Most couples are after one main thing when booking a wedding band: they want a band that will get people up and dancing, sound good and look professional. All the function wedding bands listed will fulfil that requirement, so the first thing is to decide on the musical genre that you like, that your guests will like, and that will fit in with the theme of your wedding reception.
Pop/rock 60s to 2000s bands are the most popular choice .Playing songs from The Beatles onwards, this material is familiar to most of the audience and great at filling the dance floor. The usual line-up is just like The Beatles: lead guitar, rhythm guitar or keyboards, bass guitar and drums, with vocals shared between one or more of the band members; some of our bands also feature female vocals.
If you like this sort of music, check these three bands and their testimonials, Heaven, The Lost Boys, Rudy and the Rent Boys.
Next most popular are bands playing the funkier side of pop. These bands tend to be a little larger and usually include keyboards and sometimes sax and other brass. Female, female and male vocals, or two female vocalists are usual in these bands. Typical of this sort of band is Remix, Motor City and Panache.
The wide appeal of performers such as Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble has added to the popularity of swing/jazz bands. If you want “Sinatra-type” swing, then go for someone like Kevin , or for 20s/30s “dance band jazz” try the Sugar Ray Ford Orchestra. One factor that you need to consider, is that these bands can only play swing/jazz, and will not be able play any more recent “pop” music. If you want some pop too, then one option is to consider having both a swing band and a disco.
If you don’t want pop, rock or soul (perhaps because of noise or other restrictions at your venue) but still want something that will get everyone dancing, then a popular alternative is a ceilidh or barn dance band like the 4 Long Notes. Experienced callers will demonstrate the dances and this is great for getting everyone to join in.
Wedding Music & Entertainment
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The band (groovie movie band) were so much fun, we had lots to laugh about especially when we joined in for the sing-along. Please thank the quartet as well, and a big thank you for organising the entertainment that went flawlessly
Rolf & Julia
The music was FANTASTIC! (Motor CIty Party Band)It’s the only wedding I’ve ever been to, where I really danced with gusto – how fortunate that it was my own!
I don’t mind at all if you use these photos – they really capture the mood…
All the best,
Gayle & Ben
Music for LONDON regularly puts the suitable musicians in touch with couples who are planning to get married. Our knowledge & experience combined with London’s professional musicians enables us to tailor make your wedding entertainment to suit your taste and requirements. We can tailor the size of a package to suit your needs. From the time the wedding ceremony begins right till the end of the party, we can help you choose the most suitable musicians for your event.
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Every confirmed booking is sealed with a contract, agreed and signed by all concerned parties. We also encourage couples to have a proactive dialogue with the musicians or band leaders before the event. Please call us for more details and we will be happy to spend some time talking to you.
Wedding Music Information
Hiring the right wedding music and wedding entertainment is one of your most important decisions. Many wedding receptions include a string quartet, string trio, string duo, gospel choir, harpist, pianist, at the wedding ceremony and a wedding band or party band and a wedding DJ at the wedding reception.
So please take some time to browse our pages.
The music at a civil ceremony must be non-religious.
The ‘non-religious’ definition is subject to the interpretation of individual Registrars, some of whom will interpret the law more liberally than others.
Contact the General Register Office on 0151 471 4803, who will be able to advise. If they say that a piece is permissible, the Registrar will generally follow their advice.
You can also write to the General Register Office at:
General Register Office
Southport PR8 2HH
You should always clear your music list with your Registrar before the Ceremony.
There are three generally accepted speeches usual to a wedding reception they are, bride’s father’s speech, the bridegroom’s speech and lastly the best man’s speech. No further speeches are required although other speeches are permissible; it is not unusual for example for the bridegroom’s father to give a short speech of thanks to the host and hostess for the occasion, or the bride to have a “best woman” give a speech.
The brides father should be called upon by the toastmaster (or the best man) to propose a toast of ‘health and happiness to the bride and bridegroom’. Before doing so he would normally welcome the grooms parents, relatives of both families any other guests and welcome the groom to his family and say a few words about his daughter.
The bridegroom replies on behalf of himself and his bride, taking the opportunity to thank his parents for there love and care during his youth, for the start they gave him in life, and for their good wishes for his future and that of his wife. He will also take this opportunity on behalf of his wife and himself to thank all those present for their gifts.
Should there be any close members of the family who could not attend the wedding because of illness, they should be mentioned and be wished for a speedy recovery.
To conclude, the bridegroom will propose the toast of the bridesmaids, and thank them for a job well done, he may also present them with a small gift as a token of their appreciation.
It is the best man’s duty to respond to this toast on behalf of the bridesmaids, his speech should be light hearted and fun. It should be the high spot of the reception and it is very often his ability to make this particular speech, with humour and interest, that is the deciding chapter on the selection of the best man.
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