The problem with the UK’s most popular wedding entertainment acts is that they are, well, popular…

So, if you want to delight your guests with wedding entertainment that’s memorable, enjoyable and stands out from the rest of the weddings they’ll go to this year, it’s time to think outside the DJ or party band box. Thankfully, we’ve got the largest online wedding entertainment booking agency, Alive Network to help us…

Cheerful ceremonies

Your wedding ceremony should be a celebration, so set the right mood from the start with musicians that bring a sense of joy to your ceremony. Remember, you can have music during any marriage service, be it civil or religious. So, why not give the organist the day off and fill your church with the joyful sounds of an a cappella gospel choir. Or, calypso down the aisle of your registry office or wedding ceremony room to the sunny sounds of a steel band.

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Magical drinks

Drinks receptions are a great opportunity for people to mingle, so you want entertainment that allows them to chat if they want – or have something to watch and enjoy if they don’t! Street magicians in style of TV’s Dynamo and Troy are perfect ‘roving’ entertainment, dazzling guests with slight of hand and card tricks plus logic-defying illusions that keep everyone enthralled.

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Wolf Hall weddings

If you loved the look and sound of TV’s Wolf Hall, why not fill your historic venue with sackbuts, crumhorns and lutes, for an authentic Tudor wedding soundtrack of your own. Historical music groups can create an authentic playlist for almost any historical period from medieval to Georgian, and will perform in period costume too.

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Salsa-sassy receptions

It’s traditional for everyone to sit through the wedding ceremony, then sit through the wedding meal, then sit through the speeches. That’s a lot of sitting. So, don’t sit, salsa! Get your guests up on their feet midway through your meal with a salsa band and dance instructor, who’ll teach your guests some sultry moves and nifty footwork. Then, let them loose for a dance or six, before relaxing and watching a short salsa dance show. A sit down and your speeches will be welcomed as never before!

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Big wedding, big band

Actually, you don’t have to hold a big wedding to enjoy the elegance, energy and sheer entertainment of a big band. Recreating the sophistication of Sinatra, the glamour of Las Vegas, and the musical excellence of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, big bands are ideal cross-generational entertainment with smooth vocal, bold brass and definite sax appeal, big bands get guests up and dancing, jiving, bopping and enjoying the thrill of live big band music all night long.

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Paying tribute

Bring the excitement and atmosphere of a live concert gig by your favourite bands to your wedding with a ‘decade’ tribute band. These bands play all the greatest hits from a particular era of music, be it the 1960s, 70s, 80s or noughties, or a style of music, such as disco or ska. These tribute bands are terrific fun to watch too, as they dress in authentic costumes and bring to life all those moves that made you the local Dancing Queen (or King) long before you met your other half. With up to 10 players per band, plus dancers and vocalists, these bands put on a real show that provides superb music and entertainment for all ages in one package.

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Join hands in a circle

With the growing trend for relaxed, family-friendly weddings, what better way to end your special day than with all your friends and relatives dancing together as one. Hire a ceilidh band with a caller, and within minutes everyone will be learning new dances like The Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow and the Cumberland Eight. It’s fast, fun and requires absolutely no talent whatsoever to join in and enjoy. Choose between traditional style bands and ‘fusion’ bands that take the usual folk tunes and gives them a contemporary twist in rock or indie style.

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Whatever you choose for your wedding entertainment, make the booking process quick and easy by booking through an established entertainment agency such as Alive Network. With over 4,000 acts on their books, there is bound to be the perfect act for your wedding, whether boho, vintage, retro, traditional, rock, relaxed country, cutting edge urban, city sophisticated or OTT glitzy.