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How to choose the right band for your wedding

April 20th, 2015

Ah, music, it’s the food of love apparently.  Although personally, if I’m at a wedding I’d rather a decent steak.  But if you’re choosing the right band to play at your wedding how do you decide what type of live music is right for your big day?

There’s a pretty good chance that if you’ve found the right person to spend the rest of your life with you must have a lot in common with your lover.  You like the same films, you laugh at the same time when watching trashy TV and there are certain things in the bedroom that you both appear to like (you freaks!).  But when it comes to music couples don’t always like the same thing; she might like chilled out dance music, he might like One Direction.

But what sort of band can you book if she is into Rod Stewart and he is into extreme death metal?  Sadly the answer is probably that you’ll book a band neither of you particularly like.  You need to find an uneasy middle ground that doesn’t massively offend either of you, but will also go down well with your guests.  After all, you want your friends and family to enjoy whatever band you choose, rather than sit with horrified expressions while an extreme metal band re-enacts a ritual sacrifice that might invalidate the damage deposit your venue wedding insisted you pay (possibly because you arrived for the booking meeting dressed like a vampire).

Fortunately there are lots of really cool bands available that will be neither boring or terrifying.  A popular choice at the moment is to book a swing band, or a classic rock covers band.  Neither will alienate Aunt Bessie, and Uncle Fredrick can loosen his tux and boogie on down with dance moves that haven't’ been seen since the miners’ strike.

Although if he really does want a One Direction tribute act for your wedding reception there might be some difficult conversations you need to have with each other...

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