All of the weddings I’ve been to in the past have had some form of live music, but I never really knew what I wanted when it came to planning my own wedding. There are so many different options out there from a band, to a string quartet or a DJ with a saxophone player – the list goes on – and it’s difficult to know what the crowd will like. Also, as music is such a huge part of my life, it would have to be something that blew me away.
A wedding band is something I wasn’t sure I particularly wanted for the big day next year and it’s something we didn’t really budget for, thinking that a DJ or an iPod playlist would do the trick, but the more people I talk to about this decision say that we HAVE to have a wedding band, so I’ve been on the hunt to find one that won’t break the bank but will also play the songs that are special to us and our guests.
As I used to work for an events company, I had an idea of how much a good band would cost, and although some people would rather spend the money elsewhere, there is something about the atmosphere that a live band bring to the table that cannot be rivalled.
There are loads of agencies out there who will do the hard work for you and put together a proposal based on your music tastes, budget and where you are in the country, and they’ll always be flexible with what they can offer. Or if you would rather do it yourself, you can search through their catalogue of acts and compare the ones that take your fancy.
One of the websites I found that was quick and easy to use was Alive Network where all you need to do is put in your event type, location and the date and you can even hear the band playing live. They make it easy for you to hire every kind of live entertainment imaginable from all over the UK, which is pretty handy when you’re planning your wedding and have no idea what you’re after. This can range from comedians in Edinburgh and amazing wedding bands in Kent to classical musicians in Dorset and circus performers in Brighton – they literally have something for everyone and every budget.
The thing with weddings as well is that everything gets booked up so far in advance, especially if you are getting married during ‘the season’ (April to September) so if you are looking for live music, I would suggest getting it sorted as soon as possible. The good thing about Alive Network is that they only show you the artists that are available for your date and the total price (excluding VAT) so you can easily see whether it will fit within your budget.
At the moment we’re trying to whittle our list down to 2 or 3 that we really like and then we’ll get the opinion of some family and friends to help us make the final decision. I definitely want someone who will let us give recommendations as our invitation will ask our guests for a song they want played – I always think this is a nice way of getting people involved, and when their song comes on, they always have a smile on their face.
If you’re looking for a wedding band or live entertainment for another type of event then I would definitely recommend giving Alive Network a go as there will definitely be something for you.
What do you think about live music at weddings?
This post was sponsored by Alive Network. All views are my own.