If you’re getting married in 2018, huge congratulations from everyone at Entertainment Nation.
“Who are Entertainment Nation?” we hear you ask.
A quick introduction: we’re a Stratford-upon-Avon-based wedding entertainment agency whose mission is to help you discover your perfect wedding entertainment match. We represent hundreds of the UK’s finest wedding bands and musicians, who are available all over the UK and internationally. If you’re due to get married this summer (or later in the year) and you haven’t already got your wedding entertainment sorted, then you’ll want to get on that ASASP. The most in-demand wedding bands and musicians fill dates up to two years in advance, so if you’ve already got your eye on an act, don’t miss out, snap them up right away.
We’re guessing that as you’re reading this post, you’re still undecided about your wedding entertainment. Not a problem! We’ve helped thousands of happy couples to hire their dream wedding entertainment, and we’re here to let you in on some of the hottest wedding music trends in 2018.
Acoustic Folk Wedding Bands
Mumford-and-Sons-inspired folk bands go with summery outdoor weddings like beer with a BBQ. Playing feel-good folky tunes on authentic acoustic instruments, these rustic troubadours know precisely how to get your barn dancing! If you’re worried about being restricted to the narrow folk genre, there’s no need. Acoustic folk function bands are used to performing for audiences of all ages and pepper their sets with popular songs from throughout the decades. The best part is that these acoustic covers of classic and modern pop and rock songs are in an upbeat folky style, lending a fresh, “Live Lounge” vibe to your wedding reception.
Festival-Style Wedding Bands
A variation on the acoustic folk bands above, festival-style wedding bands will have you reliving those eternal days and nights spent shouting along to your favourite bands. Kicking off with an acoustic set, festival wedding bands warm up you and your guests with toe-tapping tracks from the likes of Ed Sheeran, The Lumineers and George Ezra. Then, once you’re all primed and ready to party, the band will ditch the acoustic instruments and break out the electric guitars for a rocking mainstage headliner set to cap off your wedding reception in style.
Postmodern Vintage Wedding Bands
What do you get when you combine the glitz and glamour of jazz-age America with the biggest hits of the past few decades? A flamboyant wedding reception party like no other! Vintage wedding bands are all the rage thanks to the revival of swing music led by internet sensations Postmodern Jukebox. There’s something deliciously decadent about a vintage wedding band’s unique take on your favourite pop, rock and hip-hop songs. You and your guests won’t be able to keep the grins from your faces when you hear Gangstas’ Paradise reinterpreted as a horn-laden ragtime jam or Call Me Maybe transformed from bubble-gum pop to sultry serenade.
Modern String Quartets
Yes, we know, a string quartet at a wedding is about as traditional as you can get. But just because you’re honouring tradition doesn’t mean you’re bound by it. Modern wedding string quartets are made up of exciting classical musicians, who as well as being well-versed in all the traditional wedding tunes, are immersed in modern culture. If there’s a TV or movie theme you love, or a pop or rock song you can’t live without, a modern string quartet can perform a beautiful classical interpretation for a wedding ceremony that’s personal to you.
Roaming Acoustic Wedding Bands
An evolution of the acoustic guitar and vocal duo, roaming acoustic bands are a hugely popular trend in daytime wedding entertainment. Unrestrained by tangled wires and clunky sound equipment, an acoustic band is free to roam, giving you and your guests an intimate, up-close performance of mellow acoustic music. Roaming bands are always a conversation starter and a great way to get your guests relaxed and ready for the evening party. Guests love the opportunity to mingle with talented musicians performing just feet away from them and these spontaneous interactions always make for some fantastic photos.
Mash ups and Medleys
Many wedding function bands are no longer content with reeling off a setlist of songs performed just like the original (as impressive as this is in itself!). Drawing upon incredible musicianship, and no little hard work, a growing wedding music trend is for live bands to use what was once a DJ’s speciality – the mash-up. Wedding bands take crowd-pleasing songs and blend them together into a seamless stream of riotous music that builds and builds, whipping the dance floor into a frenzy. The music buffs among the crowd will love listening out for the subtle notes that indicate which song is coming in next, inevitably going crazy when it drops!
DJ and Live Musicians
Speaking of DJs, they are bringing the old-school wedding disco bang up-to-date with the introduction of live musicians like saxophonists and percussionists, as well as live vocals. First popularised on the dance floors of Ibiza, the DJ and live musician combo act is one that’s guaranteed to raise the temperature at your evening party. Adding a spectacular stage presence to the euphoric sounds of the biggest house and dance tracks, DJ and live musician acts will bring the sun-kissed soundtrack of the White Isle to your wedding reception.
How to Hire Wedding Music
So there you have it, a rundown of the biggest trends in wedding music right now. If anything you’ve seen has piqued your interest or you’d like some more inspiration, then pop over to Entertainment Nation. As well as being home to hundreds of incredible wedding bands and musicians, Entertainment Nation is your go-to destination for the best wedding entertainment advice and guidance. Our friendly team are around from 10am to 10pm every single day, and they’re always happy to answer any question, no matter how big or small.
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