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Here is a list of general and popular recommendations, divided into convenient categories. Please take your time to browse & read through the information and guidelines provided below, or click here to access VIEW ALL WEDDING CATEGORIES.
CEREMONY & PRE-DINNER ENTERTAINMENT
This sets the tone for your special day! Create a lasting first impression and add to the excitement of your guest arrivals by using an experienced artist that can set the perfect atmosphere for your wedding. Something Classical will add a sophisticated feel, while live Jazz will have set a more laid-back tone, or book an African act for a really ethnic arrival experience.
Once inside the chapel / ceremony area, a Classical ensemble sets the perfect mood for the service from the time when the guests start to arrive, and can provide any wedding march or processional piece for the arrival of the bride, as well as accompany hymns, the exchange of rings, and the signing of the register. Other popular choices for ceremony entertainment include Jazz artists, Choirs, wedding singers to perform that special song, and African entertainment to add that ethnic feel.
AFTER THE CEREMONY
After the ceremony, it's time for your guests to relax, unwind, and absorb and celebrate the greatness of the moment you have all been waiting for - the couple saying "I Do"! The entertainment should be light and fun; something that will complement the champagne and canopies, whilst contributing to lasting memories of this special hour or two! Go with Light Classical (most Classical ensembles, if booked for the ceremony and pre-dinner drinks, will move to light & more contemporary repertoire during this stage), introduce an Easy Listening & Jazzy act or, if yours is an African themed wedding, or you have many international guests, some great African entertainment.
Classical crossover sensation, inspired by icons like Bublé, Three Tenors & Groban...Read More
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Jazz & Easy Listening
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Characterful mobile acoustic Jazz band for that classic swing touch!...Read More
A tight team of performers offering traditional African dance and drumming...Read More
Traditional Zulu dance group performing across Kwazulu Natal and South Africa...Read More
Vibrant and highly energetic music and dance group from Soweto...Read More
Native and proudly South Africa entertainment act - legendary Cape Minstrels!...Read More
Refreshingly talented original and cover artist with a broad vocal and genre range...Read More
Soulful singer-guitarist with a sweet and angelic voice perfect for easy listening...Read More
The music played during the reception will go a long way in creating the mood of the evening. A live band can really make the difference, but you need to make sure that you choose the right band for your reception. The most important question to ask yourself is whether you want dance music (or at least the option for guests to dance), or purely good live background music? If it is dance music you're after, you would need quite a large band (minimum 4-piece, usually) that can perform a lot of covers and knows how to get and keep people on the dance floor. An alternative is to book an Easy listening artist to perform during dinner, as well as a DJ to take over when it's time to hit the dance floor.
Jazz & Easy Listening
Experienced and enthusiastic saxophonist, specializing in mellow, melodic standards...Read More
Multi instrumentalist and DJ, offering saxophone, flute, pan pipes, guitar and piano...Read More
One Man Bands & Singers
One man band combining his strong vocals and guitar with a looping pedal & kick drum...Read More
Cover & Function Bands
Versatile act offering from discrete background to pounding dance music...Read More
Highly acclaimed international artist with several hundred songs in his repertoire...Read More
Versatile DJ with more than 15 years' experience in the music industry...Read More
Highly experienced and professional DJs with more than 30 years' combined experience...Read More
NOVELTY WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT
Are you looking to do something completely different? Want to add to the excitement of your Big Moment by blowing your guests away with innovative entertainment of international standard? A Novelty Act, Show Band, or Circus Act / Acrobat would certainly get your guests talking, and will create great memories of the occasion! Novelty Entertainment can be used during any stage of the wedding, instead of or in addition to the more traditional entertainment choices!
Show Bands & Artists
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The music samples below denote the standard wedding repertoire performed by the Five Seasons Classical in-house ensembles; they have been tried and tested at hundreds of successful weddings. Should you have any special requests which do not fall within the scope of this list, we are happy to consider such requests, given adequate notice. Kindly note however that certain special requests and items which require special transciption, or purchase of sheet music, will attract additional costs and will be quoted for separately. Please read our FAQ Section for clarification.
