How to include live entertainment in a Covid-secure wedding
10 Feb 2021
Pianist Lewis Bolland offers his advice on how you can still include live entertainment into your special day
Main image: Kate Grey
All performers have found things difficult since March 2020 when the pandemic began. With pretty much every single booking cancelling or rescheduling these are still very much uncertain times for live performers.
The key to survival is to stay positive by adapting to the situation we are in. It’s a time where we can get creative, expand our repertoire, network online with suppliers, planners and other industry professionals to support each other and find better ways we can come together in the future when the restrictions are eased.
I’m the pianist for The Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire and have been lucky to perform more than 20 events in-between lockdowns last year. The performances were different with the lower numbers of guests and performing in a mask felt quite unnatural. However, I found the weddings to be more special than ever and felt really lucky to have the opportunities. Playing the brides down the aisle was awesome and all of the guests were really happy to be at an event with live music again.
The wedding performances varied from just the ceremony through to being there for most of the day. I found that every couple wanted to have at least one live performer on their big day which really opened my eyes to how the wedding industry can help the entertainment industry get back on track.
If you’re planning your wedding for the future consider booking a live act. There’s a huge range of acts that can complement your big day, a pianist, a full band, singing waiters, a string quartet or even a magician. Performances can be for 30 minutes at the ceremony or for hours across the reception and meal with most musicians and entertainers having flexible pricing for future bookings. Another benefit is that performers will have more time than ever right now to learn and perfect your special requests. They will also take bookings a lot further into the future now, I’ve found myself getting enquiries all the way up to May 2023. I understand budgets for weddings vary but If you can add a live performance to your day, no matter for how long for, it really can make your day a lot more special and you could play a part in helping the entertainment industry slowly get back to normality.