Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said that music is the universal language. While some people profess not to know that language too well, there is no denying that, at the very least, music is either a huge mood-booster or mood-killer. You definitely want to get your guests cranking out a few steps on the dance floor, so hiring great musical entertainment should be of considerable importance when planning your reception.
Unless, you know, you’re okay with your older brother trying to impersonate Tupac and rap your first wedding-dance song. Badly.
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Music sets the atmosphere and your guests will most likely judge your wedding based on three things: how touching and pretty your wedding was during the ceremony, the food, and whether or not they had a blast during the reception. As such, it’s imperative that you invest some time into making sure that you, your partner, and your guests are having a fun, stress-free time without having to worry whether or not your wedding’s a bore.
And that starts by researching your wedding entertainment.
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I personally love me some good live music. Not only is there room for improvisation and sexy guitar solos, but the music just seems so much more lively than mere bass-droppers in a seedy nightclub.
Plus, if they’re a reputable band, they’re pretty much guaranteed to be decent live. It’s like having your own mini-concert at your wedding! A great and professional band should also have a band leader who is reasonably experienced in MCing, so you won’t have to really worry about announcements there.
- I mean, please — who doesn’t love live music?
- It really adds a lot more personality and style to your wedding than a DJ would
- Professional bands should be open to learning one or two songs for your wedding. Perfect if you want to hear one of your favorite songs played live
- The band is probably best suited to those who love some classic rock sounds or softer acoustics
- Live bands will not have as many songs on hand as the DJ
- Maybe you don’t like covers — which limits their repertoire even more
- Live bands generally tend to be more expensive than a DJ, depending on the size and reputation. You’ll most likely have to pay per piece (person). Prices range from $1k-$10k. Plus meals.
- Live bands will need a break = less playing/dancing time
- It’s harder to gauge the talent of a live band than that of a DJ. Hopefully your live band will be amazing. Hopefully.
- Bands can take up quite a bit of space as well, so you’ll have to look at your venue to see where you can accommodate for their performance.
For live bands, I would suggest that you shop around. Gigmasters is a great resource to look for wedding bands around your local area. Additionally, if you aren’t too picky about making sure that your band is a “wedding” band, you might want to shop around at “pubs” or “bars” that have lots of live music. If they have bands performing that you really like, what’s the harm of asking them for their rates?