Houston Wedding Bands Guide

Booking Live Music for Your Houston Reception

Should you be getting married in Houston, you have the musical advantage of being in the South, in Texas, and in a major city. All of those factors mean an immense variety of live bands at your fingertips. Finding the right wedding band is a matter of narrowing down your choices, so read on for big tips.

Your Houston wedding band search should begin about 8 months’ prior to your wedding, and after you’ve picked the site. Great bands are booked early on, so never put it off. When searching, ask friends and relatives, check out clubs, and talk to other vendors. The price of wedding bands varies tremendously, depending on where you live, the type of band, and your specific needs. Expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. Always get references, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

When interviewing Houston wedding bands, ask for sample DVDs and CDs, and catch a live performance (but never crash someone else’s wedding). Talk to the band leader, as they work like D.J.’s; introducing dances, cake-cutting, etc. A great band can “work” the crowd with the right music, but you still need to go over favorite songs, as well as tunes you don’t want played. Make sure the band has a list of all wedding sections. If you’ve hired a Houston D.J., the two need to coordinate their performance schedules.

When you’re ready to get serious about music, visit the OurWeddingDay.com Houston/East Texas Local Vendor Section for a great list of top-rated wedding bands in the Houston area.

If the band you hire knows your site, they’ll have an idea about where equipment can be set up, where the dance floor is, and any electrical challenges—bands often charge for extra equipment, so try to work out glitches ahead of time. If the band you hire doesn’t know the site, take them on a tour.

Wedding bands usually have a day rate, as well as overtime fees. If you are also hiring a D.J., find out if the band can work a fewer number of hours. The band generally takes two breaks, and they should be served a meal. Live wedding bands are generally tipped 20%, provided the service is exceptional. The contract should cover all fees, names of band members, and names of substitute players in case of emergency.

-David Toussaint

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