You're planning for your big day. You want to include dancing. Don't settle for a DJ, or canned music. Hire a live wedding band instead. A live band will allow for guest participation. They'll also provide a performance that you and your guests will remember for years to come. Before you hire a live band, know what you're doing. Here are four tips that will help you avoid problems with your live band.
Present Your Musical Taste
If you've never hired a live band before, the first thing you want to do is present your musical taste. Bands all have their own unique style. You want to make sure that your musical taste meshes with the bands. You may love country music. If you choose a classic rock band, you're not going to get the music you want for your wedding. Avoid wedding day conflicts. Hire a live band that shares your musical tastes.
Attend a Live Performance
Now that you're ready to hire a live band for your wedding, take in a live performance. Bands may provide you with recordings of their work. That doesn't always provide you with a clear picture of their live sound. Recordings can be dubbed and mixed to provide a different sound. Don't get stuck with a sound you don't like. Attend a live performance before you make your final band selection.
Ask About Break Times
If your wedding reception is only going to be an hour or so long, you might not need to worry about breaks. But, if you plan to have your reception last well into the night, your live band will need a few breaks. Because of that, you need to know what the plans will be during those breaks. Since your band won't be playing during their breaks, find out if there will be recorded music provided. If not, you'll need to provide alternative entertainment. Also, remember to discuss food. Your band may be hungry during their breaks. Decide if you'll provide food for them during your reception.
Work on the Set List
Finally, if you plan to hire a live band for your wedding, work on a set list. You may have specific songs that you want to hear during your reception. If that's the case, provide a list to the band as soon as possible. It's also important that you let the band know if you'll allow them to perform their own work. If you want the band to stick to your set list, let them know that in advance.