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How to choose the perfect wedding band (in just 6 steps!)

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

Choosing your wedding entertainment can be a tricky task… there are so many different factors to consider! Fortunately, help is at hand. In this blog, we at Last Minute Musicians offer our thoughts and top tips on how to book the perfect band for your wedding, in just 6 steps.


Step 1: Think about your venue

Chances are if you’re far enough down the line to be thinking about booking your entertainment, then you’ve already got an idea of a theme for your wedding and probably booked your venue. Both of these things are big factors to consider when choosing the music!

When it comes to picking the right music for your venue, it is mainly practical concerns that you have to think about – how big is your venue? Do they usually have live music? Do they have any noise restrictions? When you’re thinki

ng about space, the factors are obvious… If your venue is very small, perhaps a 12-piece soul band are not going to be the best choice!

Speak to your venue contact and make sure there is adequate space for a band, with power sockets nearby. Wherever possible, it’s also preferable to have a space for the band to get changed in and prepare for the show. When it comes to noise restrictions, there is a new (and worrying) trend appearing in UK wedding venues, and that’s the installation of Sound limiters (either voluntarily or imposed). When the volume reaches a certain level for a specific period of time, limiters will cut the power and plunge your wedding into awkward, silent darkness!

Top tip: If your venue has any strict noise limits, consider hiring an acoustic band or a solo singer who can manage their volume more effectively. Your contact at the venue should be able to answer any questions you have. The crucial things to ask them are what sort of bands they usually have, where the space is in the venue, and do they have any volume restrictions. Convey all this information to your contact in the band before booking.

Step 2: Come up with a budget

It’s a fairly simple step, but do come up with a realistic figure for how much you’d like to spend on entertainment. It may sound obvious, but your band isn’t an area in which you should be looking to skimp. Great live wedding bands can take your celebration to the next level and leave your wedding a talking point with your guests for years to come.

While there are many cheap and inexperienced bands around that will probably be prepared to play at your wedding, experienced professional musicians are always going to be better equipped to deal with any situations that may arise. Their value for money will always shine through in the performance they give and level of organization.

Top tip: On Lastminutemusicians.com, you can search the entertainment directory by price, making it easy to find the right act for your budget.

Step 3: Consider when you want live music during the day

There are many points during your wedding day when you might want to consider live music… it’s not just for your evening’s entertainment! Here are some classic choices for a music-filled wedding!

Ceremony

Nothing contributes more to an intimate atmosphere and romantic ceremony than the classic choices of a harpist, classical guitarist or string quartet to serenade you down the aisle!

Drinks Reception

If you’re looking to add some class to your drinks reception, having a swing singer performing your favourite Sinatra, Bublé and big band classics, or an (aptly named!) “cocktail” pianist can really add to that air of sophistication!

Over Dinner

Why put on a CD over dinner when you can hire a live band! A Jazz band or acoustic rock/pop solo singer will offer a fantastic solution for music over dinner that will definitely get your guests talking!

Evening’s entertainment

This is the more traditional time for live music, and should have your guests partying long into the night! A standard wedding band will provide a great mix of rock and pop classics, both old and new, but If you’ve gone with the popular “wedfest” theme, then consider a foot-stompin’ Folk band to get your audience up and dancing!

Step 4: Do your research

Now comes the fun part! It’s time to get creative and f