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Liven Up Your Wedding: Hire a local band or musician

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So many people try to save money on wedding music by hiring a DJ or by creating an iTunes playlist so they can be in charge of the music themselves. While this can save money, you also get what you pay for. If you hire an inexperienced DJ, it can ruin your party before it even gets underway.

Couples that love music or are seeking a classy edge to their wedding are beginning to hire local bands or musicians to spice up the ceremony and reception. When you book a band or musician at your wedding, your guests will be talking about your big day long after it is over.

When you are looking to hire a band there a few crucial things to look for before you decide to book them.  One, you want to see that they are responsible and have a good track record for showing up to gigs. The last thing you want on your wedding day is for your entertainment to be a no show! Secondly, the price of the band to perform is something to consider too. Some of them will probably have rates comparable to a DJ, while bands in high demand will have steeper prices.

Another factor to consider is the style of music that the band plays. While there are bands that are versatile and can play several types of music, most bands have a specialty. Be mindful that if you request a jazz band to do a country song, you will probably get a song that is much different from the one that you were expecting. Confer as a couple and decide on the style of music that you would like to have. If you both enjoy popular songs or songs done by a particularly famous band such as the Beatles, then consider booking a cover band.  If you have to want a specific song played and the band doesn’t know it, you could ask if they would be willing to learn it in time for your wedding if you provide the sheet music.

Music always helps to set the tone of the event. While a classical string quartet will give you a elegant ball atmosphere, lively songs with a quick tempo will make your friends and family feel relaxed and ready to dance the night away.

If you are having doubts about getting a DJ, splurge and get the wedding band. It’s your day and you want it to be memorable; go after the type of wedding music that you want!

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