The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring a Wedding Band

Wedding band hire and what to look out for

Having a wedding band to play at your wedding reception adds so much excitement to the evening and is becoming more and more popular these days. Not only are you providing music for guests to dance to but also you are giving them the live music experience that no DJ can offer. There are so many factors to consider when looking for a wedding band to hire on so here is a helpful list of do’s and don’ts to help you with this arduous task!


Speak with your friends and family and wedding planner. You might know somebody who has got married fairly recently or been to a great wedding reception with a live band and they will be a reliable resource for getting good recommendations. Even if they do not have a background in music they will know if they enjoyed themselves and can tell you at firsthand how professional and experienced they band sounded, and if they had the guests dancing all night long.


Make a list of the songs you’d most like to hear on your big day. It’ll help you get a clearer idea of the style of wedding band you are looking for. Some wedding bands will focus on rock; others perhaps tackle more pop and dance. Many bands will play a wide selection of songs spanning 5 decades of music. You may need a band with both a female and male singer and they can be a little bit harder to find, so it’s good to get a clear picture of what you require.

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Try to see the band performing live at a pub gig, or a live wedding band showcase near you. It’s all very well taking a recommendation from a friend but nothing beats seeing your band up close and personal.


Don’t settle for the first band you find! There are loads of bands to be found locally and from further afield who will be prepared to travel to your wedding location. You might be lucky enough to find a band straight away that ticks all the boxes and plays the songs you like, but hold off paying the deposit until you have met some other bands, seen them at showcases and gigs and established that they are of a high enough quality to perform on your special day!


Take too long. If you are absolutely sure you have found the band you want, book them straight away. The best bands are taking bookings all the time and booked quite far in advance, so make sure you secure them with a deposit at the first opportunity.


Go over budget. One of the benefits of hearing different bands perform and having recommendations from your trusted friends and family is that you will hopefully find a great band that others have seen personally. However the best recommended bands will come with a hefty price tag. Set yourself a budget that you are happy to pay, so that you don’t compromise on other areas of your wedding reception when your finances start to run dry!

Remember that it’s all about the experience that you and your loved ones share on your big day, so pick a band that is engaging, entertaining and fun to watch for all of your family and friends.

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