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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 […]

Inspiration From The Royal Wedding And How To Do It Yourself!

If you want a wedding full of sophistication and glamour, maybe take a few tips from the royals below!

Invest in a stunning vintage inspired dress

Kate’s dress seemed to be the main focus of the entire wedding, and rightly so, it was beautiful! Designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander Mcqueen, the dress’ bodice was made of intricate lace appliqué, and each individual flower had been cut out and sewn by hand onto the ivory silk tulle. The design incorporated the rose, the thistle, the daffodil and the shamrock to represent each country in the UK.

Kate's Dress

With a high waist and a full skirt the dress took on a 1950’s feel, and it has been likened to other wedding dresses of that era, such as Marilyn Monroe’s and Queen Elizabeth’s. Most notable though has been it’s similarity to Grace Kelly’s, who also wore a diamond tiara. Kate’s ‘halo’ tiara had been leant to her by the Queen as her something borrowed, who herself was given it by her mother who wore it on her wedding day.

Grace Kelly

The evening saw Kate change into a lovely white strapless evening gown, with sparkling waist belt and a fluffy white angora cardigan.


Serve the most delicious canapés know to man

According to Vogue’s website, the couple held a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, rather than the traditional wedding breakfast.

They served food which included; Cornish crab salad on lemon blini’s, miniature watercress and asparagus tarts, quails eggs with celery salt, bubble and squeak with confit shoulder of lamb, rhubarb crème brulee tartlets, and dark chocolate ganache truffles.

Apparently 21 chefs made 10,000 canapes in total! Yum!

Hire a vintage car

The couple drove away in an Aston Martin with the number plate ‘JUST WED’.

Royal Car

Hire a Harpist

After the couples balcony appearance, they walked into the Palace’s historic picture gallery and were serenaded by a golden harp, played by Charles’ official musician, Claire Jones. Beautiful!

Click the link below to hire out your own harpist for your special day.


Party your socks off!

Just because they’re Royal doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have a good time! Have a look at what the Telegraph have to say about the evenings proceedings…

‘There were fireworks, a live band led by the pop star Ellie Goulding, and the Palace’s magnificent Throne Room was transformed into a “massive nightclub”. One guest described the scene in the Throne Room, which had been set up with a stage, a dance floor and a cocktail bar serving champagne, spirits and Mojito cocktails: “The huge chandelier in the Throne Room had been cleverly covered with a kind of curtain or cylinder which had laser and strobe lights on it for the dance floor. There was a huge bar in the middle of the room, lots of sofas for everyone to lounge on when they weren’t on the dance floor, and a stage for the band.’

Pull an ‘All Nighter’

While the happy couple left the party at around midnight, Harry had other plans for the rest of the guests, and invited them to stay as long as they wanted to. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford to hire out an entire hotel for the night do as Harry did and organize a ‘survivors breakfast’ for the early hours, to provide sustenance for those still going strong. Bacon butties and strong coffee were prepared at the palace and available to guests from 6am!

Embrace ‘The Best of The British’!

From the flowers on Kate’s dress, to the bagpipers welcoming their guests, and right down to all of their food being sourced from the UK, I think it is safe to say that this wedding was suitably British!

Royal Wedding Entertainment

Just a short blog today, provided by Chris from ‘The Band Boutique’…

‘As we supply entertainment for weddings I thought I’d have a look to see what sort of entertainment Will and Kate were going to have tomorrow and was pleasantly surprised. I had heard rumours of Elton John, Beyonce and James Blunt but in my opinion the act they have picked is even more amazing. With a lot of couples going for something alternative and different for their entertainment I thought it was awesome to find out that jazz and lounge cover band, Richard Cheese, were playing at the royal reception.

For those of you who don’t know who Richard Cheese is here is a picture…

Richard Cheese Royal Wedding Band

Nope I wouldn’t recognise them either but as a teen I used to listen to their lounge and jazz versions of some of my favourite heavy metal and rock songs. The bands full name are Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine (this is a play on Christmas number one stealing awesome rockers Rage Against The Machine).

They have covered such metal hits as Getting Down With the Sickness by Disturbed and Welcome To The Jungle by Guns ‘n’ Roses. The band is scheduled to entertain at Buckingham Palace during the “cocktail hour,” while guests arrive for the reception and dinner. This should be around 1:00PM (GMT), after the wedding ceremony has concluded.

Apparently, one of Prince William’s friends recommended the band for the reception, and the bride and groom agreed to the suggestion.

The band are planning to record and release a live album of the songs they play during the reception.

Keep an eye out and see if you can see the queen getting down to this…’

Click here for some entertainment ideas for your wedding.

Click here for some wedding reception theme ideas.

Wedding bands for your big day!

What a beautiful sunny week it has been! Chris and I have been out and about to check out some great new bands.
Last Sunday we travelled up to sunny Brighton to catch Tula and The Tomcats, a vintage style 1920’s band, who were excellent.
Tula and The Tom Cats
Have a listen to their new demo on our site. – Click the photo! We really enjoyed their versions of 1920′s classics such as ‘Dinah’ and ‘Ain’t She Sweet’.

Wedding reception band on stilts

We’ve added some fantastic new bands to ‘The Band Boutique’ this week. Below are a few of our favourites. Take a peek to see if any fit the bill for your big day…

Leon Listener Quartet

Leon Listener Quartet

The Leon Listener Quartet – A jazz quartet from London made up of Trumpet, Bass, Piano, Drums. They play a variety of jazz and swing standards with some of their own compositions thrown in. Great as background music at a sophisticated London party or wedding breakfast.

Flute & Harp Duo

Flute & Harp Duo

Paula and Victoria – A fantastic flute and harp duo. They formed several years ago when both Paula and Victoria were studying at the prestigious Royal College of Music, London. They have gone on to perform at various venues including Kensington Palace, the National Gallery and The Ritz and have gained a vast amount of experience performing together. They provide elegant music perfect for any wedding ceremony or as background music during drinks or the wedding breakfast.

All these cover bands and wedding entertainers are available to hire from The Band Boutique. Just click their photos and you’ll be taken to their pages where you can hear their demo and find out a bit more about them.
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