Stephanie’s Massive Guide to Hiring a Wedding Band – Part 2 of 3 - EBE Talent Skip to main content

Welcome back to part two of “Stephanie’s Massive Guide to Hiring a Wedding Band”. In the first installment of our series, we delved into the critical aspects to consider before booking a wedding band. We explored the nuances of cost comparisons between bands and DJs, the importance of selecting a band that resonates with your diverse guest list, the specialty skills required for culture-specific music, and the subtle art of gauging an MC’s style.

Now that you’ve considered the essentials, it’s time to dive into the specifics — the questions that will give you a clear picture of the band you’re interested in and help you make an informed decision.

Questions to Ask a Wedding Band Prior to Booking

Basics

Availability on your wedding date is the first checkpoint. Equally important is whether their services align with your budget. Clarify the deposit amount, balance due dates, and their preferred payment methods. Inquire about their cancellation and rescheduling policies, both from your end and theirs. Unexpected situations arise, so it’s crucial to know their backup plan in case of any last-minute changes, including details about any additional fees that might not be covered in the initial package.

Insurance and licensing should not be overlooked; these are hallmarks of professionalism. Confirm that their coverage extends to all band members and property.

Details

Ask about the nitty-gritty. From MC services, contract particulars, to the availability of bilingual talent — every detail counts. Discuss the possibility of extending the event on the fly, and if there are any associated costs for additional hours. Direct communication with the band can help personalize the experience, especially if you’re booking through an agency. Bundling services can be economical, but ensure you aren’t compromising quality for convenience.

Breaks are a must for live performers, so find out how often they take them and how they manage music during those intervals.

Equipment

Sound systems and microphones are the backbone of a band’s performance. Confirm what is provided and whether you’ll need to arrange additional equipment. Dance floor lighting and potential upgrades can elevate the ambiance, so ask about these options.

The number of sound systems included and the quantity of speakers for dancing will affect the quality of the sound at your wedding. Clarify these technical details to ensure they meet the requirements of your space and your expectations.

Stay tuned for the final part of our series, where we’ll cover how to get the most out of your wedding band, ensuring that your celebration is a hit!

Music

A dynamic repertoire is key, as is the ability to make song requests and playlists. Clarify any limitations on requests and if you are expected to curate the music for the entire event. Deadlines for final song lists and policies on guest requests during the wedding should be transparent. ‘Do-not-play’ lists and clean versions of songs can help tailor the experience to your preferences.

Experience

The band’s history and performance count matter. Look for a sweet spot in their experience — too few weddings might be a red flag, while a large number suggests a seasoned presence. Genre preferences and MC style can greatly influence your event’s atmosphere, so it’s worth delving into these areas. Prior experience with your venue could be a bonus, ensuring they’re comfortable with the location logistics. Watching past performance videos is non-negotiable; they offer a glimpse into what you can expect at your wedding.

One such band that exemplifies this level of experience and versatility in the Philadelphia area is London. Known for their engaging performances and broad musical repertoire, they are a prime choice for ensuring your event is memorable.

Hey there, thanks for reading! Just a quick heads-up: the details we’ve talked about here like gig time, cost, and what’s included can vary depending on which of our bands or DJs you’re interested in. We’ll hash out all the specifics when you reach out to book. Looking forward to making your event unforgettable!

Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Managing Partner & Wedding Entertainment Expert

Stephanie Fitzpatrick

Managing Partner

About the Author

Stephanie Fitzpatrick, co-owner of EBE Talent, brings over two decades of industry expertise to the forefront of event entertainment. With a deep-seated passion for crafting unforgettable experiences, her journey from Talent Director to leadership exemplifies innovation and excellence. At EBE Talent, Stephanie’s vision and dedication continue to set new standards, ensuring each event is uniquely memorable.

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