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wedding entertainment hire - the ultimate guide

Your Ultimate Guide to Hiring the Best Wedding Entertainment

Wedding Bands and Wedding 
Musicians in the UK

You're here! The best place to get wedding entertainment inspiration online. Get advice from experts and real couples. Cherrypick the best wedding bands, musicians, DJs and entertainers, and hire from the UK's biggest entertainment agency. And ditch the wedmin with our super smart planning tips. Scroll, share, enjoy!

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What’s My Wedding
 Style?

Love to hit the festival scene every summer? Fan of all things vintage? Your big day is about celebrating 
the things you both love in life. Your favourite music, style, or love of a great party!

Our nifty guide will help you hire bands and entertainers in tune with your style and life loves. 
Get artist ideas based on the wedding themes you’re feeling, from rustic to retro. And go rogue! 
Browse all styles to find a music match that’s all your own.

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Entertainment

Let's do this! Select your styles below...

2. Rustic & DIY

Your wedding entertainment ideas, love from Alive!

Think handmade decor, beautiful rural surroundings, lantern-lit barns and footstomping, joy-filled live music. Two words. Yes please. Read more...

We love our laidback, rustic loving couples. For you guys, lovingly-made details and live music are at the heart of your day. From Mumford style chart-topping bluegrass, to a good old Ceilidh band, it’s the kind of wedding we all want to be guests at – downing bespoke craft beers, eating a tower of artisan cheese and dancing ‘til dawn!

Let’s get started…

My Rustic Mood Board
Your wedding entertainment lookbook

Roaming Bands & Roving MusiciansSilent DiscoAcoustic Singer GuitaristsMumford and Sons Style Wedding BandsWedding CaricaturistsWedding Ceilidh BandsAcoustic Duos Wedding CaricaturistsRoaming Bands & Roving MusiciansSilent DiscoAcoustic DuosAcoustic Singer GuitaristsWedding Ceilidh BandsMumford and Sons Style Wedding Bands

My Big Moments
Entertainment for your perfect W-day!

My Rustic Ceremony

Prelude (as guests arrive) with music for about 30 mins. Processional, signing of the register and recessional, usually 3-4 songs.

Top Tip

Beat the budget - search for artists near your unique wedding location here and get the best price. Simpy click the 'nearest to me' button at the top of your results to reorder by location. Sweet!

Want more ideas on all things Ceremony? Check out our full roster of wedding ceremony entertainment here!

My Drinks Reception

After the ceremony, as guests mingle. Music is usually 2 x 45 min sets.

More Ideas?

Too many artists, too little space!
Check out our full Rustic and DIY collections for more entertainment ideas to suit your big day.

Want more ideas, tips and handy hints? Check out our wedding drinks reception entertainment ideas here.

My Wedding Breakfast

During the meal, before the speeches. Music is usually 2 x 45 min sets.

Want to see more? Check out our wedding breakfast music & entertainment ideas here.

My Rustic Evening Reception

Music is usually 2 x 60 min sets.

Top Tip

Many bands offer additional daytime-friendly set ups for your wedding ceremony or wedding breakfast. Simply check the booking options on their profile page. It may be easier and cheaper than booking separate artists – good news for the wedmin and the budget!

Want more inspiration? Check out our wedding evening entertainment ideas here.

Something Special? D-I-Y My Disco!

How about a super personalise-able Silent Disco for you DIY-loving couples? Dance to music played through personal headphones rather than speakers, and choose between three channels of music. Cool grandparents can rock out to Led Zepp, sharing the same dancefloor as ravers partying to hard-core dance. Count us in!

My Wedding Music Soundtrack
Ideas for your Rustic wedding playlist

More Playlist Ideas

Civil Ceremony Music Ideas

Wondering what makes great, non-religious civil wedding ceremony music? Alive Network... Read more...

Choosing Music For A Wedding Reception

Helpful hints and tips to guide you through choosing the right live music for your we... Read more...

A Classical Guitarists Guide to the Top 20 Guitar Songs for ...

Are you looking to hire a classical guitarist for your wedding? Are you in need of so... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding First Dances for a Ceilidh or Folk Band to Pl...

The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song... Read more...

Choosing Live Music For Your Wedding Ceremony

Here at Alive Network we hire entertainment for more than 5000 weddings each year. We... Read more...

Wedding Hymns: The Ultimate Wedding Hymn Resource

Find the best traditional & modern hymns in our ultimate guide to popular wedding hym... Read more...

Inspire Me
More Rustic wedding entertainment ideas...

40+ Music & Entertainment Ideas for Rustic Weddings

Rustic weddings are all about lovingly-made décor, beautifully-lit barns and amazing live music. From Mumford-style bands and... Read more...

Mumford & Sons Style Indie Folk Rock Bands

Find the perfect band for your homespun, rustic, vintage or festival wedding with our modern indie folk rock style bands.... Read more...

50+ Ideas for DIY Wedding Reception Entertainment

Handmade touches and truly unique styling is what it’s all about. Extend the DIY detailing to your entertainment with our co... Read more...

