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Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Wedding entertainment is often one of the last elements to be considered when planning weddings. Don't make this mistake. Underestimating the impact of live entertainment on your big day is often ranked as one of the biggest regrets for any couple. Amazing wedding bands, emotive quartets or a dance floor filling DJ can be the difference between a good wedding and a great one!

Short of wedding entertainment ideas? Here is our guide to getting your wedding entertainment right.

Most weddings are split into four sections; the ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception. There are different types of entertainment available for each of these sections of the day

The Ceremony

Whether it's a falsetto opera singer, a string quartet or pianists, the wedding ceremony itself is the perfect opportunity to use entertainment to bring a dynamic element to proceedings.

Drink Reception

A transitional element in the day, the drinks reception is a great time to introduce quirky or alternative forms of entertainment to keep guests entertained. How about a magician or caricaturist? Roaming bands are also hugely popular, as they are able to mingle between guests and provide an intimate performance to a large number of guests.

Wedding Breakfast

Yes, food, drinking and speeches are number one here. However, a jazz trio, DJ or string quartet can provide the perfect accompaniment as you transition from afternoon to evening.

Evening Reception

You have reached the party stage of the evening. The guests are ready to hit the dance floor. Make sure you hire the ultimate party band to keep your guests dancing all night long. Looking to party into the wee hours? An after party DJ is a must!

Headliner helps you source and book great soloists, bands and DJs for your wedding, party or corporate event. Find and hire local wedding entertainment to perform at your event.Can't decide between hiring a DJ or a band for your wedding? We've got you covered.

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    • The Caricaturetainer

      Solo act for hire
      "...The Caricaturetainer entertained with his drawings and quick wit. Fantastic act!" ROB THE CARICATURETAINER will rock YOUR event, wedding or party with blazing fast caricature portraits that will definitely get your guest's talking and give them fun entertainment, a great memento of your ...
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      Fee from £210
    • Cull

      Solo act for hire
      Michael Cullen (born in Belfast, Northern Ireland) better known as the Award Winning, Human Beatboxer Cull. A top performer in the unique art form of Beatboxing Cull is an artist that creates and merges a variety of acoustic and electronic musical genres with just the use of his voice, ...
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      Fee from £250
    • Annie's Room

      Band act for hire
      Annie’s Room are a collective of London’s most experienced and talented session musicians. Experts in entertainment, the band started as a session duo working with Roland UK in 2012. Effortlessly transitioning to a supreme 5 Piece Party Band, Annie’s Room astound audiences with their charismatic ...
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      Fee from £1100
    • Christine Van Loo

      Solo act for hire
      Christine Van Loo is a 7-time consecutive National Champion, Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, and Athlete of the Decade in acrobatic gymnastics. She was inducted into the USSA (acro-gymnastics) Hall of Fame and the World Acrobatics Society Gallery of Honor. She was a trainer and ...
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      Fee from $3825
    • The Vibrations

      Band act for hire
      The Vibrations are an exciting and exhilarating high end party band. With stunning male and female vocals, world-class horn section, and tight groovy rhythm section, the band promise to deliver exceptionally accurate renditions of contemporary and classic songs alike. The band offer a highly ...
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      Fee from £4648
    • Gypsy Dynamite

      Band act for hire
      The soul of Gypsy Dynamite, Filippo and Giulio explode onto stage since 2001 with sizzling guitar, unique and fresh arrangements of traditional Gypsy swing, Italian and Spanish music and memorable ‘million sellers’.  They are a highly sought-after Gypsy jazz band for wedding gigs, corporate ...
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      Fee from £563
    • MK & the Misters

      Band act for hire
      MK & the Misters, is a 4 piece London based party band. We pride ourselves and our clients by providing a high quality live music experience and guarantee a fun filled night for you and your guests. The band is fronted by our amazing female lead vocalist and is supported by three top London ...
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      Fee from £950
    • Party On Up

      Trio act for hire
      Party On Up are a power trio, for a small set up they have a huge sound which packs more punch than some 10 piece bands! They take all the best bits of a DJ set and a Live Band set and combine them together. They have cleverly put together medleys of hit songs so the dance floor can stay full ...
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      Fee from £1149
    • Electric Ocean

      Band act for hire
      Hello and welcome to the Headliner page of East Anglia’s premier Wedding & Function band, Electric Ocean. We're one of the the most popular wedding and function bands in Essex and Suffolk with over 45 years combined gigging experience and an average age of 25. Our 4 piece band provide a ...
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      Fee from £1595
    • The P.Y.T's

      Band act for hire
      The P.Y.T's are a young band of accomplished musicians who are committed to bringing a fresh, professional and modern touch to your event, whatever it may be. Last year alone we played events for the BBC and also Facebook's Summer & Christmas parties. Each one of our band members have built ...
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      Fee from £1849
    • Jazz Retrospective

      Band act for hire
      Jazz Retrospective perform classic Jazz standards from Swing, Latin, Jazz Waltz & beyond with a focus on warm tones and hypnotising melodies that makes them the perfect background accompaniment to events both large and small. Featuring a selection of top UK Jazz musicians this accomplished band ...
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      Fee from £999
    • The Craic Dealers

      Band act for hire
      The Craic Dealers play Irish & Scottish folk music with infectious energy and a groove that defies you not to get off your seat and dance. Featuring vocals, fiddle, tenor banjo, acoustic guitar and drums/percussion, the Craic Dealers have a huge repertoire of celtic folk tunes and songs, and can ...
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      Fee from £999
    • No Limit Street Band

      Band act for hire
      A London based 7 piece brass and percussion outfit whose raw and energetic covers of pop and party music is redefining a genre. This is an experience not to be missed! From high profile sporting events such as the Olympics or the Champions League final to international sales conferences, ...
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      Fee from £1899
    • Leo Wilcox

      DJ act for hire
      Leo Wilcox, is a versatile and talented DJ, and owner of record label Basement Recordings. In Leo's time as a professional DJ, he has played and gained residencies in London's finest venues such as: Ministry Of Sound, Maddox Club, Quaglino's, Qube Project/Pacha, Scala and has made the ...
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      Fee from £433
    • Stefano Cestra

      Solo act for hire
      Stefano Cestra Drummer, Percussionist, Music Writer-Producer BRIEF BIO and TESTIMONIALS Diploma in Drums & Percussion ...
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      Fee from £300
    • Scoop

      Magic act for hire
      Scoop is a multi-talented magician who can perform both close up and on stage. His close up magic guarantees gasps and giggles as the impossible happens right under your nose, even in your own hands. His cabaret show combines conjuring with comedy, juggling and mind control to create an ...
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      Fee from £315
    • Undercover Artists - Singing Waiters

      Band act for hire
      Undercover Artists combine the talents of West End performers to bring you the best in entertainment for your event. Our singing waiters specialise in Classical Crossover and Musical Theatre although we cover all genres of music, having performed at prestigious events and venues throughout ...
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      Fee from £650
    • BaraJolka Sand Theater

      Solo act for hire
      BaraJolka are scenic artists working in the genre of Sand Animation. Through the relationship of light, music and sand, we tell visual stories, created according to the rules of stage and animation art. Each of our shows has thoughtful plot, high quality performance and is full of respect for ...
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      Fee from £2500

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