Christmas weddings are often top of a bride-to-be's fantasy list, and rightly so...
Fulfil you're winter wedding fantasy by hiring fantastic Christmas themed wedding entertainment. Carol singers, string quartets, rock and pop bands and many more of Alive Network's amazing artists will perform your favourite Christmas songs from their Christmas repertoires to make your festive wedding day extra special!
A mid-winter wedding is always something special, combining the romance of your special day with the excitement of Christmas. Why not enhance your Christmas wedding with seasonal entertainment, for a really memorable wedding day for you, your families, and all your guests.
Weddings are full of opportunities to delight, surprise and amaze your guests, from the moment they arrive for the ceremony until their final departure under a crisp winter sky full of stars. So, here are our hot tips for cool winter wedding entertainment that will do just that!
Wedding Entertainment Opportunity #1 - Arrival of the Guests
Your guests will be arriving long before you do, so start that spirit of Christmas wonder with a musical welcome by a group of professional carol singers. Forget the mumbling, shuffling tone-deaf crowd that turn up on your doorstep every year, our Christmas Carolers sound terrific, singing a capella (unaccompanied) in perfect four part harmony. Position them by the entrance, in your venue's hallway, in the church choir stalls or at the side of your ceremony room, for a traditional sound with a sense of festive fun. Feel free to tell them the carols you love too; they claim to know "Every carol and Christmas song written, EVER!"
If you prefer a more romantic soundtrack for the start of your wedding ceremony, choose a string quartet. One of the most popular choices for wedding entertainment, string quartets bring an air of sophistication and elegance to any wedding. That doesn't mean they just play classical music, btw! The Rose String Quartet have created their own special Christmas medleys, filled with favourite carols, songs and Christmas pop classics, to really get your guests into the Christmas theme without going too tinsel too early (so to speak!).
For the same level of sophistication but with a twist, Amour Harp plays beautiful arrangements of Christmas songs and carols – plus favourite film and video games themes on request!
Wedding Entertainment Opportunity #2 - Your Wedding Ceremony
Your wedding ceremony is the heart of your wedding day, the moment when both your lives change for ever. So, celebrate that moment with glorious musical entertainment that'll put a smile on everyone's faces and a tear in granny's eye!
For church weddings, a classical singer like The Soprano Singer is a great choice, as this talented lady can both sing solo and lead your friends and family in singing the hymns (two jobs in one!). At civil weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, she can sing you in like Royalty, then delight your guests while you sign the Register with seasonal and classical songs popularised by classical crossover artists including 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', 'O Holy Night', 'White Christmas' and even 'Santa Baby'!
For sheer vocal exuberance, it's hard to beat a small format gospel choir like the Big Soul Gospel Choir. Like all good things they come in a small package, with four singers and a keyboard player, but their energy, passion and harmonies can fill a church or registry office alike with wonderful music. For church wedding ceremonies, they can perform Christmas hymns, and for civil ceremonies, an up-tempo set of Christmas classics including ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You', very appropriate!
For a more intimate ceremony, or for registry offices with limited space, classical guitarist Andy Cherry provides a warm and relaxing atmosphere with Christmas classics. He can play the Wedding March (Here comes the bride) if you wish, or you can ask for something a little more unusual:
I can play songs by artists such as Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Flight of the Conchords, Oasis, Radiohead and even Rage Against the Machine if you fancy something a bit different! I can also play some film themes such as Indiana Jones, Rocky, Top Gun, Godfather, Star Wars which always go down well.
Wedding Entertainment Opportunity #3 - Wedding Drinks Reception
Wedding drinks receptions are the perfect opportunity for your guests to relax with a drink and be entertained, while you pose and smile for the umpteenth formal wedding photo with your relatives… Reception areas are often on the smaller side, so the last thing you need is for the entertainment to be taking up half the room or playing too loud. That's why solo artists are perfect entertainment for wedding drinks receptions.
