Simply put, a live wedding band can make or break your wedding reception. You may feel like this is an overstatement, but we assure you that it is not. If you need evidence, Just go and talk to a couple who ended up with a less than amazing band playing at their reception. As amazing as live music can be, it must be a high quality group for it to provide you and your guests with everything that you had hoped for. If the band that you hire is top notch, you will see smiles on all of faces at your reception and people will want to stay until the very end while they are screaming for more. But if you get the wrong group who does not know how to relate to a crowd and doesn't play the right type of music to keep everyone involved, you could see your guests heading for the exits very early. Don't let this happen to you, conduct an intense search in the New Jersey area and find the live band that will be perfect for your big day. Here are some tips that will help you accomplish just that.
So, you are confronted with a problem. Where do you even begin to gather some potential bands to possibly play at your wedding? We are big believers in word of mouth so a great place to begin is your friends and family. If they have heard any live bands at a wedding that they think might be perfect for you, jot their name down. Or do a Google search for “wedding bands in the New Jersey area.” Yes, this will provide hundreds of results. We recommend that you skip past the first couple of pages of results because vendors will often pay to receive a high listing. For any live band that you consider, try to find some testimonials. Past customers are a wealth of information as to how a group operates and how they acted and affected the crowd. Find out if they were easy to work with. Do they aim to please? When you have your list of at least 5 bands, start setting up face to face meetings to interview each one. And when you call them to arrange the meeting, make sure that it is the actual band that you will be meeting with and not just a representative or manager.
Have a list of probing questions ready that will reveal what you need to know when it comes time to making your final decision on your hire. Check out some video of a live performance. Have a discussion about the order of events at your reception. Hash out when they would play and when they should play. Some couples only want the band to play after dinner, others want the band to play from start to finish. Speaking of the order of events, ask the band if they are willing to be your emcee. Do they have experience in this capacity? Discuss your budget with the band. Do they offer any flexibility at all in terms of their price. One way to make sure that you receive a lower price is to have wedding at a non-peak time. Take a close look at the band's packages. Do you see one that fits your needs?
If the band is to get breaks, find out if they will have recorded music playing at those times. Will they allow your guests to make requests? Some bands don't mind doing this and some do so if this is important to you, it is a good thing to find out right now. Do you have a special song that you want them to learn? Ask them if they are willing to do this. Are they willing to do a site visit ahead of time to determine the best place to setup and to see if there are enough electrical plugs available? When you have finished interviewing your last candidate, you will have done your due diligence and should be ready to make your all important choice.