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6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Hire Live Musicians For Their Wedding

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Hire Live Musicians For Their Wedding

Wedding Entertainment Advice.

If you want your special day to be extra special, live music is the perfect accompaniment to every magical moment of your wedding. From intimate wedding ceremony music & live wedding singers to a wedding band who will kickstart the evening party, you will find out why every bride (and groom) should hire live musicians for their wedding in our latest Entertainment Inspiration blog!

1. To make your special day extra special

If you want your special day to be extra special, live music is the perfect accompaniment to every magical moment of your wedding. At Alive Network, we’ve been providing wedding entertainment since 1999, and the secret is to decide what kind of mood you'd like at each stage of your wedding day, and matching music and musicians with that mood.

Make Your Day Extra Special With 'Something Different'

  • The King Bees Rock n Roll Swing Band West Yorkshire

    The King Bees

    5 stars - The King Bees are Highly Recommended 10 Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll West Yorkshire

    Performing Rock 'n' Roll as well as contemporary songs with a skiffle twist; Large or small venue, the King Bees are a charismatic, upbeat party trio guaranteed to get your party moving & put a smile on everyone's face! 
    Price from £846

  • The Swing Things Jazz Band London

    The Swing Things

    5 stars - The Swing Things are Highly Recommended 11 Jazz Bands London

    The Swing Things are a leading UK swing ensemble that offer a unique entertainment experience for all events. The in demand 6 piece perform both authentic repertoire from the 20’s-40’s and modern pop tunes in a swing style. If you’re looking for a hot, swinging, vintage party band then look no further!
    Price from £1,795

  • Nancy and Rosie Solo Artist, Duo or Trio Merseyside

    Nancy and Rosie

    5 stars - Nancy and Rosie are Highly Recommended 12 Solo, Duos & Trios Merseyside

    Nancy and Rosie are a quirky, vintage ukulele & vocal duo. Performing classic songs from the 1940s & 1950s, the girls also love to give hits from the 21st Century some of their retro treatment. A great charming & loveable act perfect for any event!
    Price from £539

2. To welcome your guests with a romatic atmosphere and set the mood for the day

Your wedding ceremony is the first event of the day for your guests, and most will be arriving at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. Rather than letting them sit in silence in the church or venue, you can welcome them with gentle background music such as a string quartet, a pianist or a harpist playing live. This creates a lovely, relaxed and romantic atmosphere in which your guests can chat to each other if they wish, or just listen to the music and get their handkerchiefs ready!

Most musicians enjoy weddings, and would far rather perform for more than just a few minutes, so why not ask them to play during the ceremony too.

Romantic Wedding Entertainment Ideas

  • Duette Classical & Opera Singer West Midlands


    5 stars - Duette are Highly Recommended 10 Classical & Opera Singers West Midlands

    Classical Crossover duet. Highlights include debut no. 1 single in the official iTunes Classical chart, supporting Ennio Morricone at the O2 Arena and the DW Stadium. 2 albums recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
    Price from £673

  • The London Harpist Harpist London

    The London Harpist

    5 stars - The London Harpist are Highly Recommended 10 Harpists London

    Having performed at prestigious venues such as The Ritz, Claridges & The Crowne Plaza; performed for Her Majesty The Queen & HRH The Prince of Wales; and worked with artists such as Florence & The Machine and Dizzee Rascal at the 2012 Brit Awards, The London Harpist is a highly experienced & professional harpist who can perform a range of Classical, Pop & Jazz favourites!
    Price from £442

  • Trafalgar String Quartet String Quartet London

    Trafalgar String Quartet

    5 stars - Trafalgar String Quartet are Highly Recommended 7 String Quartets London

    With past experience playing with prestigious artists from the London Symphony Orchestra to Beyoncé, Trafalgar String Quartet is regarded as one of the finest string quartets in London. Combining classical with contemporary, they provide attention to detail with professional presentation, making them the perfect choice for your special occasion!
    Price from £1,026

  • Allegro Classical Musician Rhondda Cynon Taf


    5 stars - Allegro are Highly Recommended 1 Classical Music Rhondda Cynon Taf

    A vibrant and innovative duo, Allegro is passionate about bringing flute and piano music to life. Performing classical favourties and new music arrangements, their performances are vivid and captivating.
    Price from £449

3. To personalise your ceremony

An ideal moment is the five to ten minutes ‘slot’ where you need to sign the register and have your photos taken! For a church wedding, add some vocal excitement with a gospel choir or professional opera singers to lead the hymns and sing a solo psalm or similar.

