10 types of band to showcase at your wedding

10 May 2016

Whether you're settling for a specific genre or looking for a mix of music at your wedding, here are 10 types of band to get your guests into the groove

Along with the other big wedding decisions - the venue, the theme, the dress – your choice of wedding band says a lot about you and your new spouse. You’ll want to pick a band that reflects your personalities and tastes. You’ll also want to pick a band that can get your guests up on their feet and partying from the first dance to the final rapturous encore. So where do you begin?

Entertainment Nation offers their expertise in finding the perfect band for your perfect day.

1. Pop

Pop bands are perfect for a fun-packed wedding party; the type of night where the revellers don’t stop dancing and cry out for just one more song, time and time again. A pop band will electrify your wedding with the greatest hits of the last 50 years, from the Beatles to Bruno Mars, from Abba to Adele.


2. Indie

Brit-poppers, pop-punks and frozen simians rejoice, an indie band is the wedding band for you. Bringing a take no-nonsense attitude and effortless cool, the dancefloor will be heaving to huge sing-along anthems from the likes of Oasis, Green Day and Arctic Monkeys.


3. Rock

If indie is still too tame, then there’s only one option: an all-out, face-melting rock band. Playing guitar-laden crowd-pleasers from the '60s to the present day, a rock band will even get grandma head-banging! It’s not all air guitar though – couples will be lost in one another’s arms as they sway to epic rock ballads by Bryan Adams, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi.


4. Classical

A departure from high-intensity party bands, hiring classical musicians to play your wedding fills the occasion with a timeless elegance. Imagine walking down the aisle to the tender strains of an impeccable string quartet, or the romance of a solo pianist accompanying you and your partner for your first dance.


5. Rat Pack, swing and big band

Make your wedding a smooth and sophisticated affair with the crooning vocals of a Sinatra-style singer (or Michael Bublé for the youngsters) and the laid-back brilliance of jazz and swing musicians. Let the lazy sax be the backdrop for your drinks reception, before jiving the evening away to the awe-inspiring sound of a live big band.


6. Acoustic and folk

The sound of the summer. Ideal for an outdoor wedding, whatever the weather, an acoustic band will bring that Mumford and Sons-style rustic charm to your big day. Your guests will be glowing as the band play feel-good tunes that never fail to raise a smile. Thanks to the lack of leads, some acoustic bands will even give a 'roaming' performance, mingling with your guests as they play.


7. Vintage and wartime

One of today’s top trends is to take things back to the early 20th century with a vintage style band. Dressed in beautiful period costumes and equipped with authentic instruments, these refined performers lend your wedding an air of sophistication. Wind the clock back with favourites from the past, and get a kick out of unique interpretations of modern hits. 


8. Soul, funk, disco and motown

Nothing gets the dancefloor bouncing quite like a soul and funk band. With showmanship inspired by the greats like James Brown and Michael Jackson, these bands are all about putting on a spectacular show. The power of a full brass section combined with soulful vocals and funky basslines will leave you and your guests unable to control your feet!


9. Tribute and themed

If there’s a certain era that holds special meaning for you and your partner, or you’re in love with a specific band, then a tribute or themed act is the choice to show off your individuality. Whether you yearn for the swinging sixties or are desperate to dance at the ultimate '80s party, there’s a band that can take you there.


10. Beatbox and acapella

And finally, a unique, cutting-edge choice for your wedding band is to consider booking a beatbox and acapella group. Beatboxers will astonish and delight your guests with their ability to deliver the best in dance, drum & bass, hip hop and R'n'B using their voices alone. For a dynamic and unforgettable wedding reception, Beatboxers take some… conquering.


Something to remember when it comes to booking a band for your wedding: the lines between genre are blurred. An accomplished wedding band will usually be able to play songs from a range of genres, which is highly desirable when you consider the potentially diverse tastes of your guests.


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