Your function can be remembered as the event of the century, a complete disaster, or even worse: Absolutely forgettable! The entertainment at an event can make or break the success. Bands for hire can be found in your area for whatever event you’re hosting, whether it’s a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding, birthday party, or corporate event. A well chosen live band can bring your party alive.
Lots of people question whether it might be a better choice to go with a DJ. A DJ can bring a ton of music, takes up little space, is able to play most requests, and can cost a bit less. Having 10,000 songs at the ready is worthless if they’re not the right songs at the right moment, and bands usually know what works and when it works to get the mood going right. Live music has much more energy and can really make things more exciting if you’ve got a lot of guests.
Once you’ve decided that it’s a band you want, the first step is to decide on a budget. A lot of party planners make the mistake of hiring the entertainment as the last step. By then, the budget has been eaten up by the venue, caterers, videographer, wedding cake, and more. It’s not uncommon for a bride to be to figure on spending only five to ten percent of the budget on the entertainment. Ask yourself, when all is said and done, is the band only five percent important to the success of your party? Of course not! Trying to hire a quality band for less than $ 500 or so will not turn out well.
Before you go shopping, think about what kind of band you want. If you’re holding a Bar Mitzvah, make sure you look for a group who know all the customs. If you’re doing a wedding, work with a band with experience in weddings. You’ll be able to select from all kinds of genres of music. There’s plenty of bands out there that should know all the big hits of the last 20 years or so.
By now you’ve got a list of potential groups to work with. Never ever hire anyone without going through some steps first. Ask if they’re going to be performing any public gigs so you can watch them play. Don’t be offended or turned off if they tell you no, many groups do only private parties. The next best thing would be a DVD or video of a live performance. Most importantly make sure you meet them, or at the very least the singer/announcer. A singer in your band will often act as a “Master of Ceremonies”, so make sure you get a good feeling of confidence from them. Will they be able to clearly announce the wedding party? Lastly, ask for references to speak to over the phone.
Next, insist on a contract. Any decent band will have one to protect themselves, but if not, write one up. This party is very important to you and your guests. A contract will stipulate what happens in the event of catastrophe and they don’t make it, or the terms of payment and deposit, what happens if you wish to cancel, etc. All of this is very important to know up front.
The band you choose should hold an insurance policy for liability. Entertainers are able to get very comprehensive coverage at a great price from brokers specializing in mobile entertainers. Make sure they have the coverage in case anything happens to the venue, any of your guests, or even band members as a result of you hiring them.
If you follow all of these steps, hopefully you can choose from a short list of bands for hire and make the perfect choice for to make your event truly special.