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On Hitched.co.uk since 2021

Last update: February 2024

Website: thomasjwilmanacoustic.com

Thomas J Wilman - Indie Folk Wedding Singer is a solo singer and guitarist offering beautiful, laid-back acoustic music for your big day that’s a little different to your average wedding singer. He is based in Brighton, East Sussex, but available to hire for events across the South East, the rest of the UK and beyond. Thomas performs a unique selection of indie, alternative rock and folk covers, but with more than enough pop and golden oldies to keep friends and relatives of all ages happy, all played in his own stripped-back indie folk style.

If you love Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver, and are also partial to a bit of indie, rock and alternative music, then Thomas's musical style is the perfect match for your big day. He plays soulful folk music at Ceremonies, Drinks Receptions and Wedding Breakfasts. His emotive voice and professional musicianship will no doubt elevate the atmosphere of your special day.

Services Offered

Whether you are planning an intimate micro wedding or a relaxed rustic affair outdoors, Thomas J Wilman can provide a stunning soundtrack to your milestone celebration. He blends a range of genres from indie and alternative rock tunes to pop and golden oldies for a rich and varied sound.

Thomas offers a number of music packages for your Ceremony, Drinks Reception and/or Wedding Breakfast that are all flexible to fit all your needs and wishes.

He also provides a highly bespoke service – as tailored to your tastes as you want it to be – and he will work with you to create the perfect soundtrack to your special day.

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Ceremony music
Cocktail/banquet music

What is included in the wedding package?

I have live music packages to cover all of your daytime wedding needs – usually Ceremony, Drinks Reception and/or Wedding Breakfast but I'm open to anything else you might have in mind

How far in advance should I contact you?

Ideally I need at least a month or two to be able to prepare a fully personalised playlist including some of your special requests, but can easily pull something special together in a couple of days

What style of music do you offer?

Rock
Pop
Folk

Type of musical group:

Solo

Size of group:

Soloist

Repertoire:

I have an extensive repertoire of songs spanning seven decades with a particular leaning towards indie, alternative rock and folk but with more than enough pop and golden oldies to keep everyone happy

Is it possible to request something that's not in the repertoire?

Of course! Each service I offer has at least one free song request and I’ll do my best to interpret and learn as many off-repertoire requests as I possibly can to give you a very personalised setlist

What's your experience?

I have decades of experience playing to audiences of all sizes and ages, with a large number of wedding and civil partnership gigs under my belt

Do you have your own equipment?

Yes

Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?

No

Can you travel?

Yes, based in Brighton, East Sussex, but available to play at events across the South-East - Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, London, Kent, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire - and indeed throughout the UK (& beyond)

Is there a charge for travelling?

Yes, travel to venues within a 30 mile radius of my home in Brighton are free, then I charge 45p per mile thereafter. Depending on the timing of the wedding and location of your venue, I may need to stay over nearby the night before

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?

No

Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?

Alone

What is the length of time of the act?

I am rarely asked to play for longer than 2 hours in any one session (ceremony, drinks reception, etc) but I am happy to be flexible and open to work with whatever you have planned

How much time do you need to prepare for an act?

Around 45-60 minutes. I’ll arrive in plenty of time and everything will be set up and ready to go in advance of guests arriving

Do you do open-air acts?

Yes

Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?

Yes

How do you charge extra time?

I know that weddings rarely run perfectly on time, so am always happy to be flexible with my timings to fulfil my duties

What are the forms of payment?

After the contract has been signed, I ask for a 20% deposit to secure my services, usually paid by bank transfer, then the remainder should be paid within 7 days of the event

Served in

East Sussex, Surrey and West London

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Paige
Paige A. Sent on 12/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best decision we made!

Firstly, we would summarise our experience with Tom as perfect from start to finish. We’ve highlighted the reasons below but if you want a top line summary then there you go.

Pre-wedding

We found Tom on hitched, having trawled through countless websites trying to find the right singer. Music was a very important part of our day so we needed it to fit with what our vision for the day was.

We were amazed at the depth of Tom’s repertoire, with an excellent selection of songs spanning multiple decades (50s through to 2020s). His package also offers some off repertoire songs too, so we actually found it hard to whittle it down if anything, with the selection available.

Once we contacted Tom, he was quick to respond, offering a Zoom meeting or in person if we were close by. We discussed the logistics of the day and he was kind enough to help us with our ceremony structure (as he too had a humanist ceremony). This was incredibly helpful as we were constructing our own ceremony with a family member as a celebrant, so his help was reassuring and appreciated greatly. Shortly after our discussion, Tom sent us a spreadsheet to select our songs and requests, so that he could start to draw together a set list. He was accommodating with some challenging requests (walking down the aisle to Lovin’ you by Minnie Ripperton) and completely surpassed our expectations. You could tell throughout that Tom really wanted to get these right for us.