The Acoustic Afternoon Collection

Set the perfect chilled PM vibe for your guests with amazing harmonies, warm guitars and that laidback feel of an acoustic pe... Read more...

Roaming Bands & Roving Musicians For Hire

Involve your guests in incredible, interactive live music with the best unplugged, acapella and acoustic artists with licence... Read more...

The Summer Garden Party Entertainment Collection

Check out this collection of our very best summer party entertainers, bands and musicians for hire!... Read more...

The Upbeat Background Music Collection

Put a smile on your guests’ faces with our upbeat background artists. Explore our artist selection for that moment when the c... Read more...

The Singer Guitarist Collection

Perfect for a wide range of event types and spaces, hire our fantastic singer guitarists for a versatile live music performan... Read more...

The Pianist Singers Collection

An exclusive collection of the UK's finest pianist singers, available to hire for venues, weddings, events and parties.... Read more...

The Village Fête Collection

Love the spin of the tombola and the fun of the coconut shy? Sample our prize hamper of entertainers and performers fit for E... Read more...

The Mellow Out & Chill Collection

Hire our best singers and musicians to provide beautifully subtle entertainment, perfect for relaxed event atmospheres.... Read more...

25 Sizzling Ideas for Summer Wedding Entertainment

Make the most of the sunshine and delight your guests with the best in British summertime entertainment for your wedding day ... Read more...

Céilidh or Ceilidh – A Great Wedding Party

Looking for reasons to book a Ceilidh band for a wedding? You shouldn't need any! ...But we've put together a list to remind ... Read more...

5 Great Reasons to Book a Barn Dance Band for Your Wedding O...

There's something infectious about an American barn dance that just makes you want to get up and dance, preferably in your be... Read more...

How To Make Your Wedding More Fun

According to a recent survey, 70% of brides and grooms want their wedding to be described as fun and that's just what Alive N... Read more...

Fun Wedding Entertainment Inspiration

Wedding entertainment isn't just about the evening party, it's also about entertaining your guests throughout the day, so the... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding First Dances for a Ceilidh or Folk Band to Pl...

The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song is chosen which holds meaning for the h... Read more...

Top 10 Classical Guitarists For Hire 2017

Check out this year's top ten list of the hottest classical guitarists to hire for your wedding ceremony or private party !... Read more...

Top 10 Pianists For Hire 2017

Check out this year's top ten list of the hottest pianists available to hire for your wedding reception and/or wedding ceremo... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding Bands For Hire 2017

This year's top ten list of the hottest wedding bands for hire in the UK right now!... Read more...

4. Boho & Festival

Your wedding entertainment ideas, love from Alive!

Colourful, casual and effortless. It’s the wedding equivalent of just throwing on any old dress and looking uh-mazing. Think tousled tresses, cute flower crowns, tipis and a laidback, fun feel. Read more...

For you boho and festival loving couples, it’s all about authentic live music, personal details and that amazing wedfest vibe. Your Pyramid stage-worthy headliner band is a given, but there are loads of other ideas for you to create big feels with a great entertainment line up, making your big day or wedding weekender one amazing flag-flying day to remember.

Pop on your VIP wristbands and let’s get started...

My Festival Line Up
Your wedding entertainment wish list

Acoustic DuosCampervan BarsHeadliner BandsCircus PerformersWedding GuitaristsBrass Fusion EnsembleWedding DJs Acoustic DuosHeadliner BandsCampervan BarsWedding GuitaristsCircus PerformersWedding DJsBrass Fusion Ensemble

My Big Moments
Entertainment for your perfect Wedfest!

My Boho Ceremony

Prelude (as guests arrive) with music for about 30 mins. Processional, signing of the register and recessional, usually 3-4 songs.

 More Boho? 

Find entertainment that's as effortless as your wedding style in our Boho Wedding Collection.

Want more ideas? Check out our wedding ceremony music & entertainment ideas here!

My Drinks Reception

After the ceremony, as guests mingle. Music is usually 2 x 45 min sets.

More Please!

Go here for more pop up bars, and here for more festival-style street & circus performers. Not your bag? Go here for other entertainment ideas for your boho-style wedding reception.

Want more? Check out drinks reception music & entertainment ideas page here.

My Wedding Breakfast

During the meal, before the speeches. Music is usually 2 x 45 min sets.

  • Your Perfect Fit: A cool and quirky Brass Fusion Ensemble
  • Your Feel: The biggest of big entrances as Mr & Mrs - think Beyoncé and MJ classics played in a joy-filled, brass style!
  • Your Budget: £600 – £2,000
  • You'll Love: BrassWerk (actual festival favourites!) & London Street Brass

Gimme More!

Get your ears around more brilliantly unique music picks here.

For more ideas, tips and handy hints check out our wedding breakfast music & entertainment ideas here.

My Boho Evening Reception

Music is usually 2 x 60 min sets.

Did You Know?

When Dirty Weekend member Thom isn't headlining at your wedding, he'll be charting with his original band Skinny Lister, and touring with festival favourite Frank Turner. The real deal!

