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So, you’ve committed yourself to the decision to hire a wedding band. This is a great decision, as wedding bands provide a musical experience unmatched by even the best DJs. But choosing the right wedding band for the job isn’t a simple task. You can’t just book the first one to come along and expect the band to be the proper fit. Instead, it is in your best interest to interview several prospective bands before making your final decision.

In the brief guide below, we’ll show you some important questions that you should ask of every band that you interview during your wedding planning process.

Ask a Wedding Band These Questions Before Booking

“What is your performing style?”

This is important because the style of the band will influence the overall vibe, just like the style of the venue. A hard rockin’ band won’t fit in with a more sophisticated theme, for example.

“Can I attend one of your upcoming performances?”

It is always best to know exactly what you’re signing up for, and a wedding band is no exception. If the band has any upcoming performances, you should inquire about going to go see them with your own eyes and ears. This is the best way to confirm that the band’s style and musical aptitude is up to par.

“Do you bring all of your own equipment?”

It would be a bummer to have your wedding band show up on the big day, only to find that they were expecting you to provide some of the equipment. Make sure that the band provides the equipment needed if neither you nor the venue cannot/do not.

“Will you take a look at our venue?”

The band should be made aware of the acoustic qualities and size of your wedding or reception venue, if they aren’t familiar already. To guarantee this, the band should be more than willing to take a tour of your venue if they’ve never played there before.

“Can you play the songs that we consider important?”

You should already know which songs that you consider vital to your wedding and/or reception. Make sure that the band can play them to your specifications, lest you end up disappointed on your big day.

“Who will be setting up the equipment?”

If someone other than the band members themselves are going to be setting up sound, lighting or any other type of equipment, the venue coordinator should know to expect them and learn their name. This helps to ensure that everything will go smoothly on your wedding day.

Of course, there is no such thing as a bad question when it comes to something as important as planning any aspect of your wedding. While you should definitely ask the questions above, you absolutely should ask any other questions that come to mind.

Darren L. Smith

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