Choosing the right live band for a wedding is as important a decision as choosing the right photographer, in terms of creating great memories for the bride and groom and their guests.
When looking for wedding bands, don’t just go by word of mouth, make sure that you have knowledge of the band before you decide to book them or ask to see a recording of one of their performances. This is also important to check out their style and gauge interaction with the crowd. Front men/women who engage the crowd with great ease and humour can lift the atmosphere and entertain everyone, including the non-dancers. They can also be called upon to make announcements.
Make sure that you discuss a playlist to suit everyone with the band members, choosing a cross selection of new and old songs, guaranteed to make people of all ages want to dance to their music.
It’s also vital that you make sure that they can play your chosen first-dance song or are willing to learn it by the time of the wedding.
It’s always better to draw up a pre-gig contract to decide times, fees and numbers of musicians. It is also a good idea to pay a deposit to secure the band. This covers both your interests.
Provide some drinks and food for the musicians, and give them a couple of decent breaks, so that they can rest their voices.
While the band is having a break, keep the ambiance going by putting on a recording of carefully selected songs in a different style to the band songs, so that when they go back to the stage refreshed, it will enhance the impact of their music.
It’s best to book wedding bands as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Guest post written by Rob from RH Live who provide wedding and function bands in London perfect for your big day.