Wedding Musicians

When choosing your wedding music, it can become daunting, but we are here to help you hire the best act for your big day. We have musicians, solo singers, and live wedding bands covering everything from the wedding ceremony to the evening wedding reception. There are live musicians performing background music for a reception, and wedding breakfast, or a string quartet or acoustic bands performing classical and popular songs to keep your guests entertained during the afternoon drinks reception and wedding music for the evening entertainment. Music8 have hand picked professional musicians and wedding bands UK wide.

What Wedding Music Can Musicians Cover?

Our selection is the best roaming bands for hire that includes incredibly talented and professional musicians in a range of different genres, from roaming folk bands to vintage and indie bands, acoustic and pop, and even a roaming jazz band– whatever you require in a roaming band, we can help! Carefully chosen and expertly vetted for their showmanship and quality, our roaming bands are professionals who you can rely on to put on an amazing performance for your wedding our event.

Below are ideas for your wedding day where you could have live music.

The arrival of the bride for the wedding ceremony
The signing of the register
Leaving the wedding ceremony
Drinks Reception Entertainment
Wedding Breakfast
Evening Reception Entertainment

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Wedding Ceremony Music

When it comes to a wedding ceremony, whether it is at a church or venue or it is a civil wedding ceremony, live music will play an important part. Your ceremony music can begin while your guests are gathering and taking their seats. One of the most popular choices of wedding musicians for the ceremony would be a string quartet. Not only will they perform traditional classic tunes but more contemporary pop tunes, providing lovely background music. If you are looking to uplift your wedding ceremony with refinement and charm, then a string quartet will add all of this to the proceedings. If you do not want a string ensemble, then a solo violinist would be another option.
Other popular choices for the wedding ceremony are a solo acoustic guitarist or a harpist. Your wedding musicians would arrive in plenty of time to set up, and can perform for around 15-20 minutes before the arrival of the bride, and would also play your choice of song on the walk down the aisle.
Another two songs can be performed, with the signing of the register. Finally, leaving the wedding ceremony behind, to your favourite song. All 0f the ceremony music can be covered by any of these talented musicians.

3 Popular classical wedding ceremony songs
Wedding March – Mendelssohn / Air on a G string – Bach / Canon in D – Pachelbel

​3 Popular Contemporary Ceremony Songs
​Perfect – Ed Sheeran / Songbird – Eva Cassidy / Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast

Live music and wedding entertainment do not end at the wedding ceremony. Popular choices for the reception and wedding breakfast are jazz bands, an acoustic duo, a solo wedding singer, and a string quartet. The advantage is if you have hired one of the previous acts from the wedding ceremony, they can move on to the afternoon reception. Other live music options are wandering musicians/roaming bands. These professional acoustic musicians are ideal for receptions that are outside where they can mix with your guests. A roaming band can be as a duo up to a 5-piece band. They will be acoustic, which means no amplification needed enabling them to roam around playing pop-rock, jazzy numbers, anything to get your guests up to dance and sing along. If brass is your favour, how about a strolling brass band playing funky numbers and contemporary pop and dance tunes. A brass band can start from a trio and up to 10 musicians.
You could consider a surprise solo wedding singer in the form of a singing waiter. Disguised as a waiter and ready to burst into song when no one is expecting it. They can be a solo singer or a duo.
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Classical & Electric String Quartet
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A Wedding Band for Evening Entertainment

Your evening wedding entertainment will possibly move from background music to live music to get all your guests on the dance floor. At Music8, we have professional wedding bands, acoustic bands, soul and funk, and vintage
bands covering everything from the roaring ’20s to rock n roll of the ’60s.

Before you hire a wedding band for the evening entertainment, always check the venue for a sound limiter. A sound limiter is set on average, between 80-95 decibels. That means when the noise level reaches the limit, it will cut off the supply to the band. If you hire a solo or duo acoustic act or a solo wedding singer, this will not be a problem.
3 Popular songs for the evening wedding reception
Mr Brightside – The Killers / Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon / Proud Mary – Tina Turner

Civil Ceremony Wedding Music
Again music can play a big part at a civil wedding ceremony, but there are a few restrictions within England and Wales. By law, music can not have any religious references within the lyrics. It is always best to run everything by your registrar beforehand. With plenty of acts from string quartets to acoustic guitarists, and indie wedding bands you will not be short on choice. Acoustic duos have become a favourite for these weddings, and we have an excellent selection on the acoustic bands‘ page. Another option would be a saxophonist playing contemporary pop songs and jazz tunes. If you would like a price, please do contact us at any time.

