Deciding between a live band or DJ can be tricky, but when it comes to putting on a spectacular, memorable performance at your wedding, a live band trumps all. Not only does it add a touch of class and elegance, but it also means you’ll get some fantastic photos as you and your guests spin around the dancefloor.

Plus, there’s more than one way you can utilize a live band on your big day – from the ceremony to the cocktail hour, the wedding breakfast to the reception, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a little musical entertainment. Want to know the best ways to utilize your live wedding band? Let’s discover a few of your options.

Romantic ceremony quartet

It’s common to have your favorite track played, or a lone pianist serenade you as you walk down the aisle. But, have you ever thought about taking it one step further and incorporating an entire wedding band into your ceremony?

While it might sound a little OTT, a ceremony band can actually be subtle and elegant if you wish it to be. After all, you don’t want to take the attention away from you and your partner in this special moment. Consider a classical string quartet for romantic, sentimental background music as you exchange “I dos”.

A musical surprise

A surprise performance makes for a wonderful, unexpected treat for your guests. Let your loved ones indulge in a delicious dinner and be serenaded by a vocalist – perhaps a Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley impersonator? This is sure to delight and intrigue each and every one of your wedding guests and make for lasting memories.

There are many ways to surprise your guests, but by incorporating the musical elements of your day into this treat, you add a little fun and sophistication to any kind of celebration. From an impromptu techno dance party to having members of the band hiding amidst your guests post-ceremony, the reaction shots from your loved ones will be priceless.

Energetic evening entertainment

The most popular way to utilize a live band at a wedding is as a form of evening reception entertainment. This is the best way to really get your party going, and will encourage your guests onto the dance floor.

Popular choices include pop, jazz, folk and rock bands – but of course, no genre of music is off limits when it comes to celebrating such an important occasion. Consider the atmosphere you’re hoping to create at your evening reception to discern which kind of live band would best speak to your tastes as a couple.

Why hire a live band?

Your wedding music is just as important as your venue, decorations and your bridal look when it comes to pulling off a spectacular celebration. It has the power to enhance the overall mood of your wedding, provide the perfect photo backdrop and will keep spirits high long into the night.

Plus, there’s something special about seeing your favorite songs performed by a talented group of professional musicians. To get the most out of your wedding band, consider how you could make personalized tweaks to their performance – you may want to ask if they’d be open to taking song requests, or if it’d be possible to join them up on stage. Don’t forget to speak to your chosen band in depth prior to the big day, to ensure your plans go off without a hitch.

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