The Vintage Advantage: Retro Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Written by    Last updated: March 28, 2015

Vintage and retro weddings are not just about the decorations, the china, and the dresses. To create an on-trend vintage themed wedding that your friends and family will remember for a very long time, don’t miss these truly brilliant wedding entertainment ideas from Alive Network.

Alive Network The Melodic Belles-40s-50s-swing band

The Melodic Belles 1940s – 50s swing band, wedding entertainment by Alive Network

Thanks to the interest in vintage weddings, there is a wide choice of vintage themed wedding bands, entertainers, and singers, ready to recreate the authentic sounds of your chosen era. So, whatever your theme and whatever your time period, there is an act out there ready to entertain, and look the part too!

Alive Network Bootleg Beatles entertainment

Bootleg Beatles, wedding entertainment by Alive Network

1920s and 1930s Weddings

Indulge in the fashions, flappers, and fascination with gangsters with a 1920s and 1930s themed wedding. Choose from the sophistication of a Palm Court Orchestra for elegant venues and high teas in the marquee, the infectious fun of a 1920s dance band, or the hooch-fuelled energy of a Prohibition era band. So, you can shake your tail feathers or do the Charleston all night long. Spiffing!

Alive Network Toffs in Tails entertainment

Toffs in Tails, wedding entertainment by Alive Network

1940s Wedding  Entertainment

This is a really popular theme for 2016 weddings, as it fits perfectly into retro venues such as traditional canvas marquees or your local village hall. Just add bunting, vintage china, and some of the best music from the big band era as played by the Glenn Miller Orchestra and others, to get everyone “In the Mood” for dancing! For a touch of glamour, choose a trio of sassy lady singers who perform in the style of the famous Andrews Sisters, creating close harmony for classic tunes such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”. Or, look for new acts that take the 1940s feel and gives it a contemporary or unusual twist, such as a ukulele and vocal duo.

Alive Netwwork The Blue Jeans entertainment

The Blue Jeans, wedding entertainment by Alive Network

1950s Wedding  Entertainment

Pop on your petticoats, dig out those drainpipe jeans, and dance in your bobby socks to some of the most infectious tunes of the 1950s. This era is a really interesting time for music, ranging from classic swing and jive music to the early rock ‘n’ roll pioneers like Bill Haley. So, you could book a swing band, jive, rockabilly, or even a jazz band and still be absolutely authentic. You’ll also find vocal trios who recreate the great style of the 1950s singers by performing contemporary hits by the likes of Adele and Rihanna, with a retro twist.

Alive Network Swing Vixen entertainment

Swing Vixen, wedding entertainment by Alive Network

1960s Wedding  Entertainment

The 1960s was when rock ‘n’ roll really grew up, moving from the mop top cuteness of The Beatles’ early tracks through the psychedelic era into mini skirts, Biba and Mary Quant. So, as far as 1960s bands go, almost anything goes! Look at rock ‘n’ roll bands, Motown and soul bands, or go totally ’60s with a tribute band who specialises in the music of the whole decade, and dresses in the hottest styles of the day.

Alive Network Rhythm Bay entertainment

Rhythm Bay, wedding entertainment by Alive Network

1970s Wedding  Entertainment

If you are a child of the ’70s, what better way to celebrate this decade of big hair, big flares, and glam rock than with a 1970s tribute band! These guys really know how to party, and recreate all the fashion disasters of the 1970s as well as playing some of the classic tracks of the era with a real sense of style and a healthy dash of humour. Equally, a 1970s disco band will keep everybody on the dance floor strutting their stuff all night long. Mirror ball obligatory!

Alive Network Mrs X entertainment

Mrs X, wedding entertainment by Alive Network

1980s Wedding  Entertainment

Just creeping into the vintage/retro category, 1980s weddings are now beginning to make their mark. So, if you remember mobile phones the size of bricks, shoulder pads that came up to your ears, and hair so big it entered the room 10 minutes before you, this is the retro wedding for you!  Look for 1980s era tribute bands, or book iconic 1980s groups tributes and release your inner New Romantic.

Alive Network Dangerzone entertainment

Dangerzone, wedding entertainment by Alive Network

Other Vintage Eras

Whatever era of history you wish to evoke in your wedding, chances are there is entertainment to match, and entertainment doesn’t always have to mean music either. If you’re into steam punk Victoriana, for example, look for Gothic inspired entertainment such as historical illusion acts, magicians or parlour song singers. If you’re getting married in a historic house or castle, why not match the entertainment to the period of your venue with strolling minstrels, mediaeval fools, or even a Georgian ball in the style of Jane Austen.

Alive Network Tudorgroup entertainment

Tudor Group, as featured by Alive Network.

Alive Network Mediaeval Baebes entertainment

Mediaeval Baebes, as featured by Alive Network.

For more vintage and contemporary wedding entertainment please go to Alive Network.

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