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The pleasant hills and satanic mills of Yorkshire and the North East offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK – so it’s no wonder enamoured couples flock here every year to exchange their vows!

The sprawling, magnificent Alnwick Castle and the whimsical Bamburgh Castle are stunning historical landmarks for couples to tie the knot, but let’s not forget the profusion of contemporary wedding venues either. The National Glass Centre and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art offer quirky settings for newlyweds, and there can be no better backdrop for your wedding album than the dramatic North York Moors, scenic Yorkshire Dales, and the vast and otherworldly Northumberland National Park.

Any land this rich in history must also enjoy a wealth of musical heritage behind it! Sheffield is well known for churning out heavyweight vocalist Joe Cocker, rock band Arctic Monkeys, and Phil Oakey with his new wave band The Human League. Northumberland, meanwhile, enjoys status as being the birthplace of legendary singer-songwriter Sting.

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What comes to mind when you picture your dream live wedding entertainment? Are you caught up in the pageantry and glamour of extravagant wedding bands, or the romance and traditionalism of enchanting classical ensembles? When we picture our romantic day, it’s easy to leave a great many alternatives out of mind. Well, as wonderful as floor-filling function bands and romantic string ensembles are, we’re placing another praiseworthy wedding artist in the spotlight – the acoustic solo artist!

There’s a minimalist beauty in an acoustic singer-guitarist that’s often underestimated. Imagine a lone singer delivering heartfelt vocals with nothing but their own charisma (and an instrument honed by 4,000 years of history, of course) to captivate an entire audience – an incredible performance using only what is absolutely necessary. Have an unaccompanied virtuoso make your big day exceptional, and you experience a unique connection that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

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Whether you’re getting married under the arched beams of a church or in the serene surrounds of a stately home, there’s nothing like a wedding string quartet to provide the perfect romantic soundtrack to your quintessential English wedding. Just imagine the moment you walk down the aisle – or watch your spouse-to-be walking towards you – as a quartet of classical musicians take up their instruments and perform an achingly beautiful piece of music. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.

The harmonies created by expertly played violin, viola and cello stir the emotions like no other instruments. For centuries composers have taken advantage of the magic created when these musical instruments are performed in unison, giving you a treasure trove of gorgeous music to choose from to accompany your wedding ceremony.

If you’re not classically inclined, that doesn’t mean you can’t hire a wedding string quartet. Modern string ensembles are made up of versatile musicians who play arrangements of pop, rock, jazz, film and TV music just as well as they play the classics. This versatility means you can customise your wedding music to suit your theme, tastes and personality as a couple.

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Do you and your fiancé have different musical tastes – and maybe, different ideas for the music you’d like to have at your wedding? I’ve been to weddings this year where church music was the most important thing of all; where the soundtrack was reeeeally alternative; and one where everyone wandered off as the DJ came on. (Yikes!) So how do you get it right? How do you ensure you have that amazing party atmosphere as the sun sets, and all of your friends and family have a brilliant, fun night at your wedding?

Image credit: Kristian Leven Photography from Lizzie & Nilo’s wedding

I’m happy to be introducing you to Bands For Hire today. These guys list their acts by genre, so if you’d like a classical musician to play while you walk down the aisle; a swing band as your backdrop for afternoon drinks and then a full-on festival style party with guitar bands all evening – these guys can help.

Image credit: Kristian Leven Photography

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I’m a music lover – I live for amazing concerts in intimate venues, singing my heart out and dancing all night long. Music is important – I’d even say for me it would be the number 1 important thing at our wedding. I’d love to take our wedding to a live concert rather than host an evening do ourselves… I wanted to share something with you today which will help even the fussiest music lovers (like me!) choose the perfect wedding entertainment.

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Our friends at Alive Network believe in making choosing your wedding entertainment simple and fun, and with their brand new website it couldn’t be easier!

Go to AliveNetwork.com and do a search with your event date, location and preferred artist type and the website will show you who’s available to perform at your wedding with video, audio, photos and instant online prices.

