Gavin Libotte Guitar

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As a wedding professional, Gavin Libotte Guitar offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

How to really experience a wedding band/DJ before booking

Hi there. Can we come and listen to a band or DJ at another wedding or event before we decide to book?

Gavin Libotte Guitar

We always encourage our potential clients to come hear us live. Let us know when and I f there’s a special song you want performed tell us in advance and we’ll perform it when you arrive. For those that are not able to attend we provide videos, sound demos and even a zoom meet and demo if required. 

What are good songs for a wedding?

My dad and his fiance are about to get married this summer and I’m in charge of selecting songs for the whole day. The only song set I’m missing are the songs to be played during the ceremony itself. I was thinking of playing the song my dad’s fiance sang during the first time they met in an international dating social event. But I was thinking of using it for their first dance together. Another option was using the first song they sang together during karaoke night the day she first met our family. What do you guys think? Any suggestions?

Gavin Libotte Guitar

Hi there, I can understand your uncertainty. The short answer is, music is so personal and the songs chosen for the key moments really need to feel meaningful to the bridal couple. A few other things to consider are pace and wording.  The lyrics will often help decide on appropriateness (if it's being sung). It may be a great song but about a break up, or something that doesn't suit walking down the aisle or dancing together. The songs should also be at a comfortable pace for those key moments: a slow ballad for the Processional (and something the BRIDE in particular loves as it's her moment), something more upbeat for the Recessional, a song that will hold the audience's engagement for the long break during Signing, and something at a medium regular tempo for the First Dance, which should be the song that is most symbolic for the couple's journey together (in other words "their song"). As live musicians we are skilled at reversioning ANY song to the right tempo and feel for those key moments so they are appropriate and memorable, and this is particulalry so when the music is purely intrumental. Hope this helps, feel free to get in touch if you want us to give our advice on your song shortlist.

How many people usually give speeches at the wedding reception?

Is it usually a long time without music? Half an hour or so? We were thinking, Bride, Father of bride, father of groom, best man. Thoughts?

Gavin Libotte Guitar

A standard speech takes 5-7 mins each, so for 4 people 30 mins is about right. This is usually the longest length you want speeches for, and is usually after mains, at which time supplier meals are servied.  Many choose to break up the speeches into shorter blocks of 2 people after entrees and after mains. Then the bridal couple can have the podium at dessert, with speech, cake cutting and first dance. Either way you want to ask for speeches to stay under a time-limit!

Help with my wedding music

Am really stuck for wedding music re cutting cake, bridal waltz etc

Gavin Libotte Guitar

Go with songs you and your partner both love and don't overthink it. A good musician or band can reinterpret any song to make it appropriate for the special moments. We have done acoustic versions of songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that were so beautiful noone thought it innapropriate for the wedding. You can be playful with it, so choose what you love and the professionals will make sure it sounds amazing. Get in touch if you'd like to discuss further - we have all sorts of instrumental, vocal and DJ combo options available to suit different wedding styles.

I was wondering what are some good wedding songs?

Looking for some not so obvious ones.

Gavin Libotte Guitar

Hi Kim,

if you don't want to go with the cliches, definitely go with the music style you love, and that speaks most closely of your feelings with your partner. It's your day and the music should reflect this. For example, we have performed acoustic versions of requested songs as varied as Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" (where the Bride did an interpretive dance in a red dress!) to Paula Abdul for a gay wedding, an Indonesian language version of Moliendo Cafe for the first dance, and all manner of totally individual requests besides. As long as you are having fun and including your guests in it, the list is entirely up to you. That said, as professionals we have done this a million times and can choose songs appropriate for any crowd and age-mix, without doing the obvious. Get in touch to discuss your preferred soundtrack for your wedding.

Hiiii! I really want a dj while my partner wants a band. is there a way to do both?

WITHOUT breaking the budget though..

Gavin Libotte Guitar

Absolutely! We often provide affordable packages that provide combinations of live music to suit the Ceremony, Canapes and meal, then switch to DJ for after hours dancing. Sometimes we even jam with our DJ for a cool, fun and smooth transition. Get in touch to discuss exactly what you like and how you see your day unfolding, we will make it happen!

What is the best way to create playlists for our reception?

Gavin Libotte Guitar

Hi Keren,

if you are doing this alone we'd suggest going through the songs you personally love and fit the style/personalities at your wedding. If you are stuck, doing a survey of your nearest and dearest for their input might help. It's something that can take months to get right and even then you won't necessarily get the flow right to suit the energy of the crowd at the right time. That's where the professionals really make your life easy- we've done it a million times and know what to perform, when and what will create the perfect vibe at any given moment (ceremony through to the last dance of the night!)

All the best organising your wedding, it's exciting but daunting but with the right help everything will go smooth on the day.

What's the best way to choose my wedding music?

I'm not sure how to go about choosing my wedding music. Do you have any advice for curating the soundtrack?

Gavin Libotte Guitar

Planning a wedding with all the choices that are out there can be dizzying. We think we want something then get confused once we look at all the other options. The best way forward is to step back and consider what atmosphere you want your wedding to have. What theme, what vibe? What feels true to the dream wedding concept you have when noone else's opinions are on the table? Whilst everything is a compromise, the great thing about good musicians is they can perform a range of styles and change the vibe to suit whatever is happening and will stick to your musical wish list in consultation with you. We often start with a soloist or duo for the ceremony (performing your chosen pieces) then branch out to a trio/quartet for later, pulling out electric instruments when it's time to dance, or pulling in our DJ and jamming with him until he takes over the floor. A good band is flexible and understands the all-important vibration should be real, unique and authentic to you and your vision. Get in touch to discuss further, we're always happy to help.

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