Live bands at weddings are a great source of musical entertainment – let’s face it what can be better than talented musicians performing live on stage?
Do you play in a good band and have you ever considered offering your services as wedding entertainment?
Weddings provide a high level of income for you and the band and also give your client the “wedding couple” live entertainment that will make their special day go out with a bang.
More often than not the bride and groom will have a few favorite songs they would like to hear you play so you should be prepared to communicate with them and take requests even if this involves learning a few new tracks for the occasion. They may, for example, want a certain song for their first dance.
A good performance can pay great dividends for any band as follow up gigs may follow from others at the wedding. So be prepared to carry with you a few information packs of the band in case a guest wishes to contact you in the future.
Getting these wedding gigs is no easy task. Sign your band up with a local agent, they can be found online or in the yellow pages. Create your own website or social networking page. On your page you should have some demo songs or videos, testimonials, a list of up and coming gigs and a point of contact.
Remember to include the cost of the whole deal when putting together a fee for your appearance. A band performing at a wedding can usually double the fee they would normally receive for a pub gig due to the extra preparations needed and the length of time on stage.
Once the bookings start coming in you will need to keep on top of your diary entries. Wedding bookings are often made months ahead of the wedding itself so by maintaining an up to date diary of gigs, you are less likely to double book. Prior to agreeing a gig, you need to know about the parking facilities at the venue and how easy setting up and packing away your somewhat heavy equipment is going to be. You will also need to check on the size of the stage to ensure there is enough space to accommodate the band and its gear.
Overlooking simple things like whether or not the venue has a live music license and it is fitted out with sufficient power outlets to accommodate the instruments can cause all manner of problems for a live band so particular care and attention should be paid to all the details, in order to get things just right.
When you will hire a wedding band wedding ceremonies are bound to get extra special. Even the themed wedding ceremonies will be more enjoyable with live band highlighting the theme, may it be an Arabian themed party or a beach wedding, livelier with the right blend of music.
Picking a wedding band can be tedious. To eliminate that valuable time think of some as alternatives in advance. What sort of music do you want? Many wedding bands play a variety of music and that is exceptionally useful however in the event that you and your life partner to be are both into jazz, that is the way to go. Do you want a band with a front man? Perhaps you simply like to have delicate, inconspicuous music out of sight of the occasion. Having a couple instruments ought to cost not as much as a full band with a lead vocalist.
Book your band as early as conceivable. It may be a smart thought to sign your band to a contract to avoid being outbid for the date by another wedding and guarantee there is no disarray about the date, time, and place. Attempt to invest enough energy with the front man so he knows about the important names and presentation he should make. Audit the play rundown and make beyond any doubt they realize what to play and when. Most professional bands will be utilized to your attention to detail and understand that it is so important to you.
When you have the band booked, go over the final details with them. By what means will the individuals be dressed? Lay out exactly what course they can take when setting up and departing. Give the leader of the wedding band with a rundown of the names and announcements he or she will make. Make beyond any doubt they are clear on the best possible pronunciation of troublesome names. It may be savvy to set up particular hand signals for sudden changes in the scene.
Finally, after the arduous process of listening to demos and interviewing potential candidates. When the dust begins to settle and you have made the final selection, it is time to sit back and enjoy how special a professional wedding band can make this wonderful day.