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How to Choose Your Wedding Band

There are lots of things to think about when planning your special day. Most important are formalities such as the venue, date, theme and food but above all you want to make sure you and your guests enjoy the day. The best way to create a unique and unforgettable wedding experience that will be enjoyed by all who attend is by hiring live wedding entertainment. Your music taste is an expression of who you are so your choice of wedding band or musician should resonate with this.

Why hire a live wedding band, musician or singer?

Hiring musical wedding entertainment will enhance the magical atmosphere of your wedding, making it a day to remember for all. Live music provides an energising and authentic experience that will keep your guests in high spirits during the ceremony through to the evening reception. Nothing will bring your family and friends together on the dancefloor quite like a live musician or band. Your wedding day is a celebration after all, so what better reason to let your hair down and groove all night to your favourite tunes.

For days, weeks and even years after, guests will recount the tear-jerking pianist’s angelic harmony as you walked down the aisle or the lively wedding band that kept everyone on their feet all night long. Given enough notice, most professional wedding bands, musicians and singers will take requests and even learn new songs to collate a one-of-a-kind wedding soundtrack that will make the day even more special. Your first dance song might be one that is close to your heart and an acoustic wedding singer or musician will elevate this moment to the next level. Live wedding musicians are a must for a perfectly personalised wedding day!

A genre that reflects you

Classical music is a popular genre that embraces the elegance and romance of a traditional wedding. Best suited with a sophisticated wedding style or luxury wedding venue, classical music creates a musical ambience like no other. Classical music is often performed at weddings by an orchestra or piano accompanied by one or more string instruments.

If traditional is not to your vibe, maybe a hard rock is? A hard rock wedding band will undoubtably make for a reception to remember. The upbeat rhythm, blues-based riffs and electrifying guitar solos will keep the party alive all night.

Maybe indie music is more to your taste. Indie wedding bands are perfect for a less formal reception or outdoor wedding. The popularity of outdoor weddings has rocketed with many venues offering stunning outdoor locations for you to tie the knot in including parks and tasteful barn conversions that provide the most beautiful setting for photograph opportunities.

Folk music is another great alternative to consider for your outdoor wedding. Folk bands are often paired with festival style weddings and are popular with fun-filled and child friendly weddings. If you’re tying the knot in summer and envision yourself dancing under fairy lights until the sun goes down, folk music will compliment your wedding style perfectly.

How much does a wedding musician or band cost?

It is estimated in the UK that a wedding band currently costs around £1000-£1800 however this can vary and is dependent on a number of factors. The cost of a wedding musician or band may vary depending on the time of year, travel expenses, performance length and number of musicians.

Whether you choose a four- or five-piece band or a solo wedding musician is completely up to you but it is worth knowing the justification behind the cost of their services. They also may offer extras as part of their wedding entertainment packages that will add to the total price.

If you are looking to keep within your budget, a top tip from us is to book well in advance and support artists in the local area!

How to find your wedding band or musician

No two weddings are the same and finding the right wedding band or musician is a completely unique decision. Whether you are hosting 15 or 150 guests; there is a wedding band, musician or singer for every wedding day celebration. It is worth looking around to find some of the amazing local talent that is out there and get a taste for what they are all about. The best way to get a feel of these artists is through their websites and social media where they often provide a portfolio of previous work and can offer personalised quotes.

The Lawrence Hotel in Padiham, Lancashire caters to all wacky and wonderful alternative wedding requests so you can be confident your wedding entertainment fits in perfectly with your big day.

Our recommendations:

· Gavin Young Wedding Singer –

· James Wedding Singer –

· Wayne Farrow Wedding Host –

· Alex Birtwell –

· Ceremony and Reception Entertainment –


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