Your Wedding Entertainment
Your wedding entertainment is one of the most important decisions you need to make for your wedding day. The old saying is: The music “makes or breaks the party”. And, whether you are booking a “live band” or a DJ, you must be sure to audition them in advance of your wedding day. Be sure that you are going to get the same musicians/DJ’s that you are auditioning for your wedding day entertainment.
For example, in the Atlantic City and Philadelphia area of the United States (NJ, PA) both Bands and DJ’s are prevalent. Atlantic City uses 75% DJ and 25% Live Bands, and Philadelphia uses 70% DJ’s and 30% Live Bands.
Your budget and style preferences have everything to do with the wedding entertainment you decide to hire.
Hearing and seeing these acts perform will put you at ease that you have made the right decision.
* Audition your wedding entertainment
* Be sure they portray the style of entertainer you want
* Ask about cost options
Your wedding entertainment is paramount to the success of your wedding day!
A Band for Your Wedding
When it comes to a band for your wedding (live music), the audition process is crucial.
The focus points in finding a band are:
- Audition the band at a live music event (if possible)
- Ask the band leader if the personnel you see are the personnel you’ll get
- Does the band know traditional wedding songs
- Does the band also provide live music at your Cocktail Hour
- How many breaks do they take or is the entire reception live music
Too many times in an live music audition a Bride and Groom can be convinced that the band is right for them. But beware: Are you hearing the band at a bar, at a summer concert in the park, in a theater performing a show?
This is where referrals become so important about a band. Many bands can put on a “good show”, but that’s not what’s important at your reception. Your reception is not a show. Your reception is a living, breathing “live” event that requires a bandleader of experience to orchestrate all the details including:
- Announcing in the Bridal Party
- Communicating with the room captain through the courses of the meal
- Communicating the formalities to Photographers and Videographers
- Orchestrating Parent dances
- Orchestrating the Cake Cutting, Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss.
The band leader’s experience is key!
The Playlist for Your Live Band
The playlist for your live band is the blueprint of your event . When it comes to a strong playlist, the questions that have to be considered are:
- What are your favorite songs?
- What playlist songs will create the best dance response?
- What are your “do not plays” on your playlist?
A good live band has the ability to “read and react” to an audience . Dance bands that have been performing for many years intuitively know what song to play next. The key is to watch the dance floor and react to the styles that generate the best response.
If you “trust” the judgement of your bandleader, that their experience far surpasses yours, sometimes it’s best to “let go” a little so that they can do what they do best. Dance bands that do not have much experience are not worth you risking your event over, most probably because they were much less expensive than the experienced live band.
Also, I mentioned above a “Do Not Play” list. Sometimes this list is more important to you than your playlist . Give it some serious thought. If your playlist has 50 songs on it, and your live band plays the one song you despise, it sours the event for you.
Music and Cover Bands for Your Event
If music at your event is a “live” band, then cover bands are the best entity to engage.
Music is the single most important element at your event (when structured as a dinner/dance). The old saying is: “The music makes or breaks the party”.
Cover bands that have survived in the dance band circuit understand the importance of a strong variety of material and how to properly time it and present it through the evening, taking into account the courses of a meal served (or buffet service) and what songs to play as background music as well as what songs to play for dancing.
People always enjoy dancing to songs they are familiar with, and this is why cover bands are your best dance band option.
Be sure that your band has enough experience in the type of event you are putting together. I wouldn’t recommend putting a “Bar Band” at a society event just because they were “great fun last Saturday night”. Be selective, and be sure that the band is a good “fit” for your musical preferences and style of affair you are hosting.