Is Live Music The Way To Go?

October 11, 2009


Wedding Band

Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. There are so many details to think about and so much work to be done. One of the most essential parts of the planning process is your reception. There are many things to think about when constructing that portion of your event, and one of the most important is the music.

There are different ways that you can go, but the two most common are typically a DJ or a live wedding band. Live music can really help to give your event some life and spark, but what should you look for when hiring your weeding band?

One of the first things that you will want to look at is their performance. Many wedding bands perform live public gigs so you should be able to catch them playing somewhere. If not, make sure that you are at least grabbing a demo CD from them or hopefully a video of a performance of theirs as well. This will help you decide whether or not that particular wedding band is the best fit for your reception.

If the wedding party band that you are looking into has a website, you will want to start your research there. They should have some photos, musical tracks and videos for you to look at. These will help you decide whether or not the band is professional enough for you.

If there are testimonials on the website you will want to look at those as well. This will allow you to see exactly what previous clients have had to say about them and their music performances. If there is a repertoire, you will want to look at that as well.

With so many different types of music out there, you want to try and make sure that you are selecting a wedding band that will play music that will appeal to most of your guests. Think about what the average age of your wedding guests is and you should have no trouble selecting the music you want for the reception.

Make sure that you are also looking over the price of the wedding band as well as the price is always a determining factor. You will want to make sure that you are at least having one conversation with the band manager and that you have decided a clear and fair price for the event. Be prepared to give a non-refundable deposit when you go to turn in your contract.

About a week before your wedding you will want to call the wedding band to confirm the details of your event. You will want to be sure that their wardrobe is going to be appropriate for your event as well as that they know what time they can arrive to set up.

Since the wedding band most likely traveled a good distance to come play at your reception, you will want to make sure that you are providing them with a meal. Also, make sure that you do both yourself and the band a favor by including them in on the timeframe of the various announcements and events so that they can work around those.


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