PRELUDE (before ceremony)
We suggest prelude music from 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. This sets the mood for your guests as they are waiting for the wedding ceremony to begin. It is not necessary for you to choose the prelude music; through long experience we have found that allowing the musicians to choose from a wide variety of material, according to what "feels" best for the moment and the location, usually works best.
Typically, the music before the ceremony will include some of the following:
PROCESSIONALS & RECESSIONALS
- F. Mendelssohn: Wedding March from A Midsummernight's Dream
- R. Wagner: Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
- J. Pachelbel: Canon in D
- Purcell / Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary
- G.F Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
- G.F Handel: "Hornpipe"from Water Music Suite
- G.F Handel: La Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks Suite
- L. Beethoven: Ode to Joy
SERVICE MUSIC (Register, Unity Candle etc.)
- J.S Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desire
- J.S Bach: Air on the G-String
- J.S Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
- J.S Bach: Arioso
- F. Schubert: Ave Maria
- Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria
- G. Faure: Pavane
- G.F Handel: Largo from Xerxes
- G.F Handel: "Air" from Water Music Suite
- C. Franck: Panis Angelicus
- J. Massenet: Meditation from Thais
- C. Debussy: Claire de Lune
PRE-DRINKS & RECEPTION MUSIC
The reperoire is typically lighter and up-beat, incorporating light Classics, Tangos, Jazz, Movie theme tunes, Broadway pieces etc.
- Piazzola: Calambre
- Jazz standard - Lullaby of Birdland
- Gardel: Tango por Una Cabeza
- Monti: Czardas
- Joplin: The Entertainer
- Albeniz: Tango
- Gershwin: The Man I Love
- McLean: Czardas Tango
- MacLean: Tango
- MacLean: Fandango
- Bizet: Habanera from Carmen
- Bizet: Entr'acte to Act 3 of Carmen
- Mozart: Slow Movement from Quartet in D
- Vivaldi: "Winter" from The Four Seasons
- Vivaldi: "Spring" from The Four Seasons
- Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
- Beethoven: Ode to Joy
- Borodin: Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2
- Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5
- Dvorak: Largo from "New World Symphony"
- Handel: Selections from Royal Fireworks
- Handel: Selections from Water Music Suites
- Broadway pieces
- Movie theme tunes
- Pop arrangements (limited)
Frequently Asked Questions (Weddings)Click on the expand icons to view answers
We have compiled a list of questions most frequently asked by wedding couples. If you do not find an answer to your queries, feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more general FAQs, please visit our General FAQs page.
Question: How do I make a booking?
Question: How long will it take for the artist to answer my initial enquiry?
Question: I have limited budget. Will I be able to book live entertainment for my wedding
Question: What are the charges for live entertainment? Is it very expensive?
Question: Do performers charge for travel / petrol?
General Booking Questions
Question: I would like to see / hear some of the Artists before booking. Can they come to my house to perform for me, like an audition?
Question: My wedding is taking place outdoors. Is this a problem? Can the musicians perform in direct sunlight?
Question: How long will my booking be?
Question: What if my wedding runs late?
Question: Do Artist require meals & beverages?
Question: One of my friends / relatives will be singing / playing something at my wedding. Can they join the group I want to book, and when can they rehearse?
Question: I would like the Artist to attend a wedding rehearsal.
Question: Why do artists charge for rehearsals? Is this really fair? Surely they should include this as a free service seeing as I am paying for their performance at my wedding?
We just wanted to say thank you to you and the Classical Duo that performed at our wedding. They were both so talented and played beautifully. Please could you extend our thanks to them!
I would like to thank you for aiding us in having a memorable wedding. The band (The Jazz Assassins) was fantastic and the Trio (Lyric Ensemble) were great at setting the mood. Thank you very much for the professional service, and please do communicate my thanks to the trio and the band.
Just got back from honeymoon and wanted to say thank you so much for making our special day extra special!
Thank you! Although I didn't have much time to relax on the day it was so special to me! I would recommend a live band to anyone...I feel that it gave the wedding a really serene atmosphere. Thanks again, it was a pleasure doing business with you!
