If you’re reading this blog, chances are you decided to have live music at your wedding. Congratulations! Now the real decision-making comes into play: choosing the right band for you and your wedding. Everyone knows that wedding entertainment can make or break the atmosphere of a wedding reception. People may not remember the beautiful candelabras you placed near the guestbook table, or the flowers you had along the aisle, but they will remember a bad or great wedding band! Here are some tips that will help you find the best wedding band for you.
1. Determine your budget.
Very few brides have the ability to spend whatever they want on their weddings. This means most of us work within a budget. Sitting down and realistically looking at your budget breakdown will help determine which band you pick. Most bridal budgets recommend spending 10% on entertainment, but this can vary for different people. You need to determine what is most important to you. If you want to pay extra for a band you love and lower the budget elsewhere, that’s OK! It’s your day and at the end of it you need to be happy.
2. Think about what type of band you want.
Not all bands are created equal, different bands have different abilities. A Motown/ R&B band isn’t going to have the range and song variety that an versatile entertainment band will. The same goes for any genre. You may love 90s music, but that doesn’t mean all your guests will! Think about what types of music you want at your wedding and go from there.
Lighting is also an important, and often overlooked, part of weddings. Make sure you know if your wedding entertainment can provide lighting, or if you’ll have to find another lighting source. A band with great lighting can add a dynamic to your party that could mean the difference in something nice and something awesome. Then there’s the size of a band that brides have to consider. The venue really affects the type of band you can book. If you have a 300 person wedding hall to fill, you’ll probably want a bigger band than a wedding taking place in a private residence. With all these options, make sure you fully understand everything you want from your wedding band, and if they can accommodate your needs.
3. Listen to samples.
A band can seem professional and look great on paper, but that doesn’t mean they can deliver! The only way you’ll know the difference is if you can listen to live samples of their work, watch live videos of past performances, or attend an event where they are playing live. The more you can vet the band, the better! If a band does not have many live videos, what are they hiding!? Eight year olds are posting YouTube videos, there’s no reason a professional band can’t. A professional video is nice, but there are many bad band with great videos. References can let you know if they are professional, but someone’s idea of ‘great music’ may be very different from you. Someone may tell you about a great new TV show that you don’t like at all!
4. Give yourself enough time.
With the average engagement being 16 months, brides have a while to do some research! The suggested time frame for booking your entertainment is 8-12 months before the wedding. But be careful when planning your wedding. If you love a band, book them early so you can be sure they’re available for your big day.
5. Pick a band you trust.
This is one of the most important days of your life, take the time to talk with your band or band leader. A professional wedding band should offer a free consultation. This allows you to talk about your expectations and get a feel for the personality of the band. When it’s all said and done you want a band that will help make your day the best it can be. Your wedding band should help create memories you and your new family will remember and enjoy for a lifetime.
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