By far, the most common question/comment we're asked is:
"I can get that same size band for less than that. Why are they charging more than other bands?"
Well, it is the age-old answer that never seems to change: "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!"
I went to 2 weddings this week. They were at the same venue but had two very different bands. Many things screamed out answering this big question, but the four most significant differences that stood out for me were these.
Wedding One: The cheaper band:
The guests were on and off the dance floor - the song selection did not seem to match the crowd.
Bridal Waltz - Played on CD
Played 4 x 45-minute sets
The clincher for me, the band started packing up between songs 15 minutes before they finished. Why? Because they were booked until 11.30pm and they wanted to make sure everything was packed up in advance to leave at exactly that time!
Wedding Two: The more expensive band:
The guests danced all night - the couple had met with the band to discuss song selection.
Bridal Waltz - the band pre-recorded a copy of the version they played live on the night so that the couple were able to practice their bridal Waltz at home
Stopped to eat dinner and dessert :-) However, they were on stage playing as much as they could!
Because this band understood a wedding is one of the most important days of a couple's lives, the band just kept on playing and entertaining when the couple's car was late at the end of the night. This ensured the couple and the guests left on a high and oblivious to the mayhem behind the scenes!
And I have purposely not even mentioned the difference in the quality of the two bands. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, and I will let you know when I am at a wedding and see it for myself!