How To Find a Wedding Band in Scotland
30 July 2014
Finding a wedding band can be a difficult task so we have put together a brief guide which we hope will help you on your way!
Look at live music agency websites
There are a few live music agencies out there to look through. We’d obviously recommend our own of course! At Music for Scotland we personally vet all our bands to ensure they are of the highest standard. We look through their song lists to make sure they are playing a good mix of material to entertain guests of all ages. All our bands can provide a short ceilidh set and they are willing to learn first dance requests. With Music for Scotland you have the peace of mind to know that everything will run smoothly and your selected band will do an excellent job on your big day!
Look at the bands’ websites
There are many great bands out there and not all are featured on agency websites. However there are lots of not so good and inexperienced bands too. There are also bands that perhaps play without a live drummer using backing tracks. While they might be a cheaper option, they won’t have the same excitement and vibrancy of a full live band. Make sure all the key ingredients are there – electric guitar, bass, drums and perhaps keyboards too.
Check out mp3s, videos and song lists
Looking through song lists will give you a good idea whether the band is right for you. Where they may seem similar some bands might focus more on older classics while others will include much more recent hits. Their mp3s will represent their singer’s voices pretty well and the videos will give you an idea on how well they perform.
Read the testimonials
A decent wedding band will have lots of testimonials; this should give you an idea on how busy they are. Check out how frequently they publish the testimonies too. If they have at one or two from every month or so, then you can be sure they are popular and busy.
Attend wedding band showcases and gigs
It’s well worth attending showcases even if you have already selected a band. Nothing beats hearing the band perform live, and you may even spot a band that you prefer. Some bands will perform regular pub gigs also.
Take recommendations from friends
Take recommendations seriously! Someone you know has probably been to a wedding with live music recently and you get an excellent recommendation from a band you overlooked. People also share their experiences on forums too so it’s worth browsing to see what people have said about their band.
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DJ or Band: Which is the Best Choice for Your Wedding?
11 June 2014
The musical performers you choose to entertain guests at your wedding can either keep the dance floor packed and happy, or leave people glued to their seats while cringing.
Researching the top DJs or wedding bands can help you weed out the duds, but how do you choose between a talented live band or an upbeat DJ to play your favorite tunes on your big day? You need to consider the available space at your venue, your entertainment budget, the type of vibe you desire, and your own personal taste to make the best decision.
Marrying your sweetheart in a small, intimate location may leave you with very little space for an entire band. Before you set your heart on twirling around the dance floor to your favorite “Rat Pack” cover band, you should visit the venue and determine how much room is available for the band to set-up. You will also need to consider the availability of electrical outlets and any possible noise limitations set up by the venue or the city where you are having the wedding. Both live bands and DJs have the ability to control their volume, and nearly all bands and DJs will require electricity to run their equipment. An outdoor venue with no electrical outlets may require you to look into hiring an acoustic band.
Generally speaking, bands cost more than DJs. That being said, there are always exceptions to this rule. Celebrity DJs can cost quite a bit more than a 3-4 person band, but a 12-person band can easily cost more than a local DJ. You can always stretch your budget a little bit more by holding your wedding on a weekday because most entertainers implement a higher charge on weekends.
The music at your wedding can really set the mood for the entire event. If you want something upbeat and funky, you need to select a band whose sound reflects that. Looking for a swinging Big Band style sound? Opt for a live band specializing in that genre. If your wedding is going to be more trendy, and you want to play the latest hits in a recognizable manner, consider hiring a DJ who is familiar with the Top 40 hits. Bands can put their own spin on songs--for better or worse--which can make guests get up and dance or cringe in their seats. DJs have a ton of songs at their fingertips, making it easy for them to change up the tempo to get more bodies on the dance floor.
Ultimately, you need to choose an entertainer who meets your needs. Always look for a DJ or band willing to adhere to your playlist (and your “do not play” list). You should meet with your entertainer at least once prior to your wedding day to discuss song choices for the important dances as well as the overall theme you want to maintain throughout the wedding. Have an adverse reaction to the “Macarena” or the “Chicken Dance?” Make sure your band or DJ knows not to play those.
