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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:
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.
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.