So hows all that planning going? Reached the ‘what on earth are we going to do for music in the evening?!’ stage yet?
Well panic no further, as we have Adam from Bands for Hire, here to help! Bands for Hire are a music agency providing live bands for every occasion. From function and wedding band hire to swing and jazz bands, they have picked the very best on offer.
As a one stop entertainment agency, they also provide String quartets, Wedding Musicians and DJs for hire.
Clearly, Adam is qualified to offer you some awesome tips when choosing your wedding band! Over to you Adam…
Top Tips when Choosing Your Wedding Band
Like many soon-to-wed couples, one of the most important aspects of your wedding day may well be the music; the ceremony songs, background music and live band will become the sound track to your big day, and ultimately the soundtrack to your lives. With this in mind, along with the often large sums of money spent on entertainment, it’s vital to choose wisely.
A quick search on the internet for live wedding bands in your area and you will most certainly be presented with an overwhelming selection of bands, each one of various standards. Deciphering through the various websites will require some time, so grab a glass of red and get comfortable, you are about to hear more renditions of Uptown Funk and Mr Brightside than you ever thought possible.
So what steps can you take to ensure you’re making the right choice? These days it’s all too easy to throw up a website, bash out a few demos and call yourself a wedding band but as with every trade, there are various degrees of professionalism and there are a number of ways to root out the good from the bad.
First Impressions are important
As a general rule of thumb, I find that if a band has gone to great effort and expense to produce high quality demos, videos and photos, then that is usually a good start. Putting together promotional material is a significant investment which demonstrates a professional attitude and serious intentions.
Whilst price isn’t always an indicator of quality, many bands will eventually settle at a price point that reflects their popularity and quality. The most experienced bands will inevitably quote more for their services so decide on what you can afford and work around your budget.
Ask for reviews and testimonials
Experienced bands will usually have testimonials available from previous clients, the more reviews the better as this will provide you with a good insight into their live performance as well as their communication. Not all agencies publish testimonials so don’t be afraid to investigate further if you can’t find any online.
Are the band with an agency?
If a band is represented by a credible agency, then this is often a good sign, however, this then begs the question ‘how to spot a credible agency?’. Here are a few things to look out for:
Is the agency a limited company and do they have a registered company number displayed on their website? If so, look them up on the Companies House website.
Is the agency VAT registered? This can be a strong indication that the company has been around a while and will still be here on your wedding day.
Does the company have reviews online that you can read from independent sources, i.e. Google and Facebook?
How long has the company been operating for?
Quotes from agencies may occasionally be slightly higher than booking a band directly, but on the biggest day of your life, it’s comforting to know that a credible company is only a phone call away.
Check the Set List before booking
When researching bands, be sure to look into their repertoire and set lists to get a better idea about their performance. The majority of wedding bands cater for a mixed group of ages, so whilst you may want the majority of the music to be to your tastes, keep an open mind to ensure all guests will be kept entertained.
Watch the band live if possible
If a band is local and are putting on a showcase event then it’s a great idea to watch them live. However, the most popular bands in the industry don’t tend to perform any public gigs at all and so watching them live will unfortunately not be possible. Using promotional material and other aforementioned factors are usually the best way to judge a band’s professionalism.
Communication is important
Whether you choose to book directly with a band or through an agency, good communication is essential. If a band takes a week to reply to your emails you’re going to feel frustrated and planning could get stressful. Decide on a band that you feel confident is on your wavelength and will be easy to deal with.
Final checks before booking
Before confirming your chosen band, it’s worth going through the following points with your band and venue first:
Insurance: All wedding bands should come with full Public Liability Insurance (PLI) to protect them from potential injury claims.
PAT Certificate: Your venue may also require PAT certificates for the band’s gear so check that the band have this.
Sound Requirements: Ask your venue if they have any specific sound requirements, it’s very common for a venue to have a sound limiter installed and if so, you’ll need to check that your band are comfortable with this.
Space: Is there sufficient space at the venue? As a general rule I usually recommend approximately a meter width for each band member and three meters depth. So, a 5-piece band might need 5 x 3 meters in total.
Band Rider: Does your band have a rider? 99% of musicians will request a meal before they perform and this should be outlined in their contract.
It’s time to start your search!
With all of this in mind, don’t forget the most important tip at all – choose a band that you love and that you feel has the perfect vibe to suit your day.
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