15 of the best solo and duo acts for intimate weddings
22 Mar 2018
Make your day even more magical with the addition of a solo or duo act during your wedding ceremony, your afternoon drinks or evening reception
Listen to the melodious sound of an acoustic guitarist, violinist or a charming vocalist duo as you walk down the aisle, or dance along to an up-beat acoustic duo as you celebrate into the early hours. Music enhances the romantic and unforgettable moment of marriage, and music performed by a live musician is even more breath-taking.
In place of the traditional bridal march, the possibilities are endless with a live musician: a solo guitarist performing smooth acoustic covers, a contemporary jazz duet filling the room with lively jazz beats, or even a string duet playing the new chart-topping love ballad, live musicians will impress your guests and get everyone in the mood to celebrate your special day.
Solo and duo performers are extremely versatile, able to perform acoustic background music for wedding ceremonies and your wedding breakfast, but come the evening they’ll step up on stage and get everyone dancing along with them. The condensed act line-ups are great for smaller venues with limited performance space, but you don’t have to worry - just because the line-up is smaller, it doesn’t mean their sound doesn’t fill the room.
Entertainment Nation has a huge range of sensational musicians and acts available for you to hire for the best day of your life; here are just 15 of them...
A traditional addition to your wedding ceremony, classical guitarists create a dreamy atmosphere for all your guests while they await your arrival. A solo guitarist such as John Pizzati covers a range of wonderful instrumental pieces, from classical to Latin and jazz to pop. With a versatile set list of songs, a classical guitarist’s intricate plucking will set the scene for your wedding ceremony.
Acoustic guitar and vocal duo
Following the acoustic theme, guitar and vocal duos are increasingly popular because they deliver such diverse performances. Offering a relaxing and gentle sound for earlier on in the day, duos such as Mona Vale Acoustics can perform floor-filling sets of party hits at your evening reception and encourage all your guests to make their way to the dancefloor (and stay there all night). A combination of acoustic guitar(s), Cajon and vocals makes for the perfect all-day entertainment for a wedding.
There’s nothing more impressive than a sensational vocalist. Performing elegant covers of classical favourites, plus musical theatre numbers and a few operatic songs for good measure, vocalists like Philomena Faye are ideal for smaller weddings but will make a big statement. Whether it’s for your classy drinks reception or your wedding breakfast, a classical vocalist is a wonderful choice.
Jazz instrumental duo
Treat yourself to a jazzy duo to spruce up your wedding day. A polished jazz duo like Georgian Sunrise can add a stylish twist to your wedding entertainment by performing smooth background music, creating a mellow atmosphere as you socialise with your guests. A smart musical addition to your big day, a jazz duo is understated but remarkably impressive.
There’s nothing classier than a pianist at a wedding. Ideal as background music for afternoon socialising or for your wedding breakfast entertainment, pianists provide exquisite piano arrangements of modern hits as well as classical favourites. Hire a solo pianist like James B for your wedding and you won’t be disappointed.
Pop and rock duo
Pop and rock songs are among the most requested at wedding receptions, so an upbeat pop and rock duo sounds like the perfect choice to get guests in the mood for a party. Duos like The Jetters perform a range of massive hits from throughout the decades, ensuring that everyone’s music tastes are catered for. Their upbeat sound and on-stage charisma has no trouble filling the dancefloor.
Classical and party sax
Performers like Rosie Sax offer two completely contrasting shows. Traditional classical music, slower ballads and jazz numbers are no trouble for a solo saxophonist during the day then come the evening... the party starts. Massive pop and club hits accompanied by live sax is a huge trend in wedding reception entertainment currently, proving you don’t need a full band for a loud and proud sound – go for a party sax.
Loop pedal duo
Brides and grooms are loving acts with loop pedals – especially when they’ve seen Ed Sheeran work his magic. Acts like Swan Duo use a loop pedal in their performance to achieve a full band sound with just two musicians. Using a loop or harmony pedal expands an act’s repertoire to a whole new level, filling the dancefloor by playing even bigger and better chart-topping hits.
Electric solo violinist
If you’re looking for a traditional wedding musician with a twist, then you’re in luck. Violinists such as Sally Violin offer both acoustic and electric performances. From elegant acoustic performances of classical pieces to electrifying performances of party hits and club anthems, 'wedding violinist' has a whole new meaning. A wedding violinist can now cover your whole day of wedding entertainment, so you needn’t book anyone else.
Vocal harmony duo
Two incredible vocalists and musicians like The Peaky Blinders could be exactly what you’re searching for in a wedding duo for hire. Their beautiful harmonies and undeniable charisma makes their performance even more excellent. Creating a feel-good vibe, acoustic harmony duos are perfect for contemporary weddings with a rustic feel.
Charismatic jazz and pop soloist
A smart and polished male vocalist is all you need to brighten up your evening reception. With high-quality backing tracks, pop and jazz vocalists like Calvin Taylor offer a captivating performance of spectacular vocals and timeless favourites. Serenading you and your guests through the happiest day of your life, a solo vocalist is a fabulous addition to your day.
Multi-instrumental vocal duo
Duos like Limerence feature stunning lead vocals plus a multi-instrumentalist as well as high-quality backing tracks to create a versatile and diverse performance. They can achieve an authentic band sound with only two performers. If you’re after a mix of songs for your evening reception, then hire an amplified duo like Limerance for a wow-factor performance.
It’s a wonderful sound, a solo singer-guitarist performing as you walk down the aisle or as you take to the dancefloor as newlyweds for the first time. Acts like Acoustic Sounds have a delicate but powerful voice enabling them to deliver both huge power ballads as well as low-key acoustic love songs. An acoustic soloist’s graceful performance is an elegant backdrop to any wedding.
Classical Strings Duo
Bringing an element of sophistication to your wedding, a classical string duet’s repertoire spans many genres, from classical Bach and Pachelbel to modern pop from Adele and Snow Patrol. Typically seen at wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions, string duets and soloists capture the charming atmosphere of a wedding.
Soul vocalist and piano
A flawless pianist with soulful vocals is just the entertainment you need for your wedding reception. Musicians such as Cesca provide an awe-inspiring vocal performance of soul, Motown, pop and jazz hits, complemented by her superb piano playing. A soulful pianist is a truly sublime choice for your special day.
No matter who you book for your wedding entertainment, you can rest assured that when you hire a wedding soloist or duo, your guests will remember your big day for years to come and their feet will be aching for days to come. Check out all these amazing musicians and more on Entertainment Nation Agency.