Hiring the band for a wedding is a huge deal! Don’t ever underestimate the importance of a good band when it comes to making the memories truly last a lifetime for your guest! What is “a good band”? Some say it’s more than just how they sound… Someone once told me that when your looking for a band you should ask yourself,
“Is the band the kind of people you’d invite to your wedding?”
If not, why HIRE them to be there!?
I thought that was brilliant!
If you are like most people, you have never hired a band in your life… and let’s be honest, after your wedding you’ll probably never hire another band ~ Hopefully this guide can help!
The first question to ask is, what makes a good wedding band? Well, in terms of a wedding reception, it’s a band that can pack the dance floor while their on the stage and then mingle while they are off. And that means having good personalities off stage and appealing to a BROAD range of ages and musical taste while performing! You need to hire a band that does it all! From what the kids like to what your grandparents like… but in a way that everyone enjoys everything they hear! It’s truly a science to be a great wedding band. And what a fun science it is!
Talk to wedding planners and organizers at your venue. They may have great referrals. Look online, watch videos, listen to tracks and if possible, GO SEE THE BAND YOU WANT TO HIRE!
The next idea might be to just ask your friends who they used. Just remember, they may not have hired the right band for your wedding.
Next – reach out to the bands by email or phone. You can learn a lot about a band by how warm or friendly they are on the phone. Or, how business like and cold they are. If you don’t like them on the phone… you probably won’t like them in person! Trust your gut! If they are distant and business like on the phone, they’ll be sterile and businesslike on stage. It’s just a fact. Personalities are everything in a wedding band.
Denver Wedding Band – Guide To Hire A Band
Think of it like this – Is the band the kind of people you’d invite to your wedding? If not, WHY HIRE THEM TO BE THERE!? So listen to your gut and if you get a great vibe from the band, that’s awesome… but if you get a bad vibe, you’d better really listen! You are putting a lot on these strangers!! The smallest seed of doubt or irritation can only grow in the maelstrom of the hustle and bustle of a wedding day!
Here are some helpful questions to ask potential bands:
- Are you available?
- Do you have experience with weddings?
- Will you contract the date and guarantee not to double book or take something bigger?
- Can we see a video of you playing?
- Can you provide references?
- Can we see a full song list?
- Can we request songs be learned if they aren’t on your song list?
- What is your wedding attire?
- What is your cost?
- Are there pricing options? Larger band? Smaller band?
- How long will you play?
- Are there travel expenses.
- What if we want more time, encores, etc?
- Can you play CDs on breaks?
- Do you bring lights and sound?
- Can you emcee the reception?
- What is your cancellation Policy?
We hope this helps, and of course we are a Denver wedding band ourselves and are happy to talk to you about playing your wedding:) All the best ~ Mannequin