Las Vegas Wedding Bands Guide

Just because you’re getting married in Vegas doesn’t mean Elvis or Liberace has to do your music. The former Sin City has turned into one of the most glamorous places to have a wedding, and the music’s following suit. So whether it’s Rat Pack cool you want or show tune spectacular, read on for desert-hot tips.

Your Las Vegas 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 any clubs you like, and talk to other Vegas wedding vendors. The price of live music varies tremendously, depending on the size and reputation of your band, your location, and length of playing time. Expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. Always get references, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

When interviewing Las Vegas wedding bands, ask to watch their DVDs, and be sure to catch a live performance (but never crash someone else’s wedding). If they have a CD from a previous wedding, check that out as well. Talk to the band leader about hosting duties, as they are similar to DJ’s, introducing dances, cake-cutting, etc. A great band leader will have a feel for the audience, and know which songs work best, but you still need to go over favorite songs, and tunes that you don’t want played. Make sure the band has a list of all wedding sections. If you’ve hired a Las Vegas DJ as well, have the two coordinate schedules.

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

If the band you hire is familiar with your site, they’ll know where equipment can be set up, where the dance floor goes, and any electrical challenges—bands often charge for extra equipment, so try to clear up any glitches. If the band you hire doesn’t know the site, take them on a guided tour to avoid last-minute surprises.

Wedding bands usually have a day rate, as well as overtime fees. If you’re also hiring a DJ, find out if the band can work a smaller number of hours. The band generally takes two breaks, and they should be tipped 20%, provided the service is exceptional. You should serve the band members a meal. The contract should cover all fees, overtime fees, and substitute band members, should an emergency occur.

-David Toussaint

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