Hiring a band for your wedding is, like all the other wedding decisions, not one to take lightly. The band easily becomes the tempo of the party.
Not to fret. Here are five tips to guide you in finding the best wedding band so you can ensure your life of the party is really life in a party.
1- Talk to Your People
Nothing is better than word of mouth. It’s by far the simplest way to get the good, the bad, and the ugly for practically any situation. So, talk to your friends, and ask your friends’ friends too. Pull in the entire support system. If you have fun, modern parents, they might even be able to clue you in on some funky bands with the perfect style you’re looking for. Do not neglect the power of connection.
2- Use Social Media
Say what you want about social media, but it’s the place to go to find anyone doing their thing. What’s more, you might even be able to get a sampling of what a band offers by visiting their company page. These days, any business that wants exposure better use social media, so it’s the best place to seek out a suitable, reputable band.
Hashtags are a great way to narrow your search. Search using hashtags that cater to the type of music you’re into, such as “indie,” “country,” “pop” and add words like “band” “wedding” “dj”. You’re instantly connected to businesses and artists that match your interests.
3- Decide Your Flavor
A DJ’s worst nightmare is probably getting into their own groove only to find out the crowd isn’t into what they do. Do your homework by deciding how you would like to set your party’s mood. You might want your wedding to be a mix of slow jams, old-school tunes, and a little bit of pop.
Once you’re armed with a selection of songs you’d like to hear, you can use them to discuss with the band you find to get an idea if they are willing to accommodate your wishes.
4- Know Your Budget
Have an idea of what you want to spend before you reach out to anyone. Don’t be cheap when it comes to the party. Set your limit, and be prepared to get all the facts before locking in the band.
Know what the band’s total price includes, so there are no surprises. Discuss with the leader what their price includes, and get it in writing!
5- Specify the Details
This tip harps a bit on the last tip, but the emphasis is on the details. Does the band intend to have a break included? Will they play the entire time, or are some playlists allowed to give them a break? What time is show time? When is break-down? You might decide you’d rather have a DJ than a whole band.
Have you been to any weddings recently? How was the vibe? If you remember feeling so good you couldn’t stay in your seat because the music selection was just that good, find out who they booked! Use your connections, use the internet, know what you want first, and speak about the details.