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The Ultimate Checklist for Booking a Wedding Band

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When planning a wedding, one of the most important things to go over is hiring live entertainment. A good performer sets the vibe for your reception, especially when it’s time to let loose and have fun with your friends and family. 

You wouldn’t want to hire a wedding band that presents a lackluster performance during the most important day of your life. To help you pick the right choice, here is a list of things you need to consider before choosing your wedding band.

Determine What You’re Looking For

Do you want a band with a charming male vocalist that performs 80’s power ballads? Are you looking for a funk band with a sassy female lead and a horn section? Before reaching out to look for bands, narrow down your requirements and pinpoint band qualities that you wish to have. 

Treat band selection like how you treat every aspect of your wedding preparation. Outline your must-haves, and don’t be afraid to ask the candidates anything that could be related to the performance. 

Look Through Promotional Material Before Hiring Anyone

If you’re worried about hiring a band that you haven’t heard before, go through their stuff published on their online pages. See if there’s anything written about them in the news, and try to look for recorded live performances. 

Watching a band’s live performance online will give you a feel of what they’re capable of. You want a band to impress you with a live recording, as this only means that they will perform better live. 

Seek Professional Booking Help

Being indecisive (or lacking better judgment) is one of the most troubling phases for anyone planning a wedding. If you don’t have any experience selecting a performer for any event, you might find booking agents helpful. 

Booking agents are equipped with industry know-how that applies to all kinds of events. Agents ensure to always recommend professional bands that deliver amazing performances. They can provide a list of possible choices that fall under your requirements. You can save a lot of time and effort if you book a band through an agent. 

Set a Budget

When trying to book an artist for a party, it is a good idea to determine how much you want to spend on the talent fee. Some bands are willing to perform just for the exposure, while others require down payment, gas money, parking money, accommodation, and sometimes, even equipment rental fee. 

Ensure Your Venue Is Equipped to Host a Band

Imagine getting ready for your reception, only to find out that the venue doesn’t have the right sound equipment for the band. Double-check if your venue is fully equipped to let the band perform to avoid mishaps on the day of the event. 

Some things to check with your reception venue:

  • Check any specific sound requirements
  • Note if they have a stage or an allocated space for the band to perform
  • Ask if they have a sound limiter and a built-in sound system 
  • Ask if they have a permit to hold events with live music 


A wedding band can make or break your celebration, and it’s important to take the necessary selection steps before settling on one. Once you have determined your needs, the budget, and the technical requirements, you can easily select an act to complete your special day. 

Are you trying to book an artist for a party in Texas? TSE Entertainment recommends the best performers for your next big event in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Abilene, Waco, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Beaumont, College Station, Port Arthur, and anywhere in between.


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