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So music would be top of my wedding planning list, and there’d be an amazing party atmosphere… more important than dresses, or vows, or food, or wine… there’d be a band, and dancing, and a real sense of celebration. I might even elope so I could go to a concert the evening after my wedding with all of my friends, and tell them there. If music is important to you too, you’ll want to read this:

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All images from Vanessa and Will’s Warwickshire wedding, photographed by the fabulous Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography

Choosing the right music will help turn your wedding into an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. But with so many options to choose from, finding the right act to suit your theme can be a daunting task. We have put together some information to help steer you in the right direction when choosing a live music act for your wedding.

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Hey lovelies! This afternoon I have something a bit special to entertain you… in fact, I have a plethora (love that word!) of musical and magical treats to share with you. Have you booked your wedding band? Are you desperately searching for a brilliant singer, musician or magician to entertain your guests? Then I have the answer for you…

All images by fabulous wedding photographers from Yorkshire, York Place Studios

Discover the definitive collection of hand-picked UK wedding bands and entertainers at AliveNetwork.com

A wedding just wouldn’t be the same without music – I’ve dreamed of hiring some of my favourite local bands to play and I’d LOVE a festival wedding with all the music I could imagine… and Alive Network are all about the atmosphere live entertainment can bring:

We believe live entertainment can transform your event into something unique and extraordinary, creating memories that will last you, your family and your friends a lifetime.”

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Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day… is it the weekend yet, or nearly?! This week has been loooong… but I have a lovely blog post for you to enjoy this afternoon which will put you in the party mood. I’m thrilled to be welcoming the rather fabulous UK entertainment directory Entertaina.com, as a brand new sponsor of the English Wedding Blog.

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Image credit: the fabulous York Place Studios

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Entertaina helps event organisers on a budget find and book entertainment. There’s no need to sign up or register, you simply view entertainer profiles, save your favourites, and contact acts through their profile to hire their services. The Entertaina directory is completely free to use and payment is made directly to the entertainers, ensuring you get the best possible price and do not incur any extra charges such as booking or agency fees.

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Never let anyone tell you your wedding has to be unique! Your wedding should be personal, reflecting both your personalities and enjoyable for your guests. But for those of you who are looking for that little extra something to surprise everyone, here are 16 creative and unusual wedding entertainment ideas. Fire jugglers not exciting enough for you? Well then…

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There is nothing better at a wedding reception than a great band, great food and great friends. However, entertainment for weddings is now branching out beyond anything ever seen been before. Brides and grooms all over the UK are opting to have their entertainment reflect themselves, their hobbies or bring back memories from their relationship to share with guests. Entertainment ideas range from a fire show at the end of the night to bring back memories of that perfect holiday in Thailand, a football freestyler as a gift for your soccer mad fiancé or a Del Boy look-a-like to astound your ‘Only Fools and Horses’ loving family during your wedding breakfast.

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There’s music in the air at English Wedding Blog today – both here at HQ (I’m listening to the incredible Dan Donnelly while I type) and on your very own screens. Today’s guest article is from the lovely Rich at Alive Network – one of the UK’s experts in wedding entertainment. Rich is about to share his top tips for wedding music: time to find out which are the best bands and music styles to make your evening reception a resounding success!

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The most popular wedding entertainment – by Alive Network

When you’re looking for that perfect entertainment for your wedding reception, nothing beats the excitement, energy and sheer fun of a live wedding band. But what type of wedding bands should you choose?

For wedding entertainment that gets everyone of all ages up and dancing, choose a four-piece rock and pop function band. If you choose a wedding band from Alive Network that offers a great range of music, whatever they play, at least some of your guests will know it!wedding band UK Alive Network entertainment (2)

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Hello again! It’s turning into a bumper bonanza kind of week on English Wedding Blog… with so much to share with you I’m blogging more often than ever – and loving it. Today it’s all about weddings and creativity with something really original and different – I absolutely LOVE this! It’s been months since I first discovered Fancy Features and I’m over the moon to be sharing their giant colouring-in with you on the blog today! Enjoy. Claire xxx

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 Unique wedding entertainment – giant colouring-in!

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There are so many wonderful wedding ideas out there but it can be difficult to find something truly unique. If you’re looking for the ultimate original treat, then Fancy Features is the business for you.

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Fancy Features specialises in personalised ‘Giant Colouring-in’ murals and artwork. This is a service where a professional artist paints a black and white outline based around your stories, inspirations and interests. This artwork is then finished or ‘coloured-in’ by your guests to create a vibrant, unique and personalised picture that captures everyone’s creativity.