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Looking for wedding entertainment inspiration and don't know where to start? Read on to discover musicians to perform the perfect romantic accompaniment to your wedding ceremony, entertainers to add cheer to your afternoon drinks and bands to get everyone dancing at your evening reception, plus a few unique ideas if you're after something a little different to surprise your guests.

Here at Entertainment Nation we've got years of experience in helping happy couples plan perfect entertainment for their wedding. We represent hundreds of the UK's best professional wedding entertainers, musicians and bands, so you're sure to discover your dream entertainment here.

So, sit back, pour yourself a glass of something cold (or make yourself a brew if you're at work...) and browse our recommendations. Our friendly, expert advisers are here when you need them, from 10am to 10pm every day via email, phone and Live Chat. If you've got any questions or need any advice or suggestions, give us a shout and we'll be happy to help.

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Looking for wedding entertainment inspiration and don't know where to start? Read on to discover musicians to perform the perfect romantic accompaniment to your wedding ceremony, entertainers to add cheer to your afternoon drinks and bands to get everyone dancing at your evening reception, plus a few unique ideas if you're after something a little different to surprise your guests.

Here at Entertainment Nation we've got years of experience in helping happy couples plan perfect entertainment for their wedding. We represent hundreds of the UK's best professional wedding entertainers, musicians and bands, so you're sure to discover your dream entertainment here.

So, sit back, pour yourself a glass of something cold (or make yourself a brew if you're at work...) and browse our recommendations. Our friendly, expert advisers are here when you need them, from 10am to 10pm every day via email, phone and Live Chat. If you've got any questions or need any advice or suggestions, give us a shout and we'll be happy to help.

Wedding Ceremony Music

Whether you're sticking with tradition or planning a more modern affair, your choice of wedding ceremony entertainment will enhance the romance of your big moment. Classical music from a string quartet, pianist, harpist or singer is a timelessly elegant choice, while a tender ballad from an acoustic singer-songwriter-style performer is perfect for contemporary couples. Why not blend the modern and traditional with a classical arrangement of your favourite romantic song?

Featured Ceremony Entertainment

Flower Quartet Highest Quality Strings
Flower Quartet
From £638
Flower Quartet Listing Content
FLOWER QUARTET
  • String Quartet
  • Wedding string quartet based in London
  • 4 Classical String Performers
  • Option to extend performance
  • Large repertoire
  • Available within 70 miles of London
Piers Piano Vocalist Hire London
Piers
From £563
Piers Listing Content
PIERS
  • Pop & classical pianist
  • Wedding pianist based in London
  • Solo artist
  • Male lead vocalist
  • Option to add cajon/percussionist
  • Classical, pop, soul, blues & rock repertoire
  • Available nationwide
Jonny Romance Listing
Jonny Romance
From £500
Jonny Romance Listing Content
JONNY ROMANCE
  • Solo vocalist with guitar
  • Wedding singer and guitarist based in Wiltshire
  • Male vocals and guitar
  • Pop, rock, folk, soul and more
  • Over 5 years of professional experience
  • Versatile performer
  • Available UK wide

Drinks Reception & Daytime Wedding Entertainment

The time between your ceremony and wedding breakfast is your chance to mingle with friends and family, glass of champagne in hand, free from the pre-ceremony jitters. Live music works well to maintain a mellow mood, with classical music, jazz and laid-back "live lounge" covers being popular choices. Magicians and caricaturists are great options to keep your wedding guests entertained before the main evening celebrations kick off.

Featured Drinks Reception & Daytime Wedding Entertainment

The Harriers Listing
The Harriers
From £563
The Harriers Listing Content
THE HARRIERS
  • Acoustic pop and rock duo
  • Wedding duo based in London
  • 2-piece duo line-up
  • Male lead vocals
  • Vast repertoire
  • Option to add percussion/drums
  • Available nationwide
The Cosgroves Listing
The Cosgroves
From £625
The Cosgroves Listing Content
THE COSGROVES
  • Jazz and swing duo
  • Wedding duo based in Surrey
  • 1-5 piece line up
  • Sax and piano/guitar as standard
  • Solo, trio, quartet and qunitet line-up options
  • Over 10 years professional experience
  • Available South East
Paradox Magic Listing
Paradox Magic
From £436
Paradox Magic Listing Content
PARADOX MAGIC
  • Close up magician
  • Wedding magician based in Wiltshire
  • Exceptional tricks and illusions
  • Over 5 years professional experience
  • Fantastic quality performance
  • Suitable for all events
  • Available nationwide

Evening Reception Wedding Entertainment

Dessert's been polished off and the speeches are done (breathe a sigh of relief) - all that's left to do now is dance your way into married life! Your choice of wedding reception entertainment should reflect what you're like as a couple: feel-good acoustic folk, raucous rock and indie, sparkling soul and Motown, cutting-edge chart tunes - there's a band or DJ to complement every occasion. The professional acts you'll find here at Entertainment Nation are not only exceptional performers, they also supply high quality equipment to ensure your wedding reception party looks and sounds spectacular.

