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Planning a Live Wedding Band

The wedding music is an important element of your wedding day that will never be forgotten. Couples have two options for how they deliver the music entertainment: choosing a deejay or a live wedding band. If you desire the energy of live music, there are a few important things to know during the planning process. Here are a few things you should know about your entertainment experience and choosing a live wedding band.

Where to Begin with a Live Wedding Band

Begin with your wedding venue. The venue probably has a list of vendors to help you narrow down the right talent and fit for the experience you want to create. Make sure your venue has an open vendor policy that provides the freedom to shop around and choose musicians that match your vibe. Most wedding venues have all the sound details worked out as far as logistics and noise ordinances. Just in case, make sure you check with your event advisor at your venue. Determine all the restrictions and limitations before you book your band. Ask about any noise restrictions, the need for extra power supplies or equipment, available space for the size of your ensemble, room layout and any additional questions related to band requirements.


Consult the Budget

Many decisions about our wedding day are influenced by the budget. Not every couple is willing to sacrifice when it comes to planning this once in a lifetime event. It is important to understand that a live wedding band and a deejay are very different experiences with a very different cost. Choosing the live music is more about personal preference and the experience you want to create at your very special celebration. While a deejay might charge between $800 and $2,000, a live wedding band might charge $3,000 or more. The price of hiring live entertainment can be affected by a few things, such as the equipment and the number and types of instruments. Fees for live music include performance time, lighting and special requests to learn new material. The bigger the show, the bigger the price tag. However, the experience can be more than worth it.

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Imagining Your Live Wedding Band

It is important to maintain your vision as you interview talent. The music creates the celebration. Do you envision a stringed quartet or a lively band that rocks the house? While both can work in an elegant space, think about the size of the venue and the type of celebration you seek to create. The tone of your entire event will be shaped by the soundtrack you plan and the talent you book to deliver it. Stage presence and crowd motivation are important parts of the act. Take the time to plan your live wedding band. If possible, watch the band perform live at a local venue before you make the final decision to book.

Crystal Ballroom on the Lake

Crystal Ballroom on the Lake

Create the event of your dreams in a ballroom designed just for you at Crystal Ballroom on the Lake. Meet with professional wedding designers and planners. Build a custom package to include everything you envision for your wedding day. The affordable wedding packages include all of the furnishings, designs and services to create your perfect ceremony and reception. The spacious layout provides room and flexibility for you to build the band you want. Create your unique experiences at Crystal Ballroom. Contact an event advisor for a customization consultation and a complimentary VIP tour of the wedding venue.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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