by Gerry Rothschild, Gerry Rothschild Band
You’ve decided to have live music at your wedding. How do you pick the band?
The music you hear at your wedding sets the tone for the evening and will create some of the richest and lasting memories. You’ll remember your walk down the aisle. That first dance. The incredible dance moves you never knew your dad had, and those special moments you’ll have dancing with friends and relatives in the middle of a full dance floor.
I get emails like this one all the time: “Hi. I’m getting married next spring and I liked your video. Can you send me your rates?” While staying within your budget is important, it’s not all you need to know. The first question is can the band provide the music that you and your guests, of all generations, want to hear. To find this out, ask for a meeting. A face-to-face meeting, preferably with you and your fiancé, is crucial. It is the beginning of the band leader’s commitment to you and your wedding. He needs to understand what you see when you close your eyes and envision your wedding. It’s also where you’ll be able to tell, through his tone and body language, and the questions he asks, if you’ll be able to feel confident going forward.
Oh and by the way, you should come to the meeting prepared as well. You know what you and your friends like to dance to but what about your parents and grandparents? What about your fiancé’s family? How better to begin to bond with your new family than to ask about their favorite songs and the stories behind them? Imagine, if as a surprise, the band plays the song your parents or in-laws danced to at their wedding. The right band will do that for you.
Finally, ask questions. There are no bad ones. Ask to see reviews from previous couples and get their phone number so you can talk directly to them. Brides don’t lie. Ask about instrumentation, song lists, MC duties, about use of a mic for toasts, and about break music. Discuss setting up in multiple locations (i.e. different areas for ceremony and cocktails), and how and when to have the first dances. Ask about learning new music and band rehearsals. Find out if they are playing anywhere that you can go see them. This is not only knowledge you need for the event but information that will help you get the best deal possible.
There’s a lot to explore when picking a band. Feeling confident that the band you picked is the right one will allow you to relax, enjoy your day, and create beautiful memories.
The Gerry Rothschild Band