Trusted wedding entertainment agency, Entertainment Nation, have kindly put together this guest post for us on the best styles of music to really get the party going in the latter stages of your wedding reception.
What’s a wedding reception without a dance floor crammed with euphoric family and friends dancing and singing along in celebration of your new marriage? And when it comes to generating a supercharged party atmosphere, there’s nothing that compares to a professional wedding function band.
The best wedding bands are experts in crowd interaction and instinctively know which songs to perform to keep the dance floor jumping.
A few years ago, wedding function bands were tarnished with the image of being tired performers doling out cheesy songs to an empty room.
Thankfully things have moved on since then: there’s been an explosion in talented young musicians looking to make their way in the function band world, raising the bar in terms of musicianship, reliability and sheer spectacle.
proliferation of high-quality wedding bands means you now have your pick of bands at the top of their game in a wide range of genres.
Whether you’re into festival headliners like Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon, contemporary folk groups like Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers, or ever-popular Soul and Motown acts like Chic and Stevie Wonder, there’s a wedding band out there who’ll deliver an authentic performance of your favourite tunes.
Read on to find out more about the five styles of function band that are guaranteed to fill the dance floor at your wedding reception!
Contemporary Folk Wedding Bands
Ever since Mumford and Sons burst on to the scene, folk-style music has become the number one trend in live wedding music. Meshing perfectly with the rise in barn weddings with a rustic-chic theme, acoustic folk wedding bands are an upbeat and versatile addition to your big day.
Modern folk wedding bands can be used to provide atmospheric live music throughout your wedding day. From delicately beautiful ballads during your wedding ceremony, to rabble-rousing roaming sets during your afternoon drinks, to foot-stomping barn dances at your wedding reception.
There’s no need to worry that a folk wedding band will only stick to covers from a narrow selection of artists; most bands will deliver an eclectic mix of music from other genres, all given a grin-inducing folky spin.
Festival Headlining Indie and Rock Wedding Bands
The only choice for those who make the annual pilgrimage to festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and the Isle of Wight, mainstage-style indie rock wedding bands add some swagger to your wedding reception.
Performing crowd-winning songs by bands such as The Killers, Coldplay and Foo Fighters, these charismatic musicians will have you and your wedding party arm in arm on the dance floor belting out your favourite anthems.
Timeless Funk, Soul, Disco and Motown Wedding Bands
Soul, funk, disco and Motown wedding bands never go out of fashion. It’s no wonder these bands remain so popular: the infectiously danceable tunes, the sweeping vocals, the slick guitar licks, the grooving basslines and the blazing horn sections all combine to produce an irresistible party atmosphere.
In addition to their ability to get a dance floor moving, soul, funk, disco and Motown bands can also perform gorgeous renditions of some of the most beautiful ballads ever written, think “All of Me” by John Legend or “At Last” by Etta James.
Most wedding bands are happy to learn and perform your choice of first dance song within their standard fee, so you can enjoy a bespoke slice of pure romance during your first dance as a married couple.
Postmodern Vintage Wedding Bands
Another big trend in wedding entertainment right now is swing music from a postmodern vintage wedding band. Decadent and dazzling, these acts will deliver a dash of Gatsby-era glamour to your wedding reception.
Postmodern vintage wedding bands meld the high-kicking energy of early 20th century swing with the most popular songs of today. So expect to hear whimsical one-of-a-kind swing reimaginings of songs like “All About That Bass”, “Seven Nation Army” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” that’ll have you and your guests in raptures.
As well as being a deliciously alternative style of wedding music, vintage-styled bands provide an unforgettable visual spectacle: think pinpoint period costumes, burnished brass gleaming under the spotlights and light glinting off the varnished wooden sheen of the double bass. Imagine the photos!
Luxury International Show Bands
If you’re looking for a wedding band with the wow-factor, then look no further than an international show band. These globe-trotting stars of the function band world transform your wedding reception into a live concert with peerless musical talent, choreographed stage shows and state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment.
Inspired by the mega concerts put on by the world’s biggest artists – JT, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars – these elite acts will shock and awe your guests.
Musical genres vary, with some bands more pop-heavy, others veering towards rock, but a signature characteristic of these sensational bands is their intricately designed medleys, which build up the atmosphere in the room to an ecstatic climax.
How to Hire a Wedding Function Band
There’s a whole world of wedding entertainment out there, and it can be an overwhelming prospect to narrow down the huge choices of acts available.