Tom Ryder: Wedding singer in Hertfordshire

My name is Tom Ryder. I am a Hertfordshire-based wedding singer providing live music on acoustic guitar and vocals, and I cover Hertfordshire 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.

Hertfordshire is where I grew up, where I went to school and where I learned the guitar and played my first gigs, so there is always a lot of nostalgia attached to the area for me. 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 Hertfordshire that I regularly perform at include Down Hall, which is on the Hertfordshire and Essex border, as is Great Hallingbury Manor, Sheene Mill in Royston, South Farm in Royston and Fanhams Hall in Ware.

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. You can read about my top 5 songs of this year here.

Here I am performing songs by Jess Glynne, James Bay (a Hitchin, Hertfordshire native) 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 Hertfordshire? Are you looking for a singer? Contact me here 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


Erin Kirkpatrick, April 2022

Tom was at our wedding this weekend and played through our drinks reception. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather, which meant he could be outside with our guests - this went down extremely well! We are still getting compliments about how much of a fantastic setup it was and how much our guests enjoyed the music. In the build up to the wedding, Tom was extremely efficient and easy to chat to. Definitely recommend!

Erin Kirkpatrick

Andrew Lightstone, June 2021

We used Tom to provide the music for our wedding ceremony. He was exceptionally responsive and so easy to work with - sending us snippets of the songs we asked him to perform to make sure we were happy with them (we always were). On the day itself, his voice surpassd all expectations, providing the perfect soundtrack to the ceremony! Would definitely recommend!

Andrew Lightstone

Caroline McKeon, May 2021

We had Tom play at our wedding for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast, he was absolutely amazing to listen to and created the best atmosphere, we were blown away by his voice. Everyone, both guests and the venue staff, were commenting throughout the day how much they were enjoying hearing him play and hearing live music again. The singing and dancing at the wedding breakfast was one of most memorable parts of our day. Tom was great in the build up to the wedding and always quick to respond. If anyone ever asks for a recommendation we will be sending them his way.

Caroline McKeon

Jasmine & Allan Mee, August 2019

Tom's voice and style suited our venue perfectly, I literally cannot put into words how good he is when he performs. When we first came across Tom online we knew he’d be perfect for our day and he was. He performed all throughout the day for us and played our first dance too, which was beautiful. We would 100% recommend Tom; if you are considering having him at your wedding, do not hesitate, you won’t regret it!

Jasmine & Allan Mee

Hannah and Jamie West

We spent lots of time researching for a musician to play at our wedding and couldn't have been happier that we chose Tom. He is able to play a great selection of music and was more than accommodating when learning new songs. Tom is absolutely lovely, keeping to our casual theme while staying professional. Everything he did helped to make our day perfect. Tom got on with all our guests throughout the day and it felt like he was part of the wedding, so much so that no-one wanted him to leave! We would definitely recommend him to anybody looking for a talented musician for their wedding”.

Hannah and Jamie West


"Just a little email to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding. It was lovely to meet you, you were amazing and we had the best day. I am recommending you to all my friends!"


James Heron

After listening to several artists online we chose Tom – because of his voice – and we chose well. Tom sang for my bride's entrance and it was magical, something I will never forget. As he moved through his repertoire our guests all commented how wonderful his voice was. My only regret is that we didn’t have him perform for longer. If you are looking to choose a singer for your wedding and are agonising over the many choices out there, then hire Tom with confidence. You will not be disappointed

James Heron

Kyle & Kelly Goodman

Even now, two weeks on from our wedding day our guests are still mentioning the performance of Tom. He played incredible sets for us on the day. Firstly, he executed the song of our choice better than we could have ever wished for, as my wife walked down the aisle. Secondly, his performance during dinner was outstanding. Initially he created a relaxing ambience as we were seated. His energy caused an eruption of unprecedented scenes as guests got up to dance before the speeches had even begun! My wife and I can hand-on-heart say that our day would not have been as magical as it was, if it hadn’t have been for Tom. He surpassed all expectations (which were already considerably high!). We feel indebted to him for what he helped to create for us both. Our mission now is to get everyone else on board the Ryder fan train and I expect him to get a lot more bookings following the praise from our guests! Tom is an absolute mensch, a pleasure to have around. We are eternally grateful to him.

Kyle & Kelly Goodman,

Laura and Paul Hunter

As soon as I heard Tom play at the Five Lakes wedding show I knew that I wanted him to play at my wedding. My husband and I listened to some of his tracks online and loved the style of music which we knew would suit us really well. Communication with Tom was brilliant and he did everything to make sure the music on our day was perfect. My guests commented on the live music during the ceremony and canapés and wished that they could have listened to more! Thank you for making our wedding music so special Tom :)

Laura and Paul Hunter,


Thank you so much for playing at our reception drinks. You were simply brilliant and worked perfectly while our guests chilled and listened to you in the sun. I’d highly recommend you.


Jess and Nik Sanyal

We came across Tom's website and loved his music and extensive repertoire! Our wedding was in Italy and we knew it was a long shot but contacted Tom to see if he would be willing to travel over to play and we're so grateful he said yes. Tom was fantastic, he was speedy at replying to messages, relaxed about travelling long distances in very hot weather (sorry!), and his music made the wedding so much better than we could have imagined. He played a beautiful version of a song we had chosen for me to walk down the aisle to and then played throughout the drinks reception. Everyone who came mentioned how much they enjoyed his playing and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him!

