Keep weddings alive, with the sound of music:

So, you thought your wedding band was just for your first dance and a brief disco afterwards? Think again.

Veterans of the wedding circuit Silk Street Swing have performed just about every spot at weddings up and down the country – and so we like to think we know what works.

What we often realise when chatting to those planning their wedding, is just how many opportunities the day has for music – and just how much it can add! So, without further ado, here is a full run-down of every available traditional moment you could have your wedding swing band perform in – pick and choose a few or go for the whole lot, the choice is yours!

The pre-ceremony

While people are taking their seats and chatting away, excited to see what the happy couple look like, it works well to have some light acoustic music – something low-tempo and soft just to lift the atmosphere a little and build the suspense.

The pre-processional

Didn’t know this was a thing, did you!? Traditionally this is the time the music changes to a slightly louder number after the groom is at the front and just before the bride walks down the aisle.

The processional

The music announcing the bride (or groom)’s arrival. Very much one for the couple to decide on – again performed acoustically depending on the venue but slightly louder still than the previous numbers. I’ve always found something with a strong start works really well to let people know the ceremony has begun! We can even perform ‘Here Comes The Bride’ if required!

Signing the register

Some people choose to have the band start up again for a little while while the legal formalities are sorted. It stops the murmur of the crowds overwhelming the room and keeps people’s attentions.

The recessional

And they’re outta here! A number to make sure your guests leave happy and with the atmosphere at an all time high. Something celebratory and upbeat works really well here.


Okay, so while people tuck into their wedding breakfast or arrival drinks there definitely needs to be some ambiance-inducing tunes. Again, acoustic music works well – with a few soft horns. Loud enough to hear but quiet enough not to disturb people chatting and mingling.

The first dance

Finally, one you’ve all heard of. By this point the band can be plugged in and geared up for the reception. Far be it from me to suggest a song – but a good professional band like ourselves will be more than willing to learn whatever number you choose.

The party

Tunes to get the people moving and smiling. By this point the wedding swing band should be in full swing (pun intended) and the happy couple enjoying their evening.

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