While it can prove to be a daunting task to research and prepare for the big day, the lead up to your wedding is a time that you will never forget. Choices, choices! Here’s some tips to make the right choice when it come to your Wedding Band (of the musical kind).
Start by considering the genre of music you and your partner like. Think of your favourite songs and artists. Reminisce about songs that have a particular meaning for you as a couple. Write them all down so that you can send them to your band hire options later as it will give them an idea of what type of music you would like played.
Firstly, think about what theme you would like for your wedding music and general ambiance. Do you want it to be a ‘black tie classy”, “laid back and relaxed”, or “one big party”? Get a musical act that looks, plays and otherwise fits your theme. If possible, request to hear the band play live well in advance. That way you avoid any surprises and make sure the music (and the people playing it) is exactly to the standard you would like for such a special occasion.
Another point of concern is space. This will impact your choice of a considering a bigger band, or a string quartet. It’s worth having a chat to the venue managers and making sure there are no sound restrictions for live music and even chatting about what configurations have worked there in the past. Also check if there’s enough space to dance, which brings us to…
Hire a band that looks professional, sounds sensational and plays music that gets people up on the dance floor. Some of the best memories are made on the dance floor, with your guests crooning to Bruno Mars or nostalgic renditions of Oasis’ Wonderwall.
Finally, let’s talk about the money. A good rule of thumb: Be Realistic. Weddings can be expensive events and when you add up the dress, venue, flowers, etc – well, it all starts adding up. Before you start crossing the live music off the budget list, make sure the band you hire are able to work within different budgets and find a solution that is not going to put a dent in your accounts.
When it comes down to it, go with your gut. Pick one who is passionate about what they do so that they will give their best on the best day of your life!