Contact Music8 Agency to Book Your Live Wedding Music!
If you want to make a booking for a live musician or even a wedding band, or just looking for more information on hiring any of our acts, you can get in touch with our entertainment agency at any time by filling out the contact form on our Contact Page or by calling us on 07758116749. You can also email me at We look forward to hearing from you!

Musicians and Bands for Parties & Events
We do not only hire musicians for weddings but professional party bands for birthdays and corporate entertainment too. If you would like more information, please look at our live bands for hire, where you will find bands covering pop-rock classics and dance floor fillers from every decade from the 50’s to the present. If soul, funk or Motown is your fancy, we have those acts covered too. Mumford and Sons style bands are now the number one choice for a festival themed event, and we have these styles of bands available UK wide. So whatever live band you need, we can provide one for your event. When hiring a live band for a function, they will come self-contained with PA and lighting. A band performance will consist of 2 x 60-minute sets.

A corporate event may be looking for something sophisticated and cool, like a jazz band or a swing band. We have an excellent selection of jazz bands for hire covering every style of event or party. You can hire a traditional jazz duo for something intimate or a jazz and swing band with seven musicians ready to perform the songs we all know and love. Here at Music8, we have a jazz band for every event, and budget so please do get in touch for a free quote today!

Wedding Musicians FAQs

Of course, you can! All our musicians have videos on their pages, so you can not only listen to them but watch them perform! You check out their sample repertoire and read reviews from a previous bride and groom, and find which musicians will fit your style of wedding.

​Yes, all our wedding musicians will learn a new song if you want to have your favourite for the first dance, for example. All our musicians are here to make your special day one to remember.

Set up can be anything from 30-90 mins depending on the musician, and this would include any soundchecks.
Performance can be anything from 30 mins for a wedding ceremony and up to 3 hours of live music covering a wedding breakfast or drinks reception and evening entertainment. For any other event like a party, an artist would usually perform for 2 x 45 mins with a short break but could be tailored, to suit any occasion.

Yes, we think it is a good idea to discuss your wedding music and performance for your special day. This time will also allow you to discuss any requirements your artist may require.

All our musicians have full public liability insurance, and any equipment is PAT Tested. Venues often ask for these certificates before any acts can perform at their venue.

A supply of refreshments, water, tea and coffee, and a buffet-style meal would be very much appreciated, especially if the musician is booked for the ceremony, drinks reception, and evening reception.
Check that they can park as close to the venue as possible and have good access to save time unloading any equipment.
If you are holding an event outside, your musician will need some cover like a gazebo plus an electrical supply. (13amp socket)

We have musicians based UK wide and to hire a musician or wedding band is simple through Music8. When you have decided on your musicians, we will ask for a deposit to secure your act, and then a contract will be drawn up, for you and the artists for peace of mind. The final payment of the outstanding balance will be required the week before the event. All prices include any travel and expenses, so there are no hidden extras.

A professional live solo wedding musician can be a little as £250 up to £600 depending on how long you would like the performance to last. A string quartet would cost around £500 for a wedding ceremony. Wedding bands start from £900 for an evening wedding reception. The price will also vary on where the artist is based and what the event is. If you let us know your budget, we can source an act for you from anywhere across the UK.

Classic and Electric String Quartet: We recently asked the girls to play at our wedding, and they were just brilliant! They played classical music during the wedding ceremony, and in the evening swapped to their electric strings and were just fantastic. They were so helpful beforehand, making sure we were happy with the music, suggesting what would be good, and they really helped to make our day very special. Thanks, girls! Jane Anderson

Tom Classical Guitarist: “Dear Tom, thank you for playing at our wedding yesterday! It was beautiful! I have a video of my bridesmaids/page boys and me and my dad walking down the aisle to you playing, and it sounded perfect, and it was exactly how I had hoped it would be! Many thanks again” Ruth Hook

Jennifer Pianist & Singer: “Jennifer is a fantastic singer, and her voice is a cut above the rest! Her repertoire is extensive, and she knows how to play to the crowd. I booked her as part of a band for a wedding, and she did not disappoint, the couple were thrilled, and the party went off!! I will definitely book Jen for my next event”- Suzie R, November 2019 (Wedding)

Logan Bagpiper: Logan went above and beyond to make my wedding day. He piped us into Amazing Grace, and he looked top-notch. He then played at the drinks reception and again played some fantastic tunes, and he even hung around after to chat with the guests who all loved him. Harriet Day (Wedding)

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