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Last updated on May 31st, 2019

Every choice you make on your wedding day makes it unique to you. Whether it’s civil or religious, starting traditions or defined by them, a grand affair in a stately mansion or a cosy gathering in a rustic barn, no two weddings are alike; yet all have one goal – to unite two hearts for the rest of their lives.

Whether the culmination of decades of planning or one big, spontaneous party, the way you piece together your wedding is entirely up to you. But the most important part isn’t the floral arrangements, the white dress, or which type of cursive font you have on the invitations – it’s the ceremony, the moment when two perfectly matched souls make the greatest commitment of their lives. One way to make that once-in-a-lifetime moment extra special is with live ceremony music.

Whether it’s you walking down the aisle or your future spouse, time stops. Nothing sweetens that moment and heightens the emotions quite like a classic or instrumental arrangement. Why else would thousands of brides still approach the altar every year to the delicate harmonies of piano or strings playing Pachelbel’s Canon, Mozart’s Ave Verum and Wagner’s Bridal Chorus?

The versatility of traditional wedding classical musicians and vocalists isn’t limited to the ceremony either – with their unique take on classic pop and rock songs, a classical wedding ensemble is a great way to please the crowd at your wedding breakfast, drinks reception or ball with a twist.

If you’re looking for the perfect instrumental accompaniment to your special day, there are hundreds of UK wide and international musicians ready to deliver bespoke soundtracks to this valuable turning point in your life. Don’t compromise – below we bring you some of the best wedding ceremony musicians you can book today. Get comfortable and prepare to be be serenaded by these divine performances from sixteen of the country’s best live wedding instrumentalists.


1. The White Rose Quartet

One of the UK’s leading wedding string ensembles, The White Rose have been delivering the perfect ambience for couples’ cherished moments since they formed over five years ago. With consummate professionalism and total sophistication manifested with two violins, a viola and a cello, you receive four dedicated musicians with a history of playing in prestigious venues and at weddings of all styles. Fuse the modern and traditional with one of the White Rose Quartet’s string arrangements of popular rock and pop music.

The White Rose Quartet make a stunning accompaniment to any wedding. Secure them for yours by clicking here.


2. The Elegante Ensemble

There’ll be no dry eyes when this beautiful five-piece wedding ensemble announce your journey down the aisle. The Elegante Ensemble are some of the nation’s highest talent in light classical music; supported by the Arts Council England and winners of the Best New Music Award, they bring an arrangement of piano, cello, violin, viola and oboe for a screen-worthy soundtrack to both concerts and intimate settings. Nothing could be finer for a moving performance on your big day.

For a moving ceremony like no other, don’t delay in booking the Elegante Ensemble – click here to reserve them now!


3. Radiance Quartet

With a guarantee of class and elegance, the best way to hear renditions of all your classical, pop and jazz favourites with a classical twist is with Radiance Quartet. Playing as a beautiful and traditional string ensemble, their versatility also allows them to entertain your guests at the breakfast or reception with recognisable contemporary hits. With years of experience between them, the talented members of Radiance Quartet have many glowing reviews for their performances in orchestras, chamber groups and pit bands, and with no reliance on amplifiers or PA, you have wedding ceremony musicians ready to play anywhere.

For an elegant, experienced and versatile ensemble ready to play at any venue, book Radiance Quartet by clicking here!


4. Piers

There are wedding pianists, and then there’s Piers. When this talented solo pianist and singer puts his fingers to the keys, magic happens. A degree level musician classically trained at Salisbury Cathedral, Piers combines traditionalism with contemporary music and his talent is plain for all to see. If you picture yourself escorted to the altar with the finest of wedding ceremony piano music, don’t wait to book Piers – in between his world tours and recording albums and EPs, his schedule fills up fast!

Click here to reserve Piers for your wedding day – don’t leave it too late, he’s in heavy demand!


5. Gracella Strings

Your pop favourites have never sounded so sublime! With performances of classical, pop, rock and jazz tunes, Gracella Strings are one of the finest string quartets in the UK, having trained at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music. With a huge selection of musical pieces in their repertoire, you can walk down the aisle to traditional ceremony music, a rearranged rock ballad or even your favourite movie theme. Gracella also perform as an electric string quartet, adding a whole new flavour to their arrangements!

Click here to book Gracella for your big day!


6. Oak Piano

Bewitching solo piano arrangements of both classical music and beloved pop and romance songs? Yes please! From Einaudi to Adele there’s no limit to the amazing performance delivered each time anyone books Oak Piano for their event, and his ability as a wedding pianist for hire is perfect for any event from intimate receptions to grand ceremonies. He’s toured with the likes of Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Leona Lewis, Idris Elba, NDubz, Booker T Jones, X Factor’s Jay James Sergey Lazarev and DJ Duke Dumont and performed across the UK from the 02 Arena to Glastonbury as well as for Graham Norton. If you’re lucky, you may find a pianist as good as Oak Piano – but you won’t find one better. If there was one way to enhance his performance, it’d be with live string accompaniment. Oh, and that can be easily arranged – he also plays alongside cello and violin as a three piece!

Don’t miss out – Oak Piano is incredibly popular and his schedule fills up fast. Click here to reserve him for your special day!


7. Suave Strings

Add some sophistication to any function with Suave Strings, an electrifying trio with an incomparably vast repertoire. From Mozart’s finest to the number one hits (and a little bit of Bollywood thrown in) Suave Strings have made a popular wedding ensemble since they formed in 2002 and have played at countless weddings and civil ceremonies since. Elegant and experienced, they’ll make the perfect addition to any setting.

