The music at your wedding can actually make or break the event. No one wants their wedding to suck. Music is the one aspect that can carry your event late into the night or leave guests with a hum-drum, lame vibe. Everything at the wedding could be beautiful and been perfectly planned. However, if you have lame entertainment, that is all everyone will remember. Therefore, if you are the type of person that wants a killer dance party, invest in music.
There is a difference between a Wedding/Event band and a Bar Band. A professional event band knows the tried and true classics and know how to read a crowd. An event band will know how to perform the bridal party introductions, announce the father/daughter dance, cake cutting etc. A bar band, that you love to listen to on a Friday night, might not have the working knowledge of weddings or the elements that go into creating a seamless event. While this should not be a deal breaker, it is important to consider.
Ask if the DJ be the same person making announcements during the event? Is there an additional person that will be speaking to the guests or is the DJ making all announcements? There is a huge difference between knowing how to read a crowd and mix beats. Successfully doing both takes some skill. You can’t have a dud on the mic…it makes for some awkward transitions.
Will your DJ or band perform during the ceremony? Is there an extra charge for this service? Sometimes, the band can provide a string quartet for the ceremony and add additional members throughout the evening for a full band by the end of the reception.
If you hire a band, how many breaks do they require? How long are their sets? DJs usually only require a meal break and then play for the rest of the night. If you have a band, do they play all night or do they have scheduled 10/20/30 minute breaks? What music will be played during the band’s set breaks?
What does your budget allow? Bands can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Totally depends on who you hire, how many pieces are in the band and how long you need them to play. Hence, DJs will usually be the more cost effective option, but don’t cheap out. Remember, you get what you pay for.
A good rule of thumb is if a wedding service or product is not at least $1,000 then find out why you are getting such an amazing discount. Are they new to the industry? Are they looking to build their portfolio?
Above all, find someone who you connect with. Find someone who will be able to read your crowd and keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning. There is a professional vendor for every client at every budget. Finally, do your research and above all else, hire a professional. For instance, if you are interested in seeing how to save money, click here. If you need help on the etiquette of tipping your vendors, check out this blog post.