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Sophisticated, boho, vintage... whatever your dream wedding vibe, Alive Network's handy guide is full of inspiration to build the perfect big day ambience for you
From an atmospheric acoustic guitar to a fully-fledged ceilidh, music and entertainment can enhance your big day's vibe – and Alive Network knows a thing or two about wedding DJs and bands. The entertainment agency has put together a useful guide to help you create the right wedding ambience for you, whether you stick to one style or mix and match different influences. Here are six style mood boards to get you started...
Rustic wedding
Rustic wedding
A rustic-style wedding has DIY/DIT details and live music at its heart. Think rural surroundings, lovingly hand-made décor, a hay bale-filled barn flecked with fairy lights, natural flower displays, cascading bouquets, hand-picked craft ales and an artisan cheese tower. From indie-folk-rock and bluegrass to acoustic bands, guitarists and foot-stomping ceilidh bands – it's about making your guests a part of your big day, kicking back and maximising the fun.
Vintage wedding
Vintage wedding
Cool, stylish, and era-inspired entertainment will bring your retro wedding together, setting the scene for whichever vintage takes your fancy. You could have the Art Deco stylings of a Gatsby wedding, or a charming and chintzy 40s feel. And how about the fun of dancing around the jukebox to 50s rock n roll, vintage and swing singers? If that doesn't appeal to you, but you still want a vintage feel, you can always go for a modern-retro mix instead.
Country garden wedding
Country garden wedding
Country garden weddings are charming, fresh, floral and joyful. Imagine gorgeous greenery where lawn games take place among handtied wildflowers, enjoying ice cream and Pimm's in the sun and the sound of a live acoustic band, jazz ensemble or string quartet in the air. Bliss! Choose bespoke musical arrangements, whether that's a classical guitarist to add romance to your ceremony or a live wedding band to fill your marquee with sound.
Glamorous wedding
Glamorous wedding
If you're having a glamorous wedding, fabulous flowers, a couture cake, soft lighting, and dazzling metallic décor are essential. Personalising the big day with music you love is easy. How about classical musicians with a modern twist? Emphasise your big moments with a cool string quartet or a singer-pianist playing your favourite chart anthems. A close-up magician and a photobooth will ensure your day is fun-filled and remembered for all the right reasons. Then kick off those heels for the celebration of your lives with a sensational premier party band.
Boho wedding
Boho wedding
You're laid-back free spirits, you love a music festival and, let's face it, any excuse to wear a super-cute flower crown! Pull your wellies on, set up a tipi tent and throw your own colourful 'wedfest', complete with live music and personal details front and centre. Of course, you'll have your fave headliner band, and you can choose to make a feature of daytime entertainers to match the vibe, including acoustic bands, guitarists, circus performers, brass fusion ensembles and campervan cocktail bars. Keep the flags flying all night as you dance around a fire pit with an after-party DJ. Marshmallow, anyone?
Fairy tale wedding
Fairy tale wedding
From the magnificent venue to the stunning fit-for-a-princess dress, a fairy tale wedding is all about the romantic, feminine details. All you need is some magical entertainment... and you shall go to the ball! To complete your fairy tale day, think heavenly harp music or a soulful gospel choir, a flower wall and plenty of sparkle. Surprise singing waiters will add extra 'wow' factor, and a firework display will make everyone go 'ooooh'! A wedding band loved by royalty or a jazz orchestra will top the night off nicely.

More suggestions to up the ante on your big day:
Light up letters
Caricaturists
Fairground rides
Funfair stalls
Candyfloss carts
Mobile casinos
Roaming bands
Barbershop singers
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