Questions and Answers
FAQs about hiring Hard to Handle band for your wedding or other functions. Here we aim to provide answers to all the common questions.
WHAT DOES A WEDDING BAND SOUND LIKE?
The main difference between a good wedding reception band and other live bands is that a live wedding band will be able to play many different styles of music in a professional, versatile way. The chances are that you have seen and heard bands perform at a wedding reception. Though some of the music bands for weddings play will be similar, no two bands are the same, so when you are looking for live wedding music, it is important to choose the band that suits your requirements.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DOES THE BAND PLAY?
The type of music bands for weddings play can depend on the age of your guests, and of course, the type of music you want to hear! HARD TO HANDLE band have performed at literally hundreds of weddings across the UK. One of the reasons we are so popular as a wedding band for hire is the mix of music we play. Classic soul, rock and pop all feature in our sets, from the 1960s through to the modern day. The music is all instantly recognisable – we only play hits! HARD TO HANDLE band really is live wedding music at its’ best.
CAN WE AFFORD A LIVE WEDDING BAND?
It’s great to have a live wedding band performing at your wedding reception! But when you are searching for live wedding bands, how can you be sure that the wedding band for hire is providing value for money?
It’s a good idea to talk to bands to find out how much they charge. This is the best way to find out whether you can afford a band. Because HARD TO HANDLE is a full time, professional wedding band for hire , we will always provide the best value for money.
HOW PROFESSIONAL ARE THE BAND?
When you are searching for a band, it can be difficult to know which wedding band for hire is best for you. Many bands claim to be professional, but how can you be sure that the band you book are going to be able to deliver high-quality live wedding music? Will they arrive in plenty of time? Will they be courteous? Will they have rehearsed all the live wedding music they intend to play? Will the wedding vocalist have a good singing voice? It’s important to ask all these questions and more when you contact the bands you are interested in.
HARD TO HANDLE band are a very professional and experienced band. Our musicians have performed at prestigious venues in the UK, USA, Canada, Australasia and the Far East. Each member has considerable experience in performing live wedding music and the band rehearse regularly. Also, unlike many live bands for weddings, HARD TO HANDLE is a professional band. This means that we are professional musicians and perform as a full time live wedding band.
DO THE BAND PERFORM REQUESTS?
The best bands have very extensive repertoires and HARD TO HANDLE can certainly play requests. If there are specific songs or styles of music you would like to hear, please let us know.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES THE BAND USE?
As a professional, hard-working band, you can be assured that HARD TO HANDLE band use only top of the range equipment. This includes instruments, amplifiers, a sound system and lights – all the equipment a top band needs to perform.
DO I NEED TO HIRE ANY EQUIPMENT OR INSTRUMENTS?
Remember – live wedding bands should bring all the equipment they need to perform. HARD TO HANDLE is a fully self-contained band. When you book us you will not need to hire any additional equipments or instruments.
WHEN WILL THE BAND START TO PLAY?
Top wedding reception bands should be on hand throughout the evening. HARD TO HANDLE will liaise with you to ensure that we will be ready to perform at the most appropriate time – usually once your guests have finished their meals.
HOW LONG WILL THE BAND PLAY FOR?
Another aspect of hiring value for money bands is finding out how long they play for. HARD TO HANDLE can perform for approximately two hours, and this is usually broken into two sets. The music bands for weddings play should be designed to get your guests up on the dancefloor and keep them there – and HARD TO HANDLEs’ high energy music will create a great party atmosphere!
WILL THE BAND PLAY OUR FIRST DANCE?
The music bands for weddings perform should include the first dance. Once you have decided on your special song, please let HARD TO HANDLE know. If it isn’t already in our repertoire, we can learn it especially! If the wedding reception band you are interested in doesn’t want to perform your first dance, maybe you should be looking at other live wedding bands…?
WHEN WILL THE BAND PLAY THE FIRST DANCE?
The best live wedding bands don’t just perform live wedding music! The wedding vocalist can also act as an “MC” for the evening. The first dance usually takes place after your guests have finished their meal. HARD TO HANDLES’ wedding vocalist will announce the first dance at the appropriate time – and then it will be your time in the spotlight!
WHEN WILL THE BAND ARRIVE?
Online wedding forums often talk about live bands for weddings arriving at the wedding reception venue late, or taking so long to set up their equipment that they keep guests waiting. HARD TO HANDLE will liaise with both yourselves and the reception venue well in advance, will arrive in plenty of time and be ready to perform at the required time.
WHAT MUSICIANS ARE IN THE BAND?
HARD TO HANDLE is a live wedding