Music for Weddings | August Round Up

It’s been another busy month for wedding entertainment! Here are a few of our August highlights.
THE GROVEWedding Entertainment Sound Generation

 

“I couldn’t recommend these guys enough – fantastic! The team were able to discuss our general needs and then provide helpful guidance and options for us to come to a final decision.” Sarah Watts, Bride (read full review HERE)

Solo guitarist, Mark, & SG band, Replay, entertained wedding guests at 5* Hotel, The Grove in Watford.

To make an enquiry, or to book Mark or Replay for your wedding or event, click HERE.

 WOTTON HOUSE

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“All our guests have commented on how beautiful the music was and one guest asked Andres to serenade her baby to sleep each night. We were so pleased with both Andres and your services. We will most definitely recommend sound generation and Andres.” Melissa & James Sutcliffe, Bride & Groom
Flamenco guitarist, Andres, performed at a wedding at beautiful Watford venue, Wotton House.
To make an enquiry, or to book Andres for your wedding or event, click HERE.
ASHRIDGE HOUSE

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SG harpist, Cecilia, provided the musical backdrop at a wedding at stunning wedding venue, Ashridge House. Ashridge House is a beautiful country estate and stately home set in National Trust woodland, in Hertfordshire. Cecilia performed during the ceremony and drinks reception.
To make an enquiry, or to book Cecilia for your wedding or event, click HERE.
DENBIES WINE ESTATE

Music for Weddings

“We couldn’t have asked for more, your band were superb and made our wedding an event to remember with our friends and family. We had so many lovely comments raving about ‘The band’. It just wouldn’t have been the same without your contribution. Thank you so much I hope one day we have reason to book you again.” James (Groom)
Soul band, the Briggs Street Players, entertained wedding guests at England’s largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate, in Surrey.
Briggs Street Players are available from a 4-piece band, through to an 8-piece band including Saxophone, Trumpet, and Female Vocalist. To make an enquiry or to book BSP, click HERE.

Music for Weddings | July Round Up

Music For Weddings: July Round Up

July was one of our busiest months to date, for weddings. Here are just a few of our highlights.

TAPNELL FARM

We worked on a very special wedding on the Isle Of Wight. The couple were big Coltrane/Davis fans and the afternoon drinks reception featured a flawless performance from jazz saxophonist, Vasilis Xenopoulos, whose band featured Matt Winch, Julian Bury, Matt Home, and Rob Barron. After dinner, the Briggs Street Players  7-piece soul band took the stage and the party truly began. Incredible vocals from Daniel and Libby. The party continued well into the night with a DJ set from Chester’s Derek Kaye.

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Music for weddings: Jazz Band

HEDSOR HOUSE

Music for weddings: Hedsor House

“An absolutely amazing place!” Johnny Depp

We worked with award-winning venue Hedsor House, on a wedding which again, featured SG’s, Briggs Street Players, as well as vocalist, Ella Marie. Hedsor House is a stunning Georgian Mansion set in Buckinghamshire. As well as being a fabulous events venue, it’s also well known as a filming set which has hosted high profile actors including Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Ricky Gervais.

RICHMOND HILL HOTEL & THE BINGHAM

Music for weddings: The Bingham Richmond

We worked with two Richmond wedding venues this month; The Bingham (one of our faves!), and Richmond Hill Hotel. Adam Harris performed an acoustic set at Richmond Hill, before SG’s, DJ Callum took over. At The Bingham, Briggs Street Players, Laura, DJ Zulu, and nu-jazz/soul vocalist, Louise, all entertained guests.

MATARA CENTRE

Music for weddings: Matara Centre

The Matara Centre is a Grade II listed Regency home set in Gloucestershire. Truly unique, it is set in 28 acres, with 11 formal gardens, a labyrinth, woodland paths and small lakes and fields! SG’s Nouveau Boheme performed at a wedding there, you can see a sneaky clip HERE.

HEYTHROP PARK

Music for weddings: Soul vocalist

Soulful vocalist, Ella Marie, performed to a 500-strong wedding party at luxury Oxfordshire venue, Heythrop House. Ella is an incredible vocalist who has performed on UK tours with the likes of Leona Lewis and Lily Allen. Ella is one of the most versatile vocalists around, performing Jazz, Blues, Soul and Pop.

 

Music for Weddings | Ardington House

Music for Weddings

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Earlier this month, SG band, Briggs Street Players performed at a wedding at Oxfordshire venue, Ardington House. They performed as a seven piece, which included saxophone and trumpet.

