So, you’re engaged! First of all congratulations. Getting married is a wonderful thing and your wedding will be one (if not the) most magical days of your life. When the time comes to organise it, you will spend your days looking at potential dresses, venues, catering, where you will go on your honeymoon and, of course, what music you will have at your wedding reception. If you have decided to hire a wedding band, the process of finding the right one for you is undeniably daunting. With the number of bands that are out there, it might seem impossible to find the perfect one. So, to make it a little easier, here are five of the steps you should take in your hunt for an incredible live band:
First of all, decide on what genre of music you want. Some people like jazz bands, whereas others like country music or rock. By deciding what genre of music you want them to play, you can narrow down the number of bands that are available – both in the area that you want your wedding reception and in terms of the availability they have to perform. A way you could do this is by looking at this amazing page that gives an idea of the types of bands that are available up north.
Secondly, do your research on the band. Through seeing their past performances, customer testimonials and their social media pages, you can get a better idea of what they are like and what they can offer you. There are lots out there, so you want to be able to narrow it down. Undoubtedly there will be ones that stand out and those are the ones that you will want to inquire about.
Thirdly, work out what your budget is. By conducting your research you will discover how much wedding bands charge. You can use this to budget out how much you want to spend on them. By enquiring, you can also see how much they would charge for travelling out to your venue if it’s any more to play for a longer amount of time etc. This is a particularly important step for those who are on a budget or for those that want a mixture of a live band and a DJ.
Lastly, work out your schedule. Your wedding day will undoubtedly be busy. From being transported to and from the ceremony, having your wedding dinner and everything in-between, you will want to make sure that you are organised and know what schedule entails. Once you have worked out when/where you want the band to perform, you can organise with them and ensure that they are at the reception on time.
After you’ve done these steps, go ahead and book the band! An exciting part of your big day, a live band can add a magical atmosphere that ends the day on a high. When you book a band, you will have to fill in some booking forms and you might have to pay a deposit to secure them. You will then pay the full amount either on the day or the day before your wedding.