More and more couples are opting to have intimate weddings, and it’s not surprising why. When you have 100+ guests, the day can go by in a blur. You’re so caught up talking to a million people, making sure everything runs smoothly and everyone is happy, that most couples barely remember their day. Plus, let’s not forget how expensive a big wedding can be.
Micro weddings allow time for more meaningful moments, more personal touches and more money for the things you really want! That includes music, because even a small wedding needs the right atmosphere. Whether you want a romantic or upbeat setting, a musician can add the backing track that will remind you of your special day for years to come.
So, you’ve decided you want to book some music for your wedding, but what do you need to know before you take the plunge? The most important thing is to do your research! If you have a specific style or band in mind, make sure you book well in advance. Read reviews to get a better flavour of what’s on offer, watch videos to see different performance styles and find out how flexible each act is, in case things don’t go to plan.
If you still need some help after your initial research, reach out to Entertainment Nation. We’re passionate about finding the perfect match for your event and can offer tons of valuable advice and support. We’re available seven days a week too, meaning any questions you have can be answered asap!
What bands work best?
Smaller bands or soloists tend to work best at micro weddings. They need less room, carry less equipment and there’s less chance of them overwhelming your small party. Unlike larger weddings, where there’s more pressure to have a crowd-pleasing setlist, micro weddings also allow for more personal songs, tailored for your group.
Acoustic Singer-Guitarists, Duos and Trios
If you’re after versatility, then an acoustic act is your best bet. These acts can do it all – romantic wedding entrances to background music to crowd pleasers. They’re small enough to fit into most venues comfortably, without distracting from the main event, and can create the perfect atmosphere in an instant.
Sax players have never been more popular. A powerful instrument that’s sure to cause a stir at any wedding, a saxophonist can easily blend into the background of your wedding or take centre stage. Whether you’re after some jazz, soul or want to give your wedding a sunny feel with some Ibiza-inspired tunes, a sax player can brighten any space. Wedding sax players often play along to professionally recorded backing tracks, so if you’re after a greater and more textured sound, they can do that too.
If it’s emotion you’re after, few acts can do it better than strings. Individual players bring elegance to a wedding, while duos or groups bring heavenly harmonies. Classically trained, they’re able to play the greats, conjuring a classy and intimate atmosphere. Equally, they’re just as happy to play more modern music – who doesn’t want to hear Beyonce on a harp? Although slightly larger than other options, a string act won’t look out of place at a smaller wedding.
Where can I book an act?
As a trusted company with a huge amount of talented musicians on our books, Entertainment Nation are a great place to book an act. We have years of experience providing music for both large and small weddings and have unique acts that can only be found on our site.
We’re devoted to offering unrivalled customer service and availability (hence our round-the-clock support) and are able to walk you through every step of the booking process too. You can find out more about us here.
In the meantime, here are some of our acts perfect for a micro wedding:
• Taylor Thomas
A unique artist able to play a huge number of songs throughout the decades. He’s also able to work with you to write and record a bespoke and personalised song for your special day.
• Strawberry Champagne
This highly popular two-piece easily draw in a crowd with their amazing harmonies and soulful voices.
Anthea has played for the Royal Family, performed at the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Hall – the heavenly sounds this harpist makes will take your breath away.
• The Cosgroves
Prominent members on the vibrant UK jazz scene, The Cosgroves are one of the finest jazz duos around. As well as having a cosmopolitan repertoire, they’re also accomplished improvisers, meaning no two performances are ever the same.
Micro weddings offer a number of benefits. Gone are the worries of who to invite, traditions to include and the expense of throwing such a huge event. Instead, couples are able to focus on what really matters: each other. Plus, it’s always nice to have more money to spend on the things that make such a big difference to your big day, like music!
By Harri Stanford