Hiring the Right Music for Your Big Day
Newark may not be the heart of rock and roll, but with Bruce and Frank both from the state, it comes pretty close to the heart of modern music. For your Newark wedding, finding a live band is a matter of narrowing down your choices to the sound you want, then knowing where to look and what to ask. Read on for South Jersey tips.
Your Newark wedding band search should begin about 8 months’ prior to your wedding, and after you’ve picked your 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 several factors. For instance, a band over the bridge in Manhattan will probably be more expensive than a group closer to home. Expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. Always get references, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.
When interviewing Newark 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 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 Newark wedding DJ as well, the two of them need to coordinate their performance schedules.
When you’re ready to get serious about music, visit the OurWeddingDay.com Northern New Jersey Local Vendor Section for a great list of top-rated wedding bands in the Newark area.
If the band you hire knows your reception site, they will already have an idea about where equipment can be set up, where the dance floor goes, and any electrical challenges—many bands charge for extra equipment, so try and work out glitches ahead of time. If the band you hire doesn’t know your site, take them on a guided tour.
Wedding bands usually have a day rate, as well as overtime fees. If you are also hiring a Newark 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 alternates, should there be an emergency replacement.
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