First off it’s probably important to make it clear that I’m not talking about wedding rings, or wedding bands as they are called in the US, this is about the type who stand up on stage in front of people and play songs, so if you need to know more about the ring type, back you go and refine your search ?
So how do you find a good band to play at a wedding? It’s a difficult decision to make, in part because being “the most important day of your life” it’s likely that you have just a few other jobs to be thinking about, such as a dress, flowers, the venue, décor for the venue, wedding favours, etc, the list goes on!
The other thing which makes it really difficult to chose, is that unless you have experience in booking bands for other events, such as corporate functions and the likes, how do you know who is good and who’s not? There are a number of ways to firstly find some bands and then to asses if they are any good.
To start off, you need to find some groups to check out, many of them will have their own website these days, and although it is entirely possible they could have a really good site but not be up to much, it’s pretty unlikely really. You may also find them advertised in local press and in wedding shops and related sites.
So, you’ve found a few that sound like they fit the bill, but how do you know if they are actually any good or not? Well firstly if they have a website, check to see if they have any songs on there as mp3 or even mp4 files, if so you can download them and play them to your better half, these could be live or studio recordings. Alternatively they may have some video up on their site, but myself, I think the better option is to have a look for them on You-tube, the beauty of this, is that you may find footage of performances, other than those which the band have published them self, this could give a much more honest view of the band and not just the highly polished performances they want you to see.
The other option is to go and see them playing live somewhere, the chances are that if you are planning your wedding to the extent where you want a live band there, you are most likely doing it quite a while in advance, so contact them and ask where they are booked to play live, but it’s a public event. Most good pop bands will certainly have other bookings which are open to the public, even if you have to pay a few pounds entry to the venue, it’s well worth it to make sure you find a band who really know how to play to and work a crowd.
You can of course always ask friends, colleagues and relatives if they have ever booked wedding bands before, I’m sure a lot of people will have done, so you can use their experience as a starting point.
The main thing is to make sure you do your homework, as choosing the right one can really make the evening go off with a bang. Most function bands will play the style of music you ask for(provided it’s within their repertoire of course), but an experienced one can keep people dancing and partying on the dance-floor all night long, which can sometimes be just as entertaining to watch as it is to actually get up and have a bit of a boogie.