When it comes to planning your wedding entertainment, it’s best to get something booked at least a few months in advance. Bear in mind that the most popular singers and bands will get booked up quickly, so set aside as much time as you can to avoid being disappointed by your first choice being unavailable – especially in busy seasons such as summer and around Christmas.
Once you’ve booked your musical entertainment, the performer will usually take care of details such as equipment, organising sound checks and putting together a tailored song list for the occasion. If you look online, you should find there is a huge choice of musicians for hire in your area – including solo singers, jazz bands, swing performers and even choirs.
Many people choose to have DJs at their wedding reception, or will simply supply the music themselves through an iPod and sound system. If you’re opting for a low-budget event, this can be a great way to get people up and their feet – but there’s nothing like a full band to really make the night something special. And if you can’t pull out all the stops for the happiest day of your life, when can you?
What’s more, hiring a band to play on the night can be surprisingly low cost – particularly if only for a short set. If you opt for someone local, you won’t need to pay for their travel or accommodation, and they should provide all of the equipment and backing tracks, as well as high quality entertainment for all of your guests.
Some performers will also offer a DJ service to accompany their set, meaning you can provide guests with both a live music set, followed by all of your favourite tracks through the latest sound system. This usually works out substantially cheaper than having to hire a DJ and sound equipment separately, which is what many couples end up doing.
Most wedding musicians will have a repertoire of songs that they perform regularly, but you should be able to make special requests if you have something specific in mind. Many bands will also offer an optional ‘first dance’ performance, which can usually be any song of your choosing, so long as the vocal style and musical accompaniment is something they can interpret.
When you’re booking entertainment for your guests, you’ll want to make sure you’re hiring professionals with previous experience performing in front of large audiences. Many musicians for hire will have professional training, as well as experience performing at prestigious events, so you know you’ll be able to count on them to turn up on time and deliver a great performance.
You should also able to view testimonials from previous customers online to get a feel for the kind of services on offer, though make sure they are genuine. A good way to know for sure that your chosen musicians have performed at other events in the past is to scope out their online photographs.
So, not only will the right wedding band set a great mood for the big day, but they can also work out to be a much better value option than hiring a DJ or sourcing your own sound equipment.
Neil Kristopher is a professionally trained solo singer based in Cheshire, UK. With a vast repertoire of well-known songs, Neil specialises in swing, rat pack and pop music. The singer trained in Musical Theatre at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, and was recently the main entertainment for the NHS Annual Award’s Ceremony. He is also the resident singer at the Quay Spa & Hotel in North Wales, and the Cottons Hotel & Spa in Knutsford, both of which are four star establishments. Neil is available to hire for a variety of occasion’s including weddings, corporate events and private parties.