Lots of Scottish wedding bands are performing in wedding showcases, an event where a few different musical acts perform for potential customers. It’s a great way to hear bands perform, and helps you make a decision when it comes to booking a band for your own wedding.
The entertainment experts, Hireaband, tells you how to make the most of these showcases…
TAKE YOUR WEDDING SQUAD
Take as many friends and family as you can, but especially the decision makers.
It seems obvious, but if someone else is contributing towards the bill, they’ll probably want a say on how the money is being spent.
VISUALISE YOUR WEDDING
Understand that this is an unusual situation for a band to perform in. Imagine performing in front of 200 Simon Cowell’s and you’ll get the idea. The audience will be sober and not dancing, this most definitely won’t be the case at your wedding reception. So cut the bands a little slack and if they seem unusually nervous, it’s because they are!
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
Not 100% sure but want to book the band so that your date is secure anyway? Make sure that the company behind the showcase allows a cooling off period so that if you change your mind, you get your deposit back.
Hireaband allow couples to cancel up to 10 days after booking, with a full refund, and no explanation of cancellation needed.
KEEP YOURSELF RIGHT
Just make sure that the entertainment agency that is running the showcase are legit, because in the UK there are no rules regarding who can set themselves up with the title of entertainment agent.
This means that anyone with a computer and a few band telephone numbers can set themselves up and take your money.
The only guarantee that you’re dealing with a reputable agency is to ensure they are members of the Agents Association of Great Britain. This organisation has a strict code of conduct and is the only body of its kind that guarantees that its members obey all current government legislation relating to fair and honest trading.
ASK ABOUT EQUIPMENT
Make sure you’re seeing the band exactly as they’ll appear at your wedding. Some showcases hire in expensive lights and sound systems worth thousands of pounds so that every band looks and sounds great.
However that equipment won’t be available on your wedding day, so only hire a band at a showcase if they’re using their own equipment. Then you’re getting an accurate picture of what they’ll sound and look like.
If you’re keen on a band and want to know if they’ll learn a particular song, will travel further than normal of if your uncle Jimmy will be allowed to sing with them, just ask!
A good showcase will allow time for questions and a chance to chat with each of the acts. Beware though, if an agent tries to get between you and the act then it could be that they’re charging more than the band themselves would if you booked directly with them.
At Hireaband, direct fees are guaranteed and they always put you in direct contact with your chosen entertainer.
Don’t overthink it. When you hear the band that is right for you, you’ll know straight away! A good showcase will only feature bands with a proven track record and excellent customer feedback so don’t worry about the finer details, those can all be sorted out at a later date.
If a band really appeals to you, then chances are they’ll be appealing to other guests at the showcase, so move fast to secure them! Don’t forget, you have 10 days to change your mind so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
FANCY ATTENDING HIREABAND’S NEXT BIG SHOWCASE?
This is an amazing opportunity to hear six of the very best wedding bands in Scotland. These bands play live, so you get the full experience of what they’ll be like at your own wedding.