MINI CHEDDARS BRINGS TOGETHER POP ICONS DUNCAN JAMES AND CLAIRE RICHARDS TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE WEDDING BAND

If there’s one thing everyone loves about a wedding, it’s a top-notch wedding band filling the dancefloor with some classic tunes.

To celebrate the nation’s love of cheese, as we head into wedding season, Mini Cheddars has brought together two pop icons – Duncan James from Blue and Claire Richards from Steps – in musical matrimony to form the ultimate wedding supergroup – Simply Wed. And one lucky couple will win an exclusive performance from ‘Simply Wed’ at their wedding this September.

To mark the launch of the wedding supergroup, Mini Cheddars commissioned research revealing the ultimate wedding playlist with Dancing Queen by ABBA taking the top spot – 46 years after it was first released. A poll of 2,000 wedding guests saw Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen and Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline complete the top three. The ‘big day’ playlist also included Happy by Pharrell Williams, Toploader’s Dancing in the Moonlight, as well as Mr Brightside by The Killers. Also featured in the top 40 were Single Ladies by Beyonce, 5,6,7,8 by Steps and One Love by Blue.

The research also found 59 per cent love the cheesiness of a wedding playlist, and 21 percent enjoy a good boogie with pals to celebrate someone tying the knot.

The majority of adults polled believe speeches are typically the cheesiest part of any wedding ceremony (30 percent). Second on this list was the often-awkward first dance (27 per cent) followed by the music choices (26 per cent). Just over a tenth of grown-ups, however, admit they never dance at weddings they attend.

And the age-old question of whether wedding planners should go for a DJ or a live band hasn’t been answered – as Brits are split right down the middle on what they prefer.

When asked what they preferred most about weddings, the ceremony itself including the changing of vows was deemed slightly better by guests than the evening party (24 per cent compared to 22 per cent). But 15 per cent simply look forward to enjoying the wedding breakfast over any other part of the day.

The average adult has attended eight weddings, putting them in a good position to judge how well one has gone – and 10 per cent estimate they’ve been to 15 or more. And of those who are already married, one in five had a row with their other half about what tunes should go on the all-important evening do playlist.

Leighton Wall, Marketing Director, pladis UK&I commented: “Baked with real cheese, Mini Cheddars are all about championing the cheeky cheesy pleasures in life. Weddings are a great way to let loose, at their heart they are all about happiness. Part of this happiness comes from letting go of inhibitions, hitting the dance floor and fully embracing those ‘guilty pleasures’. For some reason, showing emotions and being authentically yourself is seen as somewhat cheesy among many – but we say embrace it, not just at weddings but any time you fancy.”

Duncan James added: “It can be hard to reach a compromise on music if one person loves heavy metal and the other’s a pop-peddler. This is why it’s often best to leave your preconceived notions of what music is ‘good’ at the door, and let a DJ play the biggest crowd pleasers in their record collection. There’s a reason many of the songs in this ultimate wedding playlist have been mainstays for decades, they’re timeless classics everyone knows, and Claire and I can’t wait to play a few of ours on one couple’s special day!”

Claire Richards said: “To play such an amazing role in one couple’s wedding will be a real honour – I know how important music is at a wedding, and Duncan and I can’t wait to make sure every guest fully embraces that no-care feeling you only get dancing your heart out at a wedding!”

To win the wedding gift of a lifetime and be in with the chance of having Duncan James and Claire Richards as your wedding band, couples need to share a picture or video with their partner on Instagram explaining why they should win – the cheesier the better! – tagging @MinicheddarsUK and using the hashtag #MiniCheddarsWedding. Entries should be received by Friday 19 August.

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