Everyone wants their wedding reception to be memorable, and rightfully so. A lot goes into getting everything right and ensuring that all of the guests have a good time and go home with good memories.
A big part of making sure that this happens is getting the music right. Here we look at what makes a wedding band hit or miss, and how to find the right group for your special day.
Hire an experienced band
Finding a band that has experience of playing weddings is vital. It is not enough to hire a good gig group. You really do need to find and hire a good wedding band.
A group that sounds great at a club may still struggle to keep everyone happy at a family reception or evening do. It takes a lot of experience, and a special skill set to read the mood of a room full of wedding guests, and to be able to change things up a bit and get everyone up and dancing, again and again. The more experience your band has of playing for big family events, the better.
Can they play the music you want?
Another important consideration is the style of music that they play. You need to hire a group that can play the style of music that you and your guests will enjoy, and do so well.
Making sure that the group you are planning to hire can play your special songs is essential. Most families have favourite tracks that are played at most family occasions, which everyone enjoys and feels happy dancing to. Ensuring that your band can play those songs, and does them well, will help to create a great atmosphere at your reception.
How good are they live?
It is important to check out the bands current set list and to listen to some of their demo videos. Ideally, some of these videos should be shot live.
Modern sound decks mean that most groups can be made to sound great in a studio, but not all are as ‘easy on the ears’ when they play live. If you get the chance to see the band you are planning to hire, playing live, take the opportunity to do so. It is the best way to work out how good they really are.
You also need to consider how the band looks when they are on stage. You are looking for real entertainers, professionals. Performers that create a buzz, and really perform rather than just standing there looking bored, playing worn out instruments using an awful sound system.
Book well in advance
A good wedding band getsbooked up months ahead. One award winning Leeds wedding band we know, is always in high demand.Therefore, the earlier you start your search for a band the more likely it is that you will get what you want. . If you want the best, you really do have to book as soon as you can.
The right band ensures that everyone has a fantastic time at your reception