Wedding Entertainment Timeline For A Day Full of Music

Imagine a wedding day filled with captivating music, unforgettable moments, and endless entertainment. From the heartfelt ceremony to the lively afterparty, let Wedding Bands' expertise in crafting the ideal musical timeline guide you in designing a captivating musical journey that keeps your guests captivated at every stage.
From Dawn to Dusk: Wedding Bands' Guide to Your Wedding Day's Musical Timeline

From Dawn to Dusk: Wedding Bands' Guide to Your Wedding Day's Musical Timeline

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and the perfect soundtrack can make it truly unforgettable. From the moment guests arrive to the last dance of the night, Wedding Bands is here to help you create a magical musical journey tailored to your unique celebration.

With a diverse range of talented performers and innovative entertainment options, we'll work with you to design the perfect timeline that keeps your guests entertained and engaged every step of the way.

Wedding Ceremony Entertainment

Timings: Guests' arrival (20 mins background music), bride's entrance, three songs for signing, and aisle exit.

Envision a ceremony infused with the soulful melodies of a gospel choir, the elegance of a string quartet, or the charm of an acoustic duo. Wedding Bands offers an wide selection of popular wedding ceremony options, including solo artists, harpists, and cellos, reminiscent of the royal wedding.

The timing for wedding ceremony entertainment is as follows:
  • Guests arrival
    As guests arrive and take their seats, there is usually 20 minutes of background music to create a romantic and calming build up for the bride's grand entrance.
  • Entrance of the bride
    The entrance of the bride is a dramatic and impactful moment that deserves the perfect music to create a memorable experience. We can help you select the right song that suits your preferences and style.
  • Signing the register
    For the signing of the register, three songs are usually played to entertain the guests and create a relaxed and enjoyable setting.
  • Exiting the aisle
    As the couple exits the aisle, it is recommended to have a lively and fun song that includes everyone, such as having the sax player come and join you at the altar and lead the way out to your reception drinks and cocktail hour.
We'll help you choose the perfect song for the bride's dramatic entrance and recommend an upbeat recessional tune to exit the ceremony to, setting the stage for an unforgettable day.

Reception Drinks, Canapés, and Cocktail Hour Entertainment

Timings: While the couple takes photos and guests mingle.

Transform your reception drinks into a mesmerising experience with an enthralling selection of performers. Choose from:
  • Small swing and jazz bands
    Transport your guests to the golden age of jazz with toe-tapping tunes and irresistible rhythms.
    The Sparkle Band's talented jazz trio, featuring a singing guitarist, percussionist, and sax player, effortlessly enlivens the atmosphere at a cocktail hour in the picturesque Château Saint Georges, located in the stunning Cote d'Azur. As they perform a soulful rendition of Stevie Wonder's "On the Sunny Side," guests delight in the elegant and sophisticated ambiance that encapsulates the essence of the French Riviera.
  • Live lounge-style acts
    Set a stylish and intimate ambience with soulful renditions of popular songs.
  • Acoustic duos
    Create a warm and inviting energy with stripped-back performances of your favourite melodies.
    Experience the enchanting ambiance of The Orangery in Maidstone, Kent, as a saxophonist and singing guitarist acoustic duo provide the perfect background music for a cocktail hour. With soulful and lively tunes, this performance creates an unforgettable and magical atmosphere for your special day.
  • Interactive roaming bands
    Keep guests engaged and entertained with roaming musicians who bring the music right to them.
  • Ibiza-style sax and DJ combo
    Inject a trendy, modern vibe with a fusion of live saxophone and DJ-curated beats.
With these incredible options, your cocktail hour will be an unforgettable and lively affair, setting the perfect tone for the rest of your celebration.

Wedding Breakfast Entertainment

Timings: During meal service.

Enchant your guests during the wedding breakfast with a diverse selection of entertainment options that create lasting memories:
  • Singing waiters and undercover musicians
    Surprise and delight guests with surprise entertainment - talented performers dressed as servers who burst into song, adding a fun and unexpected twist to the dining experience.
  • Roaming and strolling bands
    Keep the ambience lively with wandering musicians who engage guests at their tables with humour, charm and sing-alongs, providing a personalised and intimate touch.
    Fall in love with the sweet sounds of The Sparkle Band as they perform a roaming serenade of 'Georgia on My Mind' at a Jewish wedding breakfast, creating an unforgettable and intimate atmosphere that has guests in awe as they take photos and videos.
  • Intimate live lounge-style performances
    Set a warm and elegant mood with musicians delivering heartfelt renditions of your favourite love songs.
  • Serenading acts on podiums
    Add sophistication to your wedding breakfast with performers on elevated platforms, creating an romantic vibe with slow jams and iconic love songs.
  • Tabletop performances
    If the venue allows, wow your guests with a sax player or guitarist performing unforgettable solos atop a table or chair, turning classic sing-along favourites into magical moments.
  • Sunset Serenade for Destination Weddings
    Enhance the ambiance of your destination wedding breakfast, which often unfolds outdoors amidst the breathtaking sunset, with the harmonious sounds of a small band in the background. Skilled musicians weave a warm and enchanting atmosphere, flawlessly accentuating the stunning setting of your destination wedding and charming your guests as they relish an unforgettable meal.
    At a spectacular chateau venue in France's Cote d'Azur, one of our most sought-after destination wedding bands delivers a mesmerising performance during sunset. The Sparkle Band's enchanting music fills the air, creating an intimate atmosphere for guests to enjoy a memorable wedding breakfast with stunning sea views.
With these captivating entertainment options, your wedding breakfast will be a memorable and enchanting experience that guests will cherish for years to come.

