While my fiance’s taste in music is precisely what you’d expect of a 30-something man, mine is very much like that of a 13 year-old girl – boy bands, girl bands, and pop.
So it has proved tricky to find something classy for the wedding that we both like.
It’s not just the choice of songs – although that is important, especially when it comes to the bridal entrance or the first dance. It’s also the fact that I didn’t really want a middle-aged, sweaty DJ in a t-shirt and jeans playing the music at our reception.
After a little bit of research, we found Chanelle Aristide, who seemed to solve all of the problems in one go. She sings and DJs, all in one night, making for a classy affair from the minute you sit down to dinner until the last song on the dance floor.
I met her at a wedding fair and took an instant like to her. It may be a bit naïve, but I’d usually rather do business with someone I like than someone I don’t. And best of all, she has some useful tips on how to choose a song for your first dance, which is something we struggled with, given that our tastes are at opposite ends of the musical spectrum.
Her advice – choose something that is a signature of your time together – something that reminds you of when you met, or of a particular point in your relationship.
Reassuringly, it is apparently only a small percentage of couples that know exactly what song they want, and some couples even get bridesmaids and groomsmen to join in a dance routine.
There’ll be no Macarena-style moves from us on the day – well not for the first dance anyway – but we did take on board the advice, and trudged through our music collections to pick the perfect song.
With her top tips for the first dance on board, and the offer of flexible entertainment to suit us, we couldn’t not book Chanelle .
She will sing while we eat, before the tables are cleared and she’ll sing our first dance song for us. Then she will go on to DJ for the rest of the night, complete with a full lighting display. And as she takes requests, Chanelle is more than happy to play a little One Direction, much to my future husband’s dismay.