A solo jazz singer like Neive Jordan can bring a chilled out, elegant feel to your drinks reception, with smoky vocals and Christmas jazz hits everyone will recognise.
I perform the very best Christmas Jazz and Blues, which is ideal for creating a wonderful laid back atmosphere, including classics from Brenda Lee, Eartha Kitt, The Jackson 5, Mariah Carey and many more.
Or, choose a talented performer who both plays and sings, for a wide range of music everyone can enjoy. Highly experienced singer/guitarist Mark Stevens has played at over 400 weddings and receptions, and his Christmas repertoire includes pop favourites such as 'Do They Know It's Christmas', 'Merry Christmas Everyone' and 'Wonderful Christmas Time'.
Popular singer/pianist Hannah Daisy delights guests with Christmas piano classics and beautiful vocals for Christmas classic from ‘Walking in A Winter Wonderland’ to ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’.
Hannah Daisy, WOW!!! She was everything and more we could have hoped for. Not only was she professional, but her voice and performance was just amazing. She really did help make our day perfect.
Wedding Entertainment Opportunity #4 - Your Wedding Meal
By the time your guests arrive for the wedding meal, they'll probably be glad to sit down for a while and meet the other guests on their table. So, you’d better give them something great to talk about with wedding breakfast entertainment that's enjoyable, entertaining but not too intrusive.
Singer/pianist Lily Davies specialises in weddings and social events in more intimate venues, with the mission to be "Directly communicative but still unobtrusive." A lovely singer, she performs a broad range of Christmas hits and other songs from all genres to suit all tastes.
If your wedding meal is in a larger space such as a winterproof marquee or hotel banqueting space, you may prefer mealtime entertainment with a bit more oomph! The Quartones are four lads who can bring a superb professional sound to your wedding with traditional Christmas carols with a jazz/sax twist!
For something a little more rock n roll, Live Lounge recreate the best BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performances as well as timeless classics, for a superb sound without the need for vast PA systems that kill conversation in its tracks. Perfect for a chill-out vibe, especially when playing everyone's classic pop Christmas hits in laid-back style, and ideal for wedding venues with over-zealous sound limiters installed!
Guys thank you so much for the wonderful set that you played for everyone at our wedding, everyone spoke about your wonderful sound.
Wedding Entertainment Opportunity #5 - Wedding Evening Party
You've made it this far, now it's time to really party! Deck the halls with holly, stick on a Santa hat, tart up tables with more tinsel than Tescos, and let the Christmas fun begin.
For an all-out, let your hair down, everyone on the dance floor, singlong in your own key Christmas wedding party, book Happy Hour, Alive Network's #1 wedding party band. These guys are awesome; they sound great, they look fab and they get everyone up and dancing from the first note to the last. Richie and the boys will play Christmas hits from the contemporary to the downright cheesy, along with all your favourite pop tracks from The Beatles onwards. If you give yourself just one early Christmas present at your wedding, make it Happy Hour!
For wedding entertainment that everyone will enjoy, from youngest nephew to oldest gran, choose a swing and soul band like The Swing Smiths. Smart, sazzy and soulful, The Swing Smiths deliver a Christmas punch performing carefully selected Christmas hits by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams and The Jackson 5 alongside their usual swing and soul repertoire.
And if you've had your fill of cheery Christmas hits and endless sleigh bell sound tracks by now, ring the changes with a ceilidh band. Irish and ceilidh band Celtica will get everyone up and dancing in a totally pagan way (!) with an energetic blend of celtic pop, mainstream pop and rock plus a bit of traditional thrown in for good measure. This talented trio also include massive party favourites by The Proclaimers, Dexys, and more, and they'll even sing The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" if you ask nicely!
When you choose your Christmas wedding entertainment from Alive Network, you can simply book and relax, knowing that our team will take care of all the finer details, including a legally binding contract between you and all your entertainers. Then go out and buy the tinsel, because at Alive Network, "It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas"!!
To book a your ideal Christmas entertainment, just click on the band’s name to view their Profile, or call the team here at Alive Network.