The following tips were given to the attendees of the NW Wedding Scoop on Saturday, Jan. 29th
NW WEDDING SCOOP
Tips and Advice for finding and booking wedding ceremony and reception music.
If there ever was a day to "have it your way" your wedding day is it!
Music sets the mood and ambience for the entire event so it has to be right!!
Even if you know exactly what you want, but especially if you don’t have a clue where to start, always check with a professional agency first. They will make sure they help you find the music that fits your vision for the big day in terms of style, honoring your requests, and fitting your budget.
If the musician/band/DJ you want is already booked, or is not a good fit with your budget, a professional agency can give you fresh ideas you may not have thought of, and help you negotiate the very best price. Be open to other choices. This will save you lots of time and frustration!
Book as early as possible, especially if your wedding is on a Saturday between June and October. Booking a year in advance is not unusual to secure many popular ensembles.
Booking direct will not always save you money. Many bands and DJ’s offer an agency much lower prices because they handle multiple inquiries, promotion, contracts and bookkeeping, including taking Visa for payment. Therefore, quotes will usually be very competitive. The agency’s job is to facilitate all the business and details so the band can focus on the music. Many bands only work with agencies for these reasons.
Always use a contract, and make sure it includes all the details of date, time, location, contact information, size of ensemble, appropriate attire, payment requirements, if food is required for the band, and has an emergency clause to handle problems such as if the musician becomes ill, and will insure that a qualified sub will be provided.
Always provide cover for the musicians for outdoor weddings. A large tree doesn’t qualify as adequate cover. Stringed instruments are very valuable, and sensitive to extremes in temperture and humidity. They tend to go out of tune in the heat.
The Biggest mistake bridal couples make is choosing services and vendors based solely on the price rather than on quality and experience. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. You do get what you pay for.
We look forward to your questions and comments.