Even a city as racing hot as Indianapolis gets the blues sometimes—and not on the track. Booking your Indianapolis live band is a matter of knowing what you want and where to look for it. Whether it’s jazz stylings or rock and roll Hoochie Koo, read on for Midwestern tips.
Your Indianapolis wedding band search should begin about 8 months’ prior to your wedding, and after you’ve picked the reception site. Great bands are booked early on, so don’t wait until the last minute. When searching, ask friends and relatives, check out clubs, and talk to other vendors. The price of wedding bands varies tremendously, depending on numerous factors; lucky for you, Indiana’s not usually as expensive as bigger cities like New York or Dallas. You should expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. Always get references, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.
When interviewing Indianapolis 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 about hosting duties, as they work like Indianapolis DJ’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 reception D.J. as well, the two need to coordinate their performance schedules.
When you’re ready to get serious about music, visit the OurWeddingDay.com Indiana Local Vendor Section for a great list of top-rated wedding bands in the Indianapolis area.
If the band you hire knows your reception site, they’ll already have an idea about where equipment can be set up, where the dance floor is, and any electrical challenges—bands often charge for additional equipment, so try and resolve any glitches. If the band you hire doesn’t know the site, take them on a guided tour to avoid surprises.
Wedding bands usually have a day rate, as well as overtime fees. If you are also hiring a DJ, 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 alternates in case of emergency.
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