Wedding Music Success
Song choice can make or break a moment. Chuck on the perfect song, and the crowds will be up and dancing in no time, shouting out the lyrics - or, pick a not-so-good song, and the spirit of the party goes out instantly. Without a doubt, music impacts any event - so it’s absolutely worth booking professionals, to make sure you and your guests are never disappointed, are constantly entertained, and can dance the night away carefree!
We’ve compiled a handy list of secrets to ensure your wedding music is a success, and provides the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests.
SECRETS FOR WEDDING MUSIC SUCCESS:
The best time to book your band or DJ is around 9 to 12 months out from your wedding.
Think about when you want music to be a feature - perhaps during canapés and cocktail hour? A bit of live music here can perfectly set the mood, keeping it gorgeously festive and warm up the party, without overpowering the conversation. The loud stuff comes out later in the night!
Jazz, swing, acoustic guitar, harp? Think about what kind of music you want playing during the different parts of the day.
Make sure you have a signed agreement/contract from your entertainer.
Ensure you see the musician/band live prior to booking or get references from previous clients.
Select musicians or bands that regularly perform at weddings
If you’re having a live band, ask them about the space they require, and discuss with the venue where the best space for them will be. It’s also worth checking whether the venue has noise restraints.
Would you prefer a live band, or a DJ? Keep in mind that a band will usually play between 3 – 4 hours, whilst a DJ can play longer. You might choose to have a live band during the afternoon, and a DJ take over in the evening for when the dancefloor opens up - usually around 9pm.
If you’re going for a band, note that they will usually take a break for 15 minutes after every 45 minute set. They should provide music between each set so the atmosphere continues, so no need to worry about awkward silences!
When choosing your entertainer, ask if they take requests, are flexible, can tailor the event to your specifications, and help you plan your event’s music beforehand. Different entertainers will have different processes.
Your day deserves the very best in musicians, from their performance through to their dress and attitude. Your time is precious, especially when it comes to wedding planning - so save yourself the stress and book a pro. Happy planning!