Month: Jul, 2019

You don’t need to break the bank to get top quality live music for your wedding party. All of these acts listed below put on an awesome show for under £1000.

Many of these acts are booked for high-end venues with VIP clientele. For example, First Avenue is year-on-year by The Ritz in Abu Dhabi for New Years Eve. Magnolia Sky opened for baseball legends the New York Yankees and Boston Redsox.

A lot of these acts have incredibly accomplished musicians in their bands too, for example, the drummer in The Flares is from The Libertines spin-off The Jackals; the bassist in The Hot Shots has recorded and performed with Emeli Sande; and Elite Street‘s lead vocalist was a Las Vegas showgirl!

If you love a pop-rock-punk vibe, The Riot Dogs is for you. The lead vocalist in this group has powerful soaring vocals that really suits songs like ‘All The Small Things’ and ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, as well as all the pop, funk, and soul crowd-pleasers that wedding audiences love to hear.

The Hot Shots is a firm favourite with wedding couples who love their indie rock and love to get value for money. This band is a popular choice and have hundreds of weddings under their belts, and gushing reviews from clients across the board.

Magnolia Sky is where it’s at if you love a folk-vibe. Think George Ezra and Simon And Garfunkel, and of course plenty of pop, and rock to boot.

Truly, you can’t go wrong with any of these acts. They will deliver you a full sound which will fill up your venue, and they’ll get people grooving which will fill up your dance floor.

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You don’t need to fork out thousands of pounds to get live music at your wedding. It is possible to hire a smaller outfit that can add a significant amount of atmosphere and lively energy to your evening.

Many smaller acts lean toward the lounge and jazz end of things, but there are still soloists, duos, trios and quartets that perform party music that appeals to all the generations and still fits within the ‘under £900’ bracket.

Breeze Duo and Jewels & Paradise knock it out of the park when it comes to getting people dancing using just their two voices, and an acoustic guitar. Of course, they both have tricks up their sleeves to make that happen, but they are well-versed tricks they know work time and again.

If you’re looking for some classy live music that is both unique and beautiful, Gypsy Reverie is a superb option. They’ll be a great conversation starter and really get the senses tingling and the hips swaying.

If you are hoping for a party band to put that dance floor to good use then The Party Machine can do what you’re after with the use of backing tracks to give that full-band, high-impact feel.

DJ Ewan is always a reliable party generator option if you like the idea of an unlimited repertoire, with sets where your guests can request songs on the spot through the night. He’s used to packing out dance floors up and down the country and tailors the songs he mixes depending on each specific audience and their tastes.

To get a precise quote for your wedding day click the little ‘Update Address’ bar on the right-hand side of the screen, and type in your venue’s postcode. That will update all the prices for the acts below so you can see the total cost of each act to come and perform at your venue for your wedding.

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Booking a band can be an overwhelming thing to do. Wedding bands can cost anywhere between £300 to several thousands of pounds. They come in lots of different shapes and sizes with lots of different sounds. It’s difficult to know where to start! Ideally you want a band that ticks all the boxes, that means having experienced professional musicians, a setlist that appeases all generations, the opportunity to collaborate on the setlist, making sure they will learn your first dance, and outstanding reviews flooding in from past clients. That is quite a lot to check for each act that you want to consider. Here at That Amazing Wedding we’ve got you covered. We’ve selected the top wedding bands for hire and put them in a handy dandy little list for you below to make sure you’re making the most of your hard earned cash. 
 

I’m on a budget, what have you got?

Duos and trios where at least one of the instrumentalists sings is the best way to spend your wedding entertainment budget and get your biggest bang-for-buck. Here’s some fantastic acts that tick all of those aforementioned boxes. Remember – you can save some money if you book an act that is closer to your venue as it saves on travel costs too. 

 

I’ve got a modest budget, what can you do for me?

A four-piece to a six-piece band will most likely suit you. In some four-pieces the vocalist plays an instrument too, which means your  money will stretch to a bigger sound. On the flip side, if you go for an act where the lead vocalist(s) don’t play another instrument, it means they are freed up to do lots of audience interaction. With these sorts of acts you can expect the vocalists to walk into the crowds (if they’re on wireless mics) as well as get your friends and family to join them on stage and sing along with them. These are absolutely priceless moments you will be able to cherish forever. 

