are the ideal wedding band!
Because their mix of raw talent, entertainment, diversity and professionalism
all make for a truly memorable evening. They play totally live; from
Sinatra to the Scissor Sisters, from the Beatles to the Darkness,
and back. (Requests a speciality!)
will work closely with you and your venue to ensure your wedding
is a roaring success, as they appreciate just how important your
evening reception is.
early to avoid disappointment!
band is fully insured for Public Liability (up to £2,000,000)
and all electrical equipment is currently PAT tested.
Most wedding venues insist on proof of this and we will send copy
certificates as and when required.
WORD OF ADVICE ON CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING BAND
many years wedding rituals have stayed the same, but the key steps
to finding the band for your reception have changed dramatically.
Today, most brides are finding the music for their wedding on the
Internet. Via the World Wide Web, you can now see and hear bands
from all over the UK play right in the privacy of your own home.
Starting with their web site, there are 5 key steps to booking the
right band for your special day.
1: Evaluating Bands on the Internet
A good web site can give you a lot of information
right away. If you are planning a 'country wedding', and the band
photo shows the group dressed in cowboy hats, you may have found
the perfect band. However, most brides and grooms are looking for
a group that can play a variety of music. Your guests may range in
age from 8 to 80, and a band that can play Big Band Swing, Motown,
Rock and Top 40 is sure to keep the dance floor full. Read through
the band's on line song list. Does it include songs from various
genres? Do you see the music that you like to hear?
Next, see if there are audio samples listed. Take a moment and
listen to them carefully. Go with your gut feeling. Do you enjoy
what you hear? Do you like the lead singer's voice? Some bands
have video samples listed, so go through them as well. You will
probably be able to narrow down your band search dramatically after
evaluating on line demos.
Once you have narrowed your search to a few possibilities, contact
the bands via phone or email. Most bands book 6-18 months in advance,
so if you think you have found the band of your dreams, don't hesitate
to find out more information.
2: What to Ask via Email or Telephone
The first question to ask is if the band is
available on your date. If they are, now is a good time to get an
idea of the band's pricing. Bands vary in size and price, so find
out all the information. For smaller, more intimate weddings (60-150
guests) a smaller group is often appropriate. If you are planning
a larger wedding, (200 guests or more) you may be interested in hiring
a larger band. You want to make sure that you can both love and afford
the right band.
the bandleader how long the group has been playing together and if
there are any references from brides or other wedding professionals
available. Feel free to request a CD Demo and any other information
that the band can mail to you. You can then play the CD at home,
for friends or in your car and peruse the band's literature at your
You should expect a reputable band to return your emails and telephone
calls within 24 hours. The bandleader should respond to any of
your concerns, and your business should be handled in a professional
and courteous manner.
Next, find out when the band will be playing in your area so that
you can see them perform live.
3: See and Hear the Band Perform Live
Most bands have a calendar that includes public
appearances (i.e. clubs and restaurants). If not, you may be able
to peek into another wedding. Of course, make arrangements with the
bandleader first and make sure that this is okay before showing up
at a wedding.
While observing the band, you should like what you hear and what
you see. Is the band playing at a comfortable volume so that the
guests can converse comfortably? Is the dance floor full? Can you
imagine the band performing at your wedding?
When the band is on a break, be sure to introduce yourself to the
bandleader. Ask him or her any questions that you may have, and
then ask yourself if this is someone that you can communicate with
comfortably and have a good relationship with during your wedding.
4: Book the Band
Once you have decided on a band, hire them.
Nothing is worse than having your heart set on a band and finding
out that they are suddenly unavailable. The contract should include
the date, time, place of your reception, number of musicians in the
band as well as your name, address, telephone number and any other
contact information important to the event. The total price for the
band, the amount of your deposit and the balance due should all be
clearly stated. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
5: Plan in Advance
There is nothing more helpful than good planning. The more details
you can take care of in advance, the easier it will be the day of
your wedding. If you are undecided about your first dance, ask the
bandleader for suggestions. He or she should have plenty of helpful
ideas. If you have made arrangements for the band to learn a special
song, make sure to provide them with a CD copy of the music and at
least 6-8 weeks notice so that they have plenty of time to learn
your special song. If there are certain preferences that you have,
(i.e. you do or don't want the band to play line dances, etc.) take
the time to write a note at the bottom of the band's song list so
that the leader can be aware of your choice. At the same time, put
a star next to songs that you particularly enjoy so that you can
be sure to hear your favorites.
Finally, feel confident knowing that you have hired a professional
and experienced wedding band to perform at your wedding. Enjoy
the music and have fun on your special day.