You've Hit The Jackpot!

Bands are our forte. We're the go to people for the UK's best bands (say the bods at Google, and our lovely couples. Aww shucks guys!) Take a look at the UK's best wedding bands here.

Want more inspiration for your Evening Party? Check out our wedding evening entertainment ideas here.

Boho Bonus... My After Party

How about a dance DJ for those sundown celebrations around the fire pit?

Want More?

Click here to check out our top dance DJs to fill the floor at your Boho / Festival Wedding.

MY WEDDING MUSIC SOUNDTRACK
Ideas For Your Boho Wedding Playlist

More Playlist Ideas

Civil Ceremony Music Ideas

Wondering what makes great, non-religious civil wedding ceremony music? Alive Network... Read more...

Choosing Music For A Wedding Reception

Helpful hints and tips to guide you through choosing the right live music for your we... Read more...

A Classical Guitarists Guide to the Top 20 Guitar Songs for ...

Are you looking to hire a classical guitarist for your wedding? Are you in need of so... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding First Dances for a Ceilidh or Folk Band to Pl...

The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song... Read more...

Choosing Live Music For Your Wedding Ceremony

Here at Alive Network we hire entertainment for more than 5000 weddings each year. We... Read more...

Wedding Hymns: The Ultimate Wedding Hymn Resource

Find the best traditional & modern hymns in our ultimate guide to popular wedding hym... Read more...

Inspire Me
More Boho Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Boho Wedding Music & Entertainment Ideas

Looking for entertainment that’s as effortless as your flower crown-wearing style? Raises hand. Well here’s some gorgeously b... Read more...

The Festival Collection

Whether you’re planning your wedstival or a boho summer party, press play on your festival event with our colourful, camperva... Read more...

The Crowd Surfing Bride Collection

Ditch the dancefloor for the mosh pit and rage against tradition with our collection of killer rock bands. Recreate all the f... Read more...

Mumford & Sons Style Indie Folk Rock Bands

Find the perfect band for your homespun, rustic, vintage or festival wedding with our modern indie folk rock style bands.... Read more...

The Best Party Ever Collection

Looking to throw the best party ever, with the best live music and live entertainment? Feast your eyes on this collection!... Read more...

The Summer Garden Party Entertainment Collection

Check out this collection of our very best summer party entertainers, bands and musicians for hire!... Read more...

Roaming Bands & Roving Musicians For Hire

Involve your guests in incredible, interactive live music with the best unplugged, acapella and acoustic artists with licence... Read more...

The Upbeat Background Music Collection

Put a smile on your guests’ faces with our upbeat background artists. Explore our artist selection for that moment when the c... Read more...

Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas

From Rockabilly and Folk covers of modern pop songs, to indie rock wedding bands fit for festival stages, if you're looking f... Read more...

The Rock Band Collection

Looking for a little bit of Rock to kick start your party? Our hand-picked bands offer infectious energy, rocking repertoires... Read more...

The Rock My Wedding Collection

Turn it up to eleven and bring the house down with our selection of live music bands for live music fans! Live bands don't g... Read more...

The Singer Guitarist Collection

Perfect for a wide range of event types and spaces, hire our fantastic singer guitarists for a versatile live music performan... Read more...

The Village Fête Collection

Love the spin of the tombola and the fun of the coconut shy? Sample our prize hamper of entertainers and performers fit for E... Read more...

The Country Fair Collection

Recreate the bygone magic of a country fair with our fun and family friendly country fair entertainment collection. Just don’... Read more...

The Cirque du Soleil Collection

Heart stopping acrobatic manoeuvres… death-defying fire performers… rolling-in-the-aisles slapstick! Step right up and bring ... Read more...

The Mellow Out & Chill Collection

Hire our best singers and musicians to provide beautifully subtle entertainment, perfect for relaxed event atmospheres.... Read more...

Midsummer Music And Mud - Create Your Own Festival This Summ...

Avoid the driving, the camping, the tramping, the queuing and the credit card hammering that is the UK summer music festival ... Read more...

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Can't decide what type of live band will suit your wedding, corporate event or private party the best? Alive Network have cre... Read more...

How Street Performers Bring A Festival Vibe To Any Event

Looking to hire something different for your event? Are you looking for something to really impress your guests? Our Street e... Read more...

How To Make Your Wedding More Fun

According to a recent survey, 70% of brides and grooms want their wedding to be described as fun and that's just what Alive N... Read more...

25 Sizzling Ideas for Summer Wedding Entertainment

Make the most of the sunshine and delight your guests with the best in British summertime entertainment for your wedding day ... Read more...

Fun Wedding Entertainment Inspiration

Wedding entertainment isn't just about the evening party, it's also about entertaining your guests throughout the day, so the... Read more...

5 Great Reasons to Book a Barn Dance Band for Your Wedding O...

There's something infectious about an American barn dance that just makes you want to get up and dance, preferably in your be... Read more...

Booking A Wedding Band: How To Ensure Everything Runs Smooth...

