If I could offer one piece of advice to future brides and grooms it would be that should your budget allow, to have a wedding band at your special day!
There are of course several things to consider when choosing the music that will play at your wedding. What sort of music suits your taste, what will get everyone dancing, what space do you have at your venue, what is your budget. One thing is for sure that be it a DJ or a wedding band, getting these things right can make or break a wedding celebration.
Vibe: The type of music you choose should reflect you as a couple. Regardless of if you have a band or a DJ. Will you have a blues band, swinging 60’s. rock or funk. A one piece or an 8 piece big band set up.
Most bands will have a large set list and you can generally choose 2-3 sets. Some even offer to learn your first dance song if that is something you want them to do.
Budget: This is something you need to consider and it will go hand in hand with the size of the band you choose. Will you have the band for the evening only or will you want music during your wedding breakfast and drinks reception. It goes without saying that a band will cost more than a DJ and I am not saying that you can’t have a good party with a DJ you just need to make sure you have a good one. One that has a good personality and knows how to get people up and dancing. In my experience, every wedding I have ever photographed that has had a band has had a full dancefloor and this makes for some amazing evening shots.
Do your research on the bands you are looking at in the same way you would with any of your wedding suppliers. Check if they offer music between sets and if you can listen to them live then even better. We didn’t originally budget enough for a band for our wedding but after months of searching we finally increased the budget and booked Breakthrough it was the best decision we could have made. We left our wedding party with one of the guests playing air guitar over the guitarist in the middle of the dancefloor.
Space: This is something that can often be forgotten. When choosing your band for your wedding you need to consider how much space you have in your function room. If you have a large room then a solo artist could get a little lost, equally if you have a small room then an 8 piece band may not be the right option for you.
Some bands that I have had the pleasure of working with and come highly recommended are;