How to Choose a Wedding Band

There are many types of bands available to choose for your wedding or event. Bear in mind who will be with you at your event and whether you are having a theme. Here are just a few ideas for you.

Pop/Cover Bands : These bands tend to do a selection of music from the 1950’s to the present day. Prices are generally from around £850 to £2,000 depending on how many members are in the band.

Indie bands : This is generally a male fronted guitar based band. Originally this type of band were independent of the main record companies and so were known as Indie. Repertoire can be varied with songs by performers like The Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Oasis, Paul Weller.

Swing Bands : Anything from a 3 piece to a 20 piece Big Band. These bands can be male or female fronted and generally do music from the 1930’s to the 60’s. Some bands will also do up to date songs in a swing style.

Festival type bands : anything from a duo upwards. We have a number of excellent bands who are suitable for your Festival themed wedding or Event. They can be guitar based folk type bands or bands who play more varied instruments such as violin, mandolin, bass, ukelele, double bass and even washboard!

Motown : More funky style bands performing music from the 1960’s onwards. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes with wonderful songs like Ain’t no mountain high enough, R.E.S.P.E.C.T , River deep mountain high and Signed , sealed delivered.

Soul : Soul bands tend to be slightly bigger bands performing music such as songs by Otis Redding, The Jacksons, The Blues Brothers. These bands may also perform Disco and Funk music such as Chic, James Brown, Tina Turner and The Doobie Brothers.

Barn Dance and Ceilidh Bands : There are three main types of bands in this category , Barn Dance , Irish and Scottish. Barn Dance bands tend to be English or American type music , Irish are Fiddle and Guitar based and Scottish Fiddle and Accordion based. These bands all come with a caller to explain the dances. This is a great ice-breaker and can be paired with a Disco to take over for the second half of the evening.

We love unusual requests at Melisma Music so don’t hesitate to give us your ideas and we will come up with something for you to wow your guests.