It's your big day - congratulations! This article offers a few insights and tips to help ensure your evening reception goes w... Read more...

Wedding Discos vs Wedding Bands

If your big music decision for your wedding day is wedding disco or live wedding band, then check out this post discussing th... Read more...

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Hire Live Musicians For Their ...

If you want your special day to be extra special, live music is the perfect accompaniment to every magical moment of your wed... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding First Dances for a Ceilidh or Folk Band to Pl...

The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song is chosen which holds meaning for the h... Read more...

The Wedding First Dance Songs Everyone Chooses!

Aside from trying to get through the vows without your voice-wavering and a tear rolling down your cheek, the next most nerve... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding Bands For Hire 2017

This year's top ten list of the hottest wedding bands for hire in the UK right now!... Read more...

Top 10 Jazz Bands For Hire 2017

Check out this year's top ten list of the hottest jazz bands available to hire for your wedding, party or corporate event!... Read more...

6. Country Garden

Your wedding entertainment ideas, love from Alive!

Ahh the prettiest of weddings! Fresh, floral and full of English country charm. Think gorgeous greenery and handtied wild flowers with lawn games, ice cream and lovely live music. Pass the Champers! Read more...

Celebrations in beloved gardens, local grounds or even a family home are especially personal and meaningful. That’s why your entertainment should be too. Choose bespoke musical arrangements for your ceremony, and fun outdoor games that your family and friends will love. In the evening, take to a marquee bedecked in fairy lights for a live rendition of your first dance under a floral chandelier!

We’re just warming up! Let’s get started…

My Country Garden Edit
Your wedding entertainment mood board

Wedding String QuartetsCampervan Photo BoothClassical GuitaristsParty DJsArtisan Ice Cream Party BandsJazz Ensembles Campervan Photo BoothWedding String QuartetsClassical GuitaristsParty DJsArtisan Ice CreamJazz EnsemblesParty Bands

My Big Moments
Wedding Entertainment for your perfect W-day!

My Country Garden Ceremony

Prelude (as guests arrive) with music for about 30 mins. Processional, signing of the register and recessional, usually 3-4 songs.

Did You Know?

If you’re stumped for ideas and you want advice from a real-life-and-very-lovely person that lives to help out couples like you, no problemo! Book Your Unique Wedding consultation slot to speak with one of our expert bods. You can book a time that’s good for you, so no need for an awkward “I’m at work” conversation in front of your boss. Happy days!

Want more ideas? Check out our wedding ceremony music & entertainment ideas here!

My Drinks Reception

After the ceremony, as guests mingle. Music is usually in 2 x 45 min sets.

Top Tip

Obviously, we know it will be wall-to-wall sunshine on your big day. Fact. But just in case, be sure to set up any outside entertainment under shelter, a gazebo for example. This will not only protect them and their instruments and equipment from the rain (defo not gonna happen…) but will also shade them from any scorching sunshine. Likewise, some instruments like harps, cellos or double basses are best not put directly onto grass, so a rubber mat or solid floor is a good idea.

Want more ideas, tips and handy links? Check out our wedding drinks reception entertainment page here.

My Wedding Breakfast

During the meal, before the speeches. Music is usually in 2 x 45 min sets.

  • Your Perfect Fit: Jazz Ensembles
  • Your Feel: Lively, friendly and sparkling!
  • Your Budget: £450 – £1,500
  • You’ll Love: The Quartones

 More Outdoor Ideas!

Check out our Country Garden and Outdoor Wedding collections for more lovely entertainment ideas for your al fresco wedding.

Want more inspiration? Check out our wedding breakfast music & entertainment ideas here.

My Country Garden Reception

Music in 2 x 60 min sets.

Top Tip

Do your band research to make sure they are perfect for you! Check out your favourite artists' profile pages to see full song lists, audio clips, and most have showreels or live videos too. If you really want a special song and it’s not listed, just ask! Most bands will learn it for you, for only a wee bit extra. It’s worth it to hear your favourite song played live.  Likewise, most DJs will put together a personalised set for you, given notice. Noughties party hour, anyone?
  • Your Perfect Fit: Live party bands & DJs (that play some of your all-time favourite tracks)
  • Your Feel: Your fave songs and a marquee made for dancing...
  • Your Budget: £1,000 – £3,000
  • You’ll Love: Fraudio & DJ Markus

Want more? Check out our wedding evening entertainment ideas here.

Something Special?

How about a cool twist on the traditional photo booth for your outdoor setting?

Fancy A Package?

If you’re mulling over a few services from one supplier – eg maybe your ice cream people, sweet cart people and your photo booth people are the very same? – ask about a package deal. You may get more bang for your buck.

My Wedding Music Soundtrack
Ideas For Your Country Garden Playlist

More Playlist Ideas

Civil Ceremony Music Ideas

Wondering what makes great, non-religious civil wedding ceremony music? Alive Network... Read more...

Choosing Music For A Wedding Reception

Helpful hints and tips to guide you through choosing the right live music for your we... Read more...

