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Swing Bands For Weddings: 5 Unmissable Performances:

There’s romance in the air, and your wedding planning is probably hotting up… When putting the wheels in motion for your ceremony and reception, you want entertainment that will match the mood and keep guests talking right through to the taxi home. That’s why swing bands for weddings are such an unbeatable choice.

Curious to learn more? We’d like to show you how an act like ours can greet, accompany and electrify your guests at various points of your special day, from dawn till dusk…

1. Welcoming everyone at the venue

As your guests rock up at the chapel or ceremonial venue, you want them to arrive in style. Decked in our customary black suits, silver ties and fedoras, Silk Street Swing will look the part as we stand outside those chapel doors, playing a triumphant tune on our instruments.

2. Jiving to the confetti and photographs

The actual marriage ritual is quite a hushed affair, so we can stay out of everyone’s way whilst it’s taking place. Yet our sax player, guitarist, drummer and bass virtuoso can linger on the steps of the building. When everyone spills outside, we’ll strike up in celebration. The energy will be high as confetti petals hit the floor, and groups are arranged for a photo by the willow tree.

3. Letting you dine on good vibes

After this, typically, you’ll be heading to a dining setup – either indoors or on a beautiful stretch of grass – for some food. It’s your extra-lucky day, because swing bands for weddings can be chilled, if you want them to be, with a steady beat to underscore the chatter and fork clinks. Let us take over a bandstand, or a corner by the champagne table, to trill a light soundtrack to your meal!

4. Playing for the speech-givers

Silk Street Swing can provide a ripe dose of comedy or exuberance – often within the same breath. Our genre is brash, heraldic and full of pizazz, which tags nicely onto any best man/father of the bride speeches. We can introduce each person with a song, and give them an aural exit worth cheering for.

5. Setting the dance floor on fire…

Now, onto the fast and furious capper to your wedding: the night-long reception! Just show us to the stage, and we’ll bust out our biggest, well-known hits from the swing canon. This entertainment doesn’t get more accomplished than four or five expert musicians, all of whom can bounce off each other, taking a classic party sound to the next level. The first dance; shout-outs to the bride and groom’s family… There’s so much we can arrange before hitting the spotlight.

By hiring a swing band, you’ll be able to revel in the midst of timeless, toe-tapping music. That’s why it only makes sense to deploy us whenever you can! Get your money’s worth with a Silk Street Swing booking, and let us court the A to Z of your wedding schedule.

4 Occasions That Swing Bands For Hire Suit Perfectly:

A tipped hat, a mic chord looped like a lasso… Whatever the quirks of swing music, you can’t deny that a full, toe-tapping band has a lot more than high notes to offer. Your event, aiming for glory, could do so with a twinkling grin by choosing swing bands for hire in the UK.

And yet, although the genre can jive to many occasions, we reckon there are at least four that always fit the bill. Join us for a swift ride through the natural territory of a swing performer, and how we’ll make your day a treat.

1. A landmark anniversary

10 years, 25, even 50 – the annual fawning of a marriage is a beautiful thing, but even more so when there’s a quarter or half-century under your belt.

Few music styles conjure the romance, thrill and enduring energy of a relationship better than swing. It’s perfect for big anniversaries, the kind we look back on like those vivid family photographs in the attic. Older couples, in particular, can shake off the cobwebs and get back to the dancefloor, unable to resist the wild, lovelorn lyrics!

2. That premier awards show

“And now, we move onto the ceremonial part of the evening…” Some guests might be creaking in their chairs by this point, stuffed with food and wine, and (even though they knew what was coming) less than enthused about clapping for their co-workers every few minutes.

But swing bands for hire can break up your corporate awards evening, adding a livewire jolt when it’s needed. Book a short half-time set, then a longer performance after the final gong’s been handed out. If you’re going for a high-class theme, nothing delivers it more than smart, jacketed, horn-blowing musicians belting out the hits.

3. An awesome birthday

Arranging the birthday entertainment for someone who fancies themselves a bit of a debonair? Perfect: they’ll have eyes as wide as the table spread when you unveil a swing band like us, pumped up and ready to finger-click our way to your boy or girl’s heart.

There’s the option, potentially, of getting your lucky so-and-so onstage with the group, taking the microphone for a rendition of ‘My Way.’ Cue guffaws from the crowd – but this is what it’s all about, isn’t it? Celebrating the day of your entry into this world with a sound that truly makes you feel alive…

4. The retirement party of your dreams

We spend so long grafting for our livelihood that the end of it – and, really, the start of a new period in one’s existence – deserves a special commemoration. For retirees, swing bands for hire are an excellent choice, seeing as they’re bright, happy, and able to reach across age divides like no other. The younger members of the audience will be sucked into the spirit of the day. Actually, they’ll see that maturity is worth reaching if this is the soundtrack to it!

So, now that we’ve aired some ideas, we’d love to hear a few from your lips too. As one of the most professional swing bands for hire in the country, Silk Street Swing can deal with anything you throw at us – weddings, funerals, the odder stimulants for a knees-up… It’s all in your hands, which is why you should get in touch, and swing when you’re winning with a cool events plan.

