Top tips from Urban Soul Orchestra.
The perfect soundtrack to your wedding is something everyone strives for, yet there is little guidance out there on how to capture this. So we have compiled our top 10 tips on how to make sure you have everything covered from beautiful music during the ceremony to roof-raising dance floor fillers when the lights go down.
First impressions mean the most so here are a few questions to ask when you’re picking the supplier for your wedding soundtrack:
You want to make sure the supplier you choose for your wedding soundtrack gives you a seamless experience.
Is the same ensemble able to provide music for the whole day? Will the group have an On-site Tour Manager to ensure everything runs perfectly and give you one point of contact? Can they provide their own Sound system/Tech Team? Will they provide background playlists between sets to ensure the event runs seamlessly? All these things are important to make sure you provide the best experience for your guests.
You want to make sure all of your front-facing suppliers look their best on your big day. Will they be well presented on the day? Can they provide outfits to match your chosen style/theming? Hopefully, they’ll have footage of previous weddings they’ve attended that you can take a look at.
There are many different aspects of your ceremony and you want a wedding soundtrack for all of them. Can they provide music for the Gathering, Processional, Recessional & Signing (if a traditional ceremony)? Are they experienced at performing during different styles of ceremonies (if appropriate)? Obviously, the type of music you have will depend on the kind of theme you want to go for.
Is the music uplifting as fitting for the mood after the ceremony? You want the theme of your wedding to flow through your entire day. Make sure you sit down with your supplier and talk through the kind of music you want.
The worst thing that can happen at a wedding is when guests are sitting down to eat their main meal and there’s no music. Can the band provide a live performance or a background playlist? Will their music be background enough to still allow guests to talk? You don’t want to have to shout over the music!
The party is usually the highlight of the day for your guests so you want to make sure you’ve got a great wedding soundtrack! Do they have a wide range of repertoire including current songs and any others suitable for your guests’ age range? Will the musicians interact with the guests e.g. using wireless microphones so they can move around the dance floor (if required)?
Some couples prefer to have a live band play at the party, others prefer a DJ. If you know you want a DJ, check with your supplier that there is a choice of DJ’s that offer different styles & genres to match your personality. Is the DJ experienced at keeping the party going and reading the room? Will they take requests on the night?
It’s always best to do your research before you book. Here are a few pointers:
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – your wedding day is all about YOU. You want your supplier to fit in with you and your vision. Are they flexible to your requests? Can they create bespoke pieces outside of their existing repertoire? Will they offer different ensemble sizes and choices of instruments? Your wedding soundtrack is such an important party of your day that needs to reflect you as a couple.
Don’t let the ‘DJ or live band?’ dilemma be the one thing worrying you during the wedding planning process. With an incredible variety of entertainment choices and our experts’ guidance, finding the right answer is inevitable. Book your appointment here to see Urban Soul Orchestra work their magic.