The band (and DJ) are booked. FINALLY! As much as I loved having an excuse to go on extra date nights with D, 10:30 pm openers on a Monday is not my thing. I am an old lady, that is already past my bed time!!
So we finally narrowed it down after testing out 4 or 5 bands we found the perfect fit for us. This was one piece that I was not overly involved with, as D organized this one for me (yay!!) but I am glad it is over with!! Finding and booking the right band/dj is tough work!! Here are a few things to consider when booking your wedding (or event!) entertainment.
- Narrow down what you are looking for. What kind of music suits you and your audience. It is your wedding, but others will be sharing the day with you. Pick what you think everyone will love!
- Don’t trust youtube. To put it lightly. I could sound like a superstar in an edited and mastered video clip and I am definitely no Madonna! You need to see your band LIVE.
- When you go see the band, ask questions about the venue. I should have known better and even did put up a red flag or two, but one band had us crash a wedding to hear them. SERIOUSLY. I have never been so mortified. I mean if I wanted to crash a wedding I would have dressed more appropriately…. Inquire. Inquire. Inquire. So brutal I really can’t even express it (but a funny story to tell).
- Get ready with your wallet. I had some ideas about costs for bands, but tack on the word wedding. Holy! If you want a GOOD live band be prepared, talent comes with a price. Yes this price does range from expensive to ridiculous, but prepare yourself.
- Find the right size. Our venue is not huge and we don’t plan on having a massive wedding either. Look for bands that have an appropriate number of people and who require staging that fits with your venue. If in doubt speak with both the band and the venue on size constraints and a stage size that is needed.
- Finally, remember, you have to feed the band. They are going to be with you on site for most of the night. Ask your venue/caterer about vendor meals. They will be significantly less than your guests dinner, but remember to account for this in your budget. (Also if you are making a band travel, expect to be putting them up in a hotel, consider this before booking, when you are working on your budget).
I am pretty excited about our band. We have a friend of ours (along with her string band) playing the ceremony and cocktail hour, a high energy band for dinner and an amazing DJ for late night. It is going to be awesome. Music sets the mood. So do your research!!!
Until next time day dreamers!