 

Money is not an object, I want the best of the best, show me what you got!

If you want a band that will leave everyones jaws on the floor and have everyone aching the next day from how much dancing they were doing all night long at your wedding, then a larger or even a big band will give you the impact your after. Bearing in mind you’ll need the space to have the band set up, so if you’ve got a very roomy barn, a spacious ballroom, or an actual music hall you’ve got the right utensils for your dance floor extravaganza recipe. Saying that, 10-piece bands can fit into places you wouldn’t have thought possible, like private clubs rooms and modest-sized barns. It’s always best to check with the band direct as each band has different requirements and can adjust what equipment they bring if they know they’re going to be working with a smaller space.

 

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What Musical Acts Should I Hire For My Wedding?

Here at That Amazing Wedding, we know each wedding is unique to the bride, groom and their friends and families. There is no one shape fits all, and that’s exactly how it should be. The more the unique, the better, we think! However if you’re interested in having a little guidance on what kind of musical entertainment you should be considering for your wedding day, we’ve given a little outline of what to hire below.

 

Hire an act for your ceremony

Ceremony music is when it all kicks off. Your guests have been arriving, gathering and have caught a glimpse of the groom, and they’re incredibly excited to see the bride walk ever so elegantly down the aisle. As you might have guessed, the walk down the aisle doesn’t take long, but if you have a large wedding party it may take longer than you had anticipated! Furthermore many couples choose to have hymns, music during the signing, and also music at exit. For these beautiful moments a string duo, trio or quartet, a choir, a solo vocalist-guitarist, or an acoustic band all enhance these precious moment and really start the day on a beautiful note (no pun intended :). If you’ve got traditional roots, you might consider a bagpiper, or violinist performing a favourite Asian love song.

 

Hire background music for your afternoon drinks reception

Everyone is in your afternoon drinks reception area, more often than not, outside, while photos happen and light canapés make their way around. Brilliant live music for your afternoon drinks reception is something that is quite background, not too over-powering, but really sets the tone well and represents the couple as much as possible. If you’re quite a rocky couple, you might want to go for a rocky acoustic vocalist-guitarist, or if you’re more into pop music, then a contemporary duo might suit. If you’re of a more refined nature, then a harpist or saxophonist might set the scene better. It’s especially important to remember the acoustics of your performance area. For example, a 4-piece acoustic band playing soulful love songs might be a good option for the larger venues especially if your act is playing in a very open area where the sound will disperse very easily, and therefore won’t sound as loud as being indoors. So in this respect, if you’re having an outdoor drinks reception, don’t be afraid to go bigger. Similarly, if you’re having a winter wedding and your afternoon drinks reception is indoors a smaller act might be more suitable because you’ll want your guests to be able to hear each other with the music still being a background element to your fabulous day.

 

Hire live music for your wedding breakfast

Ah delicious, you’ve made it to the wedding breakfast. Perfect opportunity for you to chat to your loved ones, and for your friends to natter away with each other. To stop it sounding like a cafeteria, some romantic background music will do the trick. You could ask your harpist or string trio to hang around for the meal, or you could ask a pianist to join you for the wedding breakfast. Some couples even choose to have the evening band perform one of their sets during this time, again, as a background element, but it is nice for your wedding guests to get to meet the band before the evening reception in a more laid back atmosphere. Often many evening bands have jazz, swing, and lounge songs in their repertoire, and can therefore be very versatile throughout the day.

 

Hire a band for your evening wedding party

Well, well, you’ve made it to the final event of the day. It’s time to celebrate – I hope you’ve got some dancing shoes to hand! A wedding celebration wouldn’t be complete without some dancing. You can achieve this with a duo or trio. Some duos are incredibly dynamic and can get the room jumping with the use of two voices, a couple of instruments and a few tricks up their sleeves. Those tricks might come in the form of backing tracks, loop pedals, excellent lighting, and exceptional audience interaction skills. At this point in the night, most couples have opted for anything between a trio and a 10-piece party band. Indie-rock and pop bands are super popular among all generations, especially here in the UK, and likewise pop, funk, soul & Motown acts always go down a storm. Whichever evening band you decide to pick on That Amazing Wedding, be prepared to be dancing All Night Long.