Music can make or break a wedding celebration. No doubt about it. It's the heart and soul of a reception and can send your guests home with happy feet or pained grimaces! The fact that you want to hire a talented band or fleet fingered DJ is a given. Can't decide who should play your wedding tunes? Here's everything you need to know to find the right music maker for your day.
Finding Wedding Reception Music Bands is a matter of polling friends, surfing online, shopping around with fine tuned ears, and making a move quickly top talent can get booked up to a year in advance. What type of entertainment suits your personal taste, budget, space allowances, guest demographics, and killer dance moves best? Keep an open mind, and consider these issues to start your search.
The type of music you choose can set the tone of your wedding and solidify a theme. And remember, it's the thing people most often remember. Think about what music genre best reflects your personalities and inspires the ambience you want to create. Groovy funk or subdued string quartet? Swanky swing or kick off your shoes and sweat zydeco? The way the music is delivered by live band or DJ also affects the ambience. The type of music you choose may dictate the choice too big band sounds are generally best live, for example.
Are you a little bit country, while he is a little bit rock and roll or RnB? Regardless of whether you choose a band, be sure they play slow and fast songs, and old and new tunes to encourage different sets of guests to hit the dance floor.
In the price war, DJs generally cost less, and prices vary depending on music equipment requests and whether it's a weekday or a weekend. A 12 piece band, for example, will generally be more expensive than a DJ, since there are more people to pay. Celebrity DJs can be just as expensive as live bands. Band prices vary by the number of musicians. The amount of time you want them to play music for, day of the week, and what time of year it is.
Do not get your heart set on an 8 piece salsa band before you check whether the reception site has any restrictions on the number of musicians and pieces of equipment you may bring in, and whether there are any electrical power supply or noise limitations. For example, a registered landmark reception site may not allow you to use large speakers. Ask these questions before you start scouting bands.