The sound of science: the scientific reason a live band is the best way to experience music at your wedding.

If you’re anything like me, you love getting your groove on to some Abba or Bruno Mars. Perhaps you have your signature move (mine’s the Hank Crank) or perhaps you just awkwardly clap and mumble the words when you know them. Either way, I’ve set out to show you that science proves once and for all that LIVE MUSIC is an absolute must-have at your wedding.

Full disclosure: I am not a scientist. This is not a peer-reviewed article and my sources are not peer-reviewed. This data has merely been obtained through some diligent Googling.

Music is a drug:

Ever wonder why you feel sooooo good listening to upbeat music? The answer is science! Studies show that when you listen to music endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin are all released into your system, which brightens your mood.

Additionally, music promotes neuroplasticity in the brain. Which, as far as I can understand, is what helps us learn new skills and helps our bodies recover from injury. I’m sure there’s a tonne of other benefits to neuroplasticity, but as I said, I am no doctor.

Live music reduces stress:

A study of more than 100 participants attending a live concert found a drop in glucocorticoids, including significant reductions in cortisol and cortisone, which are often referred to as the “stress hormones”.

An article in Medical News Today notes that “the results were significant regardless of the age of the participants, their experience at concerts or their overall musical ability”. This means that everybody at your wedding, even Grandma, can benefit from having a live wedding band.

Anti-ageing:

Dancing goes hand-in-hand with live music. That’s a given. But did you know that dancing also goes hand-in-hand with anti-ageing?

There is a region in our brains called the hippocampus region, and this is where things like memory and learning are controlled.

Dr Kathrin Rehfeld says ”I believe that everybody would like to live an independent and healthy life, for as long as possible. Physical activity is one of the lifestyle factors that can contribute to this, counteracting several risk factors and slowing down age-related decline.” She goes on to state that “dancing is a powerful tool to set new challenges for body and mind”.

That, my friends, is the scientific reason (or reasons) why a live band at your wedding is one of the best things you can spend your money on. If you are after some recommendations on local wedding bands, be sure to ask your photographer. They will easily be able to provide you with a list of their favourites.

Resources:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170825124902.htm

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/308902.php

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-12135590

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2996135/