I am always happy to help in any way that I can, so when one of my couples asked if I would sort out the music that they wanted to play for their guests, as they were arriving for their farm wedding, I (obviously!) said "Of course, no problem".
If your ceremony is in a more traditional venue, they will usually have a co-ordinator (and their own music system) and they will liaise with you to ensure that your music is exactly right. Because I'm a bit 'belt and braces' (as my Dad used to say), as a matter of course, I always ask what your ceremony music is, so that I can try to have a backup for you (not that it has ever been needed but it's good to have - just in case!)
Of course, if you are having singers and/or musicians, they will work with you to agree what they will sing/play and if/how that will be amplified (I definitely don't get involved, other than saying a friendly "hello" to your singer(s)/musician(s), you really would not want me to sing - or, come to think about it, play any instruments!).
I have a Spotify account and will set up any music that is wanted before, or during the ceremony, or I'm happy to stream someone else's, through one of my speakers - you just need to ask me during one of our planning discussions.
I have a selection of different sizes of speaker (depending on how powerful they need to be); none of them require an electrical supply, so they can be positioned anywhere.
I also have several types of microphone and they can be used during the ceremony. As above (and as with anything else), you just need to mention that you would like me to bring one (or more) microphones. Even if they aren't used by me (or you), they are useful for people doing readings - especially if your ceremony is being held outside.
As you would expect, I will take everything with me when I leave shortly after the ceremony - so if you think that you may need them for speeches later, please bear that in mind.
Here is the playlist that I mentioned:
Damien Rice, Cannonball
Ed Sheeran, Perfect
Jason Mraz, I won't give up
Damien Rice, The Blowers Daughter
Jack Johnson, Better Together
The La's, There She Goes
Sixpence None to Richer, Kiss Me
The Cardigans, Lovefool
The Wannadies, You and Me Song
Bill Withers, Lovely Day
Semisonic, Secret Smile
Donna Lewis, I love you always forever
The Rembrandts, I'll be there for you
Michael Buble, Everything
Shanice, I Love Your Smile
Coldplay, Green eyes
Picture This, Take My Hand
Ed Sheeran, Thinking out loud
Tom Odell, Grow Old With Me
Ben Howard, Only Love
Ben Kweller, Mean to me
Bob Marley, Is this love
Tom Walker, Just you and I
Here it is on Spotify - feel free to use it (or create your own, or ask me to create one for you)
Hi, I am Lorraine Hull, an award-winning Independent Celebrant, based in Liverpool.
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