Music will be one of the most important parts of the wedding celebration, so it requires special attention during the planning stage. Certain rules apply to the hunt for the perfect band and here are a few tips to help you along with your decision.

Things to be considered at the booking stage

  • Book well in advance – Any decent live wedding band is likely to be booked anywhere from 12 to 18 months in advance of the big day, sometimes even longer! To ensure confirmation of the band you love it’s a good idea to book as soon as possible.
  • Consult your guests – It’s always worth asking friends and family if the band that you are interested in is going to appeal to them too. The last thing you want on the day is an empty dancefloor as the band you’ve booked seems just right to you and your partner but doesn’t play the kind of music your guests will like.
  • Check with Venue – Always double check with your venue that they allow live music and that there are no excessive stipulations that may compromise a live band’s performance.
  • Sign Contracts – Any professional wedding band will issue contracts once the booking has been confirmed. Ensure that the contracts are signed (by both parties) and that any deposit due is paid to ensure that there will be no last minute disappointments.

Things to be considered on the run up to the wedding day

  • Plan Changes – Make sure that if any major changes happen regarding the plans for the evening regarding timings or requirements you keep he band in the loop.
  • Playlist – Ask for a typical playlist from the band. Playlists are usually designed with quite a lot of thought to try and keep an audience dancing as much as possible. You may want to hear Uptown Funk, you may have heard it just too many times! Any decent band should be receptive to your likes and dislikes and can tweak a playlist to cater to your tastes. If you require the band to play your first dance please ensure the band have a copy of the song you like so they have plenty of time to learn and rehearse.
  • Payment – A deposit will be paid with the initial booking and signing of the contract, along with the required terms for the balance payment. It’s typical these days for the balance to be paid before or on the day via bank transfer as this avoids any money needing to be handled on the day.

Things to be considered on the day

  • Introduction – It’s always good when the band to arrive for them to “check in” with someone from the main part of the wedding party – either the bride, groom or best man. They can then be shown where to set up and have a familiar point of contact for any questions or concerns.
  • Keep updated – It is not uncommon for weddings to run behind schedule – even the most meticulously planned wedding! Most bands are very flexible and will adapt running times to suit but keep them well updated so they can be well prepared.

This is by no means a comprehensive list – just a few pointers to help along the way. For more specific information we’re happy to discuss at length any individual requirements you may have.