(Closed) Tips on choosing a band?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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.

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