A Classical Guitarists Guide to the Top 20 Guitar Songs for ...

Are you looking to hire a classical guitarist for your wedding? Are you in need of so... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding First Dances for a Ceilidh or Folk Band to Pl...

The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song... Read more...

Choosing Live Music For Your Wedding Ceremony

Here at Alive Network we hire entertainment for more than 5000 weddings each year. We... Read more...

Wedding Hymns: The Ultimate Wedding Hymn Resource

Find the best traditional & modern hymns in our ultimate guide to popular wedding hym... Read more...

Inspire Me
Country Garden Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Country Garden Wedding Music & Entertainment Ideas

Pass the Pimms! We’re talking a gorgeously green wedding full of traditional country charm. Think lawn games, sweet outdoor t... Read more...

50+ Ideas for Outdoor Wedding Entertainment

Sunshine, love and live entertainment…Count us in! Check out our collection of artists perfect for your al fresco celebration... Read more...

Summer Wedding Themed Music & Entertainment Ideas

Recreate the glamour of the French Riviera for your blissful summer wedding. Sip champers by the sea with a DJ pumping your f... Read more...

The Enchanting Wedding Collection

Make it magical with our hand-picked collection of enchanting artists to complete your fairytale wedding. Leave your guests s... Read more...

Mumford & Sons Style Indie Folk Rock Bands

Find the perfect band for your homespun, rustic, vintage or festival wedding with our modern indie folk rock style bands.... Read more...

The Acoustic Afternoon Collection

Set the perfect chilled PM vibe for your guests with amazing harmonies, warm guitars and that laidback feel of an acoustic pe... Read more...

The Summer Garden Party Entertainment Collection

Check out this collection of our very best summer party entertainers, bands and musicians for hire!... Read more...

Roaming Bands & Roving Musicians For Hire

Involve your guests in incredible, interactive live music with the best unplugged, acapella and acoustic artists with licence... Read more...

The Upbeat Background Music Collection

Put a smile on your guests’ faces with our upbeat background artists. Explore our artist selection for that moment when the c... Read more...

Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas

From Rockabilly and Folk covers of modern pop songs, to indie rock wedding bands fit for festival stages, if you're looking f... Read more...

The Singer Guitarist Collection

Perfect for a wide range of event types and spaces, hire our fantastic singer guitarists for a versatile live music performan... Read more...

The Mellow Out & Chill Collection

Hire our best singers and musicians to provide beautifully subtle entertainment, perfect for relaxed event atmospheres.... Read more...

25 Sizzling Ideas for Summer Wedding Entertainment

Make the most of the sunshine and delight your guests with the best in British summertime entertainment for your wedding day ... Read more...

How To Make Your Wedding More Fun

According to a recent survey, 70% of brides and grooms want their wedding to be described as fun and that's just what Alive N... Read more...

Céilidh or Ceilidh – A Great Wedding Party

Looking for reasons to book a Ceilidh band for a wedding? You shouldn't need any! ...But we've put together a list to remind ... Read more...

Fun Wedding Entertainment Inspiration

Wedding entertainment isn't just about the evening party, it's also about entertaining your guests throughout the day, so the... Read more...

A Classical Guitarists Guide to the Top 20 Guitar Songs for ...

Are you looking to hire a classical guitarist for your wedding? Are you in need of some inspiration choosing the perfect piec... Read more...

5 Great Reasons to Book a Barn Dance Band for Your Wedding O...

There's something infectious about an American barn dance that just makes you want to get up and dance, preferably in your be... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding First Dances for a Ceilidh or Folk Band to Pl...

The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song is chosen which holds meaning for the h... Read more...

Midsummer Music And Mud - Create Your Own Festival This Summ...

Avoid the driving, the camping, the tramping, the queuing and the credit card hammering that is the UK summer music festival ... Read more...

Top 5 Entertainment Ideas For A Summer Garden Party

If the weather holds out this summer, you might be considering a traditional garden party. Alive Network has put together its... Read more...

How Street Performers Bring A Festival Vibe To Any Event

Looking to hire something different for your event? Are you looking for something to really impress your guests? Our Street e... Read more...

Top 10 Classical Guitarists For Hire 2017

Check out this year's top ten list of the hottest classical guitarists to hire for your wedding ceremony or private party !... Read more...

Top 10 Jazz Bands For Hire 2017

Check out this year's top ten list of the hottest jazz bands available to hire for your wedding, party or corporate event!... Read more...

Top 10 Caricaturists For Hire 2017

Check out this year's top ten list of the hottest caricaturists available to hire for your wedding, party or corporate event!... Read more...

Top 10 Harpists For Hire 2017

Check out this year's top ten list of the hottest harpists available to hire for your wedding ceremony or drinks reception!... Read more...

3. Vintage & Retro

Your wedding entertainment ideas, love from Alive!

Timeless, era-inspired and oh so stylish. You’re witty, partial to a bit of bunting and love cool, retro details. (Me thinks we’re going to get on well…) Read more...