Personalise Your Wedding Ceremony With Choral or Opera Singers

  • UK Gospel Choir Gospel Choir London

    UK Gospel Choir

    5 stars - UK Gospel Choir are Highly Recommended 68 Gospel Choirs London

    The UK Gospel Choir are one of the most talented and professional choirs in the European Gospel scene. Available from 4 to 20 members & with piano or a full band, the choir perform a mix of gospel, pop, jazz, blues, soul, classical & Latin.
    Price from £962

  • Big Soul Gospel Choir Gospel Choir Somerset

    Big Soul Gospel Choir

    5 stars - Big Soul Gospel Choir are Highly Recommended 32 Gospel Choirs Somerset

    Big Soul Gospel Choir bring soul, energy & inspiration to all events with their beautiful performances of pop, soul & Gospel music!
    Price from £949

  • Alta Voce Classical & Opera Singer East Sussex

    Alta Voce

    5 stars - Alta Voce are Highly Recommended 11 Classical & Opera Singers East Sussex

    An amazing Soprano singer guaranteed to impress! A true professional having performed in many Opera's across Europe, Alta Voce doesn’t just perform traditional classical arias; she can also sing favourite show tunes, love songs & cross over music!
    Price from £268

  • Hayley Louise Classical & Opera Singer Surrey

    Hayley Louise

    5 stars - Hayley Louise are Highly Recommended 7 Classical & Opera Singers Surrey

    Hayley's classically trained pure, crystalline voice will enchant your guests & make your special event that bit more magical with a beautiful repertoire of light classical, musical theatre, jazz & gentle ballads.
    Price from £487

4. To kickstart the party atmosphere

While your and your new spouse are having your photos taken, your guests may move onto the venue, and a drinks reception. These can be a little quiet at the start, so why not book a Rat Pack singer or jazz band to kick-start the party atmosphere before you both arrive, and your wedding breakfast starts.

Drinks Reception Entertainment Ideas to Kickstart the Party

  • Matt Thomas Swing & Rat Pack Band Lancashire

    Matt Thomas

    5 stars - Matt Thomas are Highly Recommended 155 Rat Pack & Swing Singers Lancashire

    The go-to choice for celebrities & high profile companies, Matt Thomas' clients include Sir Alex Ferguson, Floyd Mayweather Jnr, David Beckham, Ferrari, Jaguar & more! With a repertoire ranging from legendary icons like Sinatra & Tony Bennet to modern day crooners such as Buble, Matt's sterling live performances are to be enjoyed by all!
    Price from £513

  • William May Swing & Rat Pack Band Warwickshire

    William May

    5 stars - William May are Highly Recommended 201 Rat Pack & Swing Singers Warwickshire

    One of the UK's most sought after swing singers, William May has become the first choice to entertain at events & occasions. Performing Rat Pack standards plus modern hits in a cool swing style, William is an expert at setting the perfect mood at your event!
    Price from £428

  • Jazz A La Mode Jazz Band London

    Jazz A La Mode

    5 stars - Jazz A La Mode are Highly Recommended 39 Jazz Bands London

    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.
    Price from £577

5. To entertain and relax your guests during the meal

Wedding meals can seem very long for young guests, so why not entertain them with comedy singing waiters, who suddenly burst into song, or roaming magicians who amaze with clever tabletop tricks.

Wedding Entertainment Ideas Perfect for During Dinner

  • Mathew Knight Magician Nottinghamshire

    Mathew Knight

    5 stars - Mathew Knight are Highly Recommended 197 Magicians Nottinghamshire

    With a warm approach & the talent to amaze & astound, it's no wonder Mathew is such a popular magician! His prowess comes from years as a full time pro, performing at numerous events from small parties to big celebrity weddings. Mathew's unique style of modern magic builds moments of wonder that are talked about & remembered.
    Price from £400

  • The Fabulous Singing Waiters Singing Waiter London

    The Fabulous Singing Waiters

    5 stars - The Fabulous Singing Waiters are Highly Recommended 39 Singing Waiters London