Jess and Nik Sanyal


WOW - where do I start?! Tom was an absolute godsend on our wedding day. We were in the most unfortunate position of having our guitarist cancel five days before our wedding, or we could now see this as luck! Tom was able to confirm playing for us with only five days’ notice, knowing all of the songs we wanted, plus the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to. He made that moment so special, to be able to have it played live and as a surprise for my husband to be - I will never forget it. Not only this, but Tom was incredible throughout his reception drinks set, taking requests from guests and being such a great sport. I couldn't count on my hands the amount of people who came up to me afterwards to say how much they enjoyed him playing. Fun, upbeat and personal - which was exactly what we wanted for our big day. We cannot thank him enough :)


Olivia & Perry

Thank you so much for performing at our wedding - you were absolutely brilliant! You really got the crowd involved, and we especially loved it when you sang ‘That's Amore’! As soon as we saw you at the Down Hall open day, we knew we wanted you to be a part of our special day, and the whole process was faultless! We would 100% recommend you to everyone!

Olivia & Perry,

Mr and Mrs Suckling

From the moment my wife and I heard Tom perform, we knew we had to have him at our wedding. He has such a unique voice and is a very accomplished guitarist. The combination of the two is very special indeed. No song is unplayable for Tom and he has the talent to make a well-known song his own. We had Tom play during our wedding breakfast and the amount of guests who told us how amazing he was, was astounding! If we could give anyone advice on how to make their wedding that extra bit special, I’d definitely advise having Tom perform.

Mr and Mrs Suckling

Paul & Julia Van Danzig

Dear Tom, just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for singing at our Wedding on 18th March at Hedsor House. You certainly know how to belt out a tune or two! Several friends are musicians and they were all very impressed!

Paul & Julia Van Danzig

Lianne Lanaway

Thank you so much for singing at our wedding. You were amazing and we had so many wonderful comments from our guests about you. You took all of our requests on board and you really really did a fantastic job. Your performance during our wedding breakfast was sensational and our ceremony songs were just perfect. Thank you so much for helping making our day! We have already put your name forward to a few of our friends and would recommend you highly to anyone :)

Lianne Lanaway

Rory & Lucy

Just a super quick email to say a huge thank you for helping us get the party started last Saturday. You were great and we had loads of guests complimenting us about you! Thank you so much & all the best for the future - you've got a cracking voice!

Rory & Lucy

Sharon & Kevin

A big thank you for singing at our wedding. Everyone was full of compliments about your performance. It was wonderful hearing you sing and lovely that we were all able to enjoy it in the garden. We particularly enjoyed your rendition of Have I Told You Lately. It was truly special, thank you. We are sure you'll get some further bookings as a result; Kevin's son and his fianceé expressed an interest, so I have no doubt we will be seeing you again! We can't wait.

Sharon & Kevin,

Nicky & Stuart

Thank you so much for singing at our wedding on Saturday. All I’ve been hearing from my guests is what a lovely voice you have. A massive thank you for leaving the music playing after the wedding breakfast set, it was a lovely touch and we both really appreciate it.

Nicky & Stuart

Fiona & Tom

You were one of the best parts of the day and all of the guests loved you. They said to me before they saw you that they thought it was a record playing on a machine and were so surprised when they saw you singing! Your vocals are simply flawless, thank you again.

Fiona & Tom,

Claire & Chris Wickerson

From the first time my dad and I heard Tom sing at a Down Hall open day we knew he would make the wedding even more special! He learned all the words to 'Years From Now’ which made the ceremony very personal and the drinks reception had a lovely upbeat atmosphere. The fact that people were trying to give him extra money to perform for even longer during the wedding breakfast is testament to how good he was! Every request was accommodated and this made for a fun-packed dinner service. I would have no hesitation in booking him for events in the future and will be keeping an eye on his diary for a night out at The Chequers in Matching Green!" #bloodybrilliantacousticsinger

Claire & Chris Wickerson,

Pam Woolmington

Hi Tom, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding on the 9th January. All our guests have said how great you were and that they enjoyed the fact that you took song requests during dinner. You set off a lovely atmosphere from start to finish. I cannot recommend you enough!

Pam Woolmington

Chantel and Richard Jeffery

Having known Tom for many years, and having seen and heard his musical talents first hand, there was nobody else that my husband and I would have wanted to play at our wedding. Tom played a beautiful acoustic set during our drinks reception and we have had so many wonderful compliments from our guests. He also learned and played a new song for our first dance. But most special of all, Tom set my bridesmaid's wedding speech to music and sung it. His talents and abilities are amazing and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to anyone - he is brilliant! Thank you so much for being part of our special day.

Chantel and Richard Jeffery,

Lewis & Eleanor Martin

Tom recently played at our wedding and he was outstanding. He was very accommodating with song choices and even learned a new song especially for our first dance. All of our guests agreed that he made the evening reception a night to remember, and we highly recommend him. We would have no hesitation in booking him again for similar events.

Lewis & Eleanor Martin

Hayley & Terry Lancaster

I just wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding at Down Hall. You were absolutely brilliant. The songs you played were fantastic for the atmosphere we wanted to create on our wedding day. The sun was shining, you played the classics, and you made everyone feel happy. We have had so many compliments about your talent from our guests and we would highly recommend you.

Hayley & Terry Lancaster

Maria & Jeff Usmani

Tom - thank you for making our wedding unique and unforgettable. All of our guests couldn't praise you more. You really made the afternoon amazing and words can't describe how I felt when I walked into the ceremony room. We can't wait to have another event so we can book you again!

Maria & Jeff Usmani

Paul Girling

Tom played at my wife’s 50th Birthday party and made it a night to remember. An incredibly talented young man who deserves to go far.

Paul Girling

Fleur Devereux

Your acoustic sets were brilliant and you managed to read the ambience of the afternoon perfectly. Everyone was very complimentary, and my friends all keep telling me how they had such a fab time dancing under the stars.

Fleur Devereux

Sarah Olley

Thank you so much for playing, you really made the party. You have a great voice and our guests loved it.

Sarah Olley

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