Happy days for vintage loving couples, because entertainment suits your wedding like you suit each other! It’s one of the most effective ways to pull together everything you love about your vintage style on your big day. Whether your thing is the Gatsby glamour of Art Deco, the chintzy charm of the 1940’s, the iconic rock n roll style of the 1950’s, or you just want a modern-retro feel, you have so many great, all-year-round entertainment options that it’s one of our favourite styles. *Insert excited, clappy-hands meme*

Let’s get started...

My Vintage Lookbook
Your wedding entertainment mood board

Wedding PianistsModern-Vintage BandsVintage SingersGin & Cocktail BarsVinyl JukeboxesVintage DuosSwing Singers for WeddingsGramophone DJs Wedding PianistsModern-Vintage BandsVintage SingersVintage DuosGin & Cocktail BarsGramophone DJsVinyl JukeboxesSwing Singers for Weddings

My Big Moments
Entertainment for your perfect W-day!

My Vintage Ceremony

Prelude (as guests arrive) with music for about 30 mins. Processional, signing of the register and recessional, usually 3-4 songs.

Did You Know?

Looking for something special but you don’t quite know what?! We have just the thing! Book a consultation to chat to one of our lovely expert bods about all things wedding entertainment! You can sort a time that’s good for you, so no need for an awkward "I’m at work" conversation in front of your boss. Happy days!

Want more ideas and info? Check out our wedding ceremony music & entertainment ideas here!

My Drinks Reception

After the ceremony, as guests mingle. Music is usually played in 2 x 45 min sets.

More Please! 

So many different eras to take inspiration from, too little space! Check out our vintage wedding musicians & vintage entertainment ideas for more artists matching your specific vintage style or era.

Want more ideas, tips and handy hints? Check out our wedding drinks reception entertainment ideas here.

My Wedding Breakfast

During the meal, before the speeches. Music is usually played in 2 x 45 min sets.

Top Tip

Beat the budget! Search for Swing and Rat Pack singers near your venue and get the best price. Simply search and click the 'Nearest to Me' button above your results to reorder by location. Smooth!

Want more ideas? Check out our wedding breakfast music & entertainment ideas here.

My Vintage Evening Reception

Music is usually played in 2 x 60 min sets.

Top Tip

Planning on booking a modern-vintage band for your evening party? Most usually offer additional daytime-friendly set-ups for your wedding ceremony or wedding breakfast. It may be easier and cheaper than booking separate artists – good news for the wedmin and the budget! Check out more modern-vintage bands in our collection here. (You’re very welcome!)

Want more inspiration? Check out our wedding evening entertainment ideas here.

My Final Touches?

What do you, The Fonz, and pretty much everyone else have in common? We all love a vinyl jukebox! Perfect for your throwback soundtrack, and will look gorgeous to boot.
And if you fancy something completely different for your vintage style, how about a Gramophone DJ?! “Spin those spiffing tunes, kind Sir!”

Gimme More!

Check out even more vintage entertainment ideas here.

MY WEDDING MUSIC SOUNDTRACK
Ideas For Your Vintage Wedding Playlist

More Playlist Ideas

Civil Ceremony Music Ideas

Wondering what makes great, non-religious civil wedding ceremony music? Alive Network... Read more...

Choosing Music For A Wedding Reception

Helpful hints and tips to guide you through choosing the right live music for your we... Read more...

A Classical Guitarists Guide to the Top 20 Guitar Songs for ...

Are you looking to hire a classical guitarist for your wedding? Are you in need of so... Read more...

Top 10 Wedding First Dances for a Ceilidh or Folk Band to Pl...

The first dance is a personal moment for the bride and groom and often a special song... Read more...

Choosing Live Music For Your Wedding Ceremony

Here at Alive Network we hire entertainment for more than 5000 weddings each year. We... Read more...

Wedding Hymns: The Ultimate Wedding Hymn Resource

Find the best traditional & modern hymns in our ultimate guide to popular wedding hym... Read more...

Inspire Me
More Vintage wedding entertainment ideas

50+ Music & Entertainment Ideas for Vintage Weddings

Love cool, retro details? Partial to a chintzy tea set? Well we’ve got a collection that will make your vintage hearts sing. ... Read more...

The Modern Songs in a Vintage Style Collection

Think vintage-style covers of modern rock & pop songs, performed by extraordinary artists, loved by everyone!... Read more...

The Vintage Themed Entertainment Collection

Vintage-style events turn something old into something new. Capture the glamour of a bygone era with our 'not olden, just gol... Read more...

1920s Great Gatsby Themed Entertainment Collection

1920’s Great Gatsby Themed Entertainment Collection from Alive Network. Recreate the roaring twenties with our fun and flirty... Read more...

The Swinging 60s Collection

Check out this collection of our very best swinging 60s themed party entertainers, bands and musicians for hire!... Read more...

The 1950s Rock n Roll Collection

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7. Classic & Elegant

Your wedding entertainment ideas, love from Alive!

