Looking for live music entertainment for your GTA wedding can seem like a daunting task. Their are literally hundreds of wedding musicians, bands, DJ's and MC's in Toronto. The question is, how does one sift through these entertainers and go about finding the right one for their special day?
Most newly engaged couples that are seeking music entertainment for their GTA wedding are looking for music for their ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. Their are usually two routes that wedding couples go down in this situation. The first route is finding different music vendors for each part of their wedding and the second is finding one company that can offer a full service wedding music package and cover all of your musical needs.
Let's discuss the difference between these two routes. Imagine you were looking to dine out and enjoy a nice meal on a Friday night in Toronto. Would you want to go to one place for a drink and appetizer, another place for an entree and a final spot for dessert? Some people may say yes but most would say no. What most people want is a place that can cater to all of your dining wants and needs for the evening, recommend some food and drink pairings and deliver high quality service and comfort.
Wouldn't you want the same thing when hiring live music entertainment for your GTA wedding?
Choosing each single music vendor separately can take a lot of time and effort. Typical vendors and services include a solo musician or string ensemble for your ceremony, jazz band for cocktails & dinner, party band and/or DJ for dancing and a sound technician who bring all the appropriate audio/visual equipment. Seeking out all of these vendors/services can take up a lot of your time and make you feel discombobulated when trying to put everything together.
Wouldn't it be easier to have one music entertainment company provide you with everything you need and do the coordinating for you? We find that the answer is almost always yes!
So how do you find the right entertainment company for you?
Here's a few tips to help you out.
The first thing on the checklist is making sure you really like the musical services and acts that the company has to offer.
Does one company have a wedding band that you have fallen in love with after seeing a video or live performance? Can you only picture having this exact band playing for your first dance? Well, that's a good start. Next thing is making sure that the other services line up with what you need. Do they have also have a wedding string ensemble, jazz band or DJ that you're interested in? If yes then you are off to a great start.
Another thing to be sure of is that you feel comfortable with the booking agent or music coordinator.
This person is essential to making sure everything runs smoothly for the evening. He or she is going to help recommend wedding music services/packages, wedding musical selections, scheduling and performance timing for the day of and of course be working with you pretty much right up to and on your wedding day. Just like a wedding planner, you want to make sure you won't be butting heads from the get go.
The next question is related to price and whether the company offers any discounts for bundling all their services into one wedding music package.
Most companies offer some form of a discount for bundling wedding music services. You are usually using more then one of their service any way (musicians, bands, DJ's, audio/visual technician) and should get a discount for bundling them altogether with one company. Prices vary quite heavily between vendors and companies so make sure that these packages can accommodate your budget before you put in too much time and effort. Sometimes it's worth pushing your music budget up a few hundred dollars to get the highest level of entertainment and customer service needed. Trust us when we say, you get what you pay for.
One more important tip is making sure the company or vendor offers their own Audio/Visual services.
Some companies and vendors offer to bring their own audio equipment and rightfully they should. You are relying on these people to provide high quality wedding music entertainment and a big part of that is how the musicians sound live. Low quality audio equipment and lack of a proper band sound check can turn into a nightmare at your wedding. Imagine the band comes on to play your first dance and the microphone feeds back and produces a blisteringly loud sound that takes the attention away from the people that matter, you! That could really be a buzz killer and even put a dampener on the evening.
You can be assured that a professional, experienced entertainment company will bring in their own high end audio equipment with a top quality audio technician who knows the bands set up and will ensure that these problems will not arise. Even if they did it would be taken care of instantly with a good audio technician.
So when looking for a music package for your gta wedding keep these tips in mind to save you time and energy and help you keep your sanity before your big day!
If you'd like to learn more about wedding music services and packages feel free to check out our Toronto Wedding Music page or drop us a line with any questions you may have. We'd be happy to help you out and can also provide you with a personalized quotation for our fabulous wedding music packages.
We also have an informative FAQ's page which our wedding clients have found very helpful.