As you plan for your forthcoming wedding, there are probably too many things to be taken care of with very little time available. While getting a wedding dress and wedding venue are some of the obvious tasks that need to be handled, other tasks like getting a live band can often be left until the last minute. This can be stressful as hiring a wedding band may not be an easy thing to do at short notice. To avoid the stress of trying to find entertainment with only a few weeks to go before your own special big day it is important to plan well enough ahead. When you start searching for the right band early enough, you can pull in your close ones to help with the search.Have a look at Wedding Music Bands in Pleasant Grove for more info on this.
Remember that apart from festive events, private parties and corporate events, there are other couples getting married and as you will probably have noticed, many weddings seem to take place on a Saturday night, mainly during the summer months. Good wedding bands are highly solicited for weddings and they go on a first come first serve basis. Some of the higher quality bands are booked up to 2 years in advance, so if you are looking for the best you need start straight away!
Here’s a simple checklist to follow.
-Search the internet for a band in your area. The best wedding bands are usually found in the first three pages of the search results. Finding a band locally will probably reduce the costs, as many bands charge extra when travelling up to 100 miles to reach your wedding venue.
-Consider using an agent. As well as having many bands to choose from an agent will also provide you with a solid contract. Please note that although you may gain some piece of mind booking through an agent, their fee most likely add 15-20% on to the cost.
-Start your search early! Good wedding bands can be booked up to 2 years in advance. Another advantage to starting your search early is that you can have the time to make arrangements, especially if you are bring a band from out of town. If the band is travelling for 3 hours or more, you might need to arrange accommodation. This needs to be done well in advance.
-Check their song lists. Make sure the band plays a wide range of music. Some bands will specialise in a certain genre of music so if you want something different, you may have to search harder. You may be lucky to find a band that is ready to present your personal choice of music but if you didn’t find them early, you may have lost out to another couple. Always keep in mind that although it is your wedding, your guests may not share the same taste in music, so it’s best to find a versatile band that cover all genres.
-Listen to the MP3 samples and watch their videos. This way you can be sure the band are professional enough to ensure the music is of a high quality, keeping your guests dancing all night long.
-Think about your first dance. Usually a good wedding band will be happy to learn your first dance free of charge, however they might need up to 6 weeks notice for this so it is important to be in contact with your band months before your big day. Expecting them to learn requests at the last minute will often lead to disappointment.
-Read the testimonials. Good wedding bands will perform every week and should have built up a vast number of happy testimonials. Be wary of bands that don’t seem to have many testimonials as the chances are they are not as experienced and busy as they might at first appear.