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Setting the mood for your wedding drinks reception
Jazz bands, the popular choice for a drinks reception
Breaking the ice: the key to an amazing wedding
Popular mix and mingle entertainers to break the ice
Best selling wedding entertainment



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Setting the mood and tempo


Firstly consider how you want your drinks reception to 'feel'? You've just finished the more formal wedding ceremony and so the usual option is to liven things up a bit. Do you want the mood to stay elegant and a bit formal or do you want to really hit the gas? Do you want a theme to the music? Do you want guests to know the music being played or will it be totally in the background? Do you want vocals or do you want the music to be instrumental?

Most couples opt for the middle ground and raise the tempo slightly but without going for the all out party feel of the evening reception. This is probably a good idea or everyone will be shattered by the time your main party band or DJ get going later on at your evening reception!

If the weather's good, then it's a popular choice to have a jazz band play outside your wedding venue. Many couples opt to have the same string quartet, pianist or harpist who performed during the wedding ceremony carry on into the drinks reception which is also a great idea if they only played briefly earlier.

If you want to try 'something a bit different' and you hope to have good weather think about steel bands, salsa bands or even mariachi bands.

Jazz bands - the popular choice

There are many styles of jazz music but the most popluar choice for a wedding drinks reception is either a traditonal dixieland style jazz band which can be unamplified and performed by 'wandering musicians' or else a popular swing jazz band playing songs from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and new artists such as Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble.
Jazz Bands for your Wedding Drinks Reception

  • Straight No Chaser Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Straight No Chaser 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Lancashire
    From £381 + for your drinks reception

    Straight No Chaser is a highly skilled jazz duo who will add sophistication and a great atmosphere to your event playing carefully selected jazz standards and popular songs. Variety of line ups to chose from duo to quartet to suit your event perfectly.



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  • The Quartones Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception The Quartones 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in London
    From £840 + for your drinks reception

    The Quartones are a professional 4 piece band brimming with a wealth of music and performance experience. With music ranging from smooth jazz to funky tunes, the young and energetic Quartones can tailor a set to suit any event!



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  • All That Jazz Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception All That Jazz 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in South Yorkshire
    From £605 + for your drinks reception

    EXCLUSIVE TO ALIVE NETWORK - All That Jazz is a versatile collection of the country's finest young Jazz musicians. They are available in a range of ensemble formats, including duo, trio, quartet and quintet, with male & female musicians.



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  • Jim McAllister Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Jim McAllister 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in West Midlands
    From £480 + with backing tracks for your drinks reception

    Jim McAllister epitomizes all the charm and charisma of the legendary chairman of the Board. Singing all the tunes by the great crooners of our generation, Jim's star performance will leave you breathless. Discounts Available!



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  • Russell Shaun Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Russell Shaun 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Lancashire
    From £480+ for your drinks reception

    Amazing Jazz & Swing singer! Recreating the sounds of Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, Russell will bring style & sophistication to any event! Available as a solo artist or with a full band. 2-12 piece band available Michael Buble tribute available!



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  • The Swing Smiths Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception The Swing Smiths 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in London
    From £2160 + for your drinks reception

    The Swing Smiths are a sensational swing and soul band performing a huge range of hits from the Big Band, Rat Pack, Soul & Motown eras. With a distinctive sound and unrivalled performance, they are guaranteed to transform the atmosphere of your event.





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  • Jazz A La Mode Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Jazz A La Mode 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in London
    From £420 + for your drinks reception

    Superb sultry singer Jazz a la Mode is quality, elegance, sophistication and charm all in one! Available from duo to quintet, she performs jazz, bossa nova & French songs making her unique and versatile for any elegant event.



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  • Sin Compas Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Sin Compas 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in West Midlands
    From £554 + for your drinks reception

    A glorious combination of gypsy hotclub, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences underpin this superb ensemble, built around a core of two guitarists. An exciting, sensuous sound described rightly by The Times as Stylish - very stylish.



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  • The Wize-Guys Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception The Wize-Guys 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    From £1080 + for your drinks reception

    An intoxicating cocktail of Jazz and Swing anthems delivered with unique style, humor and jaw dropping instrumental ability!



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  • Little Miss Behavin Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Little Miss Behavin 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Northamptonshire
    From £480 (Solo) up to £1320 (6 Piece Band) for your drinks reception

    Little Miss Behavin is a supremely talented vocalist who has a great deal of experience performing rhythm 'n' blues, jazz & swing. Catering for many events, her songs include Ain't Misbehavin' & Georgia. She appears with a duo through to 6 piece band.



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  • The Chordaires Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception The Chordaires 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Lancashire
    From £1200+ for your drinks reception

    This versatile and talented five piece Jazz band cover a large repertoire of Jazz standards, Latin, Blues and Jump Jive. With their high energy and stylish covers, this group is perfect for private parties, weddings and corporate dinners.



