Eight Christmas wedding entertainment ideas

19 Nov 2017

Entertainment Nation celebrates the joys of yuletide with these top ideas for Christmas wedding entertainment

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With the twinkling lights, mistletoe, mulled wine and roaring fires, is there a more whimsical and romantic time of the year? It's a beautiful time to host a wedding, and for the dream day you'll need an act that perfectly complements this festive look and atmosphere. Don't fret if you don't know where to begin, as Entertainment Nation has compiled a list of entertainment options ideal for your winter wedding. Take a look.     

Pianists

With a delicate and traditional sound, pianists are the perfect accompaniment to a Christmas wedding. Guests will feel blissfully nostalgic as they step into the sound of a professional pianist's tinkling peals, and the gentle melodies will give the day a much-needed air of restfulness. Decorate the piano with wreaths, holly, candles, and ribbons for an even more festive feel. In a stately home or luxe hotel, the sight will be breath-taking.    

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A string quartet

Another act that exudes nostalgia and traditionalism, a string band beautifully captures the elegance and whimsy of a Christmas wedding. But a quartet isn't just effective for producing a relaxed atmosphere; step up the drama by having yours perform moodier Christmas classics like 'Carol of the Bells', or create a jaunty feel with buoyant tracks like 'I Saw Three Ships' and 'Let It Snow'.   

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Image: Arco Wedding String Quartet

Vocalists

What's more Christmassy than the (hopefully harmonious) sound of carollers? Complete your wedding with your very own troupe of carollers in the form of a choir, or replicate the sound on a smaller scale with a vocal trio, duo, or a solo classical singer. A group is a warm welcome to any wedding, while solos and duos can sometimes be even more hard-hitting - their isolated vocals on full display.    

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A folk band

Folky spins on Christmas classics are more popular than ever at the moment - just turn on your TV for proof. Channel this gentle warmth with your own folk band; playing a mixture of crowd-winning sing-alongs and peaceful festive favourites. Drape the stage in fairy lights for a beautifully romantic look, and ask the band if they're willing to wear delicate Christmas flowers in button-holes or as hairpieces.

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A pop & rock band

But maybe a gentle festive vibe isn't what you're looking for - maybe you want your Christmas wedding to bring the house down, tapping into the unabashed energy of the biggest Christmas chart-toppers. Make the dancefloor shake with a glitzy pop and rock outfit, complete with a repertoire featuring the biggest Christmas bangers - from 'Merry Christmas Everyone' to 'Fairytale of New York'. With their soaring vocals and electrifying guitar riffs, you'll take the festive atmosphere to new heights.    

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A jazz & swing band

If you want to tread the line between modern and traditional, a jazz and swing band is a fantastic way to go. Evoking retro glamour, the band can perform Christmas songs old and new in a consistently vintage style. Capturing laid-back cosiness at their most downbeat, resonant horns and percussion will thrill the crowd at their most upbeat. A jazzy Christmas feel is also extremely current, with festive covers from Postmodern Jukebox receiving attention in the millions.      

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Image: Speak Easy

A big band

On the topic of horns and percussion, stun your guests with the mind-blowing sound of an aptly named big band. Horns alone are enough to make you imagine yourself in the sparkling midst of a Christmas market - add sax, trumpet, and rhythm, and the festive feeling is taken in a new, exciting direction. Infectiously energetic, big bands are a fun way to keep the enthusiasm high all night.  

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Image: Swing Collective

A tribute act

For some, Christmas isn't complete without Bublé. The singer released his award-winning Christmas album in 2011 and it's become a seasonal staple since then. Why not make guests feel like it's the real thing they see singing before them with a Michael Bublé tribute show?

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Image: Swing City

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