1. Can download and play almost any song imaginable.
2. Have the ability to change up the music style and tempo depending on the crowd’s reaction--even in the middle of a song.
3. Usually less expensive than a band.
1. Can’t play their own rendition of a song.
2. A long-winded DJ or one with a crummy attitude can ruin the atmosphere.
3. Not as intimate as a band.
1. Can create their own covers of classic songs to put a new spin on an old favorite, making it fit with your theme.
2. Make a more personal and interactive connection by personalizing songs and engaging with guests.
3. Offer an eye-catching, live show for those who might not prefer to dance.
1. More expensive than a DJ.
2. Usually unlikely to take requests outwith their repertoire.
3. Less likely to perform hours of current chart hits, and more likely to play songs spanning the decades
Planning a wedding is a daunting task, but there’s no doubt your choice of entertainment can make or break your big day. A personalized twist on every element of the wedding--from the favors to the entertainment to the centerpieces--will ensure your special day is a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience for you and your guests. For an extra special touch, personalize your wedding rings with help from the talented jewelers in the customization department at Brilliance.com for an eye-catching flash as you twirl across the dance floor.
The article above was written by Shai Barel of Brilliance.com
Creating the right atmosphere at your evening wedding reception
10 June 2014
An evening wedding reception, whether your main reception or as an extra to a more formal daytime reception is a fantastic excuse to party! It will (hopefully) be the only wedding evening party you have so you will want to make the most of it. Your wedding, and subsequent reception and party are all about you. They should reflect your personality, and make it a night to remember for yourself, and for your guests.
Creating the right atmosphere is a mix of different things but the first thing you need to do is have a good look at the venue, both during the day and at the time of night you’ll be throwing your wedding party. If you’re allowed, pay a quick visit to someone else’s evening reception, not only to see the venue in action, but also to steal some good ideas.
Here our top tips for ways to create the right atmosphere at your evening wedding reception
1 – Theme the venue. Check out the furniture and décor provided by the venue. Chances are you’ll be provided with basic tables and dining chairs and not much else. You may want to consider replacing, or at least supplementing the furniture provision with more club-style sofas and low tables, or brightly coloured bar stools, or even creating a chill-out area with cushions and armchairs. If the venue doesn’t have what you need and you can’t borrow it, you should look into furniture hire.
2 – Music. Music and entertainment has the potential to make or break your party atmosphere and time and effort needs to be spent to make sure you get the right music provision for you. Whether you want a clubland DJ, a string quartet, or a ceilidh band, you should ask around for recommendations and go to see them at a similar event to confirm that they are the music professionals for you. There’s nothing like a cheesy DJ to spoil the night for you and your guests.
3 – Lighting. The benefit of having an evening party is you’re not battling natural light so much and can create any sort of atmosphere you want. Popular choices for evening wedding receptions are light-up freestanding letters, fake fire lights, and strings of fairy lights. Lighting can be toned down or up to suit as the night progresses, and is brilliant for banishing the gloomy corners that some event venues seem to have. Again, if the venue doesn’t have what you need, then hire it!
4 – Inject some fun. Parties are meant to be fun so add some with entertaining items. Photo booths with props such as brightly coloured wigs and inflatable musical instruments are extremely popular right now. Just set it up and watch your guests create entertaining photos for themselves and for your wedding album. Fairground rides and carnival-style sideshows are brilliant for evening garden parties, and don’t be afraid to set up traditional party games. Pin the Tail on the Donkey, with a bit of an imaginative twist, is fun for all ages.
Creating the right atmosphere is about making the party suit you and your personality. Your friends and family have come to join in your special day, so whatever you’re happy with will create a party that is all about you. Let your personality shine through and you’ll have the evening reception that you and your guests will remember for a long time.