Finding live music for your wedding can be stressful! With so many options to pick from, you might already be getting advice from friends, family, newly weds or wedding planners. However, if you are still unsure about the right way to go, we at Last Minute Musicians have put together a list of five of the most popular choices for live entertainment that are guaranteed to make sure your wedding reception is talked about for years to come!
There are countless different ways to go when planning live music. Each year seems to see new acts being launched, with a new and original concept. However, if you are struggling to pick, there are some classic choices that you can always count to put a smile on the face of your guests.
Many rock/pop cover bands specialise in playing at weddings, and so have developed a varied repertoire of hits that will appeal to everyone! Your typical wedding band will comprise of between 4 and 6 members, with a line up including guitars, bass, drums, keys and a versatile vocalist capable of delivering everything from classic sing-along numbers to modern chart toppers!
Expect to hear: The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Bruno Mars
Perfect for: Your evening celebrations.
A big trend in weddings last year was the “Wed-Fest”. These are Glastonbury-style, outdoor events comprising of lots of food, drink and dancing. Acoustic bands are often perfect for those wanting their wedding to be less black-tie, and more muddy wellies! Acoustic bands can take many forms, from small and compact duos, right up to full folk band set-up, including percussionists, horns or possibly even banjos and mandolin!
Expect to hear: Mumford & Sons, George Ezra, Ed Sheeran
Perfect for: Chilled out afternoon entertainment or lively evening celebrations.
For those looking to add an air of romance to the big day, string quartets are sure to be a favourite. While naturally playing your favourite classical pieces, they may also as play some arrangements of well-known movie sound tracks, pop songs or even Disney themes! String quartets are a classic choice that will always impress, and perfect to serenade you as you walk down the isle.
Expect to hear: Classical pieces by Schubert or Mozart, and contemporary pop music arranged for strings.
Perfect for: Your wedding ceremony, drinks reception or in the background during a formal dinner.
If your wedding is taking place in a particularly historic or prestigious location, you may well be looking for music that will add to the sense of class and atmosphere. A Jazz band is a classic choice for anyone looking for music that will complement a more black-tie theme. Jazz bands can come in many different line-ups, with all sorts of instrumentation and covering many different sub-genres of Jazz. For this reason, it’s especially important to listen to any audio and watch videos of the act you’re considering hiring.
Expect to hear: Traditional Jazz Standards like “Summertime” or “Autumn Leaves”, vocal-led swing numbers like “Fly Me To The Moon” and more modern material from the likes of Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum.
Perfect for: Formal drinks receptions or in the background of a meal.
Another trend that has become increasingly popular at weddings last year is to step away from the more traditional live party band, and hire an act with more of a vintage feel. Following the viral success of the likes of Post-Modern Jukebox, more and more happy couples are opting to add some of that 1920’s class to their big day. These bands will perform both slower ballads and up-beat swing numbers to get people dancing on the table tops all night long!
Expect to hear: Popular modern songs, reimagined in a vintage style.
Perfect for: Weddings with a strong and unique theme.
Of course, there are many other options available, with everything from solo singers to medieval musicians being hired to play at weddings, right around the country. Always thoroughly review the promotional material your prospective band has and make sure they have all the information they will need in advance of their performance. From everyone at Last Minute Musicians, we wish you the very best of luck in planning your big day!
About Last Minute Musicians:
Attention brides & grooms to-be! Your perfect wedding entertainment is just a few clicks away! No matter how unique your theme or creative your ideas, the Last Minute Musicians Directory has over 3300 fantastic and diverse acts for you to choose from.
Two professional musicians set up Lastminutemusicians.com in 2003. It has since grown into a team of 10 people handling over 50,000 enquiries and dealing with over 70,000 customers… in the last 12 months alone. Visitors can see pictures, read bios, watch videos and listen to audio in order to ensure the act they select is perfect for their special day. Couple this with the independent reviews system, and you can be sure that the entertainment you book will turn your wedding day into an evening everyone will be talking about for years to come!
We also have a huge selection of articles and blogs on how to pick the perfect wedding entertainment, and other advice for your big day. Once you’ve found the perfect band, duo/ small group or solo singer, you can then negotiate with them directly and ensure everyone is happy with booking. Lastminutemusicians.com is revolutionizing the way people find their wedding entertainment, for the better.
“The key to finding affordable but bespoke musicians when you have around two days’ notice is a website like LastMinuteMusicians.com – you choose the musical genre you fancy, find a band photo that looks good, listen to a few audio examples of your shortlistees, click “book” and they will appear at the right moment, in the right outfit, playing the right music. As if supplied by god.” – Emma Freud, The Guardian