Secure the Suave String Quartet for your wedding today – click here to see their full profile and reserve them for the big day!


8. Sally Violin

Perhaps it’s the simplicity and elegance of a solo violin that your ceremony needs? Look no further than Sally Violin, a magnificent violinist who has devoted her life to the instrument. She began classical training at the age of three and attained a distinction in her masters degree in Violin Performance at Labal Conservatoire after attending Oxford. Her talent has taken her to prestigious venues across the nation and internationally, playing for VIP clients of all backgrounds. Her recent clients include Jaguar cars, Segio Rossi, Swarovski and Vogue, as well as an enormous range of TV credits from Britain’s Got Talent to Strictly Come Dancing and The BBC Music Awards. Here is a talent that shouldn’t be missed!

With a great variety of options and sets for her performance, she’s a wedding violinist like no other, able to conjure the most fabulous music from memory and learning up to three requests totally free of charge. Whether it’s classic acoustic ceremony music for your trip down the aisle or a heart stopping electric violin performance for the reception, she’s got all the genres that you need – from pop, jazz, house, Latin, folk, and classical – to suit any and every moment of the wedding celebrations.

We can’t offer enough praise for this extraordinary violinist – check out her profile here and book her for your wedding day!


9. Elite Bagpipes

Nothing says unique (and Scottish) like having a wedding piper welcome your guests and play you to the reception! For centuries bagpipes have been played at Scottish weddings and the tradition is still going strong today. With 20 years of experience, Elite Bagpipes will add grace to your day with moving performances of traditional songs as well as contemporary tunes. His talents have seen him perform at prestigious venues from The Royal Albert Hall to the Orient Express, and he’s played alongside Right Said Fred and Il Divo as well as appearing numerous times on TV and radio. So whether you’re embracing your heritage or you’re just a Caledophile, Elite Bagpipes will make a stunning addition to your wedding day no-one will forget.

Add some Scottish romance to your day! Click here to reserve Elite Bagpipes for your wedding.


10. Flamencoustic

This talented and nationally respected solo wedding guitarist will deliver traditional Flamenco styles and sounds to your big day! Flamencoustic will spice up your venue and your get your guests moving with Latin passion, described by acclaimed jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell as “masterful” and by BBC Radio 3 as “fantastic”.

Flamencoustic is ready to make your wedding unforgettable – click here to view his full profile and book him for the big day!


11. Raymond Keys

If you need a wedding pianist that can play any style, Raymond Keys is the internationally-renowned performer you’ve been searching for. Bursting first into the blues and jazz scene, this incredible classical wedding musician blossomed with the creative freedom afforded by those genres, before undertaking full training to polish his skills – achieving a degree and a diploma in piano performance. From beautiful classics to contemporary chart tunes, Raymond covers them all with liveliness and emotion, making him the perfect accompaniment to heighten the experience on your special day.

Don’t delay – click here to secure Raymond for your perfect wedding day!


12. Lucy H

Trained since the age of 11 in saxophone, and a cabaret singer for ten years makes Lucy H the perfect addition to your wedding ceremony! For blues, soul, jazz, swing, modern pop and ballads played with the charisma of a professional entertainment manager and cabaret performer, Lucy makes for an ideal and popular wedding singer or wedding saxophonist on your special day.

Click here if Lucy H is what your wedding needs!


13. Eclipse

With a repertoire of classical and pop crossovers, classical standards, musical theatre songs and more, Eclipse are an angelic duo of classical wedding singers with impressive professional experience. They’ve appeared worldwide, have recorded 2 albums together and have played live for Sky Sports 1, The Soldiering On Awards and even at Blenheim palace! These traditional wedding singers make a stunning addition to any wedding or reception, delivering a graceful and cultivated tone wherever they play.

There’s still time to book Eclipse for your wedding – click here to see their full profile and get in touch!


14. Russell Mayer

The best kind of wedding ceremony performer is one who can also get your guests dancing at the reception! Passionate singer and wedding guitarist Russell Mayer is professional, experienced, and engaging. With a vast repertoire covering songs from the ages and a skill honed at the Academy of Contemporary Music, it’s no wonder he’s released his own records through Metropolis Studios and played live on radio numerous times. With skill for a performance that stands out and a repertoire that can please guests of all tastes, Russell Mayer is here to deliver contemporary wedding guitar songs not to be missed!

Beat the crowd, click here to hire Russell Mayer today!


15. Marcus Stefan

Professionalism and passion combine for a breathtaking performance every time with Marcus Stefan. Over 20 years of musical training and 10 years of performative experience have brought Marcus to this point; performing rock, pop and indie songs from the last sixty years with heart and soul to hundreds of events and awestruck crowds. With rare talent and the ability to cater his performance to any atmosphere, he’s the perfect solo guitarist to play you into your ceremony and play out the evening!

Click here to hire this fabulous guitarist for your wedding!


We hope that you’ve enjoyed our list of sublime traditional wedding instrumentalists and vocalists. Remember that your wedding day is about you and the one you love, and that every detail should be to your taste – whether you loved our list or much prefer something a little different, there are lots more wedding bands for hire to suit all tastes and to make that day extra special, all on the Entertainment Nation website!


Did you enjoy our list of the best instrumentalists and vocalists for your wedding? Check out our other recommended musicians here:

The Best Wedding String Quartets

The Best Acoustic Wedding Bands

The Best Jewish Wedding Bands

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