Your wedding is something that doesn’t usually happen too often in your lifetime so it’s worth taking some time to make sure you create a memorable occasion, not just for the bride and groom, but for all the guests who attend. Research shows that a live band creates a much more involved and memorable experience than a DJ, especially when it comes to involving the guests in what is going on. The following is some basic advice on getting the band that will make the day memorable (and not for the wrong reasons!). |
Experience of the Wedding Band
We’re not just talking musical experience here but also experience in playing at a large number and a wide variety of styles of wedding. There are many bands that, musically, are superb but they will not have much experience in gauging the mood of the mood and energy of the guests and making the reception go with a swing. An experienced band will also be able to give you plenty of helpful advice about things like An experienced wedding band knows how to keep your reception moving along and keep it exciting, keep people dancing and do all the traditional, intimate things like the first dance and having special dances for the bride and her father and the groom and his mother.
Questions to Ask Your Wedding band
1. Can you see them perform live you before your wedding date? A good wedding band should be able to invite you to a club date or schedule a mini performance of three to four songs for a small audience.
2. Can you supply us with a demo? A good wedding band will have audio and video samples of previous weddings and events. Check to see in the video if the guests are up and dancing.
3. Can you play any song we want? An experienced wedding band will usually play ‘covers’ (the most popular songs performed by famous artists) and should have a wide range of songs to offer you. If you give a good band plenty of notice, they will even rehearse your favourite track (but usually only if they think that song will be popular at other events).
4. How many musicians are in the band and do you have a vocalist? A typical UK wedding band has a core group of five members: drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and vocals and this is usually enough to cover any wedding. Any more musicians than that and you will quite simply have to pay more. A dedicated vocalist is almost essential; they will be experienced in ‘working the crowd’.
Overall, make sure that you look for your band well in advance of your wedding and meet the band leader or manager; their personality and style will usually give you a feeling about how your event may go.
About the Author:
Mike Armstrong is the owner and webmaster of Wedding Band Hampshire, the site all about great wedding bands and live music in Hampshire and Wiltshire.
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