Award-Winning Wedding Bands

Sensational live music packages for your special day

Your wedding, your way

Down for the Count are an award-winning collective of experienced, professional musicians who offer exclusive live band hire for wedding receptions.

We perform in a range of fantastic line-ups for all weddings, large and small - giving you all the ingredients you need to make your wedding day unforgettable.

Our wedding music packages start with music for your wedding ceremony, followed by entertainment for your drinks reception and dinner - which can be relaxing or raucous, you decide! Then we perform for your first dance, before kicking the party off in style with a sensational party band.

Our bands can be booked individually, or can be combined into great value whole-day entertainment packages.

"Down for the Count put together a dream day of music. They were flexible and fun and gave great advice. Really great value for money."

Amy & Joe
Wedding Reception
Hampton Court House, London

We can also create bespoke line-ups - if you don't see the line-up you're looking for here, ask us if we can create it for you!

We've been performing together for over 15 years and have a huge amount of experience - and with Down for the Count, every note you hear is completely live, which gives our performance unrivalled energy and spontaneity.

Find out more about what makes Down for the Count's bands special here.


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Start designing your dream wedding music package today

We are passionate about providing live wedding music packages which are as unique as you are as a couple.

We'd love to hear your ideas - you can call our band manager Mike on 07855 488 462, or drop us an email. Let's go for a coffee and starting planning your wedding so that it stands out from the crowd.

A real wedding music package from Down for the Count

A live wedding music package from Down for the Count

Ailsa & Will love music, and they wanted live music for each part of their day - from the wedding ceremony through to the drinks reception and evening party.

Find out how we transformed their wedding with a totally bespoke live music package.

Step 1: Choose your party band

Down for the Count offer a fantastic range of party bands for your evening wedding reception.

The Get Downs swing and soul band

The Get Downs

If you’re looking for a versatile band with music to please all generations, choose The Get Downs – quite simply one of the most popular wedding bands in the UK. With a huge repertoire list of swing, jive, soul and pop music this band is sure to keep your dancefloor full all night.

Down for the Count Swing Orchestra

Vintage Swing Orchestra

If you're having a vintage themed wedding, the Down for the Count Swing Orchestra are the perfect live entertainment for you -  and you can also hire some swing dancers to take an informal Lindy hop class and perform alongside the band.

Capital Sounds Showband

Capital Sounds Showband

If you’re looking for spectacular, show-stopping entertainment, our luxury band Capital Sounds Showband is the band for you – a stunning ensemble that your guests will remember for years. With a great repertoire list of soul, pop, Motown and disco music this is the band for a great party!

The Get Downs Lite

The Get Downs Lite

If you're limited by budget, check out The Get Downs Lite - our smallest party band, a 6- or 7-piece ensemble performing swing, jive and Motown classics to get audiences of all ages on the dancefloor.

Step 2: Design your wedding package

All of our party bands are available on their own, but you can also book additional entertainment to make a great value wedding music package - starting with live music for your wedding ceremony.

All our wedding ceremony musicians work closely with you to choose the perfect music for your service, whether it's religious or non-religious. We love to hear your requests, and with enough notice can perform virtually any song - making your ceremony as unique as you are as a couple.

Down for the Count Strings

Down for the Count Strings

Down for the Count Strings are a superb ensemble who can transform from a classical string quartet performing traditional music, to a quirky group performing pop, Jewish and Asian music and film/TV music.

The string group is available as a duo, trio or quartet and can also provide background music during dinner or your drinks reception.

Wedding ceremony pianist

Wedding Ceremony Pianist

Give your wedding ceremony a special atmosphere with a wedding pianist, who has a huge range of classical and contemporary music for the entrance of the bride, the signing of the register, and the exit of the bride and groom.

Depending on your song choices, the ceremony pianist could be joined by a wedding singer, cellist or trumpeter to make the performance even more personal.

Drinks Reception Entertainment

After the wedding ceremony, it’s great to have music to entertain your guests during the drinks reception

All of these bands can perform indoors or outdoors; whilst some of these bands require electricity, others are completely acoustic, meaning they are ideal for venues with no power, or restrictions on the use of amplifiers. 

Vintage Strollers roaming band performing soul, swing and pop music

The Vintage Strollers

Looking for something quirky that works well outdoors? Choose The Vintage Strollers, a roaming swing and pop band who require no electricity or amplification.