Featured Evening Reception Wedding Entertainment

Rewind Listings
Rewind
From £2150
Rewind Listing Content
REWIND
  • Pop, rock, R'n'B, dance & UK garage band
  • Wedding band based in Surrey
  • 5 piece line-up
  • Female vocals
  • Club classics, UK garage & rock anthems
  • Option to add sax player
  • Available nationwide
One Nation Listing
One Nation
From £5738 plus vat
One Nation Listing Content
ONE NATION
  • Pop, RnB and Soul band
  • Wedding band based in London
  • 12 piece band
  • Male and female lead vocals
  • Highly experienced performers
  • Soul, RnB, Pop, Motown, Rock, Hip Hop
  • Available nationwide
The Wildermen Listing
The Wildermen
From £1250
The Wildermen Listing Content
THE WILDERMEN
  • Mumford-style folk band
  • Wedding band based in Surrey
  • Acoustic trio
  • Male lead vocals and guitar, backing vocals, bass and drums
  • Folk-infused pop and contemporary set list
  • Experienced musicians
  • Available UK wide

Quirky, Unusual & Unique Wedding Entertainment

In search of unique wedding ideas to make your reception stand out? Here's a few original and alternative wedding entertainment ideas that'll delight your guests and give your special day a quirky touch: interrupt your wedding breakfast with a surprise sing-along, astound your guests with a roaming performance from your band, summon the spirit of the swing years with a postmodern pop band or light up your evening party with an Ibiza-inspired DJ live act.

Featured Quirky, Unusual & Unique Wedding Entertainment

The Bimble Boys Listing
The Bimble Boys
From £1494
The Bimble Boys Listing Content
THE BIMBLE BOYS
  • Roaming Band
  • Wedding band based in London
  • 4 piece band
  • Male vocals and backing vocals
  • Guitar, guitar, double bass and drums
  • Pop, rock, jazz, funk and acoustic covers
  • Available nationwide
Burn The Disco Listing
Burn The Disco
From £2688 plus vat
Burn The Disco Listing Content
BURN THE DISCO
  • DJ Live contemporary modern pop band
  • Wedding band based in London
  • 5-7 piece band
  • Female and male lead vocalists
  • Energetic modern pop live DJ band
  • Option to add dancers
  • Available Midlands and South East
Shhhow Singers Listing
Shhhow Singers
From £611
Shhhow Singers Listing Content
SHHHOW SINGERS
  • Singing Waiters
  • Wedding singer based in London
  • 1 male vocalist as standard
  • Option to add additional vocalists
  • Classical, pop and swing songs
  • Add surprise and laughter to your day!
  • Available UK wide

Wedding Entertainment FAQs

The average cost of wedding entertainment depends upon the style of wedding entertainment you choose and when and where you're getting married. Prices can range from a few hundred pounds for a solo act like a singer-acoustic-guitarist or magician to £1,000 upwards for a 4-5 piece wedding band. In general, the more members in the act, the more you can expect to pay. Hiring wedding entertainment near you can help you save money on travel expenses.
You should book your wedding entertainment as far in advance as possible! The most popular wedding bands and performers often fill their diaries up to two years in advance (sometimes even farther ahead), especially during the peak wedding season spring/summer weekends. If you find an act you love, snap them up as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
Plan your wedding entertainment with your guests and your venue in mind.

Ideally, you'll know the location of your wedding prior to planning the entertainment. Hiring your venue first means you'll be able to visualise the sort of entertainment that'll fit the setting and know about any performance or space restrictions the venue has in place. With a date and venue secured, you'll also be able to get the most accurate quotes if you're planning on hiring professional entertainment.

While it's important that you fall in love with your chosen entertainment, you also need to consider who'll be attending and what they'll be doing during each part of the day. Are you hiring wedding ceremony musicians? Consider keeping them on to perform for guests while you have photographs taken. Are there a couple of hours to spare between your ceremony and the wedding breakfast? A performance from an acoustic duo or a close-up magician could be just the thing to keep guests occupied during these quieter moments. Are you hiring a wedding band? Your evening wedding reception music is another decision where you should consider the ages and tastes of your guests - you'll want to add your personal touch while still giving everyone something to get down to on the dance floor!

If you've never planned live entertainment before (and who has?!), all this can seem daunting, but there's no need to fret - a good entertainment agency will have encountered almost any wedding planning pitfall possible and can offer you all the advice and guidance you need to plan wedding entertainment that runs smoothly and without fuss.

There are two school of thought on this one. The first is to spend hours meticulously viewing as many acts as possible so you can be certain you've found the perfect act to fit your wedding, your theme and your identity as a couple. The second is to go with your gut - sometimes you'll see a band, and like in love, you just know they're the one for you. Either approach works.

We'd always urge you to do a little extra research once you've found your ideal wedding entertainment; does the act have great reviews? How about the agency you're booking from? Is payment secure? Are there contracts in place tying the act to your event? A reputable act or agency will be able to reassure you on all these questions.

Whatever you can imagine, there's an act out there who can do it! Wedding entertainment has come a long way in recent years. Enormous demand for live entertainment at weddings has drawn the best young musicians into the industry, who've brought with them a melting pot of musical genres. The styles of wedding entertainment on offer include:

  • Rock and Pop Bands
  • Modern Pop, RnB and Dance Bands
  • Acoustic Folk-Pop Bands
  • Soul, Funk, Disco and Motown Bands
  • Jazz and Swing Bands
  • Rat Pack and Big Bands
  • Indie, Britpop and Pop-Punk Bands
  • Bandeoke / Rockaoke Bands
  • Tribute Bands
  • Vintage-Themed Bands
  • Rock 'n' Roll Bands

And that's just the bands! Other musicians and entertainers for you to consider include:

  • Acoustic Solos and Duos
  • Pro DJs
  • DJ Live Acts
  • Singing Waiters
  • String Quartets
  • Pianists
  • Sax Players
  • Harpists
  • Singers and Choirs
  • Magicians
  • Caricaturists
This all depends on you and your wedding!

Live bands bring spectacle, charisma and buckets of atmosphere; even the sounds of a band tuning up are enough to set the anticipation flowing for an evening of wild celebrations. Plus, most bands will put on a DJ service between their sets to keep up the energy on the dance floor.

DJs meanwhile are ideal if you want more control over the music you'll be hearing. A good band will know a decent number of songs, but a DJ has access to almost any song ever recorded... and they take requests, so you can customise your night on the fly. If your venue has limited space or a sound limiter set below 90DB, a DJ is a great choice to work around these restrictions while still giving an unforgettable night of entertainment.

Why not combine the best of both worlds with a DJ and Live Musician act? Bringing Balearic vibes, these exciting performers feature DJ sets enhanced with live sax, vocals, percussion, guitar, or horns for a thrilling superclub experience.

Recent Reviews

"We were so happy we chose The Lightmen for our wedding. They absolutely made the evening party by planning an excellent set which had all of our guests, from 5 year olds to 75 year olds, dancing all night. The energy and enthusiasm The Lightmen put into their performance was incredible - we don't think their promo video does them justice! Many of our guests commented on how much they loved the band. Communication before the wedding was clear and easy and the guys were able to work to our venue's requirements. We highly recommend them!"
Tara & David - Wedding - Cumbria
"We used Entertainment Nation to look for musicians to play at our staff party, as it was our 100 year anniversary and we have a vast range of ages that work within the store it was very difficult to choose an act suitable to everyone. Our contact Joe was very patient and helpful with our indecisiveness and he ended up finding the perfect act for our event, Vermillion. Vermillion were amazing, they set up with no hassle, we wanted them to arrive earlier to set up and then come back to perform as we didn't want them to be setting up as people were eating, they were happy to do so and were very professional, polite and chatty. The overall performance was just what we hoped for, they played more chilled out music for the last two courses of our meal then upped them tempo and played music so our staff could have drinks and a dance. We would definitely hire them again in the future and would recommend other companies to use Entertainment Nation if they are ever in need to hire performing acts."
Trudy - Corporate - Berkshire
"What can I say about Pippa other than she made the party! She was approachable, friendly, flexible and very professional. I had lots of comments on how brilliant she was and how they loved the eclectic playlist she performed. I would definitely give her 5 out of 5 and would not hesitate to book Pippa or use Entertainment Nation again for future events. The service has been exceptional from start to finish and made booking entertainment very easy. Thank you for helping to make my birthday party amazing Many thanks Amy"
Amy - Party - Shropshire
"Dance Floor Fillers were amazing, delivered exactly what I had asked for from the day. From the initial contact 4 weeks prior to the wedding they couldn't do enough to help. From arranging and discussing playlists to timings and contacting our wedding coordinator at the venue, they were genuinely just a really nice group of lads. They nailed the performance and kept people on the dance floor through the night. Easily a 5 out of 5 and would highly recommend them to anyone."
Adam & Rebecca - Wedding - Lincolnshire
"Night and Day were an excellent addition to our wedding festivities. From the moment they began playing they really set the tone for a fabulous celebration. We wanted a jazz set and they duly obliged playing the modern jazz sound my wife and I both love and they played beautifully. Beforehand we asked them to learn a couple of Swedish classics and many of the Swedes who flew over to London for the event were really touched that such an effort was made. We are totally happy with their performance and it was great value for money. They were punctual especially considering it was difficult to get to the venue due to the Lord Mayor's Show and they dressed just as we wanted. I only wish I had another event so I could have an excuse to hire them again. They were that good! Also, thanks to Entertainment Nation for all their help with the booking. 5 out of 5 stars."
Rodney - Wedding - London
"We found Entertainment Nation to be very proactive in communicating with us and also flexible during the booking process, they contacted us in the run up to our wedding without the need for us to chase them - making the process stress free. The Peaky Blinders were a phenomenal band, their communication and service in the run up to our wedding was brilliant - they were flexible around our timings and on the night delivered a fault free performance, every single one of our guests commented on how amazing they were! We would recommend them to anybody looking for an acoustic duo for their wedding - the DJ service they offer is also to be recommended. They emailed us their version of our first dance, answered any questions we had and even performed some extra requested songs on the night. Flawless!"
Henrietta & Christopher - Wedding - Ipswich

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