Here at Matt Strafford Enterprises,we know it can sometimes be difficult to know what to ask when booking your wedding band, for many people it is the only time you’ll book a band. So we have compiled a list of our top ten questions to ask your prospective band:
1. How long will the band play for?
Make sure when you are getting your quote, you know how much live music you are getting, just because a band are there from 7pm – midnight, it doesn’t mean they will play for that long. There will be different prices for amount of sets and length of sets.
2. Do the band provide music before, in between and after sets?
Some bands will provide DJ music for the time they are not playing, whereas some bands will not, you need to clarify this, as if not you will either have to book a DJ as well or put your own iPod on.
3. Do the band require refreshments?
Make sure you check whether your band require food and drink during the day, they normally do and you will want to work that in to your budget early on.
4. Do your band learn requests and first dances?
It is important to find out from the outset whether your band are willing to learn new songs for your day and how many, with it being your special day don’t be scared to ask for a couple of songs that mean a lot to you, however also remember these guys do it for a living they will know the songs to get people up dancing etc. so don’t go crazy on the requests!
5. How long will it take the band to set up?
This is especially important if they are setting up where you are having your wedding breakfast for example. You don’t want someone banging a drum kit around while dad is trying to make his speech! Work out with your band and venue the best time for them to come and set up, be aware that early set ups may incur an extra charge so try to have timings in mind early on.
6. Does your band offer discounts?
Never be afraid to ask for discounts! If you book both afternoon and evening entertainment, bands will often offer a discount, and also there is usually a deal to be had on mid week bookings.
7. How much space do your band require?
If you have a smallish venue or are slightly worried about available space it is best to ask the band how much room they need and check that they fit.
8. What are the minimum power requirements?
Again all bands will be different, if you have a smallish venue, or you are in a marquee etc check what power is available and if this is enough for the band.
9. Does the band have their own PA system and lighting?
Check whether your band have all their own equipment, if not they may be hoping to use the venues or may charge you for rental.
10. Is the bands equipment PAT tested and insured?
Some venues will not allow a band to play is they are not PAT tested and insured and may require a certificate, so check with your venue and your band.
We hope this has been a help, and you have a great wedding!