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BVTLive’s Bride Guide: How to Use Real Reviews to Find the Perfect Wedding Band for You

Advice From Pros and Brides, Tips

Once the magic of your recent engagement starts to fade, typically the wedding planning panic starts to set in. But have no fear, wedding planning in 2021 is easier than ever with the help of the internet. In this day and age, it is super easy to find real reviews from other brides and grooms to make sure you find the perfect live band or DJ for your wedding.

Why Is Finding the Perfect Wedding Entertainment So Important?

Your live wedding band or DJ can make your wedding unforgettable, so it’s important to take the time to consider which entertainment is right for you.

When planning your special day, there are a few things you want to consider when looking for the perfect entertainment. You want to look for live bands and DJs that are well reviewed by lots of people. This assures that on your special day, everything will go to plan and you will feel confident that your live band or DJ will be professional, sound exactly how you imagined, and that the same band members that made you choose them will be there on your wedding day.

Some entertainment companies choose to arrange bands and change out different band members, but here at BVTLive, we assure you that what you see is what you get. All of our bands are passionate about music and pride themselves on being elite wedding professionals, which is what makes our bands the best in the Philadelphia region!

All of our live wedding bands are committed creating top-notch entertainment. They consistently earn 5-star reviews on Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Yelp. The Philadelphia bands at BVTLive have experience performing at the highest level venues around the tristate area.

Top 7 Ways to Find Real Reviews from Other Brides and Grooms

We have complied a list of the top 7 places to find real reviews for your live wedding band or DJ. Use these resources to make sure your entertainment matches what you want your special day to be like. One helpful tip for future brides is to use all of these resources to look for the perfect wedding day entertainment. Just because a band has great reviews on one platform doesn’t mean that you should pick them immediately. Do your research and make sure the live wedding band or DJ is well reviewed among all or many of these platforms before booking them.

1. Wedding Wire

Wedding Wire on Mobile

Wedding Wire is a fabulous resource for future brides and grooms. Besides offering different planning tools such as wedding registries and websites, Wedding Wire also has a specific section on their site for vendors. When looking for wedding bands and DJs, select your budget and region and it will narrow the results for you. From there, it is important to not just look at the amount of stars or reviews the band or DJ has, but the actual text of the reviews.

Below is one of the reviews from BVTLive’s Wedding Wire page. This is the perfect example of what to look for when booking your wedding entertainment.

“BVTLive was extremely helpful throughout our whole wedding process, always keeping in touch and not over stepping while we were waiting to make the decision on our band. Big Ric Rising, as a band and Big Ric specifically, were more than we could have hoped for. They had people up and dancing all night with their high energy and crowd participation throughout the event. In speaking to Ric beforehand, we could tell that his enthusiasm for what he does was going to carry over to the wedding night and leave the guests knowing they just had the night of their lives. We will recommend BVTLive and Big Ric specifically to anyone looking for a smooth band selection process and a band that will bring the party.”

Ryan B., Groom

2. The Knot

The Knot on Mobile

Another site that is extremely helpful for future brides and grooms is The Knot. Similar to Wedding Wire, this site is helpful for anyone who is looking for professional wedding vendors. BVTLive has won The Knot’s Best of Weddings since 2011, and has been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

Here is a perfect review of what you should look for when looking for wedding entertainment on The Knot:

“We hired Jellyroll to play at our daughter’s wedding reception. From the very beginning of the planning process every vendor we met recommended Jellyroll. They said they were the best band in the Philadelphia region. Kurt Titchenell, owner of BVTLive is a true professional. From the first planning meeting to the night of wedding everything went as promised. The dinner music selections were perfect and at the proper volume. After dinner the band packed the dance floor playing crowd favorites. Our guests complimented us on the music that evening and continued to rave about the band in the days following the wedding. Jellyroll is an outstanding band. We highly recommend them; they will make your event memorable!”

– Sharon T., Mother of the Bride

3. Wedding Venue and Planner Suggestions

Another route that you can go when looking for a wedding band or DJ is to ask your wedding planner or wedding venue. Usually wedding planners and venues have connections with high quality entertainment groups that they can suggest.

4. Youtube

One way to double check for yourself that your wedding band or DJ are going to be exactly how you imagine is to search for them on Youtube. Usually the entertainment company that the band or DJ is affiliated with will have a Youtube page with lots of live wedding content and professional showcase videos. If the company does not, or you can’t find anything about your wedding band or DJ on Youtube, that may be a red flag.

Here is a great example of what to look for when looking for live bands on Youtube:

5. Word of Mouth

If you have friends who were recently married or family members who had a great live band or DJ at their wedding, ask them who they booked! Word of mouth is a great way to find out what your close friends and family will enjoy at your reception.

6. Live Band Showcase

Live Wedding Band Showcase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some wedding bands will have live showcases where you can see the band perform before your big day. Here at BVTLive, we host bi-weekly live band showcases to give our brides and grooms the opportunity to see for themselves how the band sounds. If you would rather determine for yourself if one of our live bands is perfect for you, sign up for one of our live band showcases today!

7. Instagram

Professional Instagram Page

One of the most recent ways that brides and grooms have been looking for wedding bands and DJs is through Instagram. Many bands will have their own specific Instagram page where you can see videos and content from real weddings that they have performed at. On BVTLive’s Instagram page, you can check out loads of real content from our lovely brides and grooms!

Final Thoughts

Overall, these are the most helpful sites and tips for brides when looking for the perfect live band or DJ. If you are interested in booking one of our award-winning Philadelphia bands and DJs, contact us now!

 

Caroline Kinsley is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware. With a degree in media communications, Caroline’s passions are marketing and journalism. Before joining the BVTLive team, Caroline interned at Delaware Today Magazine. Caroline also writes for a Philadelphia based wedding blog, Yeah Weddings. Caroline joins our BVTLive team as the marketing specialist and helps with writing blog content, updating social media profiles, editing video footage, and assisting the marketing director. Caroline has always had a passion for the wedding planning process, being the daughter of an event planning executive.

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