Wedding Reception and Evening Entertainment

Timings: Main band performing 2 x 60-minute sets or 3 x 40 minutes of live music, with DJ upgrades or party playlists in-between sets and until midnight.

Ignite the dance floor with your main band's energetic performance, keeping guests dancing all night long!
  • First Dance
    Make your first dance as newlyweds truly unforgettable with the band performing your chosen song, creating a magical and romantic aura.
  • High-energy music
    Get guests on the dance floor with a lively selection of tunes that cater to all ages and tastes.
  • Special requests
    Work with your wedding band to personalise the soundtrack to your wedding reception with your band performing your favourite songs or dedicating a track to a special moment.
  • DJ upgrades or party playlists
    Maintain the momentum between sets with a professional DJ or a carefully curated playlist played on the band's laptop.

Wedding Afterparty Entertainment

Timings: After Midnight or 1am, once the evening entertainment ends.

Increasingly popular in the UK, afterparties extend the celebration into the early hours. Unique venues like Peckforton Castle in Cheshire offer exclusive spaces, such as a vault beneath the castle, for a truly unforgettable afterparty experience.

The night is still young, and the energy is palpable! Keep the party roaring with a professional DJ who effortlessly mixes chart-toppers and crowd-pleasers, ensuring that your guests remain on their feet, begging for one more song. Feel the room pulsate with excitement as they dance, laugh, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Or, take the afterparty experience to another level with a DJ live band fusion. This perfect harmony of live musicians and DJ talent creates an electrifying, non-stop dance extravaganza that will leave your guests breathless. Immerse yourself in the pulsing beats, heart-pounding rhythms, and intoxicating melodies that keep everyone moving and grooving into the early hours. With an afterparty like this, your wedding celebration is bound to be the talk of the town!

Orchestrate Your Wedding Day with the Perfect Musical Timeline

From the first note of your ceremony to the final song of your afterparty, Wedding Bands is dedicated to helping you create the perfect soundtrack for your special day. Our expertise and passion for music ensure that every moment is expertly crafted to reflect your unique vision and style.

Let us guide you through the process of designing a personalised musical timeline that will captivate your guests and create lasting memories. With Wedding Bands by your side, your dream wedding day is just a song away.

Quick Guide to Wedding Entertainment Timeline / Itinerary

Here's a list of key moments in your wedding day when our bands can perform, along with a brief description of each part:

Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony entertainment is offered as a complete package by most wedding bands. It includes the background music during guests' arrival and seating, a special song for the bride's entrance, three songs for the signing of the marriage register, and an upbeat, celebratory song for the couple's exit from the ceremony.
  • Guests' Arrival
    Set the mood with 20 minutes of background music as guests take their seats.
  • Bride's Entrance
    Create a dramatic, memorable moment with the perfect song for the bride's entrance.
  • Signing
    Choose 3 songs to be performed during the signing of the marriage register.
  • Recessional
    End the ceremony on a high note with a lively, inclusive song as the newlyweds exit the aisle.

Cocktail Hour

Keep guests entertained while the couple takes photos with acoustic duos, swing bands, or live lounge-style acts, creating the perfect atmosphere for mingling and socialising.

Wedding Breakfast

Surprise guests with singing waiters, roaming bands, or intimate live lounge performances, adding a touch of sophistication or encouraging guest involvement during the meal.

Evening Entertainment and Afterparty

Ignite the dance floor with an energetic main band, performing multiple sets of live music, and sustain the excitement with a DJ upgrade or party playlist between sets.

From Wedding Plans to a Musical Journey Reality with Wedding Bands

Feel free to select from these options or discuss any specific requests you may have for your wedding day. We take the time to get to know you and your preferences, and we will work with you to create a customised entertainment package that aligns with your wedding plans and exceeds your expectations.

No request is too big or too small, so let us know your wedding plans and preferences, and we will move mountains to make your dream wedding entertainment timeline a reality.
Wedding Entertainment Timeline For A Day Full of Music | Author:
Adam Watts, the founder of Wedding Bands, has over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry, making him a leading authority in the field.

Adam has a successful track record of creating and managing some of the UK's most renowned wedding bands, such as The Sparkle Band and We Light It Up, which have received worldwide acclaim as the best in their class.

Throughout his career, Adam has performed and collaborated with hundreds of musicians, building an unparalleled network of talent. His vast knowledge and expertise in the wedding entertainment business make him the ultimate partner to work with when it comes to finding the perfect band to match your wedding dreams.

Adam is available to speak with you directly, and can quickly arrange a call or Zoom meeting to find out about you and your wedding plans, as well as how Wedding Bands can deliver the perfect Entertainment timeline for wedding entertainment for your wedding.