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what’s your jam? alive network’s top lancashire wedding entertainers

June 27th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Up there as one of couples’ main concerns when planning a wedding is “what if guests become bored?”. As your nearest and dearest there to witness you make a life-long declaration of love to one another this is highly unlikely as they will just be thrilled to be a part of your big day. But in a somewhat Bride Wars mindset, there’s always the desire to top any wedding you’ve been to before with your own, and hope that it creates memories that guests harp back to long after the celebrations have been and gone.

As such it’s important to get your entertainment in order – which elements of the day require music to keep the vibe high and what other live acts could you incorporate into your day to make it all the more special?

Being our true helpful selves, we’ve called upon our rocking Sponsor, entertainment agency Alive Network, to talk us through all options for the wedding day, from the ceremony to the evening par-tay! Better still, for those of you in the North West, the Alive Network team have pinpointed some of their very favourite Lancashire-based acts that can deliver that added wow-factor to your proceedings. Over to the experts…

the ceremony

It’s the biggest moment of your day. So, it’s no wonder couples aren’t waiting for their evening band to get goosebumps. More of you than ever are choosing live ceremony music to make things super special from the start. #itsoktocry

Prelude: As your guests gather – and the nerves kick in – how about a little musical calm? Your prelude is usually 30 minutes of live music, and a great way to warm things up for your big entrance.

Processional: Your musician can play your special ceremony music as you take to the aisle for your processional, which is usually one song. Top tip: Go through the version with your artist (see if they can send you a recording of them playing it) and time your walk during rehearsal so that you hit your favourite bit of the song at the right time!

Signing of the registers: This is usually two to three songs. Depending on your style of ceremony, this could take a bit of time, so live music is a great way to keep the excitement up for your guests and make the moment even more special.

Recessional: Your joyful, hand-in-hand jaunt back down the aisle as a couple! Choose something upbeat that reflects the crazy-happy moment.

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our picks for the ceremony

Harpist – Bella Rose creates a sound that’s ethereal, subtle and pretty.

String quartet – Lancashire String Quartet perform elegant, classical versions of chart tracks, which is perfect for a modern-classic feel at your ceremony.

Classical singer – Rousing and captivating, Gemma La Voce performs your choice of operatic arias, show tunes, and modern classics.

Acoustic singer-guitarist – A guitarist is by far the most popular choice for chilled ceremonies. James T or John Gough both perform beautiful, unplugged music to underscore one of the most emotional parts of your big day.

Live taster. See Lancashire String Quartet perform A Thousand Years here.

the drinks

You did it! Now it’s time to relax, pop the bubbly and celebrate in style! Choose live entertainment that will get your day’s celebrations started, as you mingle with your guests. Your live music is usually two 45-minute sets during the reception. Top tip: Consider artists who can help to break the ice and opt for an acoustic or background set – the perfect volume for chatting.

our picks for the drinks

Mix and mingle magicians – A close-up magician is a great option if you’re inviting guests who don’t know each other. Dawson, and The Interactive Magician, will quickly break the ice and wow everyone with their jaw-dropping tricks, giving your guests plenty to talk about.

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Rat Pack and swing singers – It Had To Be You! Sophisticated, smooth crooners, like James Sings, Joshua Lewis, Russell Shaun, Sinatrathon, The Sinatra Three will perform Rat Pack and current songs that everyone will know and love. Choose a laid-back set so you can shoulder shimmy while chatting with your guests. Most will offer larger line-ups and perform with instrumentalists if you want a bigger sound – The Sinatra Three include instruments for that live music feel.

Live taster. See Russell Shaun perform Come Fly With Me here.

the meal

Make your grand entrance as newlyweds, then keep the buzz going during your wedding breakfast with ambient music to transform the vibes.

our picks for the meal

Piper – You don’t need to have Celtic connections to really make an entrance at your wedding breakfast. The Traditional Highland Bagpiper can play you to the top table, then perform a toast to the newlyweds that’ll compel you to merrily clap along. Slàinte! (cheers!)

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Ben Mountford

Jazz and swing band – Recreate your own New York society wedding with the ambience of a smooth jazz band like Tipitina, The Post Modern Pair, Jumpback Jazz, The Charleston Three, Hot Harlem, Soul To Swing, or The Russell Shaun Big Band. Chilled or upbeat, vintage New Orleans, Gatsby or modern hits in a jazz style…the choice is yours!

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Tipitania

the party

Get ready for your headline set as you take to the floor for your spine-tingling first dance to kick off the party of your lives.

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Andrew Billington Photography

First Dance: One or two special songs. You’re the only people in the world as your live band play your specially-chosen first dance song – breathe and enjoy, before your nearest and dearest kick off their heels, join you on the dancefloor and let rip!

The Par-tay: Two sets of live music interspersed with two DJ sets to rock your wedding world:

Live music set one: 60-minutes, following your first dance

DJ set one: 45–60 minutes, keeping the vibes up while your evening food is served

Live music set two: 60-minutes, shifting the party gear up to max

DJ set two: Dance into the night, and finish on a high – probably with your hands in the air, surrounded by friends, and totally in love with your wedding!

our picks for the party

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Andrew Billington Photography

Photobooth – The photobooth is a modern classic when it comes to wedding entertainment, and Picture That can provide all the props. Grab an inflatable flamingo, strike a pose and capture all the silliest moments in a memento that’ll make you giggle through the years.

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Andrew Billington Photography

Rock and pop band: From cool classics to Indie-rock and the biggest chart tracks, live Lancashire based bands Brooklyn, Captain Party, Elite Beats, and The Upstarts will tailor their set to make your night perfect.

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Captain Party 

Wedding DJ – With thousands of tracks at their fingertips, wedding DJs like CC Roadshows and Daniel Jones can offer a wide range of tailored tunes so there’s something for everyone.

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Andrew Billington Photography

Live taster. See The Upstarts perform There’s Nothing Holding Me Back here.

Want more wedding ideas in your area? Visit www.AliveNetwork.com, select your wedding location and date, then sort the results by ‘Nearest to me’ – it couldn’t be easier! For extra inspiration, check out our Ultimate Guide to Hiring the Best Wedding Entertainment or book a consultation with one of your dedicated entertainment coordinators, at a time that suits you best.

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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