Bands for Hire: Questions to Ask the Band & DJ Before You Sign Your Contract

Searching through the many available wedding bands can be tricky business. Not only do you have to find the sound that moves you and the personalities that mesh, but you have to find legitimate service as well. Those who are both talented and reliable – business and music-minded. Our friends at Bands for Hire, recommend starting with these 40 questions during the process of finding the best wedding bands for your big day.

40 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Band or DJ Before You Sign Your Contract:

  1. Is my wedding date available and open?
  2. Does your setup work for our venue?
  3. What style of music do you play the most (the best)?
  4. How long do you need to set up? Break down?
  5. Can we make song requests?
  6. Can you play (insert important songs)?
  7. Will you double as the MC?
  8. Are you open to learn a song for us?
  9. Can we watch you play?
  10. What do you normally wear to weddings?
  11. What’s included in your price/packages?
  12. Do you have a contingency (absence) plan?
  13. What songs do you normally plan?
  14. Do you have a songbook I can look at?
  15. Can we create a playlist together?
  16. Have you worked with my venue in the past?
  17. How many weddings have you worked before?
  18. Do you require any breaks? How many / how long?
  19. Do you have any backup musicians to fill any spots?
  20. How many musicians are in the band? Vocalists?
  21. Do you include any special lighting?
  22. How do you ensure a good sound level?
  23. What kind of equipment do you use?
  24. Do you bring all of your own equipment?
  25. Is there anything you expect me/the venue to provide to you?
  26. Is there anything we need to rent – including extra equipment, chairs, or instruments?
  27. Will you be able to check out the venue beforehand?
  28. How many hours are included in your price/package?
  29. Do you have overtime fees?
  30. What’s your refund policy?
  31. Do you have a copy of the deposit/pay schedule?
  32. Will you take song requests from guests?
  33. How many weddings do you typically do in a year?
  34. Are you booked for anything else during our weekend?
  35. Does your band perform live or to tracks?
  36. Can I give you an itinerary to follow for the night?
  37. Do you have backup equipment or instruments in case of technical difficulties?
  38. Do you have liability insurance?
  39. How will you keep the guests on the dance floor?
  40. What other services do you offer?