Hiring a wedding band adds a special touch to your wedding that cannot be replicated by a compact disc or digital playlist. The couple and their guests benefit from the heightened energy, an added element of classic sophistication, and the feeling of being treated to a private concert. However, not every wedding band is fit for every wedding. You need to hire professional musicians that can reflect your preferred style and musical choices, which can mean sorting through a laundry list of options before finding the right band for your big day.
When searching for the best wedding bands, you should always look for reviews online first. We’re here to make things a little easier. As you begin your search for the perfect wedding band, consider these five tips to get you off in the right direction.
Hire as Early as Possible
As soon as you have a wedding date set, it’s time to get to work at finding the wedding band to play your big day. Wedding bands book up quickly, especially during periods of nicer weather and on weekends, so it’s best to start your search as soon as you can give the band a specific date to work with.
Don’t Skip on Professionalism
No matter how wonderfully the band plays and how well their vibe fits your wedding’s theme, you want to work with professionals that value your time and your vision. If they do not get back to you in a prompt fashion, arrive late to an initial meeting or interview, or anything about their attitude suggests that they aren’t that interested in working with you, it is likely time to look into your other options.
Make Sure They Have Liability Insurance
In some venues, it is necessary for performing bands to have liability insurance before they can play in that location. Make sure that you know this detail about your wedding and/or reception locations and find out if the band can provide proof of liability insurance if needed.
Figure Out What You’re Paying For
Some wedding bands are all-inclusive and will provide a slew of services like taking requests or even providing certain technical equipment for use in the venue. You need to know what you get when you work with the band, because then you will know exactly what you’re paying for and how to get the most out of the band.
Understand the Venue Layout
Do you want a big band or a 4-piece ensemble? How large is the space in which they will be performing? You need to factor these questions into your decision to hire a band, as a lack of adequate floor (or stage) space can seriously hinder the band’s ability to bring your wedding to the next level.