Are you planning a wedding and looking for the perfect band to play on your big day? There are many different types of live bands you can choose from, depending on the style and theme of your wedding. If your budget can run to it, why not mix and match two or three bands to provide variety throughout the day? Here are ten wedding band types to consider:
An instrumental ensemble can be a good choice for music before and after the ceremony, during the cocktail hour, and at the wedding breakfast. String quartets are still popular, but cello, flute, and harp ensembles are becoming more popular.
2. Jazz and Blues band
A jazz or blues band is perfect for a sophisticated yet laid back wedding reception. They can play easy listening, slow jazz for the cocktail hour or wedding breakfast, and then up the tempo and the volume for dancing after dinner.
3. Latin Music band
A fashionable choice for weddings where dancing is a high priority, Latin bands can really heat up an outdoor summer wedding. Book the wedding band to play for a couple of hours after dinner when your guests still have plenty of energy for the salsa, the samba and the cha cha cha.
4. Swing band
The perfect mix of glamour and fun, a Swing band can keep guests’ feet tapping during the wedding breakfast ready to get up and take to the floor afterwards. A swing band is great for a formal black tie event, especially one with a 1950s flavour. You’ll be amazed how many classic swing hits you already know.
5. Celtic band
A Celtic band is a popular choice for couples with Irish or Scottish roots, or who are planning a Celtic-themed wedding. They can provide music for the ceremony and cocktail hour, as well as play lively jigs and reels for a barn dance or ceilidh later in the evening.
6. Steel drum bandy
For something totally different, a Caribbean style steel drum band, playing various styles including calypso, soca, bossa nova, and merengue, can really make your reception unique. A steel drum band might be most appropriate for the cocktail hour, or to entertain the guests between the courses of the wedding breakfast, although the music is also great for dancing after dinner as well.
7. Pop group
A young, fresh-faced pop group is ideal for a wedding with a fun, party atmosphere. They can get everyone up and dance with current chart hits and classic floor fillers, and they’re also great for entertaining during the wedding breakfast with more mellow acoustic versions of popular songs.
Popular wedding songs can be a great way to bring people of all ages together at a wedding, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to choosing your band. With so many different types of live music available, there’s sure to be a band out there that’s perfect for your big day.
8. Rock band
A rock band can be a great choice if you want to get everyone up and dancing after the wedding dinner. They can play all your favourite classic rock hits from across the decades, as well as newer songs that will get everyone on the dance floor. Just make sure that the band is aware of the age range of your guests so that they can tailor their set accordingly.
Of course, not everyone likes to rock out at a wedding, so if you’re planning on having a more mixed crowd, it might be worth considering a band that can play a range of styles.
9. Reggae band
A reggae band is perfect for a summer wedding, especially if you’re planning a Caribbean or beach-themed event. The laid-back vibes of reggae music will make your guests feel like they’re on vacation, even if the sun isn’t shining. Reggae bands can also play a range of other styles including ska, dub, and rocksteady, so there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
If you want your guests to really let their hair down and have a good time, then a reggae band is a great choice for your wedding reception.
10. R&B band
If you’re looking for a band that will get everyone up and dancing, then an R&B band is a great choice. R&B music covers a wide range of tempos so the band can play at any time during the reception, but this type of music usually works best in the evening.
An R&B band can add a little extra soul to your big day, and they’re sure to get everyone on the dance floor. Just make sure that you choose a band with a good repertoire of songs so that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
So there you have it, ten different types of bands that you might want to consider for your wedding reception.
As you can see, there are lots of different types of bands that you can choose from, so it’s important to think about what kind of atmosphere you want to create on your big day. Do some research and listen to demo tracks before you make your final decision, and don’t forget to book early to avoid disappointment.
Have you decided on a band for your wedding?