Come Fly With Me: Top Themes For Wedding Swing Bands:

Canapes, bow ties, and a fabled ‘old-fashioned on the rocks’… These are some of the signs you’re in a swinging environment. We have a lot of associations with swing performers: their smartness, respectability, charm and ever-lasting joie de vivre are great for your marital ceremony. Yet, what theme can fit wedding swing bands like a glove, we hear you cry?

Well, the glove in question can look very different, depending on how you use a swing booking. Follow us as we reel off some ace imagery and characteristics for your wedding, where a Sinatra-lover will feel right at home…

Preparing for take-off

For some, the glamour of airline travel has pretty much vanished into thin air since the 1950s and 60s. Back then, stewardesses were the peak of fashion, and pilots were seen as heroes by any kid with a toy plane. Those hats, dresses and uniforms could be swooping to the fore of your wedding plan, as you seek to imitate a premier airport lounge.

Swing music, of course, is all about flying high on restless energy. Aside from that particular hit song, there’s a sense of cool, swaggering grace in any swing setlist, made to back your air hostess dance routine!

A night at the movies

Do you ever watch the Academy Awards? It’s a suave template for your reception. There’s the movie-star look, the lights and the drapes, and (of course) the brass band music to play each person off the stage.

Hire a swing band for a film-themed event, and make your guests feel like A-listers. They can transition between speeches, or soundtrack a screen projection of the happy couples’ photos and home videos. And don’t forget the trimmed, smart look the swing band will bring with them – it’ll draw out your evening’s magisterial qualities.

The roaring twenties

We may consider this sort of music de rigueur, as if it’s always been part of our cultural history. But there was a period when swing acts exploded with freshness, daring and charisma. The formative stage of the genre – that is, the 1920s – also happens to be in vogue with wedding planners, or any mastermind who’s seeking a classy, rip-roaring affair.

With flappers, art deco furnishing and lots of black and gold, you can land a stunning impression with this theme. Get a 1920s swing band to replicate the sensation of the age; with jazzy, toe-tapping tunes to blast out, they’ll get everyone in the mood for some 20s style hedonism!

There are as many varieties of wedding swing bands as there are venues, colours and props. Don’t settle for any of the lesser acts, though – you don’t want a sloppy sound to puncture the atmosphere.

Our own experience as the Silk Street Swing Band has helped us realise just what a wedding audience expects, in terms of diversity and commitment. Call us today for a chat about your booking; if you don’t have a theme, we can suggest a few more, and do whatever it takes to get your wedding entertainment in-tune with your concept…

Don’t Wing It: Book A Swing Band For Your Event:

Your event should be glitzy, but it doesn’t have to be glacial too. The mood should be light-hearted, throwing everyone into the fizz of your entertainment. Choosing the right musical act for the main stage will define the energy of your ‘do’ – imperative for a night that sweeps the guests along in its stride. How best to find a group that the young, old and party-going in-betweeners will appreciate? Book a swing band to discover what time-tested charm can do for your celebrations.

Come fly with us as we drift through the perks of swing music, ensuring your prep ain’t a kick in the head…

Loud, jovial songs

For a high energy performance, most event planners gravitate to rock n’ roll or a pop covers duo with perma-blonde wigs. Contemporary tunes are fine, for some, but the swing genre has been lighting people on fire for 80 years or more, which speaks to how much it can lift our spirits.

It’s hectic and rich, with constant fluctuations in the interplay of brass, percussion, bass and piano. With a sneezing chorus of trombones before them, your guests have no choice but to pay attention, bobbing helplessly to the dancefloor.

It helps that swing tracks are, by and large, extremely happy. They have a free-wheeling attitude that can be tender, cheeky and obnoxious, sometimes all at once. That’s a recipe for a wild atmosphere!

Between-song banter

Book a swing band, and get ready for a bright, black-tied helping of personality on your stage. Classic swing singers, like those jostling chums in the Rat Pack, got by as much on their charisma, jokes and sharp suits as their music ability. Dean Martin was an amazing crooner, for sure, yet his legacy also recalls quips and patter delivered behind a whiskey glass.

While we don’t expect any lesser known performers to be quite so hedonistic, they’ll definitely try and emulate the whip-smart cracks of their idols, making everyone laugh before they launch into a fab rendition of ‘Mac The Knife’ or ‘Me & My Shadow’.

A lick of class and style

What do we picture when we imagine the classic swing music backdrop? A bar, perhaps, in New York, where finely dressed women sip cocktails in feather boas? Or how about an old-fashioned ball, the kind with lashings of gold drapes and silver cufflinks peeking out from a tuxedo sleeve?

After you book a swing band, the cat’s in the bag for an elegant affair. Your guests will be transported back to the 30s, 40s and 50s, carrying themselves with a little more finesse than usual. Big band sounds tend to unleash our suave side: conversation tinkles like two champagne flutes, whilst our heads rear a bit higher, admiring the talent that’s crossed generations to reach us.

In terms of some event functions, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing… The Silk Street Swing Band can arrive at your venue, unleashing a huge repertoire of songs over a several-hour-long setlist. Our event entertainment is highly sought after in the UK – we’ll put the brash, jazzy touch on your special evening, getting fingers clicking in no time at all!

Contact us if you have any questions, or want to book our swing band right away.

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