Many thanks for everything. It all went well and both the String Quartet and DJ Preston were absolutely amazing in every respect! I would whole-heartedly recommend both of them as well as yourself and Five Seasons. Our wedding was totally amazing... And we are currently sunning ourselves in the Seychelles before the long trip back to New York.
The String Quartet was great. We managed to spend a bit of time with them in the gardens at the MNH and the setting and music was perfect. Please convey our gratitude for their professionalism and grace. Would definitely make a recommendation here.
Just a quick note from us to say thank you to you for organising everything and of course a big big thank you to the lovely Quartet for playing so beautifully at our wedding. Everything after the ceremony went by in such a blur, I did not get a chance to thank them in person, so please pass on my thanks. A number of people commented on how nice it was to have live music and I really enjoyed hearing the pieces of music we had chosen.
I wanted to say a very special thank you for arranging the Gary Deacon Duo for us. I was so sad that the day did not allow ANY time for me to meet them personally, but everyone has commented on how fantastic they were. I must say that when we were nearby I heard them play and it was really "Music to my ears"! They were simply marvellous and if there is ever another event I'll be calling you again!
We got married at Kloofzicht Lodge and the Lyric Ensemble played during and after the service. The music was absolutely beautiful, all the guests are still talking about it. So I would just like to thank Five Seasons and the Artists for your professionalism, I will most definitely recommend your company to people that are getting married.
I would just like to send a special thanks to you & the Vuthela Marimba Trio for their beautiful music during the cocktail hour at our wedding at 12 Apostles. Wow, wow, wow! Their music added beautifully to sunset over the ocean & helped make it a magical start to the celebrations. The guests thouroughly enjoyed their playing & were surely more than impressed by their skills. With so much talent & your skills as an agent, I trust they will go from strength to strength.
I just wanted to thank you for all the organization for the quartet for my son's wedding on 1st January. They were excellent and I could have listened to them all evening! Please could you pass on our thanks to the players.
Just want to say thanks to your company for sorting out the music at out wedding. The string trio was very good and set the mood right from the start. DJ Preston was great and kept the dance floor busy throughout the night.
A short note to thank Five Seasons for the amazingly talented quartet of musicians who played at the wedding at the Birchwood! They were absolutely brilliant and had everyone in awe. I would most certainly recommend Five Seasons to anyone who requires top-class music at their functions. The musicians were true professionals and very friendly: Liza - Flute, Camelia - Violin, Marin - Cello and Voleri - Viola. How's that for a memory? That's the impression they made on me personally! David, it was a pleasure dealing with such a professional outfit and I truly hope to have the pleasure of working with you and your musicians again in the future. You were also most helpful and obliging and I thank you for that. I enjoyed out little chats!
Our wedding was a huge success! I would like to thank you for all your support, Keith was awesome, all the guests loved his performance.We will definitely recommend you guys in future.
Just to say thanks for the Marimba band amaAmbush for Sat's wedding - they were really great - and all the guests & the couple really enjoyed their music!
Sue, Waves 'n Wine Weddings
I just wanted to say a big thank you!! The string quartet was great and all of the guests loved the Marimba band - they played beautifully! Thanks for all of your help, it has been a great pleasure working with you.
We have just got back from our Honeymoon and wanted to thank you, all the musicians and the DJ for the wonderful music at our wedding! All our guests commented on how wonderful the duo and the marimba were and our pictures can certainly testify to how much our guests enjoyed the DJ! Thanks again for all your help in putting it all together.
Tanya & Antonio
I just wanted to thank you for all your help with our wedding. You have always been so quick to respond to my emails and take into consideration everything I have requested, and you have also been extremely good in advising me. The musicians (Five Seasons Classical Ensemble)were wonderful - extremely well presented and the music was wonderful - it was better than I imagined and I am truly grateful for all your help.
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for making our wedding reception and dancing so much fun. Our guests absolutely had a ball and you were all fantastic (Sound Image Band)! I have never seen so many of my friends and family up dancing, it was a truly brilliant evening.
Catherine & Luke
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