Remember last weekend when you hired that band?
Oh wait, you mean you don’t hire bands on a regular basis?
That’s because you’re like pretty much everyone else in the country – not an event planner. There are so many things to know when hiring a wedding band in Toronto that many people don’t even know they don’t know…
So, when it comes time to organize your own wedding, it can feel like you dove into the deep end of the ocean without shark repellant. Have you seen how many wedding bands there are in Toronto?
But don’t worry, we’re here to throw you a can of shark repellant, or rather, a bit of advice on what you need to know when hiring a wedding band in Toronto. Then, you can make sure your wedding is memorable for the dancing, and not because the band showed up late and puked on your grandma.
So what do you need to know to make sure your wedding band kills it? The band, the crowd, and your own style.
Let’s get into the details, shall we?
1. Know your band’s set list
No band knows every pop song, plus obscure requests, from the 60’s forward, aka, no one is a jukebox. Each band will have a set list, and it’s critical that you recognize, and enjoy the songs they play. Often, wedding bands are open to learning an extra song, or two for a wedding, but for the most part, you should be happy with the songs they’ve spent time honing.
2. Know your crowd
It’s your big day, but you’ll be sharing it with a crowd of people who want to dance just as much as you do. If you want a fun dance, you should know what your crowd likes, and cross-reference that to your band’s playlist, making sure the style matches up.
Having a country wedding? Find someone who plays Florida Georgia Line or Tim McGraw. If your friend group and family skew towards a younger, more urban sound, find a band that will crank out those hits, like Ed Sheeran and… Justin (ahem) Bieber.
Know your band’s portfolio
Just because their set list says they play a song doesn’t mean they play it well. But, we live in the Future™, which means even if the bands you’re looking at don’t play public events, you can usually see videos of them playing live posted right to their website.
Make sure these videos get your head bopping.
Find some credible band referrals
You may not trust this article, but there’s got to be someone out there you can trust who’s seen a great wedding band blow the doors off a venue. Ask friends and family, and seek out wedding band referrals from people you trust.
If you can’t get anything there, search the internet. If they’re good, there should be people posting about them.
*And remember, give the band you decide to hire a review afterward. Having these reviews available helps you, just like your review will help out more people down the road decide which wedding band to choose.
Understand the logistics
Now we’re down to the details. Things like: will the twenty piece jazz band you’ve decided to hire fit on the 5’x5’ stage (psst, the answer is no). Will they set up and take down their own stuff? Are they even available the date of your wedding?
It’s good to have an understanding of your logistics before you even talk to a wedding band, so make sure you know those finer details to avoid a small disaster when those wedding bells chime.
Make Your Wedding Memorable (for all the Right Reasons)
Whether it was good or bad, people will remember the music from your wedding. With a little thought, a bit of research and the right knowledge, you can make sure those memories are good ones.
Now that you’re in the know for all things to due with hiring a wedding band, it’s time for you to go out and make your wedding the party it should be!