What is your most memorable wedding?
My own! I know that's a clichéd answer, but in terms of the music we spent so long curating the perfect soundtrack to our day! Music has always been such an important part of my life it was inevitable that it would play an important part in my wedding. I try to bring this passion to all of the advice I give to couples when planning the music for their special day. If you want to know more, check out the Tailor Made Music Blog on our website, as I've written a blog post all about the music that we chose!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Bespoke, excellence, expert, classic, traditional
What about your business are you most proud of?
Our incredible roster of musicians. When I set up Tailor Made Music Agency I approached the very best musicians in my network of professionals working in London, and was thrilled that they were all so excited to come on board to help make this the best agency for booking classical and jazz musicians for weddings and events.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Allow yourself to focus on where your talents lie, and get help with things you're not sure about. Using an expert agency can be a great help for people who don't know where to start when looking for musicians, as we can make sure you get the very best and save you a lot of legwork!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I had a couple who were huge Kate Bush fans and really wanted to walk down the aisle to her 1985 song 'Cloudbusting'. None of my artists had ever played a version of this song before but I worked with a string trio who arranged it especially for them. By all accounts it was a big success, and it was clear that it meant so much to the couple.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I discuss the logistical details of the wedding with the couple, such as venue and timings, but also what kind of atmosphere they want to create, what parts of the day they want music for and what types of music they do/don't like. Once I have got a good picture of what they are looking for I will handpick a personalised selection of Artist Profiles for them to consider. I select these based on the couple's requirements, and they give all of the information needed about each artist to allow the couple to make an informed choice. Once the couple is ready to make a decision we confirm the booking with a contract and deposit. I put the artist in touch with the couple at least a month before the event, so they can confirm all the final details, and am there for them throughout the entire process to make sure everything goes smoothly and to answer any queries.
What makes a romantic first dance?
A song or piece of music that really means something personal to the couple. There is certainly no one-size-fits all!
What is your number one floor-filler?
Bruno Mars, Marry You! This song sounds great played in a vibrant classical style by a string quartet, but in my opinion it's even better when played by a dynamic brass quintet, with the trumpets alternating the tune and the tuba blowing out the bass line!
Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?
Wouldn't it have been fantastic to have been in one of the bands accompanying the original Rat Pack in Vegas in the 1960s? The music of that era really stands the test of time, and I could listen to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. all day!
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Probably beautiful solo classical piano music by composers like Debussy, Satie and Chopin, perhaps with a bit of jazz piano thrown in!