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The 3 biggest wedding music mistakes
And how to avoid them
Looking for a wedding entertainer can be a tiring task. But some couples make it harder on themselves than it needs to be. If you're reading this, I'm guessing that you're one of the couples that wants to make it easy. High fiving you right now!
It can be a big step to decide to include live entertainment in your wedding day. And an even bigger one trying to navigate the misinformation and 'helpful' websites, friends and forums etc.
The 3 biggest mistakes (and the ones that cause the greatest overwhelm) that we often see couples make are:
1. Not knowing what you want
2. Following non-wedding music directory timelines
3. Relying on Google, FaceBook and Instagram
1. Not Knowing What You Want
Knowing what you want before you reach out to wedding entertainers is vital to making the process easy. Don't waste time re...View Article
How to pick the perfect music for your church wedding
And how much to pay
When it comes to planning a wedding, an often missed opportunity for creating that ‘wow’, beyond the bride herself, is the ceremony music. And if your wedding's in a church, there’s a few things you need to know before you stroll down that aisle.
You can evoke the atmosphere you’re looking for without having to resort to the same old classics simply because it’s a familiar sound and a safe option, even if your wedding is in a church. So here are five tips when choosing the perfect music for your church wedding and how to set a realistic budget.
Tip 1: Live music or recorded?
Okay, so you'd love a live orchestra full of violins and harps to serenade you down the aisle, but the budget just won't stretch that far. Recorded music is a great choice for couples on a tight budget.
Live music on the other hand adds visual appeal and ...
Confused by all the different wedding entertainer costs? This guide will help you understand how musicians work out their fees and help you to budget more effectively.
No matter your style of wedding, there's a pretty good chance it'll be enhanced with the sound of music. Whether it's played by an entertainer, live wedding band, a (dreaded) iPod or a wedding DJ. Each song will help create your chosen mood.
Many couples start out planning their wedding music with a list of songs they'd like their entertainer band to perform, but often aren't armed with all the 'must-consider' information to make that a reality.
If you've never booked an entertainer before, you couldn't be expected to know how much you should pay them or what influences their costs. But not knowing any of them can be even more costly.
All mus...View Article
How often have you seen a timeline recommend contacting live wedding bands 12 months out from your wedding as part of your research? A lot right. Now, are those timelines on non-musician websites? I thought so.
The truth is, despite what those sites tell you, it's not helpful to you OR the wedding band if you start contacting them early without the intention of booking.
A lot can happen in that time. They might:
* have the opportunity to tour and become unavailable
* decide to record an album which will keep them 'locked up' in the studio. Or worst still
* have even gone their separate ways by the time your wedding comes around.
So if you want to know some of the realities of how hiring a live wedding band or entertainers *really* work - read on.
If you take nothing else from this post, let it be this. Be decisive. Weigh up all your wedding mu...View Article
There's a tonne of wedding advice magazines and websites out there, and a lot of the time they offer some great tips. One tip that's been popular over the last couple of years, advice that some couples have actually followed, isn't so good though. The idea of replacing a live band or a DJ at your wedding reception with an iPod to save a few bucks.
There are plenty of good reasons why it's a rotten idea, but I'm sure you'll also find people who disagree for their own reasons.
Here though are a few of the biggest problems with the idea of having Steve Jobs' baby entertain your guests.
Coming Up with the Playlist
For the guys and gals who play at weddings for a living, brainstorming a great set list or playlist is all just a part of the job, but easy it isn't! At the average wed...View Article
Booking a wedding band or entertainer can be a daunting task, but don't always believe what you read until you know the facts. Some non-musician websites (with all best intentions I'm sure) will unfortunately provide you with 'information' that just isn't true.
Don't let The Facts Get In The Way Of A 'Story'
The internet is FULL to the brim of companies, bands and websites doing their best to write 'articles' on how to book a wedding band. Sure, they're full of good intentions, but some are just plain and simple fluff pieces, used to get Google ranking on search phrases, and unfortunately are factually incorrect and not at all helpful.
I unfortunately read an article recently, written by someone with NO music industry background, and who happened to be from a rather large non-musician specific wedding website.
The article not only insulted wedding bands and Artist Representatives (Agents), but it also insulted...
Timelines can be a great tool to help you remember all the details of organising your wedding. However, they can be a complete hindrance too and in some cases; work against you. Not every industry time-frame is the same, and neither should they be, but when it comes to organising a wedding entertainer there seems to be more confusion than the other services you require.
Most brides and grooms are led to believe that unless they follow a timeline, their wedding will be a disaster; which simply isn't the case. Timelines can help you to remember to book your musician but they don't take into account some of the intricacies of the wedding music industry.
Isn't this your wedding and isn't part of your wedding doing it your way?
If you have your heart set on a specific entertainer; book them! ...View Article
If you have your heart set on a wedding reception band, RSVP card song requests definitely aren't the way to go. They'll make your band more expensive to hire AND make things more difficult - for you and the band.
RSVP card song requests have been around for a while now, but I'm still at a loss as to how so many non-music related wedding websites promote them as a unique and exciting way for brides to control the music played by a band or DJ at their wedding.
The truth is - gathering a list of songs first, and then trying to find a band to play those songs is going to cost you a lot more and is a backward (not to mention highly stressful) approach to finding a wedding band.
Still Don't Believe Me? Here's a couple of Reasons Why the Wedding Band Will Cost More
1. The more new songs a band has to learn, the more it will cost you. Most wedding bands are open to learning one or two new songs as part of their fee,...View Article
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