Hiring a live band can be a great way to add some excitement to your wedding reception and get your guests dancing. Before you sign a contract or pay a deposit to ay musical entertainer for your wedding, however, there are a few questions worth asking. The answers to these questions will help you make a better-informed decision so you can have one more thing checked off the to-do list for your big day.
What Do You Need at the Venue?
Find out ahead of time what kind of set-up the entertainer will need at your reception venue. This is especially important if your reception will take place outdoors, as the band may need electrical hook-ups to be run from a nearby building to power speakers, microphones and more. Some live bands will also require some sort of shelter (such as a tented stage) from the elements while playing at an outdoor venue.
Even for indoor venues, it's a good idea to consult with the band and ask them to scope out your venue ahead of time so they can ensure they have everything they need to put on a great show.
Will You Need a Break?
Depending on how long your reception will run, your musical entertainer may need an intermission to rest and refuel. Be sure to find out if and when your live band will need to take a break and how long it will last. You'll also want to find out if they can keep the party going by playing music over your venue's sound system while they're away; otherwise, you may be left with an awkward lull in the entertainment.
How Will You Dress?
Most bands that regularly perform at weddings should be happy to accommodate your attire requests, within reason. If you're hosting a casual wedding, you might be fine with the band wearing whatever they would normally wear for a concert. If you're hosting a more formal affair, however, you may want to request dressier attire.
Do You Take Requests?
Not all wedding bands accept requests, so if this is something that's important to you, this is a question you'll want to ask up-front. The right wedding band can really take your reception to the next level, so be sure to ask these questions and more to inform your choice.
To learn more, contact a musical entertainer who operates in your local area.