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There are many factors that could make or break your wedding if you are not careful in your planning. One pivotal aspect is finding the wedding entertainment that is right for you. The good news is that, the great city and suburbs of Charlotte are abundant with wedding entertainment in all sorts of forms. Traditionally, wedding receptions will feature either a live band or a disc-jockey providing the music for the event. Some couples will choose hiring the always venerable disc-jockey as they are generally cheaper and are less of a hassle in regards to coordinating setup. But perhaps a disc-jockey is not the right suit for the style of wedding you have envisioned, this is where a live band is the best option. A live band produces an atmosphere that a DJ cannot replicate. Live bands certainly cost more than a DJ, but a bandleader will be able to do all the duties a DJ does! If you have decided on a live band, Charlotte is a great place for you to look, you'll find the perfect match for your dream. We have some tips that will assist you in your search for the best live band.
Gather some recommendations from friends, colleagues, and family members, especially those who have been recently married or have been involved in a wedding to some extent. You can also ask the coordinator of the venue you have reserved for their recommendations, most venues have built a rapport with many different vendors and entertainers, you may save money in this regard. Search online wedding directories, read through reviews, testimonials, and general information they provide online. It is wise to go to their websites and watch any videos they have available online. The band should be highly acclaimed and have a very visible online presence, they should tout their experience and customer satisfaction.
You should have a handful of bands that strike you a chord with you as good candidates, once you do, go ahead and start calling them for interviews. When you call, you may have to do your initial correspondence with a booking agent, but a bandleader should be available to deal with you directly after that point. Do not hire a band without becoming personally acquainted with at least the bandleader, a booking agent is woefully insufficient in every other regard besides selling the band! A booking agent will not be present the day of your wedding, and are not experienced with any issues that may arise of any sort besides scheduling a date and handling payment. If the band or booking agent is uncooperative, do not consider them as a candidate any longer. It's impossible for a band to give you the exact personalized atmosphere that you want if they do not wish to become acquainted with you!
Here are some helpful questions to ask the bandleader during your appointment: What kind of equipment does the band use, and what condition is it in? The band should come experienced and should possess plenty of knowledge of the equipment they are using. Has the band ever played the venue you have booked for the wedding? They should be willing to take a walk through of the location if they have not so they can see any technical issues that may arise. How does the band handle the crowd? This is an imperative aspect of the actual entertainment itself. Most professional bands are more than capable of covering and learning contemporary music, so what will define them is their stage presence and crowd control. It helps to ask for a demonstration video if you are really concerned. Does the band have a backup plan in case of emergency? Perhaps the band has a handful of standby members, or they may have a separate band they call in a worst case scenario. All very good questions to ask your candidates.
The last thing you will want to inquire about their cost and demands. Some bands require to be fed, and some bands require a separate space for breaks and preparation. Get all these small details worked out in the contract, and have both parties sign before you place a deposit on their services. It is courteous to pay the rest of the balance on the day of the wedding, perhaps during one of the breaks so they have the peace of mind that you like what you hear and see, and that they will not have to struggle to get paid at the end of the festivities. Now with all that handled, you can get down with the rhythm, and boogie to the music at your wedding!