Four Tips for Booking a Band with Sol Fusion
One thing I knew from the start of my engagement? We wanted to dance to the tunes of a swing band at our reception. I m an old soul, and I just knew we d never be able to create our desired vibe without a horn section!
However, as certain as I was about wanting a band, I was entirely uncertain about which band I wanted. Few things affect your reception s mood more than the band or DJ, and a band is such an unknown! Will they sound good? Will they play the right songs? Will they be cheesy? Will they be able to read and adjust to the crowd? Ahh!
If you ve struggled with the same questions, you re in the right place. To help set your fears at ease, we invited our friends Sol Fusion, winners of the inaugural Best of the South Wedding Awards Best Band (!!), to offer some advice on booking a band for your wedding.
Hopefully, your story will turn out much like mine: with a rocking band that s the highlight of your reception 🙂
From Sol Fusion: Booking your wedding band can be a lot like online dating. You search through endless websites and profiles hoping to find a match that catches your eye. At the same time, you hope your new prospect is actually available, will fit in with your group of friends, and will be pleasing to your parents and grandparents. Here are four tips to help you find true love! 🙂
1. Identify your parameters. Ask yourself a few questions as you get started: What sort of vibe do you envision for your reception? Does your venue have space constraints that would limit the size of the band it can accommodate? What is your wedding date? Your entertainment budget?
2. Make it personal. How can your potential entertainment options add to the personalization of your wedding day? If there s a must-have first dance song for sentimental reasons, do they know it or can they learn it? Same goes for mother/son and father/daughter dances!
3. Ask questions. A good band should be ready and willing to answer them! Don t hesitate to ask them:
How long will they play?
Will they take breaks, and if so, how are they handled?
How is the set list put together and can you veto or add in songs?
Have they performed in your venue before and are they familiar with its acoustic, power, and amplification requirements?
Do they offer ceremony and cocktail hour packages or upgrades?
Are certain band members guaranteed? What happens if a band member falls ill on the day of the event? If the band dissolves prior to your event date?
4. Use an agency. Using a reputable agency can streamline your search for finding fitting entertainment (and when wedding planning, streamlining is always a good thing!). Because agencies represent multiple artists, they have the resources to connect you with artists who fit your criteria regardless of your budget or how eclectic your tastes might be. There are also fewer hurt feelings or cringe-worthy moments along the way if you just don t think a certain band will be a good fit, the agency will simply provide additional options!
An agency also acts as an insurance policy, ensuring that the band you book is reputable and will show up as contracted. If something unforeseen should happen, the agency has the resources to pull equitable or better talent to fill in whew!
I d love to hear: Will you have a band at your wedding? Or is your vibe more DJ? 🙂
Voted Best Band in the 2017 Best of the South awards by Southern Weddings, Sol Fusion is one of the nation’s premiere private events bands. Based in Charlotte, NC, the 11-piece musical powerhouse has performed at high-profile wedding and corporate functions throughout the United States and beyond.
Sol Fusion is exclusively represented by ECE (formally East Coast Entertainment), a long-time Blue Ribbon Vendor and the largest full-service entertainment agency in the country arranging unforgettable entertainment and producing custom events from coast-to-coast and around the world.
All wedding photos by Caroline Lima. This post is brought to you by ECE and Sol Fusion, two vendors we know and love. Thanks for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!
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Southern Weddings V10: Home Town Celebration
Sharing our Home Town Celebration editorial from our tenth anniversary issue, inspired by Laurel, Mississippi!
We have the privilege of traveling all across the Southeast while making Southern Weddings, exploring pockets of the Southeast and dreaming up beautiful love stories along the way! It s no secret that this particular story is inspired by our own hometown heroes, Erin and Ben Napier. After featuring their home tour back in 2014, it s been our joy to see their love story and small town make it big on HGTV. Their love for each other and their passion for Laurel s revitalization was a huge inspiration for this editorial, and we re grateful for all the ways they made it possible for us to shoot in their sweet Mississippi town!
When we thought about the heart of hospitality behind this shoot, we knew there would be no better photographer than our dear friend and Blue Ribbon Vendor Davy Whitener. This editorial holds a special place in my heart, because Davy is shooting my wedding this April! After our V9 Cover Editorial, one of our former editors came back to the office and said to me, I know you re not getting married right now, but I m pretty positive Davy Whitener is the perfect person to shoot your wedding when it comes time. And she was right!
After working with Davy on this shoot, and getting engaged a few months later, he was one of the first people I emailed. His heart for hospitality, love for people, and ability to capture the often-unseen moments gave us the beautiful images you see here!