From 10 Top Tips for Booking a Wedding and Party Band: What You Need To Know by Em Peasgood, Bandleader
The first step when looking for a band is to decide what kind of band you would like for your event. You may also decide that you want a party band for the evening and a smaller Jazz ensemble for earlier in the day. If this is the case, many bands can provide this for an all inclusive price; saving you time and the hassle of two music suppliers.
The majority of bands can be found using google search or agencies and many have websites that provide you with sound samples, a set list, biography, experience and references. You can email or phone a band to discuss quotes and any other information.
I always advise preparing questions to ask a band in advance, this will enable you to draw up a shortlist of bands.
Some example questions:
- Are the band willing to travel to our event location?
- How long can the band perform for?
- Can you provide us with an all inclusive cost?
- Do you have references?
- What kind of events have you performed at?
- What kind of performance space do you require?
If your bandleader is personable, helpful and prompt in replying to your queries, it is worth popping them on your shortlist as good communication skills make organising your event a lot easier.
Additionally, start looking for your band sooner rather than later. A good band will often be booked up a year in advance.