10 things to consider when booking your wedding music
22 Jun 2016
Wedding music can pose a minefield of possibilities; check out these 10 things to consider before you book with the help of Earcandy
Booking your wedding music is sometimes not as straightforward as initially assumed. Take a look at these words of wisdom from music agency Earcandy before you start the search.
1. Consider the type of music
While your music should cater to the majority of styles and tastes of your wedding party, it is impossible to please everyone. Choose a genre that is easy on the ear and is popular among the wider public for a choice that is sure to be a success among the various age groups.
2. Is the venue prepared for a live event? Sound proofing, local laws, capacity, etc?
Consult your venue before you book your chosen band. There are various legal implications that a wedding venue should abide by with regards to live music and these should all be communicated to you from the offset. In some cases you may need a sound engineer. Never heard of a sound engineer or not sure if you need one? Find out using this handy infographic.
3. Is the booking agency a reputable company?
Make sure you fully vet the agency you opt for before signing on the dotted line. Customer testimonials and venue recommendations are a quick way to gain the stamp of approval. Booking with a reputable agency means that you should be in safe hands - covered by contracts, insurance and PAT tested equipment. See who trusts Earcandy.
4. Ask the agency for their guarantees
Your chosen agency should have nothing to hide, and won’t be afraid to answer this question should you decide to pose it to them. At the very least, your chosen agency should be able to supply testimonials from past clients and a contractual guarantee.
5. Book early to avoid missing out on your favourite band
Advance booking is essential to securing your first choice act. Speak with the agency at your earliest possible convenience to find out when is best to book.
6. Does the band come well recommended?
Reputation is key to a musical act’s rebooking, so a good act will encourage their clients to leave them reviews. Agency websites tend to host these reviews on the profile pages of the acts that they represent, so if you are going down the route of an agency make sure you take a thorough look. Musical acts will also be keen to share videos of their performances, should you ask them, so this is worth checking out too.
7. Match your music with your wedding theme
Most brides-to-be have a general idea of their wedding theme from the outset – after all, they’ve been planning this day for years, right? Your wedding theme will give you a good indication of the music you should choose. A rock band at a boho woodland wedding will look a little out of place, so use your theme as the first indication of your wedding entertainment.
8. Does the band have specific venue requirements?
Before booking, check whether the band have requirements that you should inform the venue about or at least ask the venue to accommodate. There should never be any hidden extras or information you don’t have access to. This comes right down to details, such as the band's dietary requirements.
9. Daytime or evening music?
What time of day will your musical entertainment be performing? This can be indicative of the type of music you may wish to settle on. As a general rule, daytime music at weddings should be calm and relaxing, while evening entertainment is more upbeat to get the party dancing, so consider this carefully.
10. First dance request
If you want the band to play the music for your first dance, you should pose the question early on. This may require them to rehearse new material or set up a little earlier, so bear this in mind when booking.