than you might imagine. I also love seeing children enjoying themselves, so I try to slip in a few Disney tracks for them. Seeing the look on the Bride’s face as she walks down the Aisle to her favourite music can’t really be beaten though.
Where is your favourite wedding location?
That’s tricky. I have performed at many stunning locations, but the ones that feel like a home rather than a venue are the ones I look forward to returning to. Chateau la Gauterie and Chateau Fengari are beautiful inside and out but both also have an intimate atmosphere because they are each a real family home that just happens to be in exquisite surroundings.
What is your top tip for newly engaged couples?
Can I make a list?
Lock in your favourite suppliers early. Book direct. Google is your friend. Join Facebook wedding groups. Search Instagram using #frenchwedding. Ask for recommendations. Above all, go with your gut.
Who is your favourite supplier?
One of the best elements of my job is connecting with so many talented professionals at the top of their game. These guys are the Dream Team and worth their weight. Relaxed and calm, making their job look easy and making yours easier, there are some people whom, when you see them, you just breathe an inner sigh of relief because you know you are in safe hands. The ones that take the stress out of your day rather than adding to it and make you think, ‘Today is going to be a good day...’
If you haven't thought about your wedding music yet you should head over to Samantha website and take a look. https://weddingmusicfrance.com