SG are thrilled to now be one of Ardington House’s recommended suppliers! We’re really looking forward to working with wedding couples on music entertainment for their big day.

Ardington House is a Georgian Manor set in beautiful gardens, which includes its own river and island! It’s a stunning location for weddings, events and even filming! There have been several famous guests over the years.


If you’re looking for wedding music for your wedding day, get in touch! Click HERE to contact us. We can provide string quartets, jazz bands, DJ’s, party bands, solo musicians and plenty more! We can also provide lighting and audio equipment, if required.

Ardington House is a wedding venue set in Oxfordshire. If you’re interested in finding out more just click HERE.

Music for Weddings | Syon Park

Music for Weddings

Last weekend we worked with Syon Park, providing all the music entertainment for a lovely couple tying the knot there.

It was a part-Jewish wedding with both a religious and civil ceremony.

musicforweddingsNouveau Boheme Quartet

SG Gypsy Jazz act, Nouveau Boheme Quartet, played during the ceremony, performing Parisian and Gypsy jazz as well as some Beatles songs as requested by the couple.

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DJ Callum

DJ Callum DJ’d in the evening, and played a mix of traditional Israeli, dance, funk, soul and Motown music.

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Syon Park is a stunning house and 200 acre park set in leafy Isleworth, West London. Steeped in history, Syon is an incredible wedding venue and events space, which also houses a garden centre and cafe (well worth visiting just for a jolly!)


If you’re looking for wedding music for your wedding day, get in touch! Click HERE to contact us. We can provide string quartets, jazz bands, DJ’s, party bands, solo musicians and plenty more! We can also provide lighting and audio equipment, if required.

Syon Park is a gorgeous wedding venue set in West London. If you’re interested in finding out more just click HERE.

Music for Weddings | Corinthia Hotel London

We were back at Corinthia Hotel London this month for another incredible wedding party!

The wedding couple booked a full line up of fantastic live music, starting with string quartet, ESQ, performing classical repertoire during the ceremony which took place in the stunning Courtroom.music-for-weddings-corinthia-hotel-londonThe Courtroom at Corinthia Hotel London

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String Quartet, ESQ

The Dream Big Jazz Band were next to perform in the Ballroom, during dinner. They performed mostly Rat Pack repertoire, plus an original reworking of Coldplay’s ‘Green Eyes’ for the wedding couple’s first dance.

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music-for-weddings-corinthia-hotelDream Big Jazz Band

Finally the wedding party danced their way into the early hours with music provided by DJ Zulu, who played a mix of Iranian music and commercial RnB. Sound Generation also provided the DJ booth and lighting.

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DJ Zulu

If you’re looking for wedding music for your wedding day, get in touch! Click HERE to contact us. We can provide string quartets, jazz bands, DJ’s, party bands, solo musicians and plenty more! We can also provide lighting and audio equipment, if required.

Corinthia Hotel London is a truly beautiful wedding venue set in the heart of London. If you’re interested in finding out more just click HERE.

Music for Weddings | St Pancras Renaissance Hotel + London Bride

Hansom Lounge Wedding

We recently worked on a vibrant and super-stylish Colombian-themed wedding party held at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, and meticulously planned by wedding planner extraordinaire, Charley Beard.

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The bride was Colombian, the groom, Italian, and they had seriously good taste in music, which made working with them great fun! They wanted a mix of Cumbia, Salsa and Afro-Beat music so we booked latin specialist DJ, DJ Zulu, for them. The perfect choice, given their lovely review:

“We were very happy with the music and with DJ Zulu’s performance. He really got our tastes right and many guests have told us the music was great!” Francesco and Susy

London Bride

It was fantastic to work with wedding planner, Charley Beard. Charley is one of London’s most sought after wedding planners, and won ‘Best Wedding Planner in London & South East’ at the London Wedding Industry Awards 2016. She’s also (as if that weren’t enough!) Founder and Editor of the multi-award winning Wedding Blog, London Bride. Charley’s blog is an absolute must-read for anyone planning a stylish wedding. It’s full of inspiration, from elegant to urban-inspired weddings. There really is something there for everyone! We very much look forward to working with Charley on more fabulous weddings in the future!

Wedding DJ

If you’re looking for a DJ for your wedding party, why not get in touch? Our DJ’s specialise in Funk, Soul, Latin, RnB, Commercial, 80’s , Afro Beat, UK Garage, and everything in between. We’d love to hear from you! Click HERE to contact us.

