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Live Band or DJ – Hiring The Perfect Wedding Entertainment

Hiring Live Wedding Bands or a DJ for your wedding reception is quite often a high priority for a bride and groom. Creating a great party atmosphere for your guests will make sure that your big day is not forgotten for many years. When it comes to choosing your entertainment, whether it is a DJ or a Live Band, there are few important things to consider before you make your decision and so you should ask yourself and potential performers some key questions.


Do you require the entertainment to perform at the Ceremony, the reception, or maybe both?
Upon confirming this requirement, you need to look for talented performers who can ‘fit the bill’. Live entertainment acts such as The Swinging Bass are often able to adapt to your requirements; so our 3-piece band could perform during the wedding ceremony itself, providing the Bride’s entrance music for example, continue to provide background music throughout the wedding breakfast and then later on, after dinner has been served, the 5 or 6 piece ensemble could take to the stage in order provide the evening entertainment and to to get your guests dancing with some Jazz, Rock & Roll, Pop, or of course Swing music.
As one would expect each of these phases of the day’s entertainment will incur costs, so make sure you ask questions about the various pricing options available to you and your fiance.  Your entertainment will be often be a great investment and really help you and your guests enjoy the day.


Question the experience and talent of all potential Wedding Entertainers
Although not essential, it is often wise to select a DJ or band who have experience of performing at Weddings. Your Big Day is a once in a life time event – you want to get it right and for everything to be perfect. Making sure that your hired entertainment can adapt to the circumstances thrown up at a wedding reception, such as requests from guests, specific ‘First Dance’ requirements etc.


Obtain References To confirm the talent of the wedding performers
Ask to see evidence of some previous weddings or events that your potential bands have been involved with. Ask for the names of brides, so that you can contact them for testimonials, a reputable performer will not have a problem with this and be only too happy to help.


Consider Costs And Additional touches
There are lots of costs to consider when hiring your wedding entertainment, make sure you consider them all by going through the following checklist:

  1. Ask the potential bands or DJ’s to provide a breakdown of costs upfront
  2. Ask about the cost of over running the agreed time slot
  3. Ask about any additional features that may occur during the performance – e.g. you will want to know if the band plan on using fireworks during their set
  4. Find out who will supply the production equipment (sound, lighting, etc) – the performer or the venue?  Bands and seasoned wedding entertainment acts often have their own equipment but you should always check
  5. Will the band require dinner throughout the day – this might be required if they are playing at the ceremony and the reception

If you make sure you consider all of these points you should be able to relax and enjoy your big day, partying long into the night with your new bride/groom and your guests.  Just remember that a little thought and preparation in advance can create a very special event – a wedding for you and your guests to remember, a perfect time for all!

The Swinging Bass Band , New Magazine Advertisement

The band and trio has played at about 300 weddings, corporate, family and black tie events over the years. There is nobody quite like us too for a themed event anywhere in the Midlands! Our prices are very competitive too!

We have a new You & Your Wedding advertisement for the Swinging Bass Band. It will appear in the wedding magazine from December 2012.

The Swinging Bass Trio at Nuthurst Grange Hotel, Warwickshire

What a fantastic wedding! The Swinging Bass has just provided quiet background music during drinks at a wedding at Nuthurst Grange, Warwickshire!

Nuthurst Grange is in Warwickshire and also convenient for Birmingham, Coventry, and Leicestershire – all in the Midlands.

So many people came to ask for requests and to say how great and suitable the music was. The hotel has also taken our details to add us to their list of recommended bands.

We played a mixture of tunes the guests knew, and also from the Michael Bublé, and Sinatra swing music song books. We are looking forward to returning to Nuthurst Grange very soon!

The Swinging Bass Band. Jazz Night at Shenstone Club, Halesowen, Birmingham

The Swinging Bass Band is playing at a Jazz Night at Shenstione Club, Halesowen, Birmingham, B62 8PB, on Friday 28th September 2012

The band has played at about 300 Weddings, Corporate Events and Military Basses in Leicestershire, Birmingham and the Midlands in recent years.


Summer Wedding Drinks Reception, Park House Hotel, Shifnal, Shropshire

The Park Hotel, Shifnal, Shropshire

The Trio from The Swinging Bass Band, which plays across the Midlands and Leicestershire, has played at a Wedding Drinks Reception at the Park Hotel, Shifnal, Shropshire. The 17th Century Park Hotel was only a few minutes drive from Birmingham and very convenient for our sax player. It was one of those days this summer when it was really like a summers day!

The trio played a mix of Michael Bublé and Sinatra favourites with easy listening jazz. Among the guests were several musicians and ex-students of Birmingham Conservatoire who came up to say how much they enjoyed the music!


Photographs from the Vintage-themed Wedding at Dorridge Village Hall

The Swinging Bass Trio playing outside for the drinks reception

The Swinging Bass Band playing during the evening

The first dance – Moondance

Photography – www.browns-photography.co.uk

The Swing Bass Band recently played at a Vintage-themed wedding at Dorridge Village Hall, Dorridge, Solihull, Birmingham. After the trio played outside during drinks, the 6-piece band played for the first dance and most of the evening. The programme included Michael Bublé, Sinatra and Pop Covers

What an occasion!


Wedding at the Hilton Hotel, Leicester

The trio from The Swinging Bass Band has just been booked to play in June 2012 for the drinks reception at a wedding in the Hilton Hotel, Leicester, LE19 1WQ. This is a new venue for the band and we are looking forward to the day and meeting all the guests.