Live music for intimate wedding celebrations

Do you have a small or intimate wedding celebration coming up? Maybe a wedding ceremony with reduced numbers or a garden party at your own home? If you’re interested in having some live acoustic music at your small event, you can contact me for a bespoke quote using any of the following methods:

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Tel: 07817 930779

Live acoustic music – perfect for smaller celebrations
Photo courtesy of Martin Dabek Photography

It’s early July 2020 as I write this, and we’ve just gone through an extraordinary few months. The Coronavirus lockdown brought our country to an abrupt halt, and of course this meant the postponement (and sadly, cancellation in some cases) of thousands of weddings.

Thankfully, things are slowly starting to reopen, and in England weddings can now take place again! Wonderful news for those that want to tie the knot, and aren’t too worried about having a large party/celebration.

With limited numbers and some extra precautions, weddings are slowly starting to happen again – and the positive news is that regulations are likely to be relaxed further in the coming weeks.

Photo courtesy of Matt at Passion 4 Photos

Live music at smaller weddings

Although it may be a little longer before we can have big evening parties, DJs and live bands, in the short-term smaller celebrations are the way to go!

If you have a wedding coming up this year, chances are you’ve had to downsize. Some ideas I’ve heard floated around for this year’s weddings have included:

  • Small ceremonies with just close friends and family (maybe then a big belated party next year!)
  • A wedding ceremony followed by a reception at their venue, as soon as government guidelines allow – but more than likely with reduced numbers and no evening party.
  • A complete change in plans! A small legal ceremony at a church or registry office, then a garden party in the afternoon/evening with close friends and family – in line with COVID guidelines, of course.
Image courtesy of Martin Dabek Photography

Live acoustic guitar music at smaller weddings/parties

So how does this tie-in with what I do? Well, although the majority of my weddings for 2020 have now postponed until next year, I’m starting to receive a lot of queries from couples looking to go ahead with smaller celebrations this year.

I’m absolutely happy to quote for weddings and small parties from July 2020 onwards – I understand this probably won’t fit in with my traditional pricing structure, so if you have an event coming up and want some live music, pop an enquiry over on my contact page, or via

The addition of a live musician may be exactly what you need to make your day feel more special. If you’re having a small event in your garden for example, you can book me to come along and play some tunes as you eat, or provide the ambience while you relax in the sun with a cold glass of something.

It’s those special touches that make your big day – well, special. You don’t have to have 200 people, a marching band and doves flying down the aisle! The small moments are the things you’ll cherish – like the memory of chatting with your closest loved ones, while you have some fantastic live music to listen to. And hey, if you want a huge party (who doesn’t?!) well, we can do that when all this is over and done with.

Is live music permitted currently?

At the moment, evening celebrations are a no-go in England, but of course guidance is changing all the time so do check the Government website for the latest guidance.

Currently, live music with one singer and instrument may be permitted at ceremonies as long as your venue and registrars etc. are happy with your plans. Taken from the current Government guidance (correct on 9th July 2020) re: singing at wedding ceremonies:

Where required for the marriage or civil partnership, only one individual should be permitted to sing or chant, and the use of plexi-glass screens should be considered to protect guests, as this will further prevent transmission and the screen can be easily cleaned

Personally, I think the plexi-glass screen can be avoided as long as there is plenty of space. I’d suggest at least 5 metres between the performer and any other individuals, more if possible. I also always sing directly into a microphone, which will effectively work as a shield to provide further protection.

Image courtesy of Siobhan Beales Photography

Post-wedding ceremony receptions at wedding venues are not allowed at the moment, although this is likely to change in the near future. Instead, many people are choosing to have a BBQ or small gathering of close friends/family in their garden, in line with COVID guidelines.

If you want a bit of live music to give your small party a lift, acoustic music is a winner. I play covers of many different genres, with my unique guitar/vocal style and my loop pedal magic. Followers of my YouTube channel will be familiar with my loop pedal work, and the live sessions I’ve been streaming online!

Contact me here if you’re interested in having a chat about live music at your intimate event.

Tel: 07817 930779

Pat McIntyre – live singer and acoustic guitarist for weddings and events, from Bristol, UK.