Want to recreate those sultry nights listening to stripped-back acoustic songs in the flickering glow of a crackling campfire? Or perhaps capture the infectious energy of festival favourites Mumford and Sons? When you hire a festival wedding band, you can relive those heady days and endless summer nights on your big day.

Festival-themed weddings are a huge trend that shows no sign of slowing, and why would they? The carefree vibe, gorgeous rustic style and feel-good folk-style music all make for the perfect outdoor wedding. Thanks to the popularity of music festivals large and small, there’s been an explosion in festival wedding bands. Inspired by the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and (of course) Ed Sheeran, the best young musicians are choosing to pick up the acoustic guitar instead of the electric and going back to traditional musical roots for inspiration.

I do adore a properly placed apostrophe, don’t you?! Titles aside, today’s feature is fantastic advice, brilliantly written. No doubt there will be music involved in your wedding day at some point – so you should totally read this guest blog by our sponsors Bands for Hire and take note!

Vibrant documentary wedding photography in Surrey by York Place Studios (32)

DO check out your wedding band’s sound before you book them.

These days, what with camera phones and YouTube, it’s easier than ever for a band to produce their own recordings and videos, so even if you can’t find any links when shopping online, you can always ask the band to send you something. Also, ask your friends and family if they can recommend a function band they’ve either seen or hired themselves recently.

Weekends are for dancing, singing your heart out and letting your hair down. I’ll be enjoying the sunshine this weekend and I hope you will too – and if there’s one wedding planning job which you can enjoy doing while the sun shines and you’re chilling with a prosecco in the sunshine, it’s going online and finding your perfect wedding entertainment.

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I’m so happy to be welcoming one of the UK’s most longest established wedding entertainment agencies to the English Wedding Blog today. Warble Entertainment are in their 20th year – so they clearly know just how to keep their brides, grooms and acts happy as can be!

by Emma Jane Weddings & Events, Staffordshire

Gorgeous country wedding styling in Lancashire, images by Rachel Joyce Photography (26)

Image credit: Rachel Joyce Photography. Full feature here

Let’s face it, a wedding day is a LOOONG day – for both members of the bridal party and the guests too! Whilst you’re enjoying having pictures together, don’t forget your friends and family who’ll be waiting for you – keep them occupied with one (or a few) of these ideas!

1. Space Hoppers

Bring out your inner child with some bouncing fun – I can guarantee it won’t just be the children having a go!

Fabulous florals, bright coloured everything for an amazing wedding at Pennard House. Image credit Mark Leonard Photography (30)

Image credit Mark Leonard Photography. Full feature here