Music Entertainment for Wedding at Corinthia, London

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We had the pleasure of providing the music entertainment for lovely couple, Caroline and Adam, on their wedding day at the gorgeous, Corinthia Hotel, London.

They booked rock n roll/blues trio, The High Tones, for the early evening set, followed by DJ Deetraine who kept the dance floor packed until the early hours.

Music Entertainment at Corinthia London

Music Entertainment at Corinthia London

SG also provided the LED DJ booth, and all staging was provided by Outrage Events.

Here’s what the wedding couple, Caroline and Adam had to say:

“The High Tones and DJ Dan were both perfect, everything went so smoothly – we couldn’t have hoped for a better evening. The High Tones set the atmosphere wonderfully and our guests absolutely loved them. Dan had the dancefloor packed all night and he played some of our favourite tunes that hold the happiest memories for us 🙂 They were both everything we hoped they would be and I cannot thank them and you enough for making our evening such fun for us and our guests.

I don’t think I could ever put into words really how much we enjoyed our day and what a huge part you all played in it, but I hope it’s enough to know that I’m so incredibly glad we chose Sound Generation (for the fact I got to organise everything with you!) and the High Tones and DJ Dan (for the fact that they completely made the evening).”

Music Entertainment for Wedding at Corinthia, London

Watch the High Tones HERE.

Listen to example playlists by DJ Deetraine and more Sound Generation DJ’s HERE.

If you’re looking for wedding entertainment for your wedding day, please feel free to get in touch with us HERE.

Music for a Jewish Wedding

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SG are delighted to feature on Smashing The Glass; a fantastic resource for couples planning a Jewish wedding.

Karen Cinnamon founded STG, which is recognised as one of the UK’s leading wedding blogs and specialises in cool, creative Jewish weddings. We had the pleasure of working with Amy and Adam on their Jewish wedding, which featured SG band, Dukebox City. You can read all about their colourful wedding on STG here.

YOUR JEWISH WEDDING

If you’re planning a Jewish wedding, we would love to hear from you! We believe that the music entertainment is one of the most important elements of your wedding day. It’s an opportunity to select songs and music that are really personal to you both, and getting the music right is essential to setting the right mood. The music is the soundtrack to your wedding day, and is high on the list of what your guests will be talking about afterwards.

Band for a Jewish wedding Briggs Street Players.

Whether you’re looking for cool, contemporary music on your wedding day, or traditional Israeli music (or both!), we can help. All our acts are selected for their outstanding ability, reliability and professionalism so you can be sure of getting the best in the business.

Band for a Jewish weddingSoul Essentials

Some acts can provide traditional Israeli music, including bands, Dukebox City and Soul Essentials, but we also provide harpists, string quartets, jazz trios, acoustic duos, DJ’s and more.

Harpist for a Jewish weddingCecilia

To get in touch with us to discuss your requirements please click here.

Read our STG feature here.

Geronimo Inns Wedding Show

Geronimo Inns Wedding Entertainment

Join us this Saturday at the Geronimo Inns Wedding Show taking place at the Crown, in Bow. Three of our acts will be performing live: vocalists, Mi’das and Dan, and harpist, Isabella. An absolute must for any wedding couples looking for inspiration!

The show will feature local suppliers showcasing products including vintage dresses, flowers and cakes, plus there’ll free sample canapés and the bar will be serving drinks.

12pm. Free entry.

 

Brides The Show

Brides The Show

Sound Generation will be exhibiting at Brides The Show later this year. It’s our first time and needless to say we are very excited about it! For any brides to be, Brides The Show is a absolute must for getting inspiration for your big day.

This year’s show takes place at The Business Design Centre in Islington, October 2-4, and will feature the very best in Bridal including some of our acts performing live.

More details coming soon.

To book your tickets to the show, click HERE.

Wedding Entertainment Hire, Live Wedding Bands & Musicians |A Guide

Wedding Entertainment Hire, Live Wedding Bands & Musicians

Music is hugely important on your wedding day. It’s proven (by scientists, no less) to be one of the most powerful ways of evoking emotions and memories, reminding you of all the wonderful moments you’ve shared with your partner.

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Music is also a fantastic way of setting the mood. Try to encourage a range of emotions on your wedding day. Guests should feel moved, happy, and of course – it goes without saying – so ecstatic that they’ll lose all inhibitions and bust their best moves on the dance floor!

