It's a great idea to hire some form of entertainment for your wedding guests and there are so many different approaches to inspire you.
To give you just a few North West wedding entertainment ideas to whet your appetite: think about jazz singers, soul bands, fireworks, harpists, magicians, fun casinos, Wedding DJs, caricature artists, singing waiters and even fortune tellers.
Aside from the ceremony itself, music often forms a hugely important aspect of almost any wedding. It really helps create the mood you would like whether romantic, fun and laughter, but above all helps to make your day one to remember for you and your guests for many years to come.
Here’s some great wedding entertainers based in the North West from places like Manchester, Preston, Lancashire and the Lake District, whom you might want to get in touch with...
Don't forget to mention Your North West Wedding magazine when contacting wedding entertainers in the North West.
Harmony String Quartet are the perfect accompaniment for your wedding or event providing modern, film, jazz and classical music.
HSQ are a Manchester based String Quartet and have performed in venues all over the country including Liverpool, York, Birmingham, London and Glasgow (to name but a few)
Alex has worked wonders, offering amazement at weddings for over 25 years wowing brides, grooms and audiences. He is sure to bring smiles and amazed looks to all. Despite his longevity, Alex’s effects are by no means dated or old fashioned, he constantly updates his repertoire with cutting edge magic that needs to be seen to be believed.
The New Ventures offer a premium party band experience, turning your event into a night to remember. Packed full of songs from the 60’s right through to current chart toppers; The New Ventures brings the ultimate party experience whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, birthday or festival.
This four-piece group have been working together for over four years now, providing top-notch entertainment at some of the best wedding and party venues throughout the UK. The members have toured the world and worked with some of the biggest names in music (Ed Sheeran, Bring Me The Horizon and Marillion to name a few), and are dedicated to making your special day even more memorable.
We spoke to founder and singer, Aaron Ward to find out more: "It's true we love playing and performing, but we found that the best part of the job was making the night stand out. We love seeing our clients lose themselves in the day by curating a night of entertainment they will remember for the rest of their lives."
Here's To Us is the band of choice at Christmas and works do's for the likes of; Manchester United F.C., Manchester City F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C, Liverpool F.C, Heart Radio, Key 103, Capital Radio, NHS, Bentley Motors, Team SKY as well as hundreds of weddings every year! There are even a few sneaky celebrities in there too.
Posted: 9 November 2022
Pop royalty, Claire Richards and Duncan James, joined forces on Saturday 17th September, as the ultimate wedding band - Simply Wed - to surprise one lucky couple with a performance of poptastic floor-filling songs on their wedding day. Anna Novelli and Samuel Hold from Bournemouth were delighted when the power duo 'crashed the wedding' at the Larmer Street in Wiltshire, to surprise guests and the lucky couple with the performance of a lifetime. The couple - both Steps and Blue superfans - were overwhelmed with joy to have the newly minted wedding supergroup perform, having known all the routines to Claire and Duncan's biggest hits since childhood!
Posted: 26 September 2022
To celebrate the nation's love of cheese, as we head into wedding season, Mini Cheddars has brought together two pop icons - Duncan James from Blue and Claire Richards from Steps - in musical matrimony to form the ultimate wedding supergroup - Simply Wed. And one lucky couple will win an exclusive performance from 'Simply Wed' at their wedding this September. To mark the launch of the wedding supergroup, Mini Cheddars commissioned research revealing the ultimate wedding playlist with Dancing Queen by ABBA taking the top spot – 46 years after it was first released. A poll of 2,000 wedding guests saw Don't Stop Me Now by Queen and Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline complete the top three. The 'big day' playlist also included Happy by Pharrell Williams, Toploader's Dancing in the Moonlight, as well as Mr Brightside by The Killers. Also featured in the top 40 were Single Ladies by Beyonce, 5,6,7,8 by Steps and One Love by Blue.
Posted: 29 July 2022
Over the past year, UK searches for 'first dance songs 2022' have increased by +1,300%, whilst searches for 'first dance ideas for non-dancers have increased by +300% showing that more couples are looking for inspiration. The first dance is likely to be one of the most memorable moments of your wedding, so naturally, newlyweds are determined to pick the most suitable song. A decision needs to be made whether to choose an old classic or maybe the new love song that's currently in the charts.
Posted: 19 June 2022
The Blue Lion Band are live music experts, wedding enthusiasts, and party starters. They offer high energy live music for weddings, festivals, private functions, and corporate events. Their band size is fully customisable from 3 to 14 musicians, making them the perfect fit for any event budget or style. Blue Lion's talented musicians have performed with renowned artists including Ellie Goulding, Kanye West, Mark Knopfler, Tom Jones, George Michael, Gotye, and Alicia Keys. They work to make every event unforgettable, creating and delivering high-energy, fun performances to keep the dance floor jumping. This talented crew will create a set list to suit your musical preferences, from elegant classical music or string pop covers for the ceremony, to jazz during cocktail hour, and dance music to get the crowd going during the reception. If you're planning a destination wedding, Blue Lion Band travels around the world! They are available to perform at events throughout the United Kingdom and for travel to France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and more.
Posted: 3 May 2022
As a live painter, I enter the breakfast room two hours before your guests go in and paint the room. Then after you and your guests settle, I have as long as the meal takes to capture the scene. Three courses are ideal. It's a great talking point as guests can come over, ask me questions and spot each other in the painting. As I finish, I often ask well-behaved children or guests to draw a glass or cutlery, which is a great photo opportunity. If there is someone who sadly can't be there, I can even represent them with a symbol. When I'm done, I sign and leave it on display for everyone to admire.
Posted: 9 February 2022
Lancashire-based entertainers, Love Piano is offering a new Daytime Package for brides and grooms. It includes either a male or female vocalist/pianist as a soloist and includes up to five songs for the ceremony, 2x30 minute sets for the drinks reception and 2x45 minute sets for the wedding breakfast. "We understand that your wedding breakfast is more than just a meal," says Alice Gasson from Love Piano. "We aim to keep your guests entertained and content whilst the most important couple enjoy their food, welcome the family and celebrate with their friends, all for just £700. We also offer a Quiet Room Option.
Posted: 3 February 2022
Harmony String Quartet have gone digital and will be using iPads at weddings and events to play their music. With more than 500 pieces in their repertoire list and having performed at copious weddings and events, Harmony String Quartet, which is based in Manchester, are the perfect accompaniment to any wedding day. There are a range of packages available, from a one-hour performance to six hours. Whether it be an Ed Sheeran love ballad, a blast from the past from your favourite Disney film, a classic tune, or even rocking out to Blink 182, there's something to suit everyone.
Posted: 26 January 2022
Before booking, ask yourself are they reliable? Have they ever failed to turn up or cancelled on anyone? Will they personalise your show to suit your requirements? It's your wedding, and your supplier should be there to support you. They will advise you, and nothing should be too much trouble for them. What equipment do they provide for a full set up and are they insured? Their equipment should regularly be added to and updated. Ours includes a full sound system, laser lights, LEDs, uplighting and a smoke machine. It needs to be PAT tested yearly by qualified electricians who can provide a copy of the certificate if needed.
Posted: 19 January 2022
We're having a festive- themed wedding and would love to incorporate the time of year into our entertainment without it being over the top. Do you have any ideas? Discuss your ideas with your supplier and choose which Christmas songs they perform. Most entertainers will be happy to sprinkle a couple of festive classics into their performance, and you can work together to pick the least cheesy ones that you'd like to hear. Dropping a classic like Last Christmas into your evening reception will get everyone in the celebratory mood.
Posted: 12 January 2022