Tom Ryder: Wedding Singer in Essex


My name is Tom Ryder. I am an Essex-based wedding singer providing live music on acoustic guitar and vocals, and I cover Essex and the south east of the UK. I also travel further afield when requested. I can sing during any part of your wedding, including the ceremony, drink receptions, meal (wedding breakfast) and the first dance.

Essex has come to the fore in recent years thanks to The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE). Sorry, I had to mention it! What is perhaps lesser known about the county is the abundance of beautiful countryside and rural areas you can discover. Wonderful architecture and historic buildings are to be found everywhere, and many of these operate as wedding venues.

Some of the fantastic venues in Essex that I regularly perform at include Parklands Quendon Hall, Channels Estate, Gosfield Hall, Leez Priory, Houchins, Gaynes Park and Down Hall, which is on the Herts and Essex border.

Essex has a reputation for producing some lively characters, and this always makes performing there great fun! For the majority of wedding couples, music is an integral part of their special day, and live music has that extra sprinkle of magic about it.

Although there are a number of live music options available at a wedding, an acoustic guitarist and singer is a great solution. The guitar is a very versatile instrument, and while it is common in pop music, it is also possible to rework and strip back dance and house classics and adapt them for acoustic guitar and voice.

Here is my version of Chaka Khan’s Ain’t Nobody:

It is possible to perform all kinds of tunes on acoustic guitar. Click the link to read about my top 5 songs of this year.

Here I am performing songs by Jess Glynne, James Bay and Van Morrison:

Very occasionally, I am asked to put together something extra special for one of my couples. Chantel and Richard Jeffery’s chief bridesmaid Liz wanted me to set her bridesmaid’s speech to music and turn it into a song. So I did just that! Here is my original wedding song Now It’s Forever:

Is your wedding in Essex? Are you looking for a singer? Contact me for advice about live music on your big day. You can view the services I provide, compare prices, view my repertoire, and read what other couples have said about me by reading reviews and testimonials.

Get in touch with me here for help planning your special day.



I can play as you walk down the aisle, during the signing of the register, and when you exit the room as a newly-married couple.

Drinks Receptions

I can play while your guests enjoy drinks and canapés and you have photos taken. This can be either inside or outside, depending on the weather!

During The Meal

I can play two sets during the wedding breakfast and can take requests from guests on the spot, creating the right atmosphere leading up to your speeches.

First Dance & Evening

I can arrange an acoustic version of your chosen song and send you a clip in advance. I can follow this up with a lively set before the DJ takes over.


Better Together by Jack Johnson

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

Faith by George Michael


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