So you’ve booked the marquee, sorted the caterer and made your guest list. Now, maybe you care about the photographer and the invitations? Newly married Hetty Lintell says to forget that and instead turn to the most important piece of the wedding reception puzzle: the music.

Times have changed since the Four weddings and a funeral same old group recycling days to go around. Couples these days are looking for fun fun with a difference.

It’s not something you can leave until the last minute, as top bands and DJs are booked ridiculously quickly – often, rather terrifyingly, over a year in advance.

Don’t panic, though, as here’s our pick of bands and DJs to check out if you want your party to go with a massive swing.

Roaming group

London’s must-sees

Falling under the spell of an acoustic band playing in the restaurants of the Côte d’Azur (Les Troubadours), we wanted to recreate this relaxed party atmosphere, and we suspected that if we surprised our guests with a band as they were seated. ‘expected the least, it would blow the roof off.

We were right. The London Essentials know how it’s done: they’ve performed for Oprah, on Necker Island for the Branson family weddings, and most recently for Princess Eugene’s wedding in October. It’s an acoustic group of five musicians who appear out of nowhere to “browse” the round tables between courses, and at the end of the meal, those who are not standing are probably dancing on the tables, madly elated. .

The utterly charming boys will captivate everyone – from grannies to toddlers – with their energy and zest for life, and they will work their magic over and over again (they fly all over the world, often playing every night with a big success). There wasn’t a single thank you letter after my own wedding that didn’t mention how amazing they were.
thelondonessentials.com

Large groups

White keys

For breathtaking vocals and performances, this funk, soul and disco group can offer everything from soulful solo artists to a group of 6 musicians. If you have a huge crowd to entertain you can always go for the full 12-piece group… I saw them play once and couldn’t be dragged off the dance floor.
www.thewhitekeys.co.uk

Soul beat

One of the best bands I have ever seen at a wedding. Ask the singer with the knockout attitude, who gets involved with the crowd on the dance floor.
www.articulatemusic.co.uk/soul-beat-function-band

DJ

Playlist DJ

Ben Bridgewater (from Playlister DJs) has a style described as ‘catchy and bouncy’, having organized playlists in some of the coolest places in the world, he will work with you to find the music spot for your party. Modern remixes with old classics and surprising twists are his strong point, keeping the energies high. And he’s a charmer to boot.
soundartistmanagement.com/djs/playlisterdjs

Itchy foot

Having started doing parties at Leeds University (where I first heard a set from Leo, the main DJ), they have now spread and you can opt for a full DJ or band depending on your needs. needs. Their soul and disco classics with a funky house twist are amazingly good, you won’t breathe off the dance floor. They’ll also take a lot of the hassle out of you, setting up their stage, sound, and lighting – and they can even help you find a venue.
www.itchyfeethomecoming.com


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