    Amazing Singing Waiters to hire. A wonderful surprise for your guests; Some of the most talented operatic & musical theatre singers in the UK disguised as waiters who suddenly burst into song with no warning making your guests gush with astonished awe!
    Price from £922

  • Incognito Artists Singing Waiter London

    Incognito Artists

    5 stars - Incognito Artists are Highly Recommended 1 Singing Waiters London

    Incognito Artists are the ‘Master Chefs’ of the entertainment world. We combine the most exquisite ingredients; extraordinary staff, creative genius, hand-picked crème de la crème West End, Broadway and opera stars and most importantly, YOU. Then, masterfully, we blend these together; devising, creating then serving a sumptuous, mouth-watering feast of unrivalled entertainment.
    Price from £5,065

  • Martin Reed Magician London

    Martin Reed

    5 stars - Martin Reed are Highly Recommended 62 Magicians London

    *London Magician of the Year Award 2023* – As seen on BBC 1, LIVE on Channel 4 and at over two thousand events worldwide! 20 Years Professional - Martin Reed will make your event truly unforgettable with incredible Close-up Magic and/or a Stage Show.
    Price from £532

6. To add wow-factor to your evening party

The key to a really memorable evening wedding party is to choose live entertainment that involves all your guests, regardless of age! At Alive Network, our most popular wedding entertainment is a live wedding band, who play a wide range of pop, soul and contemporary hits to get the party going with energy and enjoyment. If yours is a big family wedding with everyone there from toddlers to grannies, a great way to get your guests up and dancing is to book a ceilidh band or Irish band. (This also works a treat for any group of guests who don’t know each other too well, as everyone gets to dance with almost everyone else at some stage!)

Examples of Awesome Wedding Bands & Ceilidh Bands

  • Gypsy Rogues Ceilidh Band West Midlands

    Gypsy Rogues

    5 stars - Gypsy Rogues are Highly Recommended 83 West Midlands

    This fantastic 4 piece Irish & ceilidh band has enjoyed a steady rise to success with a number of radio and TV appearances, two fast-selling self-produced CDs, and a reputation as ‘one of the best Irish bands to come out of Birmingham’.
    Price from £859

  • Hipster Function Band Cheshire


    5 stars - Hipster are Highly Recommended 512 Rock & Pop Function Bands Cheshire

    With more than 2000 bookings to date, and over 500 five-star reviews, Hipster are one of the most well established and best love party bands in the UK. Their repertoire contains classic Beatles, Fleetwood Mac & The Rolling Stones through to modern indie & pop from Kings of Leon, The Killers & Pharrell. Previous clients include NSPCC, Channel 5, HSBC, Wella, Savilles, Deloitte, KPMG, RBC, Lloyds, M&S, Unileaver, BAE Systems and many more.
    Price from £1,764

  • Riptide Function Band East Sussex


    5 stars - Riptide are Highly Recommended 123 Rock & Pop Function Bands East Sussex

    Having worked with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Chesney Hawkes, Echo Belly & Right Said Fred, Riptide are a highly experienced band with a cool & exciting edge! Guaranteed to show you a good time, the band's diverse repertoire covers all areas. Covering songs by The Beatles & The Kinks right up to modern day hits from Catfish & The Bottlemen, Taylor Swift, Arctic Monkeys & more!
    Price from £1,335

  • The Sonics Function Band London

    The Sonics

    5 stars - The Sonics are Highly Recommended 124 Rock & Pop Function Bands London

    The Sonics are the hottest party band in town! Young, cool & current they are guaranteed to kick off your party with a sonic boom! Armed with a killer repertoire, you’ll be dancing all night to songs from Ed Sheeran, Prince, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac & so much more!
    Price from £1,518

  • Ceilidh And Co Ceilidh Band London

    Ceilidh And Co

    5 stars - Ceilidh And Co are Highly Recommended 5 London

    Ceilidh And Co are a collective of energetic, fresh faced musicians who are experts in the art of a great ceilidh. Including driving percussion, foot stomping piano & ferocious fiddle, this charming trio perform dances which are easy & fun!
    Price from £1,307

  • Rabscallion Ceilidh Band West Midlands


    5 stars - Rabscallion are Highly Recommended 38 West Midlands

    A ceilidh band, with a charismatic caller, who will get all the audience on the dancefloor from the word go, the onus is on fun! Dances suit all ages and levels of experience.
    Price from £1,675

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