Most couples will refer to ‘their song’, which will almost certainly feature on their big day, but there may also be a song that you first danced to together, a song that was a big hit the year you met, a song you both find hilariously funny etc. It’s a good idea to write a list of all those songs you want to feature, well ahead of your wedding day.

WHERE MUSIC CAN FEATURE

During the ceremony – this is one of the most emotional parts of the days. Whilst traditionally couples would opt for classical music, couples are now often choosing more contemporary songs to accompany the procession and recessional. Artists such as Adele and John Legend are popular; have a look at our list below for more inspiration.

Suggested styles: classical, jazz or acoustic
Example Sound Generation acts: Cecilia (classical), Elisa (jazz) or Libby (pop/soul)

Drinks reception – post-ceremony everyone will be socialising and no doubt talking about the bride’s dress, so you should select an act that’s just going to create a bit of ambience. Guests won’t really want to be entertained yet as they’ll be too distracted.
Suggested styles: classical, gypsy jazz, jazz
Example Sound Generation acts: Vicenza (classical), Nouveau Boheme (world/specialist), Nina (jazz)

Wedding breakfast – again, this is a time when guests will be chatting and later, listening to those all-important speeches, so as with the drinks reception you want to choose something that’s not too intrusive.
Suggested styles: solo piano, solo guitar
Example Sound Generation acts: Ed, Jo (instrumental)

Evening – this is when the party really gets going so you want a band or a great DJ that’s going to get everyone up on their feet and that can really work the room. For wedding bands, a five-piece is generally recommended, although if budget is an issue, a four-piece works well, or even a three-piece if the vocalist also plays an instrument. Bear in mind, the more musicians you have, the bigger the impact.
Suggested styles: soul, funk, blues
Example Sound Generation acts: Replay (bands), Copper Roads (bands), DJ Zulu (DJ’s)

TRENDS

Music to fit your theme – most weddings have a theme and couples increasingly want their music selection to fit that theme. For example you might decide on a vintage-style wedding, in which case a jazz trio or a vintage vocal group would work very well.
Sound Generation suggests: Scarlet Starlets (bands)

Mini music festival – creating a festival vibe is very popular at the moment. Book a selection of varied acts for a real festival experience. Go for independent artists as opposed to ‘wedding bands’ for an authentic feel.
Sound Generation suggests: Louise, Dan, Charlie (all pop/soul artists)

Element of surprise – a lot of couples want to book a wedding band that put a twist on instantly recognisable songs. For example a blues band performing a Rihanna track, or a classical string quartet performing a Jay Z tune. It’s totally unexpected and creates that ‘wow’ factor.
Sound Generation suggests: Copper Roads (bands), Cecilia (classical), Raff (pop/soul)

TOP TIPS

Consider your guests (I know, it should be all about you!) – generally wedding guests will cross several generations so bear that in mind when you’re selecting what songs you want the band to perform. Try to choose a range of music that spans several eras so that you can be sure everyone has a great time.

If you’re on a tight budget – if you’re working to a budget then prioritise the evening band/DJ and see what’s left for anything else. The evening music should be the highlight, as it’s most often what guests remember most (providing they don’t knock back too many glasses of bubbly!) A lot of acts can also provide a laptop DJ set as well as a live band set, so you might not need to book both. You can also look at cutting back on the number of musicians to rein in costs e.g. a harpist or classical duo instead of a string quartet.

CD’s as favours – often acts have released albums & CD’s. Why not give your guests a copy as a unique wedding favour.

THINGS TO BE AWARE OF

Power supply – usually acts will have their own PA equipment, so all they will need is somewhere to plug in.

Catering for the musicians – musicians will often be on site for several hours so will need a hot meal and soft drinks to ensure they have the energy to get your party started!

Set up/set down – musicians will need time to set up and set down, typically around 60 minutes. This will be included in your fees, but if the time onsite runs over a surcharge will sometimes be applied.

Special requests – if you have any special requests for the band, make sure you provide them in plenty of time. Also bear in mind some of your requests might not work given the band you choose.

OUR TOP TEN WEDDING CEREMONY TRACKS

You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller
May You Never – John Martyn
Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
With Or Without You – U2
Nowhere – Dan Wilde
I Love Every Little Thing About You – Stevie Wonder
Til There Was You – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
Where You Lead – Carole King
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green