The vocal-led trio, quartet or quintet perform acoustically and will entertain your guests with lively music to leave everyone in good spirits.

Alexander's Dixieland Band - Roaming musicians

Alexander's Dixieland Band

Another great option for outdoor drinks reception entertainment is Alexander’s Dixieland Band, our roaming jazz band who can perform as an instrumental trio or as a quartet with a vocalist.

The band perform lively, traditional Dixieland jazz music to transport you back to 1920s New Orleans.

Hollywood Jazz Band

Hollywood Jazz Band

If you want a glamorous, sophisticated atmosphere our Hollywood Jazz Band is the perfect choice, with vintage music from the golden age of stage and screen.

A vocal-led jazz quartet, this band also performs jazz classics from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Nat 'King' Cole. This band requires electricity close to the performance space.

Lady Gatsby Jazz Band

Lady Gatsby Jazz Band

For a decadent 1920s Great Gatsby feel, choose the Lady Gatsby Jazz Band - who perform classic jazz music known and loved by all ages.

The band perform a mix of 1920s music and vintage covers of modern pop songs - great if you have a vintage-themed wedding, or are looking for something different. This band requires electricity close to the performance space.

Dinner Entertainment

Over dinner, book our subtle yet sophisticated background musicians - with options including vocal-led and instrumental bands.

The Jazz Essentials

The Jazz Essentials

Our instrumental jazz band The Jazz Essentials perform well-known jazz standards, creating a sophisticated atmosphere either for your dinner or drinks reception.

The Soul Essentials

The Soul Essentials

Our vocal-led duo The Soul Essentials plays a mix of relaxed soul, Motown and pop music perfect over dinner or for late-night entertainment.

The first dance

If you’re having a first dance, your jazz band or party band can play it live for you.

We’ve got loads of advice on how to go about choosing your first dance – click here to find out more.

Interested in learning some new moves for your first dance? We work with some amazingly talented dance teachers and choreographers who can help you look great on the dance floor - get in touch for more information.

Your first dance with music from Down for the Count

Popular First Dance Songs

All these songs are in our repertoire list and ready to perform for your first dance. If your favourite isn't here, just get in touch - most songs are possible with enough notice.

  • L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole)
  • At Last (Etta James)
  • Let There Be Love (Nat King Cole)
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)
  • It Had to Be You (Harry Connick Jr.)
  • Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • All of Me (John Legend)
  • Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
  • Cheek to Cheek (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)

Vintage Dancers

Vintage swing dancers to hire for your wedding reception

If you're looking to add something special to your wedding day, hire The Vintage Swing Collective - a collaboration between our Swing Orchestra and top London dance troupe The Hotfoot Strutters.

The dancers start by taking your guests for a quick, fun, 30-minute vintage dance lesson.

Then they will stay and entertain you when the band take to the stage - getting people on the dancefloor in loads of fun and interactive ways, and also doing the odd performance with the live band.

Auto DJ service

Auto DJ service

Your wedding music package doesn't end there - after the party band has finished, you can round off the evening with our Auto DJ service.           

You can build your own playlists at home and plug your laptop or phone into our top quality PA system.

If you book a party band, this service is free of charge between 7pm and midnight - and it can be extended for an extra charge.

Find out more about how the Auto DJ service works here.

Wedding video soundtrack

Video wedding soundtrack live band multitrack

Do you have a videographer at your wedding?

If so, talk to us about professionally recording the band's performance to make the soundtrack for your wedding video - it's cheaper than you might think and makes your wedding video incredibly personal.

Extra Production

If you're looking for extra production such as uplighters or dance floor lighting, speak to us to see if we can help.

Even if we're not able to provide exactly what you need, there's a good chance we'll know someone who can - check out our list of recommended wedding suppliers for starters!

Any questions?

With a wedding music package from Down for the Count, the possibilities are endless - and our band leader Mike Paul-Smith has over 15 years experience providing live music for wedding receptions.

We're always at the end of the phone to talk through your plans in detail so get in touch today and find out how we can make your wedding day unforgettable.


Want to get a really good idea of what Down for the Count's all-day live music packages can bring to your wedding?

Check out the articles on our blog - particularly this account of our day providing a wedding music package for Liz & Sam.

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