Of all of the wedding vendors that you will be or are searching for, the live band that you want to play at your reception requires special attention. You need to keep in mind that the music at your reception will make more of an impression on your guests than probably anything that happens on your entire wedding day. The Cincinnati area has loads of talented musicians for you to consider, but the choice you have to make is about more than just talent.. Find the perfect wedding band for your special day is a process that you need to immerse yourself in. In the end, you will be very happy that you took the time and put in the effort to make sure you get what you have been dreaming of. So in the spirit of doing your search right, we have provided you with a guide below that will help you hire the band that will take your wedding to another level.
Perhaps the first question to think about is when to begin your search. We suggest that you start looking for a wedding band at least six months before your wedding date. You need to decide early on what genre of music you think will work best for the type of wedding you are having and the guests who will be at your reception. The best way to get a list of potential bands for your wedding is to ask around. You probably have friends, relatives, and co-workers who can give you suggestions of bands they have heard at weddings they have attended. Another potential source are your other wedding vendors. They should have worked with bands and might be able to steer you in the right direction. We warn you against considering any local band that has not played at weddings. Just because a group is musically talented doesn't mean that they would be a good wedding band. There are responsibilities that a wedding band must keep up with that a normal band doesn't even have to consider. So, stick with a group that has experience with weddings.
You will want to make sure that you listen to any band that you consider for your wedding. At the bare minimum, listen to an audio recording or videotape of the band performing. But it truly is best if you can go and see the band perform live. Ask if that is possible. Once you have heard a band that you really like, you will want to nail down if the band you heard will be the actual band that comes and performs at your wedding. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a certain female lead singer only to find out that the group has rotating lead singers and you end up with someone totally different. Related to this point, make sure the bands you are considering perform together regularly.
Ask for references that can speak to past performances at weddings. Talking to satisfied former clients will provide needed assurance to you. On the other hand, you may hear about potential red flags when you talk to a reference. You will want to heed this feedback well. In terms of the logistics, talk to the band about how they like to operate. Do they work off of a set-list? How much say do you have or can you have in terms of the set-list? What about arrival, set up, and departure times? What do they usually wear to a wedding? Will they require food and drinks during their break? These are all details that you will want to nail down before you sign any kind of contract. When you feel great about one particular band, ask them to provide you with a written contract. You will want to go over every detail in the contract to make sure it covers what you need and want. When that has been done, you are ready to move forward with the booking process.