If you're looking for an on-trend theme for your wedding that looks great, look to the past! Vintage and retro weddings are a wonderful way to give your guests something special to enjoy, and a chance for you to create a totally unique wedding that you and your guests will remember for years to come. Also see our Vintage Wedding Bands & Musicians Collection and the vintage style section in our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Entertainment.
If you're looking for an on-trend theme for your wedding that looks great, look to the past! Vintage and retro weddings are a wonderful way to give your guests something special to enjoy, and a chance for you to create a totally unique wedding that you and your guests will remember for years to come.
Vintage weddings are all about mixing and matching authentic period elements such as antique china, hand-crafted table and room decorations and vintage-style dresses. So, why not add a twist that sets your vintage wedding apart with vintage wedding entertainment, performed live by one of Alive Network's authentic wedding bands or performers.
Our 'period artists' take great care to research their acts, so what you see and hear is as close to the period as possible, give or take a few modern microphones! So, here is just a small selection of our most popular vintage acts, to inspire you. (Just click on each act's name to see their Profile page.)
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#TRENDING - 'Modern Vintage'
Before we rewind and go back in time, lets focus on the recent vintage-modern trend sparked by the American sensation who are Post Modern Jukebox who cover modern chart hits in a vintage swing style.
Bella and the Bourbon Boys are one of the two bands managed by band leader Mike Jones. Exclusive to Alive Network, Bella and the boys specialise in putting a vintage twist on modern pop tunes, eloquantly transforming them with unqiue jazz arrangements.
1900-20s - The Origins of 'Vintage'
As vintage as we imagine you can get without slipping into the Victorian theme.
Mayfair are a collective of top quality musicians who bring your favourite songs from the 90's to present day to life with a 1920s Vintage twist! With 3 fantastic vocals & intricate harmonies, combined with the classic sound of the band, you and your guests will be blown away by this superb band!
A jazz band who swing their way through the most beautiful melodies & raucous rags of the 1920s and 1930s. Covering all the greats, including Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday, Chicago Shakedown will whisk your guests away to a greater era!
Twin sisters and professional dancers Emily and Jessica perform high quality, authentic entertainment at vintage events across the UK. The dance routines are fast and exciting and they also offer singing, tap, 'meet and greet' and dance tutorials!
Taking you back in time with songs inspired during the American prohibition & using a mix of instruments true to the period, this vintage band bring you authentic songs about easy riders, bootleg liquor & trying to stay out of the jailhouse!
With her burly yet honeyed voice, Billie Knowlson will have you swinging and swooning with her renditions of classics from the 1920's to modern day Pop hits, with her sassy & sultry vintage style.
1930s, 1940s and 1950s - Swing Bands, Big Bands and Jive Bands
It's the sounds that got people dancing through the Depression and jiving through the war years, and it'll have everyone up on their feet at your wedding party in less time that it takes to say "Pennsylvania six five thousand"!
A superb party band that blend the sounds of classic swing and jive with a touch of jazz, and a great dollop of humour and infectious fun. Blue Note Mitch himself is a real character, who encourages your guests to sing along and get jivin'.
Britain's Got Talents finalists who "put Simon Cowell in a good mood" in 2012, as they have countless wedding guests too during their 15 year career to date! These guys are seriously good musicians and infectiously enjoyable, perfect for a vintage wedding party or reception.
Specialists in feel-good music from the 1940s onwards, including classics such as Minnie the Moocher, Flip Flop Fly and My Baby Just Cares for Me. They look as good as they sound too, in zoot suits, vintage ties and smart dress shoes, for the ultimate vintage wedding look!
1940s and 1950s - Ladies' Vocal Harmony Groups
This is the sound of the Forces sweethearts like the Andrew Sisters made popular again in the 21st century by groups such as the Pappino Sisters. It's clever, close harmony, catchy music that delights all ages and adds a layer of musical fun and class to any vintage wedding celebrations.
A vocal trio par excellence - they sing, they dance, they delight with favourite wartime and big band songs such as Chattanooga Choo Choo, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Sisters and Too Darn Hot.
Britain's latest answer to The Andrews Sisters, three sassy ladies who love the sounds and style of the 1940s. These talented ladies provide the perfect soundtrack for any 1940s wedding, including those tunes we all seem to know by instinct, such as Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, As Time Goes By and That Old Black Magic.
With performances for Rolls Royce and Bentley at The Dorchester, to being featuring on 'Made in Chelsea', The Night Belles have established themselves as one of London's leading acts. Channelling sultry singing, dapper dressing & slick choreography, these girls will bring the golden age of Hollywood to any event!
1950s and 1960s – Rock 'n’ Roll Bands
Ditch the wedding heels, pull on your blue suede shoes, and dance the night away with your guests to classic rock and roll made famous by Bill Haley, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and more. A terrific party sound that includes every generation, from great grandmas to toddlers!
Three talented musicians that kick up a rock and roll storm that sounds superb, thanks to vintage instruments and equipment, a passion for authenticity, and boundless energy
The band that rock legend Bryan Adams chose to play at his birthday party, so this talented three piece band really know how to rock with style. Playing almost every big name song from Buddy Holly to the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry to Eddie Cochran, Whole Lotta Shakin’ are one of the best rock 'n roll bands you can hire in the UK today.
They play exactly what you'd expect, classic 1950s rock 'n roll, and they even look like the great man and his band too! Part tribute show, part rock and roll dance fest, this band will get everyone up and dancing - and your great granny hand jiving too!
1950s and 1960s Pop Bands
If you adore the early days of pop, when rock stars wore suits and skirts got shorter by the minute, choose a show band or tribute act playing classic tracks by The Beatles, The Supremes, The Monkees, Cliff Richard, Cilla, Petula Clarke and more.
They don't just play music, they present a full show with authentic instruments and fun-tastic costumes. Great to listen to, fabulous to watch –groovy baby!
The ultimate good time rock 'n roll party band if you love the look and sound of vintage chart music by the great girls groups such as The Crystals, Brenda Lee, Dusty Springfield and Connie Francis. With a stunning five member lineup including a stunning lead lady vocalist, authentic costumes, designer lighting and their own sound engineer to ensure the best possible sound quality. The Stupid Cupids' sets include so many classic tracks, everyone will be able to sing along with at least one or two!
You name the period, we'll find the band!
With our extensive roster of musicians and performers, we probably can find you a wonderful wedding band for all periods, from medieval minstrels to 1920s palm court orchestra. Just give us a call to discuss your requirements.