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WEDDING BAND SHOWCASES 101

Tips on how to navigate a showcase event to ensure you pick the right band for you. 

Ok, so you’ve searched the entirety of the google, watched countless videos, and have narrowed down your favorites. Now it’s time to focus on attending a live band showcase. While showcases don’t always line up with your preferred bands or time frame, you should still take advantage of viewing opportunities when possible. Aside from the music itself, Boston Wedding Band Showcases are a unique window into the identity of a company or artist. It’s also an excellent opportunity to put a face with a name and have your questions answered. Below are a few strategies you can use to navigate this process:

• Inquire Into Availability

 You’d be surprised how many people attend a showcase without knowing whether the bands they’re seeing are actually available! Make sure you inquire into availability before attending. PS- even if the groups performing aren’t available (or aren’t on your preferred list), it is still beneficial to participate. You can learn a lot about what you do and don’t like from seeing bands.

• RSVP to the event:

Your RSVP will allow the company to 1) keep you current on the latest showcase details, 2) provide availability, and 3) have your information readily available.

• Stay Up To Date On Social

Staying up to date with the company you’re considering on social media will keep you informed of showcase related news, lineups, and even extra content.

• Arrive Early

Showcases are generally held in ballrooms which fill up quickly. Arriving when doors open is the best way to secure your ideal seating. Bonus Tip: you’ll also be able to introduce yourself to the consultants before the performance to address any questions or concerns.

• Be Engaged,

And we’re not just talking about that ring on your finger:

Truth is, showcases can be a little awkward! People attend weddings to experience joy. Whereas people attend showcases to soberly evaluate performers. This is a rather unusual experience for the artists… so have fun, be engaged, and don’t be shy about singing and dancing along. The more energy you give, the more the performers will be able to show a glimpse into what your wedding day will look like.

• Introduce Yourself to the Band

After the performance, there is always an opportunity to say hello to the band personnel.

• Submit Your Booking Request ASAP 

 If you’ve done all of the above and fallen in love with a band, what’s next? Submit your request ASAP! Groups are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you have a hot date, chances are you won’t be the only one in the room that night with the same date. The sooner you submit your booking request, the higher the chance of securing your Boston Wedding Band.

• HAVE FUN!

This one is obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people show up stressed about the process. Music should be one of the most fun aspects of planning your wedding. Enjoy yourselves and forget about the checklist for the night. Live in the moment, go with your gut, and you’ll know just what band is right for you.

Ceremony PA System Q&A: Why You Need More Than “Just A Microphone”

“How will people hear us during our ceremony?”

Most of us imagine a microphone being the “thing” that makes our voice louder. But for a microphone to broadcast your voice through speakers, it must work in conjunction with sophisticated equipment known as a “PA.” A sound engineer will orchestrate this set-up including speakers, stands, mixing console, wireless receivers, and the number of microphones you require. This engineer will monitor the PA throughout its use. The labor involved is roughly 2 hours in terms of additional time for arrival, set-up, and execution.

Let’s do a little question & answer on this critical subject:

Q: Will people hear my officiant? My vows? My readers? Do I need a microphone?

A: Perhaps. It depends on the location, number of guests and your own comfort level.

Amplifying the voices in your wedding ceremony is especially worth considering for outdoor receptions. Sound travels poorly outside. And the greater your guest count, the further sound needs to travel. At some point, your venue, event planner or family is probably going to recommend a Ceremony PA System.

The next most logical question would be:

Q: How much does this cost?

A: More than you think!

… Just kidding, a typical ceremony pa system is more like the following:

Typical microphone arrangements include the following:

1) Clip-On Lapel Mic for the officiant. This works with a small battery pack attached to the belt. Your officiant will be familiar with this.

2) Omni Directional Mic on a straight stand set at waist level for vows. At waist level, the microphone will not interfere with chest-up photos, does not require you to use a belt pack, and will amplify your voices sufficiently.

3) Wireless hand-held mic for readers, which can be passed amongst readers.

Access to Electrical Power is necessary.

Q: Enough already, what should I expect to spend?

A: $400-$600….if you want it done right.

We’ve heard quotes from wedding venues that even exceed 1K. But asking your band to provide this service is usually the most cost effective and reliable route.

I know, I know …it’s a costly service. You’ll definitely find less expensive quotes in the $150-$250 range for a “speaker and microphone.” But buyer beware; low-cost dental surgery isn’t a good thing, and neither is a bargain on a PA for your wedding ceremony.

We suggest you take the ceremony amplification as seriously as everything else in your wedding. It’s not just a microphone and a speaker. It’s arguably the most sensitive and memorable part of your celebration.

First Dance Songs 2019

Picking the perfect song for you and your future spouse’s first dance can be anxiety inducing… to say the least. It can be hard to pin point a song that captures a lifetime of memories, past, present and future, into a single moment. We all know the classics. You know which ones I’m talking about. Who hasn’t been to a wedding where the first dance was “At Last” by the late-great Etta James. Or heard countless renditions of Al Greens classic “Let’s Stay Together.” To help on your search for a more modern and current first dance song, we’ve compiled a list of TEN songs on our radar for the 2019 wedding season. At the very least, maybe these songs will spark some inspiration as you make the final touches on your special day.

1. Dan + Shay – “Speechless”

This follow-up hit from country duo Dan & Shay was literally made for weddings. No. Literally. Check out the video featuring footage from both of their weddings to the special women in their lives.

2. Leon Bridges – “Beyond”

Recalling the magic of classic soul and Motown, “Beyond” stands out as an unexpectedly obvious choice for the couple who wants to stick to that classic sounds while also catering to the modern crowd.

3. Lady Gaga – “Always Remember Us This Way”

The movie A STAR IS BORN was an absolute smash with the soundtrack’s lead single, “Shallow,” topping the billboard charts after it’s Oscar win. But it is the more subtle “Always Remember Us This Way” that gets us in our feels for wedding season.

4. Florence + The Machine – “The End Of Love”

An unconventional choice for the unconventional couple. Dealing with love from a different angle, it’s not an expected first dance song but will move everyone just the same.

5. Jason Aldean – “You Make It Easy”

Quintessential and reliable. This Jason Aldean #1 country song will most definitely join the ranks of Rascal Flatts “My Wish” and even Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be.”

6. James Bay – “Us”

Equal parts soul and early 2000s Coldplay. The build of this power ballad is perfect for the bride and groom who wants to milk the drama of the moment.

7. Calum Scott & Leona Lewis – “You Are The Reason”

Originally released early 2018, this duet holds up as a stunning first moment between the newlyweds.

8. Kacey Musgraves – “Butterflies”

What would be more 2019 than a romantic country ballad as a first dance sung by a female star? (A GRAMMY winning female star at that)

9. Kelly Clarkson – “Move You”

This stunning cut from Clarkson’s latest album, Meaning Of Life, successfully marries old with new and country with pop without being cliché.

10. Mariah Carey – “With You”

Known for painting pictures of unrequited love, Mariah’s “With You” is the perfect twist on a romance meant to be.