For many people planning weddings in Gibraltar, their choice of musical act will feel like one of the most important decisions they make in relation to their special day. After all, the music that is played at your nuptials – as well as who plays it, and how they play it – will make a big difference to the all-round ‘vibe’.
And as we’re all about the practicalities of organising weddings in Gibraltar here at Sweet Gibraltar Weddings, what are some of the things you ought to check when you are looking to secure the services of a band, musician, or DJ for your big day on the British Overseas Territory?
The date of the musical act’s availability
This might seem like an obvious enough tip, but it’s a particularly important one if you have your heart set on a specific band, musician, or DJ.
If that sounds like your situation, try to secure their services for the required date as soon as you have confirmed the venue. With certain times of year being especially busy, you might need to approach your desired act at least six months in advance of the date.
The act’s experience in playing weddings
At the very least, you should know how long the given band or DJ has been playing professionally, even if their experience with weddings, specifically, isn’t as extensive as some alternatives.
The greater the amount of relevant experience they have, the likelier they are to know exactly what to do to get ‘just’ the right mood going at a wedding like yours – including knowing what songs work well, and the right moments to change the tempo.
The band or DJ’s musical style
Presumably, if you’ve got as far as booking a particular band, you will already know a decent amount about their style of music.
But what we’re trying to get at here, is not only the importance of ensuring their musical style is a good match to what you want from your wedding, but also that you need to make sure they will be comfortable playing what you expect them to play.
A band that only performs traditional songs, for instance, might be a risky choice if you’re asking them to play well-known pop hits at your wedding.
What happens if a member of the band is ill
Whether illness happens due to something like COVID-19 (which, lest we forget, has not ‘gone away’), or a different cause, it is important to know what arrangements are in place for this.
Bands that are experienced in playing events like weddings tend to work on a roster of members, meaning there will always be someone to step in. But if that’s the case for the band you’re looking to book, you might want to know who the backup lead singer is, and to check out their performances on YouTube before committing to a booking.
The band or DJ’s insurance – and yours
Bands and DJs that often perform at weddings do tend to have liability insurance for themselves and their equipment, given the requirements set out by many venues. It could also be a good idea, though, to check whether your own wedding insurance will protect you for cancellation or illness.
Getting the entertainment aspect of your nuptials right is far from a frivolous or superficial matter – it will be fundamental to creating the atmosphere you desire on the day.
Give the Sweet Gibraltar Weddings team a call today, and we can draw upon our in-depth experience in the planning of weddings in Gibraltar, to help ensure every aspect of your wedding – not just the entertainment – works out perfectly.