A guest article by Steven at Entertainment Nation
If you’re planning on filling your wedding day with vintage details or you’ve got a passion for music from days gone by, then you’ll love this selection of amazing bands for vintage weddings.
While we’ve combined them all under the vintage umbrella, the vintage wedding band scene is actually thriving with diversity. There are bands out there specialising in every nostalgic niche you can imagine: 1920s speakeasy swing, postmodern pop, Rat Pack crooning, 50s and 60s rock n roll and rockabilly, Latin jazz and more.
Whichever decade inspires your devotion, vintage-themed wedding bands are dedicated to evoking the sights and sounds of their specialist era. Dressed in authentic attire, performing on beautiful period instruments and giving spot-on renditions of retro tunes, vintage-styled wedding bands are the perfect way to bring your vintage wedding theme together.
This all sounds great, but what about if your guests don’t know any 1920s music? There’s no need to fear. Many vintage bands for weddings incorporate modern pop, rock and soul songs into their repertoire, giving them a vintage twist to make songs you’ve heard a thousand times before sound fresh and original again.
Keep on reading to discover the best bands for vintage weddings in 2018.
The Fat Cats
These rock ‘n’ rollers will have everyone twisting and shouting with their repertoire of upbeat 50s and 60s songs by the likes of The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. The Fat Cats are exceptional entertainers who perfectly capture the thrills and spills of the rock ‘n’ roll era. They also throw in a few modern numbers by the likes of Oasis, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift to give the young ‘uns something to sing along to!
Bellini Jazz Band
From the sheer exuberance of the 50s to the style and glamour of the 20s; Bellini Jazz Band make Gatsby decadence seem effortless. Featuring gifted jazz musicians and smouldering female vocals, Bellini Jazz Band simply ooze class and elegance. This versatile band performs everything from laid-back jazz and swing standards to glitzy show tunes from Hollywood’s golden era, to rambunctious roaring-twenties floor-fillers like the ‘Charleston’ and ‘Happy Feet’.
The Platonics are one of the UK’s leading specialist 1950s rock and roll party bands. With years of experience and buckets of musical talent, The Platonics get guests of all ages bopping along to songs like “Jailhouse Rock”, “Misirlou” and “Great Balls of Fire”. The trio’s precise guitar-picking, throbbing double bass grooves and fizzing drum fills are enough to get any party rocking around the clock!
Fusing Hollywood glamour with the most popular modern music, Swing Babies never fail to surprise and impress with their vintage transformations of all your favourite contemporary hits. For the purists, Swing Babies also offer a comprehensive repertoire of jazz and swing standards featuring everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf to Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams.
Betty & The Boppers
Lead by their charismatic, smoky-voiced vocalist, Betty and the Boppers deliver hard-hitting, authentic 1950s blues, rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly that get toes a-tapping and hips a-shaking! This cool and stylish 5-piece features top musicians whose sheer enjoyment of live performance is infectious, stirring up energy and enthusiasm in any audience.
The Mersey Boys
Inspired by the British Invasion bands of the 1960s, The Mersey Boys will bring the exhilaration and excitement of Beatlemania to your wedding reception. This trio bonded over their mutual appreciation of the sounds of the 60s and have been performing together for over a decade.
During their years of performing, The Mersey Boys have built up a vast repertoire of songs from genres including punk, Britpop, soul, reggae and chart pop, so if you want a band who’ll set a vintage tone yet perform a wide range of styles, The Mersey Boys are the band for you!
Ragtime Jazz Band
The Ragtime Jazz Band are an acoustic trio of upright bass, washboard and clarinet, elevated by their bouncy vocal harmonies. These passionate jazz musicians perform faithful renditions of traditional Dixieland and New Orleans Jazz and Blues to set a playful mood that never fails to raise a smile. For a true taste of New Orleans, you can add a trumpet to transform the trio into a rousing quartet.
Swing Soul Sisters
The Swing Soul Sisters blend vintage vocal harmonies and choreography with songs by the biggest modern artists like Beyoncé, The Killers and Justin Timberlake. The sisters’ singing resumé is second to none – as well as performing at hundreds of weddings and other events, they’ve performed backing vocals for artists including Joss Stone, Beverley Knight, Katy B, Heaven 17 and Marc Almond. This terrifically talented vocal trio are backed by a band made up of acclaimed UK musicians.
Valentina Jazz Band
If you like your vintage entertainment with a Latin edge, then you’ll love Valentina Jazz Band. This stunning jazz collective’s sultry Italian sound is the perfect accompaniment to champagne (or should that be prosecco) on the terrace.
Jumpin Joe and the Dominoes
Take a listen to Jumpin’ Joe and the Dominoes and we defy you to resist shaking your head, snapping your fingers and stomping your feet to their energetic boogie woogie piano solos, upright bass runs and jaunty vocals. True entertainers, Jumpin Joe and the Dominoes enliven the atmosphere every time they take to the stage.
How To Hire The Best Vintage Wedding Bands
If you’ve been inspired to draw inspiration from the music of yesteryear and hire a nostalgic wedding band for your big day, then there’s only one place to go next: Entertainment Nation’s website makes it quick and convenient to enquire about and book top wedding bands. Entertainment Nation’s team of approachable, expert wedding entertainment advisers are on hand from 10am until 10pm, 7 days a week to help you hire your perfect wedding entertainment.