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Civil Wedding Music

The law in the UK was changed back in 1995 in order to allow civil weddings in approved venues and since then the popularity of civil cermonies has increased to such an extent that in 2012 over 50% of all marriage ceremonies in the UK were of a non religious nature. The use of religious music is banned in civil ceremonies but the law was relaxed a little in 2005 to allow songs which may mention religious imagery but aren't hymns. The best examples of this being songs like Robbie Williams Angels or The Beach Boys God Only Knows which would be allowed as they are secular tunes which use religious imagery rather than religious songs. There is still some confusion about what is and isn't allowed and it always best to check with your civil wedding venue before choosing the music.

Musicians For A Civil Wedding Ceremony Entrance

There are a number of key elements in a civil ceremony which suggest the use of musicians and civil wedding music often benefits from being played live. The Brides entrance is a moment in the day when it is possible to create a real wow factor by the judicious choice of the right song along with a brilliant musician to play it. There a number of classical pieces which have become associated with the Brides entrance including Wagners wedding march, Handels Air From The Water Music etc. All of these pieces are ideal played by piano or string sections. Increasingly Brides are choosing more personal pieces for their entrance including pop songs like Elbow's One Day Like This. These can be played by classical musicians but may also be suited to solo guitar player, acoustic duos or even small bands.

Civil Ceremony Music For The Signing Of The Register

During the signing of the registry there is an opportunity for the use of music which will create a beautiful atmosphere at your civil wedding. Many clients choose music which is personal to them and holds great memories for this part of their special day. At civil ceremonies it is possible to play recorded versions of your choice of songs but the day will be even better with live musicians playing the music of your choice. Live Music Management have classical, jazz and pop musicians available for hire for your civil ceremony.

Making The Most Of Your Civil Ceremony Musicians

If booking musicians to perform at a civil ceremony Live Music Management would suggest utlising them at other parts of the day in order to get best value from your musicians. It may be that they can also play during a drinks reception or whilst photographs are being taken. It may even be that the musicians can be used during the wedding party in the evening as some of Live Music Management's most versatile musicians are able to play party sets as well as background music sets.

Golden String Duo

London-based act provide exquisite music for all kinds of events and will always be immaculately presented in full-length evening dress. The conservatoire-trained duo have performed at Claridges, Harrods and The Savoy and are passionate about providing the best entertainment. more info..

Up to £495


Newark based acoustic duo ideal for weddings,venues and parties in Nottinghamshire and Lincs. more info..

Up to £495

Harp of Gold

Solo harpist for recitals and background music covering all styles of music perfect for Weddings and Corp events. more info..

Up to £495

Giardino Strings

London-based one of finest classical ensembles. Their highly skilled, professional, conservatory-trained musicians are dedicated to providing you with a completely satisfying musical experience. more info..

£500 to £795


An amazing String Quartet made up of four very talented musicians with a smooth, distinctive sound who have just been featured on the next Harry Potter Film. more info..

£500 to £795

Katarzyna Violin

Leeds-based world-renowned, award-winning, virtuoso violinist. Captivating audiences with her gorgeous violin performances for any function, from weddings to elaborate corporate events, catering to your unique occasion. more info..

£500 to £795

Marcos' Piano

London-based specialist cocktail and wedding pianist who offers elegant performances from classical and easy-listening to Jazz and Latin. Perfect for events requiring background music at a sensible volume. more info..

Up to £495

Contemporary Harp and Voice

This contemporary harp and voice duo specialise in unique arrangements of modern classics for a 29-string harp with female vocals. Creating distinctive, fun and unique laid-back versions of some of the biggest names in Rock, Pop and Indie. more info..

£500 to £795

Diamond String Quartet

London-based dynamic and versatile ensemble with years of experience providing live music for all kinds of events with a repertoire ranging from baroque to pop. more info..

£500 to £795

Tommy Jones

Sheffield-based piano/guitar/vocalist ideal for weddings and parties in South Yorkshire. more info..

Up to £495


London-based Gypskazzy are a collective of extra-ordinary and experienced musicians from all over the world. With unique sound combining Gypsy Jazz with London Beat, Ska and other world traditions. more info..

£800 to £995

American Songbook Jazz

American Songbook is a highly experienced band of world-class professional jazz musicians. They have played all over the world, and for a client list of the finest establishments. more info..

£800 to £995

Arise Acoustic Duo

Coventry-based duo suitable for any occasion - playing a mellow acoustic set to up tempo classics to fill up the dance floor. more info..

Up to £495

Emily TRIO

London-based trio with keyboards and sensational female vocals suitable for weddings, parties and events. more info..

£500 to £795


London-based perfect musical accompaniment to your evening. Choose from their range of top singers and musicians for a cool, fresh and sophisticated twist on classic jazz and swing hits, from a black-tie duo and dinner jazz, to a six piece band that will move your night. more info..

£800 to £995

Traditional Sitar Player

One of the most prolific Sitarist in the country. He has performed all over the world with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney. more info..

Up to £495

Sax Player Sarah

South Yorkshire-based talented saxophonist with a flare for Jazz as well as pop and soul. She is sure to add that extra special something to weddings, functions and private parties. more info..

Up to £495

Status Cymbal String Quartet

London-based act with sparkling arrangements of all kinds of popular music from Corelli to Keane. Having now performed at over 1,200 weddings, plus recitals and corporate entertainment. more info..

£500 to £795

First Class Swing

Hertfordshire-based First Class Swing has performed at London's Leicester Square Theatre - hits you'll know and love from the Swing era plus foot stomping Rhythm & Blues / Jazz. more info..

£1000 - £1395

Tim Barton

London-based Australian guitarist/singer able to play both a great mix of Rock Pop Classics with backing tracks to a laid-back acoustic music set. more info..

Up to £495


Bristol-based acoustic duo who are perfect for weddings,parties,club venues and events. more info..

£500 to £795

Alex Kennedy - Guitar and Voice

Surrey-based Alex is an extremely skilled guitarist and singer who is able to cater for any event. Much more than your average guitarist/singer, he is also a Classical guitarist with a vast repertoire, able to suit your individual needs. more info..

Up to £495