One of the challenges of organizing the wedding reception is how to give your guests a good time and keep them entertained. The best way to do this is by providing a lively band to play your guests’ favorite songs. Good entertainment and music will make your guests thoroughly enjoy your celebration, and weeks later, it’s often what they’ll remember about your wedding and all the fun they had courtesy of great tunes. So, in order to give your guests a rockin’ good time, make sure to hire a wedding live band. Below are some tips on how to look and contract the best live band for your wedding.
1. Ask For Recommendations
No matter what type of vendor you’re looking for, this is the most effective way in searching for the best one. This is the main reason why some wedding band sites ask couples who have been their clients to rate and post testimonials about their experiences with them. Talk to several bandleaders and ask about their pricing. If you think the band is just out of the budget, don’t hesitate to ask what other bands they can recommend for your wedding. Musicians know each other very well. Like you, they also want to watch good bands play.
2. Take Note of The Personality
Most of the band you screen will be able to play your songs really well. So what you really have to look out for is if the band has a good personality. As they are a critical factor on how your guests enjoy your wedding, the band’s personality needs to be suitable to the guests you will have. They should have an attitude that makes them engaging to everyone, especially to the young guests, but still have enough suave to woo the older members of the crowd. You should also take note of their repertoire and make sure that it is compatible with musical taste of your guests.
3. Do Not Micromanage
Although it is YOUR day, it doesn’t mean that you have to be greedy on the choice of songs. Yes, you like groovy modern RnB’s but what about Uncle John and little nephew Joey? What will bring them to the dance floor? Set a meeting with the bandleader and talk about your wedding playlist. Let him or her know about your crowd so that the band can put up a suitable playlist for your event.
4. Think and Understand Your Budget
A wedding band can cost thousands of dollars. The price depends on the experience of the band and the number of band members. Typically, wedding live bands quote their prices for 3-4 hours of performance. If you want to have music for the ceremony, cocktail and dinner, keep in mind that additional hours also mean additional charges. You also have to ask about their transportation fee, is it already included in the quote or not? Also, you have to feed your performers. Caterers usually give discounts for photographers’ and performers’ meals.
5. Hire a Band ASAP!
Good wedding bands are easily booked up. That’s why you have to secure your reservation 6-12 months in advance. Also, the band is one of the major expenses of the wedding. Settling this first will give you enough time for other minor details to be adjusted. Moreover, if you want to request a special song, the band usually wants to have it 6-8 weeks before the wedding day to master the whole piece. This alone shows that hiring a band for your wedding shouldn’t be a last minute task.
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