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Wedding Entertainment – Music for the Wedding Breakfast

The Wedding Breakfast

Often couples choose not to have entertainment during the wedding breakfast, instead saving it for later in the evening. But here are a few ideas to buck this trend…

• If you’re going the classical route why not hire a string quartet, a harpist, a pianist or a classical guitarist to provide background music during the meal.
• Other bands are also available to provide background music, take a look at Belle, Uber Swing or B-String.
• Perhaps you are looking for something a bit quirky, in this case you could hire a theme band to entertain while you eat. Check out Tula and the Tom Cats, Lipstick on his collar, The Tenners, and ACD.
• If you want to save the musical entertainment for the evening but would still like some entertainment, it is becoming increasingly popular to hire a ‘Close up Magician’. Check out Dominic’s page.

Next time I will be looking at the variety of entertainment you can choose for the evenings entertainment as well as how to choose that all important first dance song!

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Wedding Entertainment – Music For The Ceremony

Music is a vital part of any wedding day. It is something that is woven into the very history of marriage, as well as something we all recognise as synonymous with having a good old party! In my next 3 posts I will be looking at how you can involve music at different points of your wedding:

• The Ceremony
• The Wedding Breakfast
• The Evenings Entertainment

First up – The Ceremony

So what kind of music do you want during your ceremony? Read on to be inspired!

Here’s what you are going to need ;

• Prelude music – a few songs to be played in the background while guests arrive and are seated.
• Processional – One song for the Bride and Bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to.
• Signing the register – Perhaps 2 o 3 songs which gives you time for photo opportunities etc.
• Recessional – one upbeat song as the new Mr. and Mrs. walk back down the aisle.
• 1 or 2 songs to play in the background as people leave

Ultimately it’s the Processional and Recessional songs that are the most important, so you should really think carefully about your song choices and how you want them to be played. Below are a few ideas.

Traditional Processional

We all associate the Bridal Chorus, more commonly known as the ‘Wedding March’, with the actual act of walking down the aisle. If you like the idea of following tradition then this is the option for you. I always think that the harp is one of the most beautiful instruments for playing this piece, if you would like to hear a sample of this wedding entrance song being played on the harp, please see Paula’s page and click the link to ‘Bridal Chrous’.Wedding Ceremony Harpist

An alternative which has become very popular in recent years is Canon by Johann Pachelbel. Even if you don’t know the name you will recognise the song. Again a harpist playing this would be lovely, or perhaps a String Quartet. You can see samples of Pachelbel ‘s Canons being played on the harp here and by a string quartet here. Just click on the links on the left side of the page.

String Quartet for wedding entrance music

Traditional Recessional

At the end of the service in Western services, the bride and groom usually march down the aisle to a lively recessional tune, the most popular tune being Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Again a harpist would be lovely for this song, or you could look into hiring a classical pianist or guitarist.

Alternative song choices

If tradition is not for you, or you would like to add a touch of your personality, why not choose a song that is special to you and your partner. Obviously this would be a very personal choice, but below are a few of my favorite ideas that I’ve found online.

A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes – From ‘Cinderella’
At Last – Etta James
You are my sunshine – Piano Version
Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
It Had to be you – Anthony Ray
We’ve only Just Begun – The Carpenters

Most musicians you can hire will be willing to learn at least one song for you, and even if the song you want isn’t classical they can perform it instrumentally so that it sounds right. So don’t be put off if the song you want isn’t listed on their repertoire. Take a look here for some of The Band Boutiques best classical musicians.

Making your money go further

If you are on a tight budget but don’t want to skimp on the entertainment here is a top tip!

If you are already looking to hire a band for the evening’s entertainment you would be wise to choose one which can also provide an acoustic set for the ceremony. This could be a pianist, a guitarist or even a singer. This will be much cheaper than hiring separate entertainment and provided you pick well, will be just as good, if not better! Take a look at ‘Mister Kanish’ and One By One for some bands which can provide this service.

Not only will this save you some pennies, but by working with one band you will be able to communicate exactly what you want for your day to make it personal to you, and will involve much less hassle.

Next time I will be talking about entertainment for during The Wedding Breakfast. Please follow my blog if you want to stay updated!

Pedro and Gemmas Rustic Vintage wedding

On Saturday 25th of June, Chris and I attended Pedro and Gemma’s wedding. Held in a beautiful barn in Sherborne, the location was stunning, but it was really the little touches that made the day! Check out the photos to see the home made vodka stand, picture frame photo opportunities, hand made favours and a […]

Have a gawk at this!

Hurrah! I have finally managed to get some photos of my fantastic function bands onto Wedding Gawker. You can check out my (small but perfectly formed) gallery by clicking the badge below!

my weddinggawker gallery
If you haven’t stumbled across Wedding Gawker yet, my word are you in for a treat! It’s full to the brim with fantastic wedding ideas from all over the web. You can search for wedding specifics and it’s better than Googling it because you know for sure that everything on there is going to be absolutely beautiful. And there’s even an app for it! Wedding planning heaven!

