Philadelphia Wedding Bands Guide

Booking Live Music for Your Big Day

You don’t have to play “Philadelphia Freedom” at your Pennsylvania wedding, but you may need a terrific band. Whether it’s patriot stylings or chaotic rock and roll, picking the right live music is a matter of knowing what you want and where to look. Read on for tips that’ll ring your bell.

Your Philadelphia 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 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. Expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. Always get references, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

When interviewing Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia wedding 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 DJ as well, the two need to coordinate their performance schedules.

When you’re ready to get serious about music, visit the OurWeddingDay.com Philadelphia Local Vendor Section for a great list of top rated wedding bands in the Philadelphia 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 work out 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 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 a last-minute emergency.

-David Toussaint

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