Post # 1
So we’re having a black tie wedding. Black tie wedding = band. I’ll admit, the band at my brother’s wedding was fun, but omg, I’ve watched demo videos for local bands and they all look like they’re from the 80s. I also hate pop music… and I don’t think I’m going to find a band that will play the Mountain Goats or Of Motreal or Jukebox the Ghost or any of the other bands I actually like.
Anyone have advice about finding a band that doesn’t scream Adam Sandler in the Wedding Singer?
Post # 3
FI and I agonized over this. He insisted we have a band (not because we’re having a formal wedding but because he absolutely didn’t want a DJ) but neither of us wanted a cheesy cover band. The type of bands that play everything from Frank Sinatra to the Black Eyed Peas – NOT our thing. We looked at some bands that play their own songs, and no or few covers, but then I was worried that people woudn’t be into it and wouldn’t dance. So in the end we found a band that does covers but in a pretty specific style – they play bluesy rock, soul and funk. They don’t play rat pack music, Journey or Lady Gaga. I’m still nervous about it, but this was the best compromise we could come up with.
You could go a different head and do a bluegrass band or something like that, but the bluegrass bands that I’ve seen usually get a few people on the dance floor but aren’t great for creating a dance party if that’s what you want. Finding a band is HARD. It was by far the hardest wedding planning decision for us. I don’t have great advice other than to just keep looking…it took us a while to find our band because they weren’t one of the more popular wedding bands.
Post # 4
I think “Big Band” music, circa the ’40’s would be a lot of fun. Like swing type jazz instrumental music. 😀
Post # 5
@google: Not sure where your located but we are having an AMAZING band at our wedding-