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How To Book A Live Band For Your Wedding

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One of the most essential questions to ask your wedding venue is, “What time is curfew?” This crucial detail outlines how you’ll set up your wedding day and reception, and more importantly, determines how long your wedding band gets to keep the live music vibes flowing.

Today’s article has one mission – to help you with your wedding music by providing the essential tips you’ll need to hire a live band. As we lay out the top questions to ask, let us also introduce Entertainment Nation. They’re passionate about helping you discover the perfect act for your event by providing trustworthy, transparent, and hassle-free entertainment booking services in the UK.

To get started with Entertainment Nation, simply enter your wedding’s date and location to quickly find ensembles that are available for you. Anything from upscale party bands, folk music groups, pop and rock groups, to more mellow styles can be found listed on the site.

Entertainment Nation created the easiest way to browse available groups and find the perfect band for your wedding. On each individual band profile you can read detailed bio descriptions of their performance styles, and even watch videos! So, even if you’re hoping to have your Mumford & Sons wedding band moment, you can check the list of wedding acoustic and folk bands that will lead you to the perfect ensemble for your vision.

Opt for live music for your wedding and reception and trust it’s definitely going to live up to the hype. Our list of tips for booking a wedding band will ensure you’ll be able to relax and enjoy every part of your wedding day, leaving every music detail perfectly planned.

Decide on your style of music.

This will help you and your partner set realistic expectations for your day. You want the band to match the vibe of your wedding. So, regardless of the casual or formal nature of your wedding, you have music that will suit the reception festivities. A foot-stompin’ bluegrass band isn’t exclusive to having a country wedding. And likewise, a jazz trio isn’t exclusive to your cocktail hour. If you set the mood, any style of music is appropriate. If you’re unsure where to start, check out Entertainment Nation’s helpful inspiration page for discovering your dream entertainment.

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The White Shirts

List the equipment.

You’ll need to gather equipment information about your wedding venue from the on-site manager or coordinator. Things like a PA system and speakers will be necessary information you’ll need to relay to the band you hire. And a very important detail for outdoor events – you’ll need power, and most likely, plenty of extension cords and plug-ins. If your wedding is at a more established venue, there’s no doubt they are prepared for an under-the-stars reception with live music. However, if your venue is a little more DIY, you’ll need extension cables, and people to help set up equipment.

Confirm the venue’s details.

What time is the sound curfew? What time is best for the band to arrive? Every wedding location is going to have a preferred flow to their day. This can cover when and where people can load in equipment, and also general rules on how the venue likes to run things. The venue may have a designated person in charge of assisting with sound, but if they don’t, you’ll want to make sure you establish this role. This person can assist with load-in and break-down of equipment, as well as the very important task of sound checking the band.

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California Waiting

Make sure they know “your song”.

If you are really set on dancing to specific songs, make sure you discuss this upfront. See if the band has any live recordings, or, if they’ll be able to play you their version of your song via video message or in person. When the wedding day comes it may not matter to you how their rendition of it sounds – but you also don’t want to find out on your wedding date that they had a different understanding of that song than the version you’ve loved.

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The Lightmen

Sign a written contract.

Since this is likely one of the larger ticket items in planning a wedding, we highly recommend the band’s terms and your terms are written out for all parties involved. Entertainment Nation includes this as part of the booking process to eliminate any sort of issues with scheduling. This also serves as a great way to confirm contact information in the event of a rescheduling, or any other sort of last minute emergency. On the day of the wedding, they’ll be able to contact a point-person or coordinator, and not you.

Create your “do not play” list.

This is arguably more important than a “favorites” list of songs. While it’s great to have rec’s for the style of music you like and your favorite bands, you also don’t want to perk up during a moment that reminds you of your ex. You would be surprised by some of the creative liberties that can happen once things get moving at a wedding reception. It’s great to have this song insurance already in place, just in case a well-intentioned guest decides it’s time to start making requests.

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Wandering Wings

Take care of your artists.

A great piece of advice from my years of being a wedding musician – make sure you include the vendors in your day. This is as simple as providing them with refreshments and offering them the option to enjoy dinner at an appropriate time. Don’t be the couple who makes your vendors eat in a broom closet. They don’t necessarily need to be included in the formal dinner, but keep in mind that they are also working a long day. This means travel, setting up, performing, and tearing down equipment all in a professional manner. Providing a meal (and being mindful of food restrictions/allergies) means there’s a higher chance you’ll have happier artists. Often, that even means a more exuberant performance.

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The Brogues
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Foxland

Essential Info

Plan your wedding entertainment and live music today by visiting Entertainment Nation’s website.

Entertainment Nation is passionate about helping you discover the perfect act for your event by providing trustworthy, transparent, and hassle-free entertainment booking services in the UK.

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This post is made in partnership with Entertainment Nation.

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