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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
    Fee from £ 210
    "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 ...
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  • Cull

    Solo act for hire
    Fee from £ 250
    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 ...
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  • Annie's Room

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 1100
    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 ...
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  • Christine Van Loo

    Solo act for hire
    Fee from $ 3825
    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) ...
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  • The Vibrations

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 4000
    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 ...
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  • Gypsy Dynamite

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 563
    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 ...
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  • MK & the Misters

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 950
    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 ...
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  • Party On Up

    Trio act for hire
    Fee from £ 999
    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 ...
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  • The P.Y.T's

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 1549
    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 ...
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  • The Craic Dealers

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 999
    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 ...
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  • Jazz Retrospective

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 999
    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 ...
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  • No Limit Street Band

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 1899
    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 ...
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  • Leo Wilcox

    DJ act for hire
    Fee from £ 433
    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 ...
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  • Scoop

    Solo act for hire
    Fee from £ 300
    Scoop is a multi-talented magician who can perform either in close-up situations or in a cabaret or stage environment. His close up performances guarantee giggles and gasps as the impossible ...
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  • Stefano Cestra

    Solo act for hire
    Fee from £ 300
    Stefano Cestra Drummer, Percussionist, Music Writer-Producer ...
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  • Undercover Artists - Singing Waiters

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 650
    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 ...
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  • Electric Ocean

    Band act for hire
    Fee from £ 1195
    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 ...
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  • BaraJolka Sand Theater

    Solo act for hire
    Fee from £ 2500
    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 ...
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