This month Rock My Reception were approached by a wedding journalist Caitlin Moor asking us to share our experience as an acoustic wedding band and for 10 important things to keep in mind when booking live wedding music. Here is the interview in full below.
We interviewed Kieran from the acoustic wedding band Rock My Reception. He has a wealth of experience in performing at a whole variety of weddings all over the U.K and Europe. We asked him for 10 most important pieces of advise for a bride and groom when booking live music for their big day……..1- Keep in mind the broad age range of guests, there will be Grandparents down to young kids and everyone wants to hear a song they recognise.2- Remember its not just about the actual songs. Think of the dynamics of the day. Have live, laid-back background music during the wedding breakfast, so it creates a relaxed atmosphere then crank it up with some up-beat hits for the night do.3- Double check the band are flexible with songs, it’s your wedding after all, so make sure the band are working for you.4- Check they have public liability and PAT test certificates most venues won’t allow them play without these.5- Liasse with the band and venue on were the band are to set up, bear in mind table plans, so your Granny doesn’t have her ears blown off when you hire that rock band for your night do!6- Think outside the box, traditional acts can still have a place at weddings, but we have found modern couples guests at weddings are more happy to tap there foot along to songs they know during the day.7- Put your own stamp on it…..instead of leaving the ceremony to an organist playing the wedding march, pick an old favourite like ‘All You Need Is Love’ by The Beatles to walk back up the aisle.8- We have played non-stop at weddings for up to 4 hours in the past. Make sure the band aren’t just going to do an hour and then pack up and go home.9- Never underestimate the power of music to make the atmosphere. We play before the ceremony as guests arrive and it is great for taking away that nervous tension before the entrance of the bride. Also music throughout the drinks reception is much underestimated. It keeps the guests entertained while the bride and groom are away having there pictures taken10- Its your day and your preference. Don’t just book a swing band because its associated with weddings- think what music you and your guests would choose to go out and listen to.Other factors to keep in mind from Kieran…..“Guests really do appreciate live entertainment throughout the day. Brides and Grooms are always really busy with having their photos taken, meeting old family and its impossible to give all guests the same amount of attention. So make sure there is entertainment in place so your guests enjoy the day as much as you do”.“Double check on the venues arrangement…. this is important especially in noise restricted venues, there is no point booking a 5 pice band if there is a noise limit. Also check they have ample power points so you don’t trip the whole of the venues electrics out. Check on curfew time etc. If there is noise restrictions book an acoustic duo or get creative and opt for a silent disco!”Check out rock my reception for your big day at www.rockmyreception.co.uk