Four Tips To Help You Find The Best Band For Your Wedding

05 Jan 2016

Musician and music consultant Damien Eldridge provides key advice for your event

The colour scheme has been selected for the venue, the caterer booked and now you’re ready to fill the room with the best music to get your guests dancing and having a great time. As with every other aspect of planning your big day, you need to do your research.  Here are four tips to get you started:

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Make sure your band is comprised of expert musicians – they will have extensive experience performing live, be well-presented, reliable and turn up on time.  They will know when and where to discreetly set up, and will know how to create the right atmosphere for your evening. Be sure to ask what their credentials are – for example, how long have they been performing professionally? What other relevant forms of first-rate musical experience have they had? Can they provide genuine testimonies from happy clients and refer you to independent online reviews?


The Personal Touch
Choose a band that offer the choice and flexibility for you to create bespoke entertainment for your day. Whether it’s preparing special requests, working within your general musical preferences, playing in a particular style or era, or the ability to form specific instrumental configurations from a three-piece to a 15-piece band. If they are seasoned professionals, they will be able to cover all of these aspects for you

Sample the music
You’ve sampled colour swatches for your venue and food from the caterer, it is just as important to sample your band before you book.  Any band of full-time musicians will offer free live showcases, allowing you to listen to them perform. As soon as you hear them live, you will know immediately if they will be suitable for your wedding. If you’re unable to attend their show, at the very least obtain a free demo CD, but always remember that a studio recording will have been polished in the post-production stage to make it sound as good as possible. A demo CD or video is more to give an idea of the band’s style and diversity of music, rather than an example of their live sound.


A professional band will be highly experienced at planning and will consult with you to smooth out any of the logistical and technical complications that occur behind the scenes. They should proactively guide you through the process, asking and answering all questions so that you can simply enjoy your event to the full. Does your band have a consultation system in place? Are they contactable?

So remember, when finding the best band for your wedding, don’t be afraid to ask them questions and seek out their live performances. They should make you feel at ease, be flexible and professionals to make your music just right on the day.

Damien Eldridge
Consultant | Musician | Director of Blue Lion Band

The Blue Lion Band – a corporate and wedding band proud to be part of the International Musicians Leagues, a group of world-class, full-time, musicians, who lead the industry with standards, accountability and professionalism

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