You have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to hiring live music and entertainment for your wedding ceremony. We help to ensure that from the moment your guests arrive you'll have an amazing musical sound track.
You'll want to ensure the mood is right as soon as your guests arrive. This can often be 20 minutes before the bride so don't leave them waiting in silence. Whether this is at the church or at your venue, live music playing in the background adds to the atmosphere.
As the bride arrives it's time to make a bigger impression! A traditional option is to have a piper play the bride from her wedding carriage to the church/ceremony. Another high impact starter is to have a Gospel Choir sing the bride into the church. If space is limited, try a wedding ceremony singer which can add a hauntingly beautiful backdrop to your arrival. There won't be a dry eye in the house!
Personalise your music to suit you
Most couples will have many songs which are special to them, so instead of the traditional Bridal Chorus played on the church organ, why not have your live musicians play a special song as you walk down the isle? This is usually easy enough to arrange if you're booking a string quartet, harpist or pianist.
We've also known couples to have the rock and pop band that they've booked for their evening party to arrive early and play an acoustic version of their special song as the bride walks down the isle.
What ever your musical preference, pretty much anything is possible. Just ask your Alive Network agent and we'll make it happen!
Lee Mathews Pianists
Based in Hertfordshire
From £218 + for your Wedding Ceremony
Lee Mathews repertoire is extremely vast and consists of just about anything you can think of from Boogie Woogie to Rachmaninov! Resident Pianist at The Dorchester & Harrods. Lee is a versatile and lively musician who always gives a smile.
The Rose String Quartet String Quartets
Based in Hertfordshire
From £708 + for your Wedding Ceremony
Rose Quartet are a highly professional, all female contemporary quartet. Their huge repertoire includes pop music & jazz, light classical, show songs, traditional sing-a-long tunes & Christmas carols. Perfect for weddings, corporate events & parties.
Adelaide Quartet String Quartets
Based in Surrey
From £552 + for your Wedding Ceremony
A young, professional string quartet who have all studied at The Royal College of Music in London. They provide music for weddings, celebrations & corporate events, drawing on an extensive repertoire which can be tailored to suit any occasion.
Hannah Daisy Pianists
Based in Oxfordshire
From £360 + for your Wedding Ceremony
Hannah Daisy is a talented singer pianist performing throughout the UK and internationally on prestigious, professional engagements. Hannah provides beautiful, enchanting music for your wedding or special event offering a top quality and friendly service
Status Cymbal String Quartets
Based in London
From £684 + for your Wedding Ceremony
A refreshing string quartet performing a blend of musical styles from classical through to popular favourites from the Beatles to Oasis & more! True professionals, members have worked with a host of names including McCartney, Vanessa Mae & Take That!
Comedy String Quartet String Quartets
Based in London
From £1800 + for your Wedding Ceremony
Comedy String Quartet will leave you with a smile on your face; 16 strings, 8 dancing feet & 4 voices. A talented quartet, they are a male & female group performing modern & classical music with a unique style & mischievous wit.
Jennifer Brown (Harpist) Harpists
Based in Glasgow
From £234 + for your Wedding Ceremony
Talented harp player with over ten years experience specialising in Scottish and Celtic Music. Previous performances include those for HRH Prince Of Wales, Bill Clinton, Ewan McGregor & Sir Paul McCartney.
London Strings String Quartets
Based in London
From £504 + for your Wedding Ceremony
London Strings is a young professional quartet with extensive experience in performing at wedding services and receptions, corporate functions, fund raising events and other special occasions. Based in London.
Mark F Pianists
Based in Lincolnshire
From £266 + for your Wedding Ceremony
Mark F is a uniquely talented and competent pianist covering classical through to modern pop and rock arrangements. From Bach & Mozart to Adele & Coldplay, Mark can provide the music you really want to hear at your event!
Cantabile Cello Duo Classical
Based in London
From £360 + (2 hour) for your Wedding Ceremony
Two women, two cellos: small enough to be a perfect accompaniment for the most intimate functions but also suitable as a different, quirky alternative to the string quartet. Based in London & Surrey and very unique.
Joe Johnson (Pianist) Pianists
Based in East Sussex
From £234 + for your Wedding Ceremony
Joe is a extremely talented pianist, providing an elegant sound for weddings, cocktail parties & corporate events. He is incredibly diverse, with a set-list spanning from jazz standards & classic pop right up to the latest current day hits!
OL Harp (Harpist) Harpists
Based in Cheshire
From £210 + for your Wedding Ceremony
OL Harp is a Cheshire based harpist with many years’ experience, having played in numerous reputable hotels and venues throughout North West England and North Wales, at weddings and other private functions.
Solar Strings String Quartets
Based in Northumberland
From £492 + for your Wedding Ceremony
The string quartet with experience, professionalism & an extensive repertoire of classical, jazz, tangos, film themes & slick pop tunes. Solar Strings are the perfect choice for any wedding, dinner, corporate function or private party in the North!
Edmond Oakley Pianists
Based in Merseyside
From £204+ for local wedding ceremonies or 3 set performances for your Wedding Ceremony
With over 25 years experience and with a large and varied repertoire of jazz, pop, classical and show tunes, Edmond can create the perfect ambience for guests at any wedding reception, ceremony or corporate event.
Staffordshire Strings String Quartets
Based in Staffordshire
From £650 + for your Wedding Ceremony
Staffordshire Strings is a professional ensemble based in North Staffordshire & South Cheshire in the UK, providing first class entertainment for any occasion - weddings, parties, corporate events, etc.
Popular traditional song choices for the arrival of the bride and for use during the wedding ceremony
'Air (On A G String)' by Bach
'Ave Maria' by Gounod
'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' by Handel
'Canon in D' by Pachelbel
'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' by Bach
'Water Music : In D Alla Hornpipe' by Handel
'Wedding March' by Mendlessohn
'Hallelujah Chorus' by Handel
'Nimrod from enigma variations' by Elgar
'Symphony No. 40 In G Minor' by Mozart
'Minuet For String Quartet' by Boccherini
Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark's March) by Clarke
'Flower Duet (Lakmé)' by Delibes
'Peer Gynt' by Greig
'Sheep May Safely Graze' by Bach
'Voi Che Sapete from Marriage of Figaro' by Mozart
'Waltz Of The Cornflowers and Poppies' by Glazunov
'The Four Seasons - Spring' by Vivaldi
'Sleepers Awake' by Bach
'The Four Seasons - Summer' by Vivaldi
'Symphony No.6 - Pastorale' by Beethoven
Popular contemporary song choices
Here the and everywhere (The Beatles)
All you need is love (The Beatles)
First time ever I saw your face (Ewan MacColl)
Have I told you lately (Van Morrison)
You are so beautiful (Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher)
Come away with me (Nora Jones)
Stand by me (Ben E, King)
Everything I do (Bryan Adams)
Can't help falling in love (Elvis)
Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix)
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
Lets stay together (Al Green)
Isn't she lovely (Stevie Wonder)
Song bird (Fleetwood Mac)
Somewhere over the rainbow (Eva Cassidy)
Every breath you take (The Police)
Love is all around (The Troggs)
Your song (Elton John)
Can you feel the love tonight (Elton John)
Greatest Day (Take That)
One day like this (Elbow)
Accompaniment during the ceremony
It's now quite common to have some form of musical accompaniment during your wedding ceremony. Many couples also choose to mix traditional hymns with more popular songs and some form of accompaniment helps to ensure the songs stay structured and in tune!
Also remember that
often an ensemble can be made up from members of your evening band, you'll just need to pay them extra to arrive early.
Music during the photographs
Don't forget that
after the ceremony there is often a big gap before the drinks reception where pictures are taken. As the happy couple, you'll be busy and won't have time to get bored. However, the same unfortunately can't be said for the majority of your guests. Ensure your live music continues whilst photos are taken with the musicians relocated out side the church or at your wedding venue.
Why hire entertainment for your wedding ceremony from Alive Network?
Alive Network is the UK's premier wedding music agency and the largest online wedding entertainment booking service in the world. Established in 1999, we provide high quality live entertainment for around 7500 weddings per year. We represent hundreds of the UK's very best live wedding bands, wedding DJs & wedding entertainers.
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