When planning a wedding, so many preparations have to be taken care of before its time to walk down the aisle. Beyond the food, invitations and how you’re going to get the in-laws to play nice, the subject of music has to be figured out. Add the matter of taste, genre and elegance with each choice balancing on your entire party’s happiness and you have the makings for a wedding day headache. Luckily, there are some awesome wedding bands more than capable of putting on a great show without you having to worry about everyone’s level of happiness.
Huntington Beach, CA
Icons Band is the one-stop shop for all things Top 40, a band that guarantees that both grandma and her grandkids will be able to sing along. Covering the best of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Icons has a set list of nearly 100 songs that they can faithfully recreate at the drop of a bouquet. The band is constantly in demand, so check out the calendar on the website before booking. Forget getting a DJ that will spin top hits like a robot and go for a real band with a real passion for entertainment.
Huntington Beach, CA
Chain Reaction brings a Motown and soul influence to your wedding, providing a backdrop for some of the most romantic music ever made. With influences from Marvin Gaye and Barry White to Santana and Chicago, there is no doubt that professional musicianship will be present on your special day. The group can get as large as eight pieces but smaller groups are available if you don’t have the room (or the cash). This group is one of the highest-rated bands in Orange County and has a reputation as being accommodating, professional and highly entertaining.
The N8+ Jazz Band
Newport Beach, CA
Sometimes Top 40 or Motown will not cut it, especially if your wedding reception has been paid for by someone a little older than yourself. The N8+ Jazz Band is the perfect group for you if making ladies swoon is your goal, or you just really want to capture the magic of yesteryear. From Buble to Sinatra, these crooners are built around swinging like crazy, daddy-o. With anywhere from a trio to an 18-piece, this classy band is built to execute the best from American classics in order to keep your wedding jumping, jiving and wailing all night long.
Laguna Beach, CA
Hopefully a band good enough for the President of the United States is good enough for your wedding. If so, The Buzzcatz are ready and willing to play and their track record can prove it, as the band has never cancelled a scheduled performance. Beyond their consistency, their brand of classic rock, Motown and jazz covers enough bases to make the whole crowd happy. Feel free to converse with the band before your wedding to ensure the exact songs you want and what the tone of the event will be.
La Mesa, CA
Sometimes simplicity is the best way to go, and for an intimate experience with a professional musician, flamenco guitarist Anthony Garcia is your man. His brand of authentic Spanish music will ensure a depth of taste not found in traditional wedding bands. Don’t expect Top 40 covers or snappy versions of well-known favorites; instead bask in the elegance and technical superiority of a man and his guitar. Have no fear that this music will be boring or too serene, as he mixes in modern sensibilities to allow for danceable tunes in the repertoire.
Jesse Seilhan is a writer, editor and photographer from the California Bay Area. After moving to Long Beach, Jesse continues his passion for writing and music by covering concerts, interviewing top artists, and giving a dose of wisdom in a crazy, mixed-up musical world. His work can be found at Examiner.com.