If you are wondering how to choose a wedding band for your big day, you’ve come to the right place! Dave Mitchell Music has 18 years of experience running and performing in wedding bands.
All of that experience has taught me that the need for an honest and upfront approach with clients is essential. Everyone wants the work and will try really hard to secure a client, but in reality not every wedding band is the right choice for every bride and groom.
Early on in my career, probably 2001/02 I remember taking my 12 piece Soul Band to a wedding in a castle. The booking had come through a family member and to be honest I knew little about the couple or the venue. We arrived and discovered we were playing in a small room with bare stone walls and no carpet. Needless to say it was extremely difficult for the band to fit and the sound quality with a 12 piece wedding band was not good. In addition to that the bride came over before we started to discuss their first dance, she started to request ACDC, Motorhead etc. Of course we didn’t play any of that, and in the end Chuck Berry’s Jonny B Goode was the closest we got to they style they wanted.
Lets Fast forward 18 years
I make sure I know what the client wants and the client knows what we are going to deliver. That communication is key and it means no surprises or disappointments on the day. My advice to other bands is to be honest about your potential limitations. Don’t say you will play a first dance if you know it wont work with your line up. Don’t say you will include loads of rock in your set if that’s not your normal material. Be brilliant at what you do and go out and sell that.
So when you are looking at bands and you come across something you like, look carefully at their promo material and ask questions if you are not sure what you are going to get. Peace of mind for all in the build up to such an important day is really important.
3 steps – How to choose a wedding band
Step 1 – Think about the style of music you want played but also consider the guests and their likely tastes.
Step 2 – Look on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for bands and get searching on google. Listen to as many as you can and short list.
Step 3 – Make sure you are clear on what you can afford and contact your favourite bands for a quote
Remember that quality costs. Professional musicians are unlikely to be going out for less than £150 per person plus travel and band running costs. It’s also worth speaking to your venue to see if they have any preferred groups that have worked there a lot. So much of our work has come by way of referral. One of our busiest venues over the years has been Peterstone Court Hotel. A brilliant wedding venue between Brecon and Abergavenny. Check it out if you haven’t already!
I hope this helps you to get started on your hunt for the perfect band for your wedding! If you just want advice on the process of how to choose a wedding band then please email me and I’d be happy to help.