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Wedding Bands: Who And How To Hire

Wedding bands were forever immortalized in Maroon V's 'Sugar' music video. In this video, members of the band crashed different wedding ceremonies around the city. They performed unannounced numbers the joy of screaming brides and their maids and the awe of grooms...



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Wedding Bands

Wedding bands were forever immortalized in Maroon V's 'Sugar' music video...

Blue Lion Band

The band is based in South of England and South Wales but their range of performance is nationwide.


Wedding Bands: Who And How To Hire

Wedding bands were forever immortalized in Maroon V's 'Sugar' music video. In this video, members of the band crashed different wedding ceremonies around the city. They performed unannounced numbers the joy of screaming brides and their maids and the awe of grooms. The band claims the video was unscripted; they just decided to perform at the party and hoped the couples getting married liked their music. However, others claim to have recognized professional actors and models in the video. I do not claim to know the inner workings of the entertainment industry but whatever the truth is, the presence of the Maroon V band added something special to the occasion.

Popular wedding bands in the United Kingdom include:

Blue Lion Band

The band is based in South of England and South Wales but their range of performance is nationwide.

The band has toured and recorded with platinum selling artistes like Ellie Goulding, Peter Andre, Mark Knopfler and Jason Derulo.

Other than playing wedding gigs, this band hosts Free Live Showcase Nights in cities across the UK.

They can be hired for fees around £1200.

Rupert Stroud Band

Rupert Stroud  has topped iTunes charts on several occasions and he is a published recording artist.

With his band, Rupert Stroud has enjoyed plaudits from the ITV and Channel 4 musical critics and National BBC Radio.

The Rupert Stroud Band has opened for some of the country's biggest acts including James Blunt, The Feeling and Texas.

The band can be hired for just under a thousand pounds.

WooHoo Band

This Scottish band is known for their peculiar variety of styles.

They produce a unique blend of pop, rock, soul, funk and Motown styles and all in a high octane charged performance that is guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long!

This band offers the prospective couple the opportunity to see a live showcase in lieu of the customary demo CD.

The band can be booked for your special event for a fee of £1200 and they can perform anywhere in the country and Europe!

 

Truth is, not everybody can afford to have a Maroon V performance at our wedding. Hiring Twenty One Pilots can seem a very distant pipe dream too.

However, whoever you decide to get for that special day, there are some things to consider. You will thank me later.

Musical Ability

Say, if you have an appointment with a dentist, would you trust the safety of your pearly whites to that neighbour that works out of his basement or to the person that underwent years of dentist training in college?

Exactly. It's just the same with hiring wedding bands, only difference is this just might have an influence on the rest of your life.

What would you rather see when you are watching your wedding tapes with your wife and children at Thanksgiving thirty years from now: a wedding where clumsy cousin Annie was the star of the night because she tripped over the wires and silenced the band you flew in from Dublin, or an unfocused wedding video that is so because the cameraman couldn't help grooving on the dance floor?

Just as I thought. Ensure that the performing band you hire can do just that: perform.

Repertoire

A wedding band worth its salt and tattoos should have a long repertoire of songs and these songs should be timely and flexible enough to adapt different musical styles.

Uncle Tom is a sucker for 70s funk? The band should have him covered.

Clumsy cousin Annie can only waddle her feet to slow R&B masquerading as soul? She's got it.

The majority of the crowd belong to the 80s jazz/swing dance craze demographics? Not to worry, the band will get them grooving all night long.

Flexibility cannot be overstated for wedding bands. A rigid band will only get applause from the guests when clumsy cousin Annie 'trips' over the electric circuit and shuts them up.

Experience

Your wedding ceremony should absolutely, never, EVER be the test run of a new band.

This ranks just behind getting eaten by a tarantula in my list of fears.

The rundown of things that could go wrong is just too numerous: what if they keep switching numbers?

What if they don't have the right equipment?

What if they can't engage the guests?

What if nobody and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOBODY dances??

You do not want this, any of this, to happen at your wedding.

The ideal wedding band should be one that has played at hundred of weddings. They must have cut their teeth and earned their bones.

But you might argue, how do new wedding bands get this oh, so important experience if you don't let them play?

And my answer will still remain unchanged: definitely not at my wedding.

Thing is, there are a million and one things that can go wrong. If this happens to a rookie band, bye bye wedding but an experienced band will be able to adapt easily.

Pre-booking Auditions

No, this is not like an actual auditions. I'm sorry but you might not get a Simon Cowell moment. What it suggests is you get to listen to these bands before contracting them for your wedding. Some band have live performances around the country while others have demo CDs that will have their best performances. If what you listen to is in line with what you what, by all means, book 'em.

Booking A Band

This can usually be done directly with the band or through am entertainment agency. Entertainment agencies have a repertoire of bands on call so if you go through them, you will have a lot of options to choose from. However, booking through an entertainment agency attracts a 20% increase in fees.  Call the customer helpline to know more details, so that you can plan your wedding stress free.