Can you trust a live wedding band you book online?
Hiring a wedding band is usually a very safe process as long as the band is reputable, booked through an established and reliable website or agency and offers a robust, detailed and legally binding contract that protects both you and the live band in case of any eventuality. Hiring a wedding band in this way actually offers more security than most other forms of booking but if in doubt, always speak to them or their representatives before agreeing to anything or handing over any money.
We could pretend and say booking any live wedding band online is totally safe but that’s not true or fair on you and at the end of the day, we want happy couples enjoying their special day – it makes us happy too. It’s what we’re all about – helping create that special moment for you, your family and your guests. Read on so you stay safe when you hire a live wedding band online.
What we’ll chat about so you stay safe
In this post, we will go through a checklist of essential things any wedding band should have before you consider booking them. We will use our live wedding bands as examples but what we explain here really is the standard you should expect from any band you book online. Don’t settle for less!
We totally understand that it can be a little nerve-wracking and daunting booking a band online that you’ve probably never seen live and even if you have seen them or they’ve been recommended to you, it’s nice to have as much reassurance and confidence in the wedding band and agency you book them through as possible. Therefore, this article should be a must-read before you book any band for any event, especially your wedding! Of course, bad things do happen and even the most professional wedding bands can let people down so don’t see this guide as foolproof. 9 times out of 10 it is but always be wary and choose carefully and book with people you trust. Thankfully, the world of music is generally a world of word of mouth and recommendation and this does help you generally avoid the bad eggs out there.
What should you expect from a wedding band you book online?
So, let’s crack on with the minimum you should expect from any wedding band that you are considering booking. Follow these steps and you should be perfectly safe in your wedding band choice. As a side note, we also have some other great guides on here to help you pick your live wedding entertainment including the big little guide to live wedding bands. We will be adding new, unmissable guides for you every month like should I pick a DJ or live wedding band? so keep checking back.
Great real wedding reviews
If a wedding band has good reviews it’s a sure sign they are a genuine wedding band and worth looking at. Real wedding reviews are a genuine stamp of approval. We have hundreds of them here.
Ideally, a band should have plenty of reviews spanning years including lots of recent ones showing they are still regularly gigging and popular. However, if a wedding band is relatively new they may not have accumulated lots of reviews yet and bear in mind that only about 1 in 4 people leave reviews (even if they all loved the band). Popular and furiously busy wedding bands can sometimes fall behind updating their promo and reviews so if in doubt, have a chat with them or their representative about their history and popularity. Our act The League of Gentlemen are a good example of a very popular band with plenty of reviews spanning years.
Responsible wedding agencies and agency recommendation
At the end of the day, wedding agencies and websites should be promoting and recommending great wedding bands. If they don’t, they usually remove said “below par” bands or definitely should. We all exist to deliver the best wedding bands and keep you safe so we are always a great place to start in your online search. Some band you saw in a pub or some mates band you know may be great but do they supply contracts to protect both you and them on your big day? Are they a band that regularly performs at weddings? Do they know what that even entails? Are they a professional, full-time wedding band? Probably not. Only top tier, full time, professional wedding bands should appear on wedding entertainment websites likes ours so you know you are booking safe. Don’t gamble on such an important part of your day. All wedding entertainment websites should have extensive T&C and FAQ sections like ours so you can truly understand how booking a live wedding band online is safe and secure.
!Shameless plug alert! This is why we perform in the wedding bands you see on our website. We don’t want you worrying about your live entertainment in the slightest and so when we say a band is great and will deliver the live music you want, they will. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t exist as no one would ever book us. What you see is what you get with us.
Some websites and agencies simply barrage you with loads of wedding bands and even though they don’t really know how good most of these bands are, they do know that through the law of averages you should get a decent live wedding band. Personally, we’ve been doing this long enough to not settle for decent. We want to be the best for you so we only have wedding bands that will blow your socks off!!! Learn more about our unique approach here.
Extensive promotional material
We’re a huge fan of good and extensive promotion and you should be too. Any wedding band that is of a high enough quality for your wedding should have some lovely promo. Audio, video, photos, biography, line up, repertoire, pricing, booking options and requirements are all pretty standard. Sometimes a band that is very established and busy can have promotional material that’s just a bit old so check with their representative to see if they have any new promo on the way. Most good bands update their promo every 3-5 years or so.
Our fantastic live band From the Top shown above, demonstrate a profile full of fantastic promo here.
Realistic pricing, booking options and wedding freebies
If a wedding band seems to have fair or realistic pricing and a healthy amount of booking options or freebies when you book them it suggests you are looking at a wedding band with a fun, positive and professional attitude. This can only be a good thing! Wedding bands that are flexible and open to ideas but also experienced enough to know what works are usually the best bands to help design your perfect wedding experience. Our live wedding band The Harmony Collective excel in this regard. See their video below.
We did some pretty extensive research into the real cost of wedding bands in 2020 and we strongly suggest you pop over there to see how much wedding bands cost where you are getting married but below is just a snippet of what we found. You can clearly see from the 5 counties we picked at random that pricing can vary quite a bit between a 3 piece and a 6 piece band but across these 5 different counties, the overall average pricing is still fairly consistent. What do the numbers in blue represent you ask? Well, those are the average prices for our own lovely wedding bands. Why are we on average £200 to £300 cheaper? Simple, we don’t charge commission like other entertainment websites.
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We also took all our pricing research from every county in England and got an average cost for 3, 4, 5 and 6 piece wedding bands. This way you can easily see how much on average a wedding band costs in England and decide if the band you are looking at tallies with what we found. We feel this is pretty invaluable information and will really help you safely book a live wedding band online. Anyway, below are the numbers and again, the ones in blue are our average prices.
3 piece £1125.72
3 piece £910
4 piece £1510.50
4 piece £1117.57
5 piece £1509.76
5 piece £1389.17
6 piece £1849.11
6 piece £1597.54
Good attitude and professionalism
When dealing with a wedding agency or live wedding band themselves you should expect a professional, understanding and friendly attitude from day 1 and right up to your big day. This will bode very well during the build-up and for your big day which can be hectic! A positive, professional wedding band won’t be fazed by anything thrown at them for your wedding and this will ensure you can relax and enjoy your special day.
One of our most professional and accommodating wedding bands are The Usual Suspects with years of experience under their belts.
Although this isn’t a must (as explained in the reviews section above) a live wedding band that’s been around for years is a band that is trusted and regularly recommended. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t book a fresh, new wedding band as we’ve all had to start somewhere but if you are unsure which band to go for and you need some reassurance, the more experienced band will give you that extra peace of mind. The Avengers are one such band having been around for years wowing people at all sorts of weddings.
Few, all done!
We hope we’ve made booking a wedding band a bit simpler and safer for you but if you want to read more, Hitched’s guide is a good place to stop too.
So that’s it from us but if you feel we’ve missed something out or you have any questions, just give us a call. We spend a lot of time making our blog posts the best we can for you so if you liked what you read please consider sharing it with others. Thanks!
Oana and the Seventh Second family.