A great band will add energy and excitement to your wedding reception. Choose a less-than-great band and you risk having the cliched corny wedding singer serenading your guests. Here are some do’s and don’ts for choosing and working with your band, courtesy of David Tutera, star of WEtv’ “My Fair Wedding“:
- DO get references from other couples. Would they choose this band again?
- DO hear the band live. Simply hearing a demo CD or watching a YouTube snippet is not enough.
- DO provide a playlist (to include a list of “don’t play”songs if you have any!)
- DO know that a band will have a rider which is a list of requirements, including time needed to setup, meal and break requirements, etc.
- DO make sure that the lead singer can pronounce the names of all wedding party members he/she will announce.
- DO setup the band right in front of the dance floor for maximum energy in the room.
- DON’T have one style of music throughout your reception. Mix it up for your audience enjoyment.
- DON’T hire a band you saw a bar or outdoor event. Instead, hire a professional band so you will be protected by contract and have less risk.
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