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How To Book The Perfect Wedding Band For Your Reception

Updated on October 15, 2013

Music Is A Key Part Of A Wedding Reception Success

Booking a great wdding band for your big day can really make an evening special.

Whilst some couples opt for a DJ rather than a band, many couples feel there is something more entertaining, even magical about live music. Here we take at a few considerations you're going to need to take into account when searching for that live act to lead the entertainment.

Essex Live Music Band
Essex Live Music Band

Booking The Perfect Wedding Band For Your Reception

The music on your big day is one of the major contributing factors to its success. It is going to define the atmosphere and will often be the difference between a fantastic evening and a bit of a drag. Whilst some opt for a DJ rather than a band, many couples feel there is something more entertaining, even magical about live music.

Here are a few tips on how you can choose the right band for your wedding reception.

1. Style

This is largely going to be down to your own personal taste, but always consider your guests too. Whilst you as a couple might be into euphoric trance or heavy metal, it is likely the majority of your guests won’t share quite the same taste in music.

That said, jazz or blues bands are often popular at weddings. Whilst classy, they tend to be lively and fun with the best bands even able to offer jazzy spins on pop classics.

2. Set List

Of course, as the bride and groom, you get the final say on your first dance and will probably get away with a few of your own personal requests. Ensure you discuss the set list with the band a good few weeks before the big day though, giving them plenty of time to learn any particular requests you have.

In terms of the order of songs, be careful to push any potentially songs unsuitable for younger or older ears to the back of the set list. Your Gran isn’t likely to appreciate Rage Against the Machine quite as much as you might.

3. Experience

Always check the band’s experience and testimonials, as well as request a couple of their demos before you book. There are dozens of professional wedding bands around so avoid hiring a second-rate covers band from your local.

That said, local bands are likely to cost less and there often a variety of fantastic, professional outfits in your area. Even a simple online search for something to the tune of ‘live wedding band for hire in Essex’(obviously, replace Essex with wherever you’re are getting married) will return a list of acts close by.

4. Price

As a very rough guide, you might expect to pay a professional wedding band between £50 and £150 per member, per hour. For a four piece band to play for 3 hours, this equates somewhere in the region of £1,200.

The price can be affected by a number of things: Will they be providing their own PA? Do they require accommodation for the night? How many new songs are you expecting them to learn?

To keep a lid on the budget, consider making that ‘live wedding band for hire' search as a local band is unlikely to require accommodation for the night and will not need to travel far to your venue.

5. Venue

Finally, check out your venue, the equipment it has, its licenses for live music and if there is a noise restriction imposed. Other considerations like car parking for the band are also worth considering.

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