Choosing The Right Band Size For Your Wedding
Creating the perfect sound for your wedding is easier than you think. Having music playing during the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception will set the perfect tone for every moment… now you just need to figure out what band size fits your event best. Check out our strategic tips on how to find the right music and band size for your special day!
1. Consider acoustic music for your ceremony and cocktail hour.
Live music is perfect for adding that romantic touch to your ceremony and classy background music to help your guests relax and mingle during cocktail hour. For cocktail hour, consider a 3-piece trio, or up the ante further with a vocalist to sing some laid-back covers.
2. Your guest count can help determine the right size band for your reception.
For many groups of 250 or less, our 9-piece dance band works great. Once your guest count reaches 250+, we would recommend an 11+ piece band to make sure the sound level and energy fits the guest count. If you’re throwing a big bash with a cocktail hour to warm up your guests, our 11 or 12-piece dance bands with ceremony music included are just what you need. You could also go all out with a full 14-piece band. Our 14-piece package pricing is inclusive of ceremony and cocktail hour music, sound & lighting services for 1000+ guests, specialty performances, and other amazing services that will impress your guests.
3. Vibe out.
While guest count is helpful in determining the perfect band size, the vibe you’re going for is also really important. If the plan is to have guests mingle, a smaller band will be able to provide the perfect background music so your guests can talk. We also think a 12+ piece would be epic for entertaining your 50 closest friends and family if you want to throw a real rager! When upgrading to a 12+-piece band, you have multiple options! Including a 3-piece horn section will give a big, full, rounder sound to the band. 4+ vocalists will inject personality, energy, and chemistry into any performance. The addition of a percussionist adds another rhythmic layer to the sound, which is particularly great for Latin music or a beachfront, tropical wedding vibe.
When upgrading to a 12+-piece band, you multiple options! Including a 3-piece horn section will give a big, full, rounder sound to the band. 4+ vocalists will inject much more personality, energy, and chemistry into any performance. The addition of a percussionist adds another rhythmic layer to the sound, which is particularly great for Latin music or a beachfront, tropical wedding vibe.
4. Location. Location. Location.
Keep in mind the physical locations where your band will be playing. What’s the venue like? Is there a theme? Is it formal or casual? Is the event inside or outside? Some instruments sound best when amplified while others are perfectly beautiful in an acoustic setting. We put together a few popular instrument combos that could help add an extra spark to your event and fit the theme for your setting.
- Ballroom wedding:
Horns are a MUST to fill out the sound and bring the party, and you should consider extra vocals. For that Roaring 20s feel, go with a 12-piece band or more consisting of 2 Male vocalists + 2 Female vocalists, rhythm guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and lead guitar.
- Barn wedding:
Consider using a fiddle in place of a keyboard in the Reception Band! Male + Female vocals, guitar, bass (perhaps an upright for your cocktail hour!), drums, fiddle, mandolin, saxophone, and trumpet.
- Beachfront wedding:
10-piece band with Male + Female vocals, 2 Piece Horn Section, Rhythm Section, and Percussionist for a tropical sound.
- Indoor wedding with less than 150 guests:
9-piece band Male + Female vocals, 2 Piece Horn Section & Rhythm Section
5. We highly recommend having both male and female vocalists for your reception.
This helps broaden the repertoire that can be performed at your event and adds great variety to the performance. Vocalists can also read the energy of a room and call songs that will have guests eager to hit the dance floor! In short: double the vocalists, double the fun.
6. Round out your band with a full horn section.
Many couples specifically mention that they love horns – and for good reason! Horns add tons of class and fun to an event and give a big, full sound to the band. If horns are on your list, ask for at least a 10-piece band with a 3-piece horn section.
7. Get down to business.
Always make sure to go over the rules and restrictions with the venue you’ve chosen since some may have guidelines, such as noise restrictions, stage set-ups, and closing times, that will have to be adhered to by the band. Noise restrictions could affect the appropriate band size for your event.
8. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions!
If you’re not sure what would be best for your unique event, just ask! We’re always here to help.