We realize there are many things to think about for your wedding, but believe us when we tell you that the choice of a band can make or break your reception. A lot of people go with a DJ, but you really can't beat live music. A live band adds a lot to the atmosphere and ambiance that nothing else can. The question for you is how to find the right band for you and your guests. Here are a few suggestions to aid you in your search to find a great band.
Couples can rely on a few different sources to find bands. Obviously, personal experience can be huge when seeking a service like a musical band. Ask yourself, and then your friends and family, if there’s a personal experience of any live bands that might be good at your wedding. But remember, being a great wedding band is a lot different from being a great bar band. The level of professionalism required of wedding bands is significantly higher. You can do a Google search for Denver wedding bands.
Once you see some bands you think you might like, dig further into their websites. See if they have any videos of live performances, so you can get a sense of what they look and sound like when they perform. If you can see the band live, that’s best of all. But obviously, weddings are private events and thus it’s not always possible to see bands that play mostly weddings. Then again, if they play mostly weddings, it’s probably because they’re good! Fortunately, most good bands have live videos on their sites. Some people hire booking agents to find them bands, but this carries a significant additional cost. It’s possible to book directly with most bands.
One key aspect that needs to be considered when looking for a wedding band is testimonials. Read the testimonials on the bands’ websites, and consult additional online reviews. You can see if the band has references you can talk to. Find out how the band did, and how organized and reliable they were. When you have your list pared down to 3 or 4 bands, call them and interview them. Have a list of questions that are important to you, and see what their responses are.
Ask them if they’re able to play your ceremony in addition to the reception. Discuss a general timetable for the entire day/evening and see if they seem agreeable to it. Remember, musicians aren’t machines and it takes a lot of energy to play great shows. Bands need to take short breaks and they can’t play and sing forever without losing their voices. Make sure you find out if they will have recorded music to play during the breaks. Consider whether you want them to play only after dinner, or also during dinner and the cocktail hour. Is the band willing to be the emcee during all of the events that are going to take place during the reception? If this was something you were counting on them taking care of, you’ll want to listen to their answers very carefully.
As a couple, you will want to determine what your budget is for the wedding band that you hire. Obviously bands cost more than DJs because DJs often work alone and bands have several people and there is a great deal of investment in instruments, training, microphones, and sound equipment. But many couples feel it’s worth to have the extra “wow” factor provided by a live band. 80% of wedding guests report that great live music was the thing they most remember about weddings.
It’s good to prioritize your overall wedding budget because sometimes it’s worth it to maximize one area that’s particularly important to you, and then economize in other areas. In addition, if you have a special song you would really like to hear at your reception, ask them if they are willing to learn a specific song if you provide the sheet music. You want your experience for the evening to be as personalized as possible so any band you consider should be really committed to creating a great event with you.
Pay attention to the details and you will be very happy when you find yourself at your reception dancing to great live music. We invite you to check out some of our recommendations below: