Post # 1
How did you guys choose your wedding band? I’m not loving the idea of having to drive all around the state to listen to these bands in showcases. Plus it seems like a lot want a temporary deposit to hold the date, which is refunded if we decide nto to hire them after seeing them in a showcase. Is that a sales ploy, or are they really just that fast to book? I’m ready to put one down for a certain band but Fiance thinks it’s bs.
He wants to hire a band that plays at bars in our state instead. They are so awesome at the bar, but I’ve never seen anything about them on any wedding-related message board or review site. Their price is also kind of strangely low. Would this band make you nervous? I’m feeling a little freaked by that. And is it a bad idea to hire a “bar” band rather than a wedding band? My Fiance wants a band that reflects his musical taste but while he has cool taste, I don’t think he’s taking into account the idea that 3/4 of our guest our middle age…
any thoughts appreciated!
Post # 3
I used gigmasters to find bands in my areas. They send free quotes and then I contacted the one’s in my price range who’s videos I liked. I only ended up seeing 1 live and booked them.
Since you’re wedding isn’t until 2012 I would find a few, start going to their shows, and then make a deposit on one. Don’t pay anyone to reserve a date since they probably won’t start getting most of their reservations until a year out.
If you can see your guests to dancing to a “bar band” that you like, go for it! Keep in mind that they might not do wedding classics that could get all your guests on the dance floor.
Good luck! I love live music and am so excited about ours!
Post # 4
As long as the bar band plays music you can actually dance to, and not just dig while you’re sitting in your chair with a beer, I would’t be worried about them.
I originally wanted to get a balkan gypsy band for our wedding but tracking them down turned out to be tricky. Eventually we found a band that regularly plays at a restaurant in town, we went to meet with the band leader and the guy said things like “2 July 2011, well I can’t guarantee we’ll be in the country at that time and if we’re not you’ll have to pay for our plane tickets”. Sorry, if you take on a gig you stay in the country! The band leader was so sketchy I saw red flags everywhere and needless to say we didn’t book them. So my advice to you if you’re worried about the bar band, go talk to them! Talk about their sets (how long would they play, what kind of music), are they willing to learn any special songs, is their sound equipment insured and tested etc? That way you’ll get a good feel for if they’re responsible or not.
For our wedding, I trawled lots of local wedding websites and found some recommendations, we then checked out their websites and youtube clips and in the end we decided not to obsess about it anymore and just pick on and move on! Hopefully they’ll live up to my expectations, and if not, I’m sure people will enjoy a live band anyway.