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Your wedding day is a moment to celebrate you and your partner, and your love for each other. As such, it’s important that it’s a reflection of you – whilst there are certain traditions that you might want to follow, there’s no reason you can’t put your own twist on things.
Having a live wedding band is a fantastic way to entertain your guests; they’ll get everyone up and dancing, and bring an interactive element to your big day that couldn’t be achieved with a DJ or a playlist. Plus, the music that you choose is a great way to express your personality. Perhaps there’s a certain song that holds a lot of meaning to you, or a particular band that you and your fiancee are big fans of. Why not incorporate this into your wedding reception?
If you’re worried that you won’t find a band that you’re happy with because your music taste is more alternative, don’t worry. Let’s explore how you can ensure that you get your perfect soundtrack to your big day.
Leave plenty of time
Perhaps the first thing to remember is that finding the right band takes time. If you’re happy to be flexible, then you can book your band later down the line, but if you’ve got an unusual taste and are looking for a particular sound, then start the search early. This gives you more time to find a band that ticks as many of your boxes as possible – the later you leave it, the more chance there is that you’ll set your heart on them, only to find that they’re booked up.
Hear them live
Looking at the websites or social media profiles of your shortlisted bands can be helpful, but the best way to truly hear their sound is to go and see them perform live if you can. This isn’t always possible, but if you can, it’s well worth the extra effort. If the venue they’re performing at is a little further away, then why not make a trip of it with your husband or wife-to-be? Take some time to enjoy the wedding preparations, rather than saving all the fun for the big day.
Ask for recommendations
Recommendations are key if you can’t see your wedding band perform live before the date. Look online for reviews, ask other couples you know for their recommendations, or reach out on local online forums. If you’re part of any fan groups or local music social media groups, this can also be a good place to start the search. Just make sure you do your own research too before you commit to anything or hand over any money.
Provide a setlist
If you find a band that is open to trying a new style of music, you may be able to discuss a custom setlist with them. It’s important to discuss this ahead of booking to make sure that everyone is clear and happy. You should also ask them how far in advance they need the music list, and potentially be prepared to pay a slightly higher fee to cover new sheet music and practice time for your wedding. Finding a band that is adaptable is a great way to get the music that matters to you playing as you take to the floor as a newly married couple. Also, consulting with your wedding planner is important. They will have lots of resources for music and entertainment that you might not be able to access.
Start married life off on the right note
By following these tips, you can ensure you find a band that makes your heart sing on your wedding day. Whether you’re into metal, rock, jam bands or folktronica, there’s a band out there for you.