Make sure your guests stay dancing
When you’ve paid lots of money for a band, you want to make sure your guests get the most out of it… and stay dancing! There are a few things that will draw your guests away from even the very best band.
One big mistake that couples often make is to serve their evening food while the band are still playing. Instead, make sure that the food coincides with one of the band’s breaks, and try to make the break at least 30 minutes so that people have enough time to get their food and eat it before the next set begins.
The worst thing you can do if you want people to stay and enjoy the band is to put your bar really far away from the dance floor, or even worse, in another room! A lot of people will grab drinks and congregate around the bar and may miss your band entirely. Encouraging people to stay near the dance floor means that even if they go to get a drink they’re much more likely to get up and dance again.
Another thing you really don’t want is a stage that is too high. You might think that the band will require a stage, but on most occasions this is not the case at all. In fact, usually the band can interact with the audience much better if they are on the same level, and it can be a hindrance if they are up too high. If you’re hiring a marquee especially, save your pennies and don’t worry about booking that additional stage.
How to keep the band happy
As with all your suppliers, a band will do the best job for you if they’re well looked after. Check your contract thoroughly as most will ask to be provided with a meal if they are there for longer than a few hours. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to shell out the same amount for food for the band as your guests. Chances are your venue can offer a cheaper staff meal, or if there’s somewhere nearby it may be cost effective to get a takeaway delivered for your suppliers!