Tips on Choosing your Wedding Band
Make a short list
Music is the heart and soul of your reception. But most couples have never had to hire entertainment before and can find securing the perfect band daunting. First, I suggest you gather your leads by talking to friends and family who have experienced great wedding receptions in the past and talk to the wedding co-ordinator at your venue too - they know firsthand the bands which have performed well for their guests over the years. A good search on line is also helpful. But remember - videos and mp3's can help you decide on which bands to pursue, but most online material has been enhanced to make the bands look and sound as good as possible - so most importantly - the next thing to do is to make sure you see these bands play live!
What to look for at a live performance
No matter what type of band you're looking for you know you want them to sound great, but what else do you need to look for when choosing the right band for your wedding celebration? If you want a happy, festive celebration where all your guests get caught up in the 'party', find a band that can perform a wide variety of music and styles. No matter how much you might love a certain type of music, casting a wider net will bring you a more successful evening. For example, a few jives and golden oldies such as 'Ring of Fire' and '9 to 5' might sound old fashioned to some, but they have proven to be hits with both friends and family of all ages, and will help keep your dance floor full.
Regardless of the style of music you're looking for you want an engaged attitude from your band. The band needs to be able to connect with you and your guests in order to lead the most important celebration of your new lives. Look for energy and an easy confident attitude from the band. Is there at least one member on stage who knows how to successfully encourage your guests throughout the night? It doesn't matter how good looking the bass player is or how sweet the vocals of the lead singer - If the band isn't engaged, the party won't happen.
Down to Business
Lastly, it's also important to have confidence in how the band handles business. Communication should be open and easy. The representative should be easily available and friendly to queries before and after booking. If you feel you're not being heard then something's wrong. You should also expect contracts of service to be, punctual, and transparent in order to avoid misunderstandings on your big day. Finally, even if you haven't been instructed to - go ahead and contact the band a couple weeks before the big day just to ensure that everything as you understand it is on track so that you can relax and know everything is in place the way you want it.
Wishing you all the best
John McCormick Promotions