So you have sent your invitations and found your venue, next on your list is the entertainment! TNWS supplier Headliner are here to help! Here are their top four entertainments ideas for weddings to give you some inspiration of the types of entertainment available to you and options that are sure to make your big day extra special for the whole wedding party!
“Trends come and go and the world of wedding entertainment is no different. However, in the last couple of years we have seen an interesting and very much liberating trend, where people are less focused on adhering to tradition and more focused on choosing music that suits their personalities. Your wedding day is a big and important day, so it makes perfect sense that you and your loved ones should fully enjoy every aspect of it.
Inspiration is always a good thing and can give you plenty of ideas for what you want (and don’t want) for your special day. So here are some of the music styles and types in demand at the moment.
The swing bug is still, erm, in full swing. It’s a perfect genre for dancing, and a wedding is a party, so people want to dance. It’s pretty easy to do the basic moves of a Lindy Hop or Charleston, and general jumping, twisting and twirling will do the trick too. It’s a great alternative to the traditional function band. If you would like the best of both worlds many swing bands will also take modern hits and put a swing twist on them.
If swing’s your thing, Headliner act Beneoit Viellefon & His Orchestra will give you hours of danceable entertainment
Alternatively, go for the super harmonic Vintage Swing Cartel
Music augments atmospheres and that’s why we have seen a lot of people asking for acoustic and acapella acts to perform during their ceremony, at their drinks reception or during dinner. This type of music melts into the surroundings, still leaving people free to have a conversation or focus on their meal. Classical guitars, pianists, duos with vocals and string quartets are really good for this type of entertainment.
A twist on this trend is serenading musicians that move around and entertain small groups or tables at time.
Want to dine to the sweet sound of soft strings and bows? City String Ensemble is among Headliner’s most requested string ensembles.
The Untraditional Traditional Function Band
A few years ago the traditional party and function band started to lose some of its shine, and was labelled cheesy. But a new generation of young musicians have taken this as a challenge, and have basically given the function band a facelift. It is now back in full force, bigger and better than ever before. There is a wealth of amazing musicians in these bands, playing your favourite new hits as well as cool oldies and classics. They look the part and they sound the part. Today’s party band is not what you see down at the pub on a Saturday night!
I’ll Have Them All Thanks!
We can’t finish this article without mentioning this last trend. The days of choosing between a DJ and a band are long gone. Nowadays many couples will book one type of entertainment for their drinks reception or dinner, followed by a band for the first two hours of dancing, before a DJ set rounds off the night. That’s not to say that every budget can accommodate a full day and evening of music. However, smaller acts are usually cheaper, and adding some piano, guitar or song earlier on in the day does not necessarily have to break the bank. So make you sure that you explore all of your options before settling on just one act for your entertainment.
Headliner represents some of the finest musicians in the UK, playing everything from jazz, swing and classical to chart topping pop, reggae and rock. It’s the easiest, quickest and safest way to book entertainment and gives you access to thousands of top quality, vetted bands and artists”.
Find out about all of the entertainment options Headliner have available for your wedding day at the show in Olympia London on Stand E162.