The first question you should ask yourself is; do I need a band? For the answer, consider the guest list. If you have invited more than twenty people, you should at least have a subdued Disc Jockey at your reception. If the number of guests exceeds forty, a band will be needed unless you have several cots set up for the bored, not as close to the bride and groom as immediate family, guests to nap in.
Type your specific request into any search engine and you will find dozens of websites dedicated to making your bridal experience a fun and memorable occasion. You will find that hiring a wedding band takes careful consideration. Enjoy this wonderful process and take your time. With so many to choose from you are bound to find the perfect one.
Most of the elements in your wedding are monetarily driven. For this reason, the more money spent, the better the quality of the element. This is not necessarily true of the wedding band. There are professionals that work for the money and are very highly touted and paid. Still others consider the gig as a great chance to practice, sharpen their skills, and to help overcome stage fright in their weakest members. You can expect to spend between one and three thousand dollars for a solid four hour gig.
Choosing a wedding band can be time consuming. To cut down on that precious time consider some options in advance. What kind of music do you want? Many wedding bands play a variety of music and that is very helpful but if you and your spouse to be are both into jazz, that is the way to go. Do you want a band with a front man? Perhaps you just prefer to have soft, subtle music in the background of the event. Having a few instruments should cost less than a full band with a lead vocalist.
Now that you have your wedding band, take time to consider a few tricks that will make it easier on you and your guests. First, the cost is related to the kind of music played. A good soft rock and pop band will cost less than a profession flutist and a cellist. The band will provide their own equipment and any technical support they might need. If you are considering a band that does not, or a band that presents you with a list of needs, consider another, more professional band.
Most bands play four-hour sets. Anything over that may be billed extra. Be careful when you plan seating to put the band in the optimal placing for your activities. Your wedding coordinator should have line of sight contact with the band at all times, so that there are no surprises and everything is timed just right.
Finally, relax. Many very reliable and professional wedding band know exactly what to you need. They understand what you are going through and will make the process as easy and painless as possible.