With so many bands it may seem like a difficult choice. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect wedding band for you.
- What kind of music do you want?
Decide on the style you want and pick a band that specialises in that area. We sometimes receive enquiries from clients looking for a different style of music all together. It may seem obvious but have a good look through the bands set list to get an idea of the music they play and if it fits your vision of your evening reception. If there are songs you are not so keen on you could ask them to be replaced. It is always worth talking to the band when considering songs as they will know what goes down well with wedding audiences. We often get asked to remove James Brown’s ‘Sex Machine’, I imagine people are sometimes put off by the title, yet this song always goes down a storm on gigs!
- See the band live.
It is vital to see the band live prior to booking. You probably wouldn’t book a venue without visiting it or book a photographer without seeing examples of their work. Bands have good promotional videos and audio examples but watching a band live is the best way to get a feel for who they are and what they do. Cover bands always sound much better live in person. If the band has good promotional material online, expect to be wowed when you see them live!
- Use an agency.
There are many great entertainment agencies in the UK. An agent will talk to you and find out what you are after and then make suggestions based on acts they know and think you will like. With many bands on their rosters, they will have a wide range of wedding bands to offer.
- Think of the audience.
There are usually a lot of people from different age groups at weddings. You want everyone on the dance floor so it is worth considering a band with a repertoire that will appeal to all ages.
- Does the band provide other options?
Some bands provide additional music options such as jazz sets for drinks receptions or solo piano for ceremonies. Find out if the band can provide these options, it may be a great way to get more value for your money. If the musicians are already onsite for an evening performance, the cost of these additional options may be reduced when compared to hiring in additional entertainment.
Together as a band, Funky Buddha Music has played at thousands of wedding, party and corporate event gigs throughout the UK and beyond. Passionate about music and experienced in the industry. Whether playing in Dubai for a New Years Eve, performing on top of a bar inside Battersea Power Station for a corporate party or playing in a magical wedding marquee, Funky Buddha creates outstanding and memorable performances.
For more information contact Christopher Britt at Hello@funkybuddhamusic.com