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How to Choose Your Wedding Music with ALR

ALR music is a bespoke music agency, dedicated to helping couples find the most innovative & entertaining musicians out there for their wedding. Read on for their top tips on how to choose the perfect wedding music for your big day.

The most important day of your life requires the ultimate soundtrack.

Choosing wedding music can be one of the best parts of planning a wedding and a chance to personalise your day with songs that you both love. But with an abundance of options for wedding bands online – often with some very dubious iPhone footage of the band performing at a festival 10 years ago – it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.

That’s where music curators, ALR Music, come into their own. Their team of music experts and exclusive roster of acts means they can hand-pick a bespoke music line-up, tailored to you, with bands you can’t book anywhere else.

They believe music doesn’t need to begin and end on the dance floor. From the service to the reception, dinner to the first dance, music can be used throughout to create a unique and memorable wedding day.

We asked ALR for their top tips in finding the best bands for every stage of the celebrations..

Wedding Music for the Ceremony

A classic string quartet is a timeless option for a wedding ceremony. But if you’re more Prince than Pachelbel, don’t feel you need to compromise. Quartets like ALR Strings can offer a contemporary twist. As well as covering all the traditional fare, they can perform classical re-workings of modern pop songs from the likes of Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and John Legend.

Music for the Wedding Reception

It’s key to take the season or location of your wedding into account for this section of the day with regards to music choice.

For a Summer or destination wedding reception, you’ll need a picture-perfect backdrop to the clinking of champagne glasses and happy chatter in the sunshine. Uplifting and charming, with impeccably blended three-part harmonies and lilting melodies, The Bluebirds would be ideally suited to creating this kind of magical atmosphere.

For a Winter wedding, look for warm, soulful vocals – a quartet who can offer a smart, stripped-back set. With GQ-looks and a laid-back vibe, The Gents always bring serious style and silky vocals, and would keep the party going as the evening sets in.

Party Music for your Wedding Evening

Your band need to wow you and your guests. Look for someone who fits in with the style of your wedding, and whose videos make you want to dance! And always make sure you’ve discussed your first dance choice and any other set list requests with the band in advance, to avoid any last-minute panics.

With an electrifying set of Soul, Pop & R&B hits, The New Atlantics are a wedding favourite, and always have everyone singing and dancing all night long. This band look and sound the part and will create a packed dance floor and an unforgettable atmosphere your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Music for the day after your Wedding

Pool party, elegant family brunch, beachside BBQ – whatever your plans are for your first day of marital bliss, a band can be the perfect way to bring everyone back to life after the night before, and keep the celebrations going until the wine runs out! Your guests will be charmed by the cheeky chaps The Juke Joints as they roam through the party, entertaining as they go.

Best Wedding Gift List Ideas for Music Lovers

Retro Turntable, Ambassador, Black/Green
GPO Retro
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Sonos PLAY:5 White - Wireless Smart Speaker
Sonos
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Bose, QuietComfort,Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Black
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The Oxford Companion to Music, Alison Latham, Hardback
Books
£40.00
Tivoli- Music System 2+ Stereo System, Oiled Wood,
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Deluxe Candle, Pomegranate Noir, 600g
Jo Malone London
£120.00
Kobbes Complete Opera Book, The Earl of Harewood, Harback
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£50.00
Retro Speaker, Westwood, Sky Blue
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