Hiring a band for your wedding, party or functionPosted by Chris Hornby on October 22, 2019 Our Blog | | No comments
We have played more than 200 weddings, parties and functions and we’ve always given our audience a great time. Booking a band can seem daunting, so we thought we would share some advice for those people looking to book a band for their wedding or party.
1. Finding your band
Most people don’t have an idea of what kind of band they want. All they know is that they want their party or wedding to be brilliant, and they know a band can help. It’s usually best to just ask for recommendations. Word of mouth is a great way to find a band. Most people have seen one or more bands at weddings and will be able to help you. Start by asking friends, people you know who got married recently, or ask on social media. You’ll get plenty of recommendations.
2. Deciding on your band
See the band live before you book them. Most bands also play local pubs and events and you should definitely try and see them. Only by seeing them live will you get a feel for how they will enhance your wedding or party.
Also, make sure you go and speak to them afterwards. Introduce yourself and ideas for your event. It’s good to start a dialogue early and you want to make sure that the people you’re hiring seem genuinely interested in helping you.
3. Ask their advice
You might not know what set-times you want, whether you want them to play a first dance song, what time to serve the buffet, or how to play a playlist of your own choosing beforehand… well, ask the band! Most bands who do a lot of weddings and parties will know exactly how to get the best out of your event and they can give you tips and advice.
4. Getting value for money
Don’t forget that you’re hiring 4, 5 or more people to give up their evening night, which including set-up times and travel could amount to 7 or 8 hours of their time each. Therefore it’s not uncommon that you could be looking at upwards of £1,000. However, if you’ve seen a band that you like then it can be really worth it and can make it such a memorable night for your guests. Don’t forget you can negotiate on prices and it might be best to approach more than one band to compare.
5. Recommend to others
Afterwards, if you liked the band and you felt they were great value for what you paid, then please don’t forget to recommend them to others, or even write them a nice review that they can share to help get more gigs.
Pete @ The Turnarounds