Save time and effort by talking to the right people, seeing the right bands, while avoiding pitfalls as you choose a wedding band.
The search for perfect wedding entertainment can be a daunting task. There are many great options in the Philadelphia region, from DJs to DJ/ Live hybrid acts to dance bands of varying size. Our goal with this blog is to help you choose a wedding band.
Choose a wedding band that uses a modern sound system
There are numerous things to consider when choosing the right band for your wedding. For example, the ballroom size may dictate the size of band you should consider. However, with today’s technology, sound systems are small and efficient, so a band that may have been too large for a room years ago, may work perfectly today. Make sure the band that you are considering utilizes the latest technology, especially the use of “in ear monitors” as this eliminates the need for extra speakers onstage. This also helps control the volume of a band.
Beware of smoke and mirrors
Once you decide that the ballroom supports a band, the research can begin. Online searches via Google and other search engines may lead you to many websites, but be careful, as what you see may not always be what you get. It is much easier for an inexperienced band to put forth the illusion of experience through a website, or highly edited video. When you are on your quest to choose a wedding band always ask, “Is what I see, exactly what I can expect to get?”
When you Choose a Wedding Band Check their reputation
As you choose a wedding band, be sure to learn about their experience, stability, and professionalism. The most direct method is best. That is, if you had a chance to see a band at a wedding, ask the person that dealt with the band about the experience, even before you reach out to the band. Perhaps the most credible way to choose a wedding band is by asking other professionals you may be interviewing, especially your catering sales person at the venue, or venues, you are considering.
Your Wedding Venue Can Help you Choose a Wedding Band
Catering sales managers and event specialists at the venue are able to tell you who works best at their facility. They can tell you whether or not a band leader is prepared and flexible, and if their clients had a great or not so great experience with a band. A great wedding band will communicate with the venue team before during and after each wedding to ensure everything is perfect, and the venue professionals are in a unique position to tell you about how the party is run, as well as how professional the entire band is, so ask your venue team who they recommend.
Choose your Wedding band by seeing them live
Even with high level referrals, most couples want to choose a wedding band by seeing them live. Most entertainment companies, and their bands, provide an opportunity for you to see the bands perform. The only valid exception is that a band may be in such high demand, that they have limited availability (in this case the band probably performs at public events that they may invite you to). It is highly recommended that you see the band at a showcase or event, where you can also meet the band leaders, performers and their staff. The larger established companies often showcase multiple bands in one evening, making it even more convenient.
Enjoy the process as You Choose a Wedding Band
In short, do your research by asking friends and most importantly, wedding professionals, who they suggest as a great wedding band. Interview the band management regarding stability and experience, then go see the bands live. It should be a fun experience that will lead you to the perfect band for your wedding!
Blog by Kurt Titchenell