In the weeks prior to the wedding, Tom showed a great deal of diligence, making sure that we had thought about certain logistical steps to make our woodland ceremony a success. There were certain things Tom brought to our attention that we wouldn’t have otherwise thought about. He was proactive in checking through the ceremony schedule to get timings right which was great in busy build up to the wedding. One less thing to worry about.

On the day

We chose Tom’s ceremony and reception package, from when guests took their seats through to the wedding feast. His music within the setting of our woodland wedding was simply beautiful. It set the tone for our day perfectly and made it feel even more special and personal, as he sang our favourite songs that he’d learnt for us. His voice is gorgeous and everyone was captivated as he played. After the ceremony, he played around 90mins throughout our canapé reception, creating an atmosphere that felt like a summer festival in the 70s!

We can’t express how happy we were to have Tom play at our wedding. We knew he’d be totally perfect but he blew us away with his incredible voice, kindness and care. He embraced our vision and brought it to life and the music was a huge part of our day and a fantastic lasting memory.

Thank you Tom!
Hannah
Hannah Sent on 05/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredibly talented and such a lovely person to work with

Tom played at our wedding at the end of June and we and our guests were so impressed! His covers are unique and complimented all of the original versions of the songs so well. He is a very talanted guitarist and singer and his music was a part of our wedding that we will always look back on fondly.
Tom is more than just a great singer and guitarist though. From the first enquiry, to our contact after the wedding, Tom has been incredibly friendly and an absolute pleasure to speak with. He's also been very organised and learnt a couple of special requests for us.
We would highly reccomend Tom for anyone looking for some live music and we hope we can find an excuse to book him again in the future!
Candy
Candy Sent on 27/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding

Tom’s music was one of the highlights of our wedding day! Tom was so easy to get along with and very willing to include as many of our favourite songs for the day as he could. So many of our guests asked where we’d found him and said how amazing he was.

We have such incredibly happy memories of listening to Tom while spending one of the happiest days of our lives with our wonderful friends and family. We’re always looking for an excuse to host such an event again and re-book Tom!

Thank you for making the day so magical.
Nick
Nick H. Sent on 02/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful man to have singing on your special day!

“Tom was so helpful in the preparation for the day, and we were able to send him a list of songs we loved; he clearly worked so hard to make our day so special. Tom exudes a calm and relaxed vibe and this makes him a pleasure to deal with. His repertoire is outstanding and flexible; he puts his own spin on songs from all different genres and eras and brought a smile to the faces of the guests as they recognised the songs over the course of 90 minutes.

He played such an amazing set, and really impressed everyone who was there; his passion for music, beautifully angelic voice and folky guitar playing were the perfect accompaniment to our drinks and canapes.

He created a magical atmosphere, setting up outside the marquee where his tunes floated on the warm summer air and brought so much happiness to the guests, with many abandoning their conversations, crowding around him to listen and sing along. So many friends still comment on his set and ask for his name today.

I would highly recommend Tom; a gifted and passionate musician who will really enhance any wedding day.”
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Laura Sent on 28/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

I would recommend him in a flash!

Tom was not only lovely and very talented but was so committed to providing a really special and bespoke set of songs for our wedding day. He designed his playlist based on our preferences, even learning two of our favourite songs that he hadn’t heard before.

His set was perfect for after the ceremony, providing beautiful entertainment for the guests and the perfect ambience between the ceremony and the meal.

One of the highlights of the day for me was dancing with my friends during his rendition of my favourite Florence and the Machine song.

I would recommend him in a flash!
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Emma S. Sent on 15/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful voice - he made our day so special!

Tom played at our wedding in July and he was absolutely incredible. He was so helpful and friendly in the lead up to our big day and he really put us at ease and made us feel confident that we were in excellent hands! He has a beautiful voice and on the day, he was even better than our (already very high!) expectations. He played a huge part in making our wedding day so special. If you love music, we would definitely recommend hiring him.
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Ramsey M. Sent on 26/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful voice, talented musician and wonderful person

We had the best wedding day and Tom was such an important part of it. He was absolutely fantastic and exceeded our already high expectations. We can’t put into words how much we appreciated the effort he put into learning all of the songs we love - music is so important to us and Tom brought our musical dreams to life on the day. So many of our guests commented on how much they loved the music.

No question was too much hassle and Tom made us feel like our wedding was really special to him. He was great at communicating and attentive to all of our needs and requirements.

If you like great music, book Thomas J Wilman for your wedding!
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Rachel C. Sent on 29/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant! Highly recommended!

Tom played during our ceremony and drinks reception and we couldn’t be happier. He really was one of the highlights of our wedding! So many of our guests commented on Tom’s amazing voice and beautiful playing and walking down the aisle to his acoustic version of Edward Sharpe’s Home is a memory neither of us will ever forget.

Not only that, Tom was so lovely and helpful before the wedding day itself. The care he took to find out about us, learn so many of our song requests and create two really personal sets for us really did go above and beyond. He clearly worked so hard to make this extra special for us. Thank you Tom!
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Scarlett H. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A fantastic supplier and musician who made our wedding day so special and personal to us! Would recommend in a heartbeat.

Thomas came to sing at our Manchester wedding in April 2023 and he made the church service so memorable, with guests praising his wonderful style and exceptional taste in music. We knew when we found Thomas online that we had to book him! Honestly, our wedding wouldn't have been the same without Thomas and I would recommend his musical services to anyone and everyone- professional, efficient, easy-going and most importantly, a talented musician with a gorgeous style. Thank you so much Thomas for being a joy to work with and for making our day so special and personal!

Scarlett and John
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Rosalind A. Sent on 06/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great value for money, and wonderful to listen to!

Tom is an incredible musician and it was a highlight of our wedding to have him sing and play for us and our guests. He took the time to listen to our requests and come up with a perfect playlist to suit us.

On the day itself Tom sang whilst we had drinks after the service and people delighted in listening to him. He truly is one of the most talented people - his voice is mesmerising and his skills on the harmonica and guitar compliment it so well. We couldn’t recommend him more highly. Thank you Tom!
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Philipa D. Sent on 07/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful voice

Thomas has a very empathetic and gentle nature about him which means he takes all of the stress out of dealing with a wedding supplier. He’s kind, helpful and supportive and more than willing to try different things and learn new songs if needed.

But the real two reasons we chose Thomas were:

- He has a beautiful voice
- He has a brilliant taste in music which matched ours


From folk and classics of the 1960s and 1970s to modern alternative / indie singer-songwriter he sings with great passion and energy. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great acoustic musician to complement their wedding or event.


Thanks so much again Thomas!
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Cara F. Sent on 27/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Would use Tom for any event! What a guy!

Tom was an absolute dream to have as our wedding singer. Professional, talented and an all round great bloke. He was flexible with the songs, even learning some especially at our request, which he smashed!

His voice was great on the sound bites we saw before booking, but even more epic in person.Everyone loved him. He really added to the ambience of our special day.

10/10 for Tom. Would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting a guitarist/ singer that is an all round top bloke with bucket loads of talent. We have even passed his details on to guests/ friends.

Thanks again Tom for being a part of our day and helping to make it so incredible.
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Henry Sent on 10/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent - would highly recommend

Tom had an existing repertoire of songs from across genres - pop, rock and folk in particular - but even better, was open to requests. He learned several of our favourite songs to play on the day, which made his set extra special and personal for us. We also enjoyed coming up with the final set list with Tom over a pint in the lead-up.

On the day he managed the set-up of the PA system, taking that stress entirely out of our hands - and he was 100% reliable. Tom then played during the drinks reception, from the castle steps, overlooking our guests drinking champagne on the sunny lawn. Everyone loved the music; Tom gauged the mood perfectly. Many chose to watch him, and for those who were doing other things, the music was a fitting background.

And the songs are more than just covers - Tom is a talented musician and singer, and his arrangements were fresh and fun. We would recommend Tom whole-heartedly.
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F Campbell Sent on 06/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Top tunes, top guy, top choice

Tom played at our wedding a little while back, and quite simply – wow! He is absolutely amazing to listen to in the flesh, playing a perfect mix of background type music and songs that can really stop people in their tracks for a few moments, or even longer… We discussed a bunch of different songs beforehand and he really didn’t disappoint!

It was the loveliest soundtrack to a wonderful day and many of our guests mentioned “that great singer and musician” from the wedding for some time afterwards too. We highly recommend Tom to anyone looking for a master musician and wedding singer!
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Rhys D. Sent on 01/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Created a beautiful atmosphere

Playing at our wedding, Tom brought an added soulful beauty in his singing during the ceremony. His voice and playing were sublime within the setting of the church - perfect! He captured the mood of the wedding perfectly and gave us a memory that we will treasure forever.

He learnt songs especially for us and adapted them to fit the time and place he was playing. He was incredibly professional and brought a sense of calm, understated manner to his playing which was so easy to work with as we dealt with all of the other elements of the wedding.
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