It is your wedding day and you definitely want to mess it up either the wrong choice or absence of music. Irrespective of whether you are music people or not, the kind of music that gets played at your wedding can be quite crucial. A great live band can actually make all the differences between a dull wedding and a memorable wedding. Try To stay away from these mistakes and you will be sure to have a great wedding music.
Sound check is skipped
There could be certain limitations such as restrictions based on the time, sound amplification and power supply based on a type of music that can be played due to the location of the venue. Even though there may not be any regulations, it makes sense to find out from your venue manager about the kind of music that works well for that particular space. Make a plan for a walk through for the band you have hired before the event in case they did not work there earlier. Though it is difficult to appreciate the importance of the walk-through, a professional can quickly spot and resolve any kind of tricky situations by doing a sound check.
Beginning the wedding ceremony in absolute silence
Usually, a majority of the guests reach about 20 minutes to half an hour before the wedding ceremony begins. However, the wait appears to be lengthier when there is silence around them. So make sure your ceremony musicians arrive at the venue about twenty minutes before the start of the ceremony. When there is music before the ceremony as well as in between, it is a signal to the guests that they can take their seats or be quiet.
Abandoning the plan of hiring a band prior to doing some homework
It will be your first major music decision to make and you should do it in proper style. In case, the budget is not an issue for your wedding and you fond of live music, you can opt for a band to perform during the ceremony. However, do not simply dismiss the idea of hiring a band just because you feel it is beyond your budget. You should do some research and try to get advice and referrals from your friends or colleagues. You will definitely find a lot of interesting varieties to entertain your guests on your wedding day.
Wait to meet the musicians till your wedding day
You should try to meet the musicians before your big day. If possible, request for a live performance.
Are you planning to include a wedding live band for your special day? Since it will be the biggest day of your life, you just cannot afford to take any risk with the selection of the band. You need to also check whether the band in question will be carrying all their necessary equipment to the venue or not.
Here are some if the things to consider while selecting a live band for any special occasion.
When you chose the band, you need to know whether the band has the necessary video or sound files and a list of testimonials and clients for you to browse through on their website. In fact, a professional live band will definitely have these credentials send no qualms about sharing them with you. Moreover, such details will allow the event organizer to find out whether the said band is up to mark to perform at the event and will receive good reviews or not. However, the band could be selective about what they put on their site and give access to the general public. In fact, today, social media platforms are an excellent way for validating the band’s quality of performance. A majority of reputable bands have their own social media pages and comments from those people who have watched them performing live.
You need to also check whether your short-listed bands have purchased public liability insurance or not. Have they gone through the necessary risk assessments! These are the basic requirements in a majority of commercial venues and they need to see them before the start of the band’s performance.
Know about the band’s playlist
Is the playlist of the band versatile enough to cater to the moods and requests of the audience who will be present at an event? A professional and reputable band that frequently perform at ‘tailored’ events and corporate parties usually have a long playlist that they can tweak in order to cater to the requirements of the attendees at the events. After all, it is extremely important to take into account all age groups, cultures and varied tastes and thus equipped at managing diverse people who will watch them perform live.
Can the venue facilitate the needs of the band?
You need to also find out whether the concerned venue can cater to specific requirements of the band for the event. Many professional bands usually make their rider requirements and technical specifications clear.
This question has no real right answer and purely depends on your idea of good music is. However, when we talk about choosing a wedding music band it is important that you consider all the available options and choose the type of music that will compliment the type of wedding that you want to have.
There are several parts of a wedding and at these times there are different kinds of music that is played so that the wedding is a success. By alternating between an instrumental band and having a vocalist join the band at different times you can get the perfect balance of music that you need during your wedding.
The best time for an instrumental band
Most of the time the guest show up early and have to wait for a while before the ceremony can start. It is important that you have some soft music that can carry on in the background while these guests who have arrived early interact with each other. If there was only silence during this period 20 mins wait for the start of the ceremony can feel like it is 2 hours. It is also easier to control the guest with the use of the music rather than trying to tell them what to do when. It is easier for the guests to know that the ceremony is about to start when there is a change in the tempo of the music and they take their places. In the same way, after the ceremony is over and the guests are leaving that area and going into the reception area the instrumental band can play soft soothing music so that there isn’t silence. Another good time for instrumental music is during dinner time as this will not hamper any conversation at the dinner table.
The best time to have a vocalist
A vocalist is mainly required when the guests are dancing and to make the environment more energetic and to encourage more guests to get onto the dance floor and participate. They can also sing songs on request. They can also sing songs for the children to dance to so that they do not feel left out.
The benefit that you get by choosing to have a Live Band at the wedding is that they are versatile and can cater to all your musical needs and make your wedding day the wedding of your dreams.