Elegant, light and always in style. We’re thinking metallic and pastel touches, delicate lighting (oooh tealights!), with personal touches to make it your own, like a cool string quartet playing your favourite indie anthem. Read more...

For classic and elegant couples, your timeless-yet-contemporary feel means you can go as big and bold (or discreet and laid back) as you want with your entertainment. We love classical musicians with a modern twist for your big daytime moments, and a knockout premier party band that gets everyone doing pointy-finger-in-the-air dancing for your all-important evening celebrations. Then capture all the shenanigans on camera with a modern classic – the mighty photo booth!

Let’s get started...

My Classic Lookbook
Your wedding entertainment edit

Photo BoothsPianist SingersClose-Up MagiciansPremier Party BandsClassical StringsBagpipers Close-Up Wedding MagiciansPhoto BoothsClassical StringsPianist Singers

My Big Moments
Wedding Entertainment for your perfect W-day!

My Classic Ceremony

Prelude (as guests arrive) with music for about 30 mins. Processional, signing of the register and recessional, usually 3-4 songs.

Fancy something old and something new?

Many of our classical musicians have gorgeous arrangements of recent chart tracks in their repertoire.

Simply go here to search for classical musicians available on your date, and check their repertoire on the right hand side of the page. Alternatively, just contact one of our lovely Entertainment Coordinators and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!

Want more ideas and info? Check out our wedding ceremony music & entertainment ideas here!

My Drinks Reception

After the ceremony, as guests mingle. Music is usually 2 x 45 min sets.

 Top Tip

As well as welcoming the bride and groom and guests to the drinks reception, the bagpipes can be played before the wedding ceremony to welcome your guests, to accompany the bridal party's walk into the venue, the bridal entrance, and your walk back down the aisle as newlyweds. In Scottish tradition, a piper will also announce the wedding breakfast and pipe the couple to the top table.

Want more ideas, tips and handy hints? Check out our wedding drinks reception entertainment ideas here.

My Wedding Breakfast

During the meal, before the speeches. Music is usually 2 x 45 min sets.

  • Your Perfect Fit: A Close-Up Magician. Forget glamorous assistants, white gloves and other kitsch. These guys are all about stylish, uber cool, street magic. Uh-mazing.
  • Your Feel: Unacquainted guests seated together? Let the conversations begin!
  • Your Budget: £300 – £650
  • You’ll Love: Mathew Knight & Luca Valentino

More non-musical choice?

Want to check out other non-musical entertainers for your Wedding Breakfast? There’s a roster for that! Have a mooch at some of the UK’s best non-musical performers here.

Want more inspiration? Check out our wedding breakfast music & entertainment ideas here.

My Elegant Evening Party

Music is usually 2 x 60 min sets.

Woo hoo! You’ve hit the jackpot!

Bands are our forte.  We’re the go to people for the UK’s very best bands, so say the bods at Google, and our lovely couples. Aww shucks guys!  Take a look at the UK’s best party bands for your wedding here. Your dancefloor-loving friends will thank you for it.

Want more ideas and inspiration? Check out our wedding evening entertainment ideas here.

Super Snaps!

So you’re planning an amazing party. But your photographer is only booked 'til 8pm? Two words. Photo booth!

Producing cool, instant photos on the night, these fellas now come in all shapes and styles, so you can tailor your booth to your groove. Retro, colourful, cool…with or without flattering filters… Now everybody smile and say ‘Artisan Cheese’!

Need an entertainment genie?

Not quite sure what entertainment you’re after? Book Your Unique Wedding consultation slot to chat through ideas with one of our lovely expert team! You can sort a time that’s good for you, so no need for an awkward ‘I’m just in Sainsbury’s, I’ll have to call you back…’ conversation in the middle of your grocery shop. Great for on-the-go couples!

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5. Fairytale & Romantic

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We love that you’re romantic and a little bit fanciful when it comes to your nuptials – and quite frankly, we don’t want your big day to be ‘just fine’ either!  That’s why we’re thinking big in the most tasteful way. Ethereal harp music, twinkling tree lights, a flower wall,  something unexpected to wow your guests – say, singing waiters or a firework display. And how about a live wedding band, fit for a certain red-haired, real-life Prince? Yes, really! Your big day will be so dazzling it will need its own Instagram account. Now where did we put that magic wand?

Shall we begin...

My Fairytale Wish List
Your wedding entertainment mood board

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My Big Moments
Entertainment for your dream day!

My Romantic Ceremony

Prelude (as guests arrive) with music for about 30 mins. Processional, signing of the register and recessional, usually 3-4 songs.

 Magical meets modern!

Many of our classical musicians have gorgeous arrangements of recent chart tracks in their repertoire. Simply go here to search for classical musicians available on your date, and check their repertoire on the right hand side of the page. If you have no time to search, just contact one of our lovely Entertainment Coordinators and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!

Want more ideas and info? Check out our wedding ceremony music & entertainment ideas here!

My Drinks Reception

After the ceremony, as guests mingle. Music is usually 2 x 45 min sets.

Need a Fairy Godmother?

Not quite sure what entertainment your heart desires? Book a consultation to chat through ideas with one of our lovely expert team. You can sort a slot that’s good for you, where you can take time to discover your perfect entertainment match. *Swishes fairy wand*

Want more inspiration? Check out our wedding drinks reception entertainment ideas here.

My Wedding Breakfast

During the meal, before the speeches. Music is usually 2 x 45 min sets.

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Want more ideas? Check out our wedding breakfast music & entertainment ideas here.

My Fairytale Evening Reception

Music is usuallly in 2 x 60 min sets.

More Fairytale! 

Want more inspiration? Check out our Fairytale Wedding Collection here. It's full of fantastical and ultra-romantic ideas to bring your fairytale wedding day to life. 

Want more ideas, tips and handy hints? Check out our wedding evening entertainment ideas here..

A Band Fit for a Prince!

For the ultimate fairytale wedding, how about a band endorsed by Prince Harry himself?! Hipster are one of the UK’s most in demand rock and indie party bands, and as well as playing for the Prince, these guys have performed for King-in-the-North Jon Snow himself (AKA actor Kit Harington), and at castles and royal residences all over the UK! When not performing for real (or fantasy) royalty, these guys are festival regulars, working with numerous big names, including BBC Radio 2 and legendary record producer Nick Lowe. Not to mention thousands of brides and grooms all over the world!

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What better way to say Happily Ever After than a magical firework display at the end of the evening, against the backdrop of your spectacular surroundings? Grab the champagne for a jaw-dropping finale to your amazing day.

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On-the-Day Details

Everything you need to know about typical W-day timings for your wedding entertainment, and at-a-glance checklists for your venue and your artists. Your wedmin sorted!

  • Wedding Ceremony

    Music for your prelude (as guests arrive)

    30 mins

    Music during your ceremony: Entrance of the bride, signing of the register, and your walk down the aisle as newlyweds

    3-4 songs

  • Drinks Reception

    After the ceremony , as your guests relax and chat before your wedding breakfast.

    Your entertainment should… continue the excitement after your ceremony and provide the perfect mood for mingling.

    60 mins or
    2 × 45 mins

  • Wedding Breakfast

    Ambient music or ice-breaking entertainment during the meal.

    Your entertainment should… keep the buzz going, so the party feeling doesn’t flag before the speeches.

    60 mins or
    2 × 45 mins

  • Evening Reception

    Entertainment for your big party finale, after evening guests arrive and the cutting of the cake.

    • First Dance

      Your special song/s can be played live by your artist or through a laptop or iPod.

      1-2 songs

    • 1st Live Music Set

      Your artist will be prepped to kick in with your first party set after the first dance.

      60 mins

    • 1st DJ Set

      Your artist will take a break, but the party keeps going as your evening food is served.

      45-60 mins

    • 2nd Live Music Set

      Time to push this party into another gear and get everyone on their feet again.

      60 mins

    • 2nd DJ Set

      Dance the night away as die hard movers and ravers get their groove on.

      Until close

Venue Checklist
(for ultimate party conditions!)

  • Are there any sound limiters or noise restrictions
    Heart set on live music? Check this before you book your venue!
  • Is there enough performance space?
    At least 2x2m for a soloist, 3x4m for a 4-piece band
  • Is there a power supply near the performance area?
    2-3 standard household sockets
  • Is there a changing space or room?
    Where artists can smarten up before the performance
  • Are your bar and dancefloor located in the same room?
    So your party isn't split across two rooms
  • Is there a live music curfew?
    Usually midnight, but it can be earlier for some venues
  • Does your venue need proof of PAT & PLI for any live entertainment?
    Standard safety and insurance requirements. All Alive artists have them and can produce certificates when needed.

Artist Checklist

  • Before Booking:
    • Availability
      Search using your wedding date to see the artists available
    • Performance and style
      Browse images, videos, audio clips
    • Repertoire
      Check that the songs they play match your tastes
    • Reviews
      Check out their previous performances
  • Ask Your Artist:
    • Can you learn a first dance or special song?
    • Do you offer a DJ set in between and after live music sets?
    • Do you offer additional daytime-friendly set ups for my ceremony, reception or wedding breakfast?
  • One Month Before:
    • Artist will contact you to run through the finer details of your day
    • Give your artist advance notice to learn any ceremony or first dance song requests
  • On The Day:
    • Set Up Time
      45 – 90 mins
    • Parking Space
      Close to the venue
    • Outside Cover
      Shelter from wind/rain/sun if performing al fresco
    • Soft Drinks and Food
      Keep your artist's energy up for a crowd-wowing performance!

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Our lovely expert bods – AKA Entertainment Coordinators – will be happy to chat with you about all things your wedding, to help you nail your perfect vibe.

And if you know exactly what you want (we salute you!), they’ll help you land your artists straightaway.

0845 108 5500

+44 (0) 1782 740 839

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  • Tell us your music and entertainment loves
  • Get bespoke ideas based on your budget
  • Ask any questions – we promise, no query is too tiny or too weird!
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