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09 June 2014

5 Considerations When Choosing a Wedding Band

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If you are now at the point where you're deciding on which band to choose you will undoubtedly be overwhelmed with the amount of choice available to you. Some couples are lucky enough to share the same taste in music whilst others will have very different musical preferences; this is a tricky hurdle to overcome - but it is possible! The following article will guide you through the considerations of hiring a wedding band to ensure the live music on your big day is just perfect.


If you and your partner clash when it comes to current music, maybe it's better to step back in time and see if an era of music appeals to both of you. He may be a fan of Disclosure and you may be a fan of One Direction - but you may both find a mutual love of Motown!


If your reception venue is intimate then the chances are a swing band is not quite going to fit the space you have to work with. Ask your venue supplier to take you through realistically what will work - it may be a 5 piece or it may be a solo artist. This will help you to narrow down your choices in terms of band sizes. Remember also that often, the bigger the band the more people they have to pay and therefore the higher the cost.


You may have found a great band based in Newcastle, but if you are getting married in Essex it may not be the wisest move to choose them. Not only will the price most likely be higher to cover the cost of getting the band and their equipment to and from the venue, you may also find that they require an overnight stay. Choosing a local band means you can source them online and then check them out on stage at live performances (if they play venues other than weddings) so you can get a real feel for what they will be like on the night in front of a crowd. What's more, it's also a great way to support your local music community!


If a band has a limited repertoire you may end up with a collection of songs that mean nothing to you or that you don't really like. Ask them about performing certain songs and see what is within their capability. Of course if you are going for a cover's act you can be relatively confident that they will be playing the songs by that artist you love - but it's always best to check they are going to include your absolute favourite. For instance, would a Fleetwood Mac tribute act be the same if they didn't playv"Everywhere" - especially on your wedding day!

The Perils of Relying on Friends

If you have a friend in a band that has offered to play at your wedding it can be a fantastic cost saver, but beware of the potential negatives. You need to ensure they are taking your wedding just as seriously as any other performance - friends will most likely already be at your wedding and joining in with all the merriment that goes along with it, so you need to be careful that if the front man is also the best man, he keeps drinking to a minimum until after they've played! Taking these elements into consideration will ensure you end up with a band that fits your preferences, venue size and budget.

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