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How To Find A Great Wedding Band

Find­ing the right music for your wed­ding can be dif­fi­cult, but it’s so impor­tant. The band or DJ can make or break the recep­tion. We’ve all been to par­ties where they won’t stop play­ing pop music from 2004 and the dance floor clears out faster than your bank account in Vegas. Don’t be that cou­ple. Find the right band.

Here are our top five tips on how to find the band of your dreams:

bride and groom dancing at wedding reception


Sit down with your part­ner and deter­mine what kind of vibe you want for your recep­tion. Motown dance par­ty? Hard rock con­cert? Ele­gant jazz brunch?

Will there be danc­ing? How many peo­ple will be there? Do you want to find music that pleas­es a range of gen­er­a­tions? If you clar­i­fy your wants and needs before you start look­ing, it will be that much eas­i­er to nar­row down your options and make the right deci­sion.

You may think these ques­tions aren’t that impor­tant to ask your­selves, but trust us. You don’t want to spend a lot of mon­ey on a bop­pin’ band, only to have the major­i­ty of your guests not be the danc­ing type. Alter­na­tive­ly, how lame would it be if all your col­lege bud­dies showed up ready to par­ty and you have clas­si­cal music play­ing the entire time?


Most wed­ding bands will invite you to attend one of their pub­lic gigs or pri­vate rehearsals before you book. Don’t pass up this oppor­tu­ni­ty to see them play live if you can. Music is not a sub­ject to be han­dled by talk alone. Not every YouTube video is cre­at­ed equal and bands can feel quite dif­fer­ent in per­son than online. This also makes for a great date night!


This prob­a­bly goes with­out say­ing, but read reviews. The best wed­ding bands should have many hap­py cus­tomers singing their prais­es on pop­u­lar review sites—if they don’t, you may have some­thing to wor­ry about and should prob­a­bly move on to the group on your list.

bride and groom dancing at wedding reception


Do you have a spe­cif­ic song that you want them to play? Most bands will learn some­thing new for your wed­ding, but find out if that is pos­si­ble and if it will cost more. Do you have cer­tain reli­gious or cul­tur­al songs you need to be played? How many breaks will they take? Do they play dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny too? Do they need a stage, micro­phones or speak­ers? There is a lot you need to sort out before your big day and you don’t want to be caught in a bind.


It may be tempt­ing to hire your lit­tle cousin who plays gui­tar to play the wed­ding, but think twice about hir­ing an ama­teur for this spe­cial occa­sion. Pro­fes­sion­al bands know how to deal with ampli­fi­ca­tion, noise restric­tions, that drunk uncle try­ing to grab the mike and more. Con­sid­er hav­ing your fam­i­ly mem­ber or friend per­form one spe­cial song, but leave the major­i­ty of the night up to the pros. Your guests will thank you.

We wish you the best of luck on this endeav­or. We know it’ll prob­a­bly take a lot out of you, but it will be well worth it in the end.

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