A wedding is one of those events of a lifetime and as a result, I’m sure you want to make it absolutely perfect. One way to do so is to hire professional wedding bands since music creates the entire rhythm and mood of the entire ceremony. However, there are many things you need to think about before hiring a band and in this article, we will cover as many of those as possible. Having musicians sing and play their instruments will definitely upgrade your event and will create a much nicer atmosphere than simply hiring a DJ.
Finding The Right Musicians
It is critical that you start searching for at least 6 months before the big day. Finding the right people can take quite a long time, also the best musical artists are usually booked up many months in advance. So, even if you have your sights set on a particular group, you should try to book them as far in advance as possible.
The musicians you hire should depend on the type of atmosphere you’re trying to create. So, for example, if you want a classical or traditional ceremony, then you should look for a contemporary group with one or two vocalists. Another good option is a band that doesn’t include any vocalists, but rather those that play classical music on traditional instruments such as the piano, cello, piano etc. Of course, if that’s not your style, but you prefer a more party-type wedding, then you can hire a pop star, rock group, hip-hop group/star etc.
One great way to figure out who to hire is to think back on previous events that you’ve been at where you were impressed by the music. You should also talk to your friends, family, coordinator etc and get their suggestions. Word of mouth is a fantastic way to get lots of high quality recommendations, especially if you’re not personally sure of what you’d like.
In the event that you want to go an unconventional route and instead of hiring professional popular wedding bands, you want to hire a new local group or musicians that don’t typically play at weddings, then you need to make sure and communicate your needs for that day. You need to ensure they will be on time and pay attention to their cues in order for your special day to go off without a hitch.
Check Out Entertainment Agencies
When looking for musical talent, your search may lead you to an entertainment agency. These type of agencies have access to lots of musical talent and help you to decide your personal requirements as well as budget. They allow you to audition various singers as well as bands either through tapes, auditions or even allowing you to attend a live event where they are performing. As a result, you can choose based on your needs and personal tastes. However, when working with an entertainment agency, be sure that you sign on for the specific singer or group and not just a generic female or male entertainer.
Pay Attention To Quality
One of the most important things you can do is make sure that the band you’re thinking about hiring offers a tight and high quality sound. A tight sound would mean that each member is accustomed to playing together and they work together on a regular basis. You should take a look at all of the venues they have played at together and ask for references. This will give you a good idea on their professionalism, especially the quality of the references. If there aren’t any or only one or two references, then you should take this as a warning sign that they aren’t that good or may not play at a high enough quality for your wedding.
Make Sure A Contract Is Involved
When working with musical artists, you may be tempted to not draw up a contract, but that is a huge mistake. You should have a contract which includes all the details of the employment. This includes all of the names of the people involved, the names of all the songs they need to play, the type of music to be played, the particulars of their arrival and set up time, departure time, breaks, food and drinks provided, liability insurance, attire, overtime cost etc.
If you’re not sure about the size of the band, then you should know that this would be thoroughly dependent on your budget as well as the venue. You may have a large budget that can accommodate up to 18 musicians, however, the venue itself may not have enough space for so many people. Also, you need to take into consideration the musical instruments and their sizes. For example, in the event that an actual piano is required since a keyboard won’t do, then you need to make sure there is enough space for the piano and consider the cost of renting one for the day.
Typically speaking, most musical groups have between 6 to 10 people which includes a rhythm section, horn section, vocalist etc. To give an estimation of the costs involved, each person may have a fee for $400 for 4 hours of play time. So, for the entire group, it may cost you between $2400 – $4000. However, you should take into consideration overtime as well as if more advanced players are needed, the cost may go up to $10,000+.
You should keep in mind that most groups have the ability to play hundreds and even thousands of different songs. As a result, you should take into consideration playing music that will satisfy you and your guests. This will include playing a mix of music from the 1930’s to modern day. If you’re thinking about playing some unusual choices that aren’t in their repertoire, professional wedding bands will often offer to learn the song, but this will usually be at an additional cost.
In closing, we have just looked at a few factors you should consider when hiring professional wedding bands. Once you keep the above advice in mind, I am certain that you’ll have a beautiful ceremony that will remain in your memory for the rest of your life.