Today, we are looking at tips on how to work with your wedding band! Now, instead of the team at Liven It Up just giving our opinions, we thought it would be great to have the expert in his field, David Rothstein with David Rothstein Music weighs in on what it takes to make your experience with working with a wedding band a success!
Here is what David had to say!
1. Communicate Regularly. If you have any questions, updates, or concerns with either the schedule or repertoire, email the music company right away so that they can take the necessary action. Set up at least 2 meetings with your band leader prior to your wedding. If you live out of state, use one of the screen sharing programs with your band leader, such as Join.Me. This will allow you and your band leader to be looking at the exact same schedule at the same time.
2. Keep Your Schedule Consistent. If you make changes to the schedule with either your wedding planner or the venue, make sure your band leader is aware of them. Even if there is a small change, such as moving toasts earlier or extending your cocktail hour by 30 minutes. All of these changes must be taken into account before preparing your final schedule. It also may require adjusting the contract and the remaining balance. The clearer your schedule is for all your vendors, the better results you’ll have for your big day.
3. Request Danceable Songs. When selecting your song requests, try to envision you actually dancing to the song. There are many songs that we all love, which are great for driving around, cleaning the house, or singing to in the shower, but don’t necessarily translate to being a great dance song. Many times that same artist will have songs that do work well for dancing. An experienced band leader will know the difference and be able to recommend some alternatives, ideally by the same artist. You can also tell your band leader you love Motown, The Beatles, and Sinatra, without having to provide specific songs. The same applies for songs you don’t want to have played. Don’t feel that you need to give your band leader a list of 75 songs. We need to have the flexibility to adjust to the crowd. All of your requests will be honored, but it’s important to trust the experience and judgement of the band leader as to what’s going to be best to keep your dance floor packed.
4. Put Your Requests In Early. Submit any song requests that aren’t in your bands current repertoire as early as possible. All great music companies are happy to learn any song you request, but there is a process that does involve some time and effort to make it happen.
5. Ask Us for Advice. If you’re looking for a suggestion for a father/daughter dance, don’t be afraid to ask the band leader. They have likely performed hundreds of weddings and can give you some recommendations to choose from. That’s the benefit of hiring a high quality music company to perform your wedding. They have all the resources and experience to make sure you get the ideal results for your wedding.
6. Create Memorable Moments. Tell them if there are any unusual songs, special dedications, anniversaries, or birthdays that you would like to have acknowledged for your wedding. If you both went to the same college, you might want to include your college fight song. If you have many friends from New York, you may want to request New York, New York. If there are any specific ethnic songs you would like to have included, communicate that as well with your band leader. This ability to customize the songs for your wedding will add a personal touch that all your guests will really appreciate.
7. Dance! At your wedding, be sure to spend time dancing and trust that your band leader will keep your dance floor packed based on the songs that you have requested to play and will avoid the songs you’ve requested to not have played. By both of you being on the dance floor all night, will definitely inspire all your guests to join you. Make sure you don’t have your photo booth, bar, or sweet table in an adjacent room while dancing is going on, as this may dilute your wedding. Do your very best to keep all of your wedding related activities in the same room. You’ve done your homework, you’ve helped prepare the schedule and song requests. Now it’s your time, simply be the Bride and Groom and enjoy the moment!
What makes DRM different than average bands?
We provide all our couples and clients like you with consistently packed dance floors, custom tailored schedules, a state of the art sound system, and so much more. Our events range from 400 guests at the Drake Hotel to a dinner party with 30 of their closest friends. Our goal is to make your event a 100% success based on your specific needs. We also provide our clients like you with special resources that you can tap into to make your schedule and music fit in with exactly what you envision. The bottom line is that we listen to you more than the average wedding band.
To learn more about David, visit his website at www.drsmusic.com and see how he can make your wedding band experience a memorable one!
All photos have been provided by David Rothstein Music and their website at www.drsmusic.com