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  • Johnny Fingers Trio Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Johnny Fingers Trio 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Gloucestershire
    From £660+ for your drinks reception

    A dinner jazz trio of fantastic players to compliment the atmosphere of any occasion. This act have a classy, relaxed & stylish jazz sound just perfect for either formal or laid back functions. Top class sessionists may replace the drummer or bassist.



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  • Indigo Moment Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Indigo Moment 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Manchester
    From £444 + for your drinks reception

    With smooth vocals and beautiful guitar accompaniment Indigo Moment perform timeless, classic ballads with an intimacy that is unique. Their swing and up tempo numbers are a genuine delight that bring an unrivalled atmosphere to any event.



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  • The Hot Jazz Trio Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception The Hot Jazz Trio 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Dorset
    From £960 + for your drinks reception

    Infectious rhythms & a vibrant blend of Gypsy Swing, Funky Latin & Jazz Standards all played on an all-acoustic line-up of two guitars and double bass. The Hot Jazz Trio are a suitable additional for any event.



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  • April In Paris Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception April In Paris 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Hertfordshire
    From £666+ for your drinks reception

    A vibrant & energetic jazz quartet playing a wide variety of jazz standards, cool jazz, The Great American Song Book, contemporary jazz & funk. April In Paris have the ideal sound to make a great atmosphere at any venue, function, event or party!



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  • Jazz With A Twist Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Jazz With A Twist 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    From £424 + for your drinks reception

    Stylish & sophisticated female Jazz singer available in duo with a pianist or guitarist, in trio, quartet or more. Performing retro swing and Latin hits from the 1920s - 1960s, Jazz with a Twist bring a touch of class to any event!



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  • Silkville Seven Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Silkville Seven 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in London
    From £560 for Trio, from £1200 for 7 piece for your drinks reception

    Silkville Seven are an all male, authentic New Orleans Jazz band performing from a 7 piece down to a 2-piece band, containing top young, up and coming performers; great for any event. Video Online! - Christmas songs also available!



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  • Swing Jazz Three Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Swing Jazz Three 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Hertfordshire
    From £720 + for your drinks reception

    Swing Jazz Three (or Four) are a selection of the finest musicians working the jazz circuit today. They are an instrumental group performing from a huge repertoire of superb music from composers like Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and more.



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  • Hot Licks Jazz Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception Hot Licks Jazz 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Surrey
    From £1068 + for your drinks reception

    Hot Licks Jazz are a cool, sophisticated jazz ensemble able to provide a range of vocal led or instrumental line ups. Performing a mix of Jazz, Swing, Latin, Rat Pack and more, Hot Licks Jazz are the perfect accompaniment to any event!



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  • DB Jazz Live Music to hire for a Wedding Drinks Reception DB Jazz 
    Jazz Bands
    Based in Essex
    From £1020+ for your drinks reception

    DB Jazz presents the finest in unobtrusive ambient jazz ensembles tailored to suit any occasion. From solo jazz piano to a vocal quintet, DB Jazz can guarantee you the perfect musical accompaniment for your event.



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Breaking the ice - the key to an amazing wedding

So you've got wedding guests who've either never met before, or who were on their very best behaviour last time they did. Then you've got your mates who, lets face it, they'll be happy downing the champers until the meal. In these awkward situations it's really important to put people at ease, bring everyone together and break the ice.

Luckily Alive Network has the perfect solution with our excellent Mix and Mingle entertainers. A close up magician or a caricaturist are both really good ice breakers as they bring your guests together, give them something to chat and laugh about, and they help to make the drinks reception feel fun. They will work the floor to ensure everyone is included and each finished caricature make a for an excellent wedding favor.

Also perfect for creating a talking point, why not hire a couple of professional celebrity look alikes to arrive and jazz up your guest list. You can even have a private bet between yourselves as to which guest will be most gulable and ask for an autograph first!

If you've got children in attendence then consider a professional childrens entertainer to keep them occupied. Their parents will certainly thank you for it!

If you really feel someone else really needs to take charge of things, a Toast Master is the perfect solution to keep things running to schedule and ensure everyone is where they should be.
Ice breakers for your wedding drinks reception

  • Marilyn Monroe  (Suzie Kennedy) Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Marilyn Monroe (Suzie Kennedy) 
    Look a likes
    Based in London
    From £600 +

    London based Suzie is one of the UK’s top Marilyn Monroe look-alikes. Suzie has been all over the world impersonating the Hollywood sex symbol and never fails to turn heads and attract media attention wherever she goes.

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  • Mark Reeve Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Mark Reeve 
    Caricaturists
    Based in London
    From £330+ (for 2 hours)

    Mark Reeve is a caricaturist with some very high profile credentials to his name - having worked on ITV's 'Headcases', 'Spitting Image' and worked for the Mail on Sunday, Mark is a truly talented artist. He is the perfect finishing touch to your day!

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  • Richard Wright Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Richard Wright 
    Caricaturists
    Based in Surrey
    From £300 +

    Richard Wright is a highly accomplished artist who can create memorable souvenirs for you and your guests to take home from a great event. He can draw 8 beautiful black & white portaits in an hour.

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  • The Untamed Edna Experience Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception The Untamed Edna Experience 
    Look a likes
    Based in London
    From £480 +

    Simon Whitehouse provides you with an incredible look-alike/sound-alike tribute to Dame Edna for any occasion. Available for compering, mix & mingle or wedding speeches.

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  • Ivo the Caricaturist Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Ivo the Caricaturist 
    Caricaturists
    Based in London
    From £288 +

    With his charismatic sense of humour and quick drawings, this brilliant artist is the perfect choice to provide a hilarious atmosphere to entertain your guests.

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  • Johnny Depp Captain Jack Sparrow Lookalike Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Johnny Depp Captain Jack Sparrow Lookalike 
    Look a likes
    Based in London
    From £480+

    One of the most authentic and convincing Johnny Depp/Captain Jack lookalikes you'll find. Always entertaining, professional, charming and funny and available for any event!

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  • Mathew Knight Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Mathew Knight 
    Magicians
    Based in Nottinghamshire
    From £336 +

    Specialising in modern magic, Mathew Knight is a highly rated, professional & unique performer. Available for any occasion, Mathew can entertain guests with close-up magic, mix & mingle & table magic packages.

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  • Ivor The Artist Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Ivor The Artist 
    Caricaturists
    Based in West Yorkshire
    From £330+

    Ivor can bring a smile to the face of any jaded cynic. As a present, he is personal and unique, as entertainment he is fun and will leave lasting memories and as promotional items he will make a big impression.

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  • Manuel (Charles Haslett) Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Manuel (Charles Haslett) 
    Look a likes
    Based in Dorset
    From £600 +

    Acknowledged by Andrew Sachs (the original Manuel) as the best impersonator of the character.

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  • Adam Crazy Caricatures Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Adam Crazy Caricatures 
    Caricaturists
    Based in Cheshire
    From £300 +

    If you're looking for something unique for your event, look no further than Adam's Crazy Caricatures. Great fun for you & your guests at any event.

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  • Kate Middleton Lookalike Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Kate Middleton Lookalike 
    Look a likes
    Based in Northamptonshire
    From £480 +

    The UK's most realistic Kate Middleton lookalike! Often mistaken for the Duchess of Cambridge, our convincing lookalike brings a regal theme to any event!

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  • Simon Si Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Simon Si 
    Magicians
    Based in Somerset
    From £300 +

    Simon Si is an award winning close up and comedy magician. One of UK's busiest magicians at the moment. Expert sleight of hand magic artist and fantastic comedy magician. Recently voted 2013 Best Entertainment (Non-Musical) in Bath and Somerset Area.

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  • C R Caricatures Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception C R Caricatures 
    Caricaturists
    Based in Shropshire
    From £300 +

    C R Caricatures travels far and wide, mainly working at weddings, corporate events, balls & dinners, trade fairs, company launches, shopping centres & parties for all ages from kids up to adults.

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  • Keven Starl Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Keven Starl 
    Magicians
    Based in Surrey
    From £420 +

    Keven has been performing professionally for the past 8 years, scoring all kinds of gigs worldwide also working for The Royal family. Dubbed one of the UK's top Close-up Magicians. He offers a money back guarantee if his performance is not up to standard

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  • Adam Keisner Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Adam Keisner 
    Magicians
    Based in London
    From £360 +

    Adam Keisner is an award winning close up magician who captures and directs his audience’s attention leaving them surprised and baffled but always entertained.

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  • Charles Burns (silhouette artist) Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Charles Burns (silhouette artist) 
    Caricaturists
    Based in Berkshire
    From £660 +

    Charles is widely regarded as the finest silhouette cutter practicing in the country today - a unique and highly personalised touch to your day!

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  • David Penn Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception David Penn 
    Magicians
    Based in Northamptonshire
    From £660+

    David Penn is a Britian's Got Talent Live Finalist & 7 times National award wining magician & Illusionist! Providing the ultimate experience in close up magic, cabaret & illusion stage shows, David will entertain, astound & enhance your event!

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  • Doug Segal Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Doug Segal 
    Magicians
    Based in Suffolk
    From £576+

    Doug Segal is a mind-reader who has sold out London theatres & performed live on BBC One. Entertaining & mind-blowing bespoke after dinner entertainment with either his 5 STAR stage show or mingling with the crowd, performing close up mind-games!

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  • Louis Cyphre Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception Louis Cyphre 
    Magicians
    Based in West Yorkshire
    From £420 +

    Slick, stylish & elegant close up magic from one of the UK’s Premier Magical Entertainers. Louis’s skills are in demand from many of the best venues & events throughout the UK. Stunning modern magic from a charismatic & accomplished performer!

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  • The Psychic Entertainer Live Entertainment for a Wedding Drinks Reception The Psychic Entertainer 
    Magicians
    Based in West Yorkshire
    From £420 +

    Have your audience gasp in amazement as their thoughts are predicted, cutlery bends in their hands & passions are revealed within the lines of their palm! The Psychic Entertainer is the ultimate in creating unique & compelling enterainment!

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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!

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Which gulable guest will ask for an autograph first?
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