What should you know before you book your Wedding band?
To book a band is not an easy thing. It is as essential as any other vendor, and it is one of the most critical (if not the first) for the success of your wedding night! Most of the time, you don’t know where to start! Two key factors can help you decide before booking your Wedding Band:
a) How familiar are you with wedding bands (how often do you attend other weddings and see live bands performing)?
b) How much are you willing to pay for a band and not get ripped for services you may not receive.
Of course, none of the above is obvious in your mind because naturally, you will not be able to decide from one band’s appearance you saw at a random wedding. And, of course, you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg. On the other hand, you want your wedding band to be the best…Confusing right?
But no worries, we have some free valuable tips to help you start looking before you book your Wedding Band!
15 Tips Before Booking your Wedding Band
- Decide on the type of atmosphere you want and the type of band that will help you create your perfect wedding reception.
- Speak to your venue manager to make sure that they can accommodate the type of band you want.
- Search Google for suitable bands or ask friends and family for personal recommendations.
- Ask to see the band live or attend a showcase if possible, or watch a video of them performing before you book.
- Ask the band if they are playing any songs in a different language. For example, if you hire a Greek band that plays only Greek music, ask them if they provide a house Dj who can play the American / International repertoire.
- Don’t go for the cheapest option. The band is not the best area to economize for your wedding. An inexperienced or “cheesy” band could ruin your wedding day.
- Book direct with the band to save agency commission and book early!
- Speak to the band manager or owner. Do they seem efficient and reliable? If possible, try to set up a zoom or in-person meeting!
- Check that the band has an adequate liability insurance certificate for their equipment. Nowadays, most venues don’t accept vendors without COI (Certificate of Insurance) in hand.
- Ensure that the band provides a contract, or some short letter of agreement that secures what you’re paying for will be delivered. Also, make sure that the contract includes crucial points such as the event’s exact date, arrival time, and location with address.
- Check out the band’s testimonials and references. Are they from a reliable source? Some reliable sources to check are WeddingWire vendor reviews and Google reviews.
- Prepare your own Logistics sheet with all contact details and directions to the venue and email it to the band so you can have everything in writing.
- Make sure that the band is aware of the dress code for your reception. You don’t want to be surprised by the band coming to your Special Day dressed in blue jeans.
- Look after your band, and they will look after you! The band will be there just for you and not the guests. Treat them with respect, and they will give you the best entertainment you can have.
- Enjoy your wedding and dance the night away! Wedding guests are more likely to spend time on the dance floor if the Bride and Groom join them.
These are some of the most important things to consider that will help you decide before you book your Wedding band. Should you need more tips? Or you don’t see here what you have in mind? Please fill free to contact us anytime, and we will be happy to give you our expertise and help you with your wedding entertainment needs.