Alternative Wedding Entertainment

So, you need entertainment for your wedding reception, but you don’t want a cheesy wedding band or DJ? Check out some of the options below.

Indie/Rock Band

Wedding Reception Entertainment - New skin

If you’re tired of hearing cheesey songs at weddings and would rather hear some up to date music such as The Kings of Leon or The Foo Fighters, why not consider an indie/rock band. There are loads of great options to suit all budgets hereNew Skin and Mister Kanish would both fit the bill particularly well

Vintage Bands

50's style band

Vintage wedding receptions are very popular at the moment, partially because they are so versatile! But which era do you go for? Whatever era you decide on The Band Boutique have got a fab act to fit with your theme. Check them out at The Band Boutiques website.

For the 1920’s – Tula and the Tomcats

1930’s Gypsy Jazz – Belle

For the 1950’s – Lipstick on His Collar

Old American Deep South Music – The Lovestruck Cowboys

Vintage Tea Party – The Old Time String Ensemble

Kitch and 80’s – Jason and the Organ-auts

Classical

Harpist

If you really want to avoid cheeseyness hiring a classical band or performer could be the way to go. There’s lots of options though, pianists, harpists, string quartets, classic guitar. Even a classical opera singer. You can have a browse here.

Big Band

To make a real statement why not hire a large band made up of 7 or more people. Check out Brighton Soul, a fantastic 8 piece soul band, or LTD featuring pop hits from the 60’s to today.

Tribute Bands

If there’s a particular band you like this can be a great way to get everyone singing along to your favourite songs. Have a look here to see some great tribute acts. We particularly like the Blues Brothers Tribute who come with a 14 piece band and not only play music, but strive to entertain with a capital E!

Something to surprise your guests

Drop Dead Freddy

Drop Dead Freddy are a band which perform all the classics, dressed as dead rock and pop stars!  Ever wondered what Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Freddy Mercury, Paul Gray (Slipknot) and Eric Carr (Kiss) have been doing with their time? Apparentely they’ve started one of the South of the UKs best function bands. These five talented individuals play a fantastic range of rock and pop from the 50’s to today including some of the greatest sing-a-long and dance songs of modern times.

If you have a specific idea in mind why not email bandboutique@gmail.com, and they should be able to find what you are looking for.

DIY Wedding Kit #7 Origami Cranes – a symbol of patience and trust

Origami Crane

Origami Crane

Origami cranes not only look beautiful, but also hold great meaning in the institution of marriage.

It is an ancient Japanese tradition for the bride and groom to fold 1000 cranes to symbolise  their patience and trust – necesary to sustain a happy marriage. This process is called sembazuru and the tradition itself is called Tsuru wa sennen. A couple who could weather the long, time intensive folding process together, supporting each other, talking with each other for weeks while taking on a challenging task was proving their ability to maintain a long term, content relationship.

You can find the instructions on how to fold the crane here.

But once you’ve finished your 1000 cranes, what do you do with them? Well, I have found some weddings which took this simple and inexpensive idea, and used it to decorate their venues with stunning effect. Check out the wedding pictures below.

Take a look at this Japanese themed wedding, they suspended cranes on string and captured them in glass jars!

This Bride folded 1001 cranes in a rainbow of colours which were then suspended above the ceremony.

This couple went for all white cranes and displayed them as a backdrop to their ceremony. It looks absolutely breathtaking!

This couple used patterned paper for their cranes, and hung them on their table centrepieces which were mini trees. How cute!

If you have the time to spare and are trying to avoid buying or renting expensive decor, why not give this a go!?

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IDEAS FOR SPEECHES – HOW IS MARRIAGE LIKE A WEDDING CAKE?

Here is a perfect idea for a wedding speech donated by my mum (originally written for my grandparents 50th anniversary). How is marriage like making a wedding cake? Read on to find out…

“Firstly, you have to find the right ingredients, which is a bit like finding the right partner. Some mixed fruit is better than others, somebeing plumper, tastier or perhaps just wrapped in a prettier packet!

Then, like a relationship, you’ll need exactly the right amount of sugar, not too much or it will get a bit sickly.

Once you are married (or for these purposes, once the cake is cooked), add the alcohol on a regular basis. Then wrap it up well and keep it safe!

The layer of marzipanwill increase the size of your cake slightly, just as the years may do to your figure but things are now beginning to take shape.

The icing will be applied in several layers to cover the lumpy bits and to fill the cracks that may have appeared! After a while, it mayeven get a bit crusty – a tough exterior– but still soft inside.

Finally, decorate with flowers and ribbons. Then transport carefully, being careful not to break it,– a bit like the human body.

Add some gold and sparkle for appearance. There you have it, a wedding cake, or for my purposes …(insert couples names) 50 years down the line.”

Written by Gillian Bailey

As well as being used as part of a speech this could also be used in a wedding card to the couple.

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