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The Soundtrack to Your Wedding – 4 Brilliant Live Wedding Bands from Earcandy

Cover photo by Linus Moran Photography – full wedding coming on March 9th!

Your wedding day. It’s the end – and the beginning – of the greatest love story you’ve ever told. It deserves an epic soundtrack! And because music makes memories, it’s a soundtrack that will stay with you for the rest of your life. So, you know, no pressure or anything, but you might want to put some effort into getting it right!

You have a variety of options open to you, ranging from an iTunes playlist to a 12-piece orchestra, stopping at DJ and string quartet along the way. It’s a decision that depends on your personal tastes, budget, the style of your wedding and your choice of venue. But, one of the best ways to create ambience, get your guests dancing, and ensure a soundtrack that not only lives up to your expectations but exceeds them, is to hire a live wedding band.

4 Live Wedding Bands to Bring Your Personal Soundtrack to Life

1. Motown Gold

The sound of Motown is the sound of romance. Although it became grittier as the genre developed, its origins were smooth and soulful, it’s lyrics all about love. Motown Gold take the spirit and passion of those early musical pioneers and slam it down on to the dancefloor. The play list is rich, the energy high and the performance unparalleled. If you’re looking for an act that oozes élan while playing tracks we all seem to have been born knowing – Respect, You Can’t Hurry Love, Mustang Sally and It Takes Two – Motown Gold deliver that in spades. And if you’re working with a smaller venue, or somewhere with noise restrictions, the frontline can leave the rest of the band at home, bringing the magic of live performers with an exclusively pre-recorded backing tack.

2. King of the Swingers

Whether you’re working to a vintage theme, or simply love the upbeat swing of jazz, King of the Swingers have an effervescent joie de vivre that will get you jitterbugging down the aisle – if you want them to. With their toe-tapping charm and clean-cut charisma, these guys are as likely to get your guests dancing at a genteel wedding breakfast as they are in the wee small hours of an evening reception. They could also make your ceremony extra special, with a rendition of Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E – or anything else from their sensational setlist – at the time of your choosing. With a mix of tracks from traditional jazz greats and reimagined contemporary numbers (ever heard Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, or Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines played by an 8-piece jazz band?), there is no better way to get your wedding swinging.

3. Indie Heads

Woo-hoo! Has there ever been a catchier track to get a dancefloor jumping than Blur’s Song 2? And it’s a track that epitomises the style of the Indie Heads. Upbeat, bouncy and edgy, these lads take the oeuvre of the nineties and noughties and make it their very own. The play list is a blend of Britpop and American indie, with some very recent hits thrown in to deliver the ultimate feel-good sound for an evening of fun and festivities.

4. Soul Fresh Frontline

Soul Fresh are another live wedding band that give you a choice of options. You can either hire the frontline for an intimate live performance where space comes at a premium. Or, you can hire the whole 8-piece shebang, where you have the space and the freedom to make noise. Specialising in new funk and soul, the performers are up-front and in-yer-face with outstanding vocals, chart hits and a style that can’t help but get your guests up and moving. Despite the attitude, they’ll perform your first dance with such panache that no one will ever forget it, and yet you’ll be so swept up in the moment that all your nerves will simply disappear. If you’re looking for a live wedding band that will keep your guests talking long after the event, then Soul Fresh should be at the top of your shortlist.

If you’re trying to choose your live wedding band, the best option is to go for a sound that makes you smile. The songs should be special to you. You should have the option to be able to specify your first dance, and edit the playlist so that it doesn’t include anything you hate. The band should be professional and experienced, and most of all, the process should be headache-free. If that sounds like the ideal music solution for your big day, head on over to Earcandy; it would be a privilege to help make your wedding, the wedding that all of your friends still talk about years after the event.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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