In regards to planning your wedding, there are so many factors to consider and deliberate carefully in order for your wedding to go off without a hitch. One of the most important aspects of the planning process is finding the right entertainment for the occasion. Fortunately, Nashville is one of the best cities in the nation for wedding entertainment ranging from professional live bands to venerable disc-jockeys, and even some non-traditional forms of entertainment. Generally, a professional live band will cost more and be more of a hassle to coordinate than a disc-jockey, but they are able to produce an atmosphere that even the best disc-jockeys cannot replicate. If you have the budget space, and require that specific atmosphere for your perfect wedding, then the professional live band is exactly what you will need. It may seem tricky to actually ascertain the right performers, but if you follow our guide, you will have little issue finding the best candidate.
The first step is to start your search with the recommendations of your friends, family, and trusted colleagues, especially anyone who has recently been married, or anyone who has been involved in a wedding to some extent. It is also a good suggestion to ask your venue coordinator of the reception hall you have booked for their recommendations, because some venues actually have preferred or exclusive vendors in which they advise or outright require you to make your vendor selections from, so be sure to ask! One great resource for the inexperienced is online wedding directories, these websites provide great information on wedding vendors including details on pricing, review, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, and more! Be sure to do all the research your mind can tolerate before you call up each candidate on your list, and ask them of their availability. You will only want to book appointments with the candidates that are not only available around the date of your wedding, but are not too busy so they can take extra time preparing for your big day.
The second step is to start your interviews with each candidate. You will want to come prepared to each appointment with plenty of questions and concerns, and you will want to share your vision of the event with the bandleader. One of the first questions you will want to ask is how much experience the band has in the wedding field, and how many weddings they perform for on average a year. It is important to ask the bandleader if the group has a rapport with the venue of your reception, and if they would be willing to take a visit to the location for the best way to coordinate the setup and stage. You will want to ask the bandleader of their play list specifics, if they will learn obscure songs for you, what their crowd presence is like, and to get a feel for this you may want to ask for a demonstration video from one of the weddings they have performed for in the recent past.
The last thing you will want to cover with each band is the costs and their demands. Get a sample invoice or bill from each candidate so you can do a side-by-side comparison in order for you to determine who is going to provide you with the most bang for buck, and not leave you singing the wedding band blues on the dance floor! If you are confident that you have the right band, you should sign a contract outlining all the details of the services rendered, and place a deposit. Friendly tip: pay the band the rest of the balance due during one of their breaks on the day of your wedding, this way it helps reassure the band that you are enjoying their performance, and they will not have to struggle at the end of the night to procure the rest of the payment for their labor. Now that all the details have been arranged diligently, you can focus on the next stage of planning with a peace of mind knowing that the band you have hired for the reception is going to rock everyone's socks until the morning light!