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1. Book EarlyIf you book your wedding entertainment nice and early you are not only more likely to get your first choice (the most popular wedding bands are booked 12-18 months in advance for key dates), you will also bag yourself a bargain. Quotes will often be provided on current petrol prices and they rarely go down. Also, the more popular acts become the more they will charge – it’s supply and demand, but if you book them early they are contracted to the quote they provide.
2. Off-Peak ReductionsHave you considered booking a weekday wedding or even in the off-peak months? During the weekends in summer, the majority of the bands and acts could easily book themselves 15-20 times over with the amount of enquiries they receive. Yet during the weekdays or in October, November, January and February, the same acts will struggle to fill their diaries. To help combat this they will offer reduced rates and for a wedding band you can save on average £150 - £200.
3. Augment Your ThemeMany weddings at the moment are based around a theme – sometimes very general like ‘summer’, and some more specific such as ‘festival’ or ‘vintage’. When considering entertainment for your wedding it’s a great idea to use it to augment your theme. For example, a 1920s theme jazz band for your drinks reception and some flapper dancers teaching your guests the Charleston during your evening party would really bring your vintage theme to life.
4. Consider Your TimingsWeddings very rarely run to time – that’s a fact. So when you are working out your schedule for entertainment, be realistic and ask your venue for their advice. During your drinks reception is a great time to have entertainment, as it will last longer than you think with photographs - entertainment will take your guests’ minds off their rumbling tummies.
5. Space RequirementsThere is no point in booking an 8-piece Soul and Motown band if you only have a tiny dance floor and an even smaller stage. At the same time, you don’t want your guests rattling round on a huge dance floor with only a DJ in the corner. Think about the space you have to play with and imagine your guests in it before adding the entertainment.
6. Venue RestrictionsBe clear with your venue about the entertainment you are thinking of booking before you pay your deposit. The grade II listed barn may look beautiful and be the perfect backdrop for your big day but if you have your mind set on a rock band for the evening, it may not be possible. Many venues have restrictions, such as sound limiters, which would have an impact on the type of band you can book.
7. Provide RefreshmentsThe better your treat your act or band, the better performance they will give in return. If you consider your band may have driven 2 hours to get to your venue, then spent a further 1.5 hours lugging heavy equipment to set up and sound check, a nice quiet space for them to relax and change in along with some food and drinks will ensure they give you the high-energy performance your big day deserves.
8. Check the Terms and ConditionsIf you are booking professional entertainment, they will provide a full contract along with terms and conditions. You should check these clearly and pay close attention to cancellation terms and any contingencies they have in place for emergencies.
9. Trust Your Act or BandIf you are booking a professional act or band, the likelihood is that they will have performed at hundreds of weddings previously and whilst each wedding is personal to the bride and groom, your act or band will still know best. For example, many bands will know what set list will work to make sure you have a full dance floor and whilst it’s understandable you will want to include a few of your favorites, you should leave the rest to them. Also, another biggie here is to not have your band starting too early. You don’t want the evening to peak too soon – around 9pm is usually perfect if you are finishing at midnight.
Wedding entertainment can present a minefield of possibilities when you're not entirely sure what you want for your big day. The experts at eGigger offer their top tips on what to think about when faced with the decisionMusic is one of the most important elements in your upcoming wedding. So how do you find the entertainment that you and your fiancéwill love, and will keep your guests entertained until the early hours? Music is very subjective, so make sure you choose a band that will reflect your personality just like all of the other touches you have meticulously planned.
CommunicateYou can only know that a band is the right fit for your big day by having a detailed conversation. Use a website which allows you to message the band directly, then arrange a phone call and even a face to face meeting. This is one of the most important days of your life and you want to be on the same page with all parties involved. Talk about song choice, style and ask as many questions as you can so that you can make an informed decision.
Do your researchUse a platform like egigger, where you can easily research bands and musicians. Each act has a profile page containing video, biography and vital statistics that make your job much easier. Read reviews and ratings from others who have hired the band; a great resource for finding out what kind of service a band provided for a past customer. Watching videos on YouTube is an essential way of doing further research and it’s also a very good idea to go and see some bands live in action before you choose.
Consider the unconventionalWould you rather have traditional wedding entertainment or are you interested in breaking the mould? You might want to add an unusual twist to your day by hiring a beatboxer, singing waiters or maybe even LED musicians! Either way, adding your own personal and fun twist is sure to surprise your guests and create another memorable spark for your day.
Create your perfect playlistSpend a few hours with your partner and family thinking of all the songs you just have to hear at your reception. You don’t want to get to the big day and request a song that your band or DJ hasn’t prepared or doesn’t know. Make sure all of those special songs are in your band's set list well before the date. Tip: Use Spottify to create your perfect playlist of party songs and romantic ballads.
Don’t forget the ceremonyBeautiful music during your ceremony is a lovely touch that sometimes gets forgotten. Find a musician who will be able to create the perfect atmosphere when you walk down the aisle. Consider choosing a harpist, violinist or pianist who can create a soft version of your favourite song to really set the tone.
As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the musical mainstream as ever before. Why is this? Billboard examines the reasons for this growing trend in a new series where we talk with some of the most powerful men and women in Nashville, concerning why they think the visibility of country music seems to be stronger than ever.Though the format has always gotten attention from the mainstream -- thanks to artists like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, more country artists are appealing to fans outside of the normal avenues of the genre than ever. Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean have taken their unique styles of music from the arenas to the stadiums, with bigger success than ever before.
You can also hear more elements of the genre in other radio formats, such as pop, rock, and rap/hip-hop. Though artists from country have always had a strong sales presence – with Garth Brooks and George Strait being two of the biggest music sellers of the past quarter-century, neither act took their singles to pop radio. Shania Twain and LeAnn Rimes did so in the late 90s with songs like "You're Still The One" and "I Need You," respectively, but now it's a little more commonplace for artists from the genre to find success on the Hot 100, such as Swift or Florida Georgia Line. And, it works both ways – with Darius Rucker becoming one of the top recording artists in the business and a member of the Grand Ole Opry – as well as a successful launch of Sheryl Crow as a country artist by Warner Brothers last fall.
Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, feels that the media definitely looks at the genre differently than in the past. "In recent years, country music's breakthrough artists have gotten more access from mainstream media outlets – both due to the success of the trailblazing artists that came before them and also because marketers and outlets no longer perceive country music as a regional format but understand that the country consumer and fan is a highly desirable national and international target who is tech savvy and has disposable income," she told Billboard. "So when the channels open for country music artists to reach a wider audience, the level of talent from our format rises to the challenge."Gary Overton, Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Nashville, feels that the past few years have really seen country live up to its image as "America's Music," as the fans seem to be running the gamut.
"Mainstream America is in love with country music, and corporate America has noticed," Overton told us. "Today's country music is young and exciting. It's a party. It has a rock edge that kids love - and so do the Baby Boomers, who are tired of 30 to 40-year-old classic rock. Because of this we have increased opportunities for major TV exposure in both programming and national product endorsements in advertising. We have country artists acting in major studio films. We have fragrances, shoe lines, clothing lines."