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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.

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Live music when your guests arrive
Music for the arrival of the bride
Personalise the music to suit you
Live music for your wedding ceremony
Popular traditional wedding song ideas
Contemporary / modern wedding song ideas
Accomaniment during the wedding ceremony
Best selling live wedding ceremony entertainment

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Music when your guests arrive

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.

Popular choices include string quartets, harpists, pianists and classical guitarists, all of whom are able to play background music to suit you.

Live music for the arrival of the bride

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!

Also see our special feature 'Choosing and personalising the live music for your wedding ceremony' here.
Live Music for your Wedding Ceremony

  • Lee Mathews Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Lee Mathews 
    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.

    View Lee Mathews's profile page >
  • The Rose String Quartet Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony 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.

    View The Rose String Quartet's profile page >
  • Adelaide Quartet Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Adelaide Quartet 
    String Quartets
    Based in Surrey
    From £557 + 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.

    View Adelaide Quartet's profile page >
  • Hannah Daisy Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Hannah Daisy 
    Based in Oxfordshire
    From £484 + 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.

    View Hannah Daisy's profile page >
  • Status Cymbal Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony 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!

    View Status Cymbal's profile page >
  • Comedy String Quartet Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Comedy String Quartet 
    String Quartets
    Based in Surrey
    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.

    View Comedy String Quartet's profile page >
  • Crystal Strings Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Crystal Strings 
    String Quartets
    Based in West Midlands
    From £576 + for your Wedding Ceremony

    Excellent male & female string quartet based in the Midlands who are as comfortable playing Status Quo as they are Strauss, and who move from The Beatles to Bach with ease.

    View Crystal Strings's profile page >
  • Jessica Louise (Harpist) Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Jessica Louise (Harpist) 
    Based in Staffordshire
    From £240 + for your Wedding Ceremony

    Jessica Louise is an advanced level Harpist performing beautiful, elegant music perfect to give any occasion that unique, special touch!

    View Jessica Louise (Harpist)'s profile page >
  • Jennifer Brown (Harpist) Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Jennifer Brown (Harpist) 
    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.

    View Jennifer Brown (Harpist)'s profile page >
  • London Strings Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony 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.

    View London Strings's profile page >
  • Mark F Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Mark F 
    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!

    View Mark F's profile page >
  • Cantabile Cello Duo Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Cantabile Cello Duo 
    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.

    View Cantabile Cello Duo's profile page >
  • Joe Johnson (Pianist) Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Joe Johnson (Pianist) 
    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!

    View Joe Johnson (Pianist)'s profile page >
  • OL Harp (Harpist) Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony OL Harp (Harpist) 
    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.

    View OL Harp (Harpist)'s profile page >
  • Amour Harp Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Amour Harp 
    Based in West Sussex
    From £266 + for your Wedding Ceremony

    Amour Harp is a fantastic young harpist with a varied repertoire from classical to traditional folk to popular music. An elegant backdrop to many events. Christmas repertoire also available!

    View Amour Harp's profile page >
  • Gary Llewelyn Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Gary Llewelyn 
    Based in Surrey
    From £234+ for your Wedding Ceremony

    Gary Llewelyn is a Surrey based pianist who can turn his hand to Jazz, Ragtime and popular tunes. Ideal for cocktail parties, and any event where a touch of class is needed!

    View Gary Llewelyn's profile page >
  • Prestige Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Prestige 
    Based in London
    From £432+ for your Wedding Ceremony

    Prestige are a vibrant and dynamic ensemble, providing Classical, Latin and Popular Music, along with a touch of style to any event.

    View Prestige's profile page >
  • Solar Strings Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony 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!

    View Solar Strings's profile page >
  • Edmond Oakley Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony Edmond Oakley 
    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.

    View Edmond Oakley's profile page >
  • Staffordshire Strings Live Music to hire for a Wedding Ceremony 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.

    View Staffordshire Strings's profile page >

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!

It's quite easy to arrange accompaniment from a string quartet, pianist, organist or maybe even a solo guitarist/singer.

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.

If your photos are being taken whilst the drinks reception has already started, then please read our 'entertainment for a wedding drinks reception' guide.

Remember, we're here to make your wedding amazing. What ever you want, ask us and we'll do everything we can to make it happen!

Popular wedding ceremony music

String Quartets for your wedding ceremony
String Quartets
A popular choice! Can play classical, jazz & pop.
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Wedding Ceremony Harpists
Wedding Harpist
A magical sound, economical on cost and space.
View Wedding Harpists >
Wedding Ceremony Pianists
Wedding Pianist
Instrumental or with vocals, varied repertoire.
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Wedding Ceremony Pipers
A traditional favourite and a must for Scots families.
View Pipers >
Classical Music Wedding Ceremony
Classical Music
Various ensembles from strings to wind instruments.
View Classical Music >
Wedding Ceremony Classical Guitarists
Classical, spanish & flamenco guitar for a romantic mood.
View Guitarists >
Wedding Ceremony Singers
Ceremony Singers
Opera singers, Tennors, Sopranos, say it with a song!
View Ceremony Singers >
Wedding Ceremony Gospel Choirs
Gospel Choirs
Available in various sizes, a capella or with instruments.
View Gospel Choirs >

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