Live music is undoubtedly one of the best ways to make your wedding reception fun and exciting. Once the ceremony and formalities are out of the way, a good wedding band will make sure your guests get up on their feet and join in the revelry. Indeed, if you hire a band to play live music at one of the biggest parties you will ever throw, your wedding day will become electrifying in a heartbeat.
Wedding bands come in all shapes and sizes. While some performers focus on specific genres, most play tried-and-tested songs ranging from cheesy pop ballads to hard rock anthems. If you are considering hiring a Northamptonshire-based live band for your wedding reception, here are some tips from our expert wedding planners at Crockwell Farm to help you find what you are looking for.
Consult your wedding venue
Before you book a live band for your wedding, it is recommended that you first discuss the matter with your chosen venue. For a variety of reasons, some venues enforce restrictions (e.g., sound limits) on live bands. Therefore, to avoid wasting time and money, it is best to check to see whether the venue will permit live performances or insist on volume restrictions. If volume restrictions are in place, you must ensure that your band would still be willing to play.
At Crockwell Farm, we actually encourage our clients to book live bands or other performers for their wedding day. We believe that live music dramatically contributes to the overall mood and success of the event. If you choose Crockwell Farm as your wedding venue, you can rest assured that we will support your decision to have live music at your celebrations.
Think about the type of music you like
After confirming that you can book a live band for your wedding, the next step is to determine the type of music suitable for your big day. To help you decide, you should think about your personal preferences. For example, do you want something more intimate and laid-back? If so, perhaps a vocal, instrumental or jazz band would be ideal.
On the other hand, if you want to create a party atmosphere, you could opt for a pop or rock band.
There are dozens of wedding performers in the Northamptonshire area that will be able to cater to your musical preferences. If you do not know where to look, our team at Crockwell Farm will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. Having organised weddings for many years, we can help you find a local band that will make sure your celebrations go with a bang!
Determine how much you are willing to spend
As with all the other vital elements of your wedding preparations, it is important to determine how much you are willing to spend on the wedding band. The cost of hiring performers can range from hundreds of pounds to tens of thousands, with a four-piece band charging anything from £900 to £1,300. Generally, the more members in a band, the more expensive they will be.
Others factors could also affect the cost of booking musicians for your wedding; for example, the band’s popularity and the distance they would need to travel to perform on your special day. If you are having your wedding party at Crockwell Farm, it would be more cost-effective to hire a band based in the Northamptonshire area.
Do your research
Once you have established the amount of money you need to allocate for the band, the next step is to match the performers to your tastes. Searching online is a convenient way of finding a Northamptonshire band available for hire. Word of mouth is also a good way of obtaining recommendations. Regardless of how you go about it, make sure you listen to the band’s sound bites or watch a video of their previous performances before confirming any booking. That way, you can rest assured that their performance style will match your preferences.
If you do not have time to look for a wedding band based in the Northamptonshire area, there’s no need to worry, our team at Crockwell Farm will help you find performers who can liven things up at your celebrations. Whether you are looking for a jazz band, a string quartet or a rock band to entertain your guests, we can introduce you to some of the best talent Northamptonshire has to offer.
Check that the band has the necessary certificates
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. As such, it is vital to ensure your guests’ safety and security. Once you have found your perfect band, you must make sure that they have the necessary certificates, particularly in relation to Public Liability Insurance (PLI) and Portable Appliance Testing (PAT). Some wedding venues require these documents before they allow bands to perform. Therefore, it is best to be prepared to avoid any last-minute hiccups.
If you do not have time to liaise with your wedding band and ensure they have the required certificates, our team at Crockwell Farm will be more than happy to do this on your behalf. This way, you can focus on the other essential aspects of your wedding preparations.
Book your band
While this may seem like a no-brainer, we cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to book your chosen band as soon as possible. Wedding bands, especially the popular ones, often get booked up two years in advance. If you do not want to miss out on the chance of having one of the best Northamptonshire wedding bands perform at your reception, you need to hire them as soon as you can.
Liven Up Your Wedding with a Live Band
Whether you are planning a very intimate wedding or a grand celebration, live music will certainly make it more memorable and exciting. Therefore, make sure you book one of Northamptonshire’s many talented wedding bands so you can throw a party that none of your guests will ever forget.
Besides providing you with an exceptional wedding venue, Crockwell Farm can also offer you all the assistance you need to host an unforgettable party. Whether it involves finding a live band or booking wedding suppliers, you can count on us to be there for you every step of the way. Please contact us today so we can discuss how we can transform your dream wedding into a reality.