Choose the Right Wedding Music For Your Reception






     You've got the groom. You've got the dress. You've got lots of other details resolved. But have you resolved the music for your wedding reception? The process is simple but there are a few specifics you should consider.

PICK THE STYLE: If you love jazz music, why not have it at your wedding? If you go to rock concerts every weekend, you might want to party all night at your wedding to the same genre. It's good to remember the age range and diversity of your guest list, but it's also YOUR special day. Pick your favorite music and go for it!

PICKING THE BAND: Once you know the style, picking the band can be made easier through websites designed just for this. Try Gigmasters or Gigsalad, where you can search by genre and location and often check out sound samples. Asking family and friends for recommendations is another good idea. You can also try googling your location + the type of band you're looking for. Make sure to check out customer reviews and video clips so you know you're getting what you want. (Tip: search for the band on YouTube to see if any fans have posted secret live performance footage!)

WHAT WILL THEY ACTUALLY PLAY? Remember that bands range in approach to playlist as much as they vary in style and size. Some bands offer many different styles of music. Others come in with a strict "set list" (the list of which songs they'll play in which order) because they do it that way every time, and that's what people love them for. Other bands pride themselves on being able to read the mood of the crowd and are flexible moment to moment. All of these styles have their strengths. You can work with the band depending on how much input you want to have about specific songs, or how much you want to relax and let the party ride. (Tip: If you have a special song you definitely want to hear, it helps to let the band know ahead of time so they can prepare.)

MAKE AN OFFER: Inquire about the price of the band but remember you can make an offer based on your budget. There are no firm and fast prices out there, and a good band will negotiate with you based on your needs. See if there are additional details you may need to provide for the band (staging, electricity, a dressing room also known as a green room). If your offer is accepted, the band should provide a detailed contract and may ask you to put down a deposit. If you and the artist accept the terms of the contract and pay a deposit, then you are contractually obligated to go forward. If the artist declines, then there is no further obligation and your deposit is yours to keep. Be careful. Once the contract is signed and the deposit is received by the band, it's like saying "I Do!"

ON THE BIG DAY: Make sure your wedding planner's contact information is available to the band well before hand. There are often last minute questions about set-up, entry to the space, electricity, etc. that are best answered by someone other than you! You'll have enough to think about on your wedding day, so even if you don't have a wedding planner, it's a good idea to assign the task to a member of the wedding party or close family or friend so that you can concentrate on getting married. Coordinating music between ceremony and reception can be a tricky spot, so make sure there is clear communication between the bands, you, and/or wedding coordinator about exactly how that transition should go.

Most importantly, remember that it's YOUR wedding. The band works for you, and their job is to take care of all the musical details so that you can enjoy your special day.






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Jimmy Maxwell is a New Orleans bandleader, pianist, and founder of JMO - a cover band that plays everything from rock 'n' roll to jazz & soul. Jimmy prides himself on being able to pair the perfect music to each and every special occassion. www.jimmymaxwell.com/wedding-band-music/


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