Remember 5 things when selecting a wedding dance band for your reception:
1. Don’t pick the cheapest wedding dance band and don’t go with a DJ! Opting for price over talent (in this business, you generally get what you pay for) is a huge mistake that sadly millions of bridal couples make every year. Put your money or your father’s money into hiring a great band and cut back on the catering. Serve salmon or chicken instead of filet mignon. Do a buffet-style dinner (self-service) instead of staff-served at table-side. Cut out the hors d’hoeuvres gal! As consulting expert, Jan Verhoeff has written. “Entertainment providers and dance bands offer a great vantage point of presentation for your event. Wedding receptions are better when there’s an excellent band playing. Dance bands offer more than just “ambiance” for the event! They build memories for a lifetime.”
2. Don’t insist on seeing the band in person. There are many great bands that only do private events (including wedding receptions) where clients won’t allow prospective clients to attend to observe the band performing. Since many high quality bands only do private events (as clubs pay almost nothing to performing bands), you won’t be able to see them in person. If you insist on seeing a band in person before hiring them, they’ll probably book the date with another client. If you’re that worried about the quality of a particular band, maybe you shouldn’t hire them. I’m certainly not telling you not to vet a band you’re interested in–vet them as much as you can. Ask if they’ve changed male or female vocalists since the video was made.
3. Ask the agent or bandleader if that band (assuming it’s a “local” one) provides sound and backline included in their price. If it’s a band that has to fly in, they won’t be bringing sound and backline, so either you as the client or your wedding planner will have to rent it (using the tech rider or input list provided by the agent for that band) from the site or from a local A/V company or ask the bandleader or agent if they have a sound company there that they work with.
4. Use the Band’s song list to create a “do not play list”. This way, you can avoid “YMCA” and “We Are Family” songs being played at the reception. Make sure you return this revised list to the agent or bandleader well before the event.
5. At the wedding, ask your guests if the band has made it “a special event”. You’ll be getting lots of positive feedback!
Planning your wedding reception should be exciting and to know that you’ve hired one of the great cover bands in the U.S. (known as “show bands”) should make it that and more!
To hire a band for your wedding or to talk to David Levin and get more information about available options for your wedding entertainment, you can email him at Include any details you’d like him to consider in discussing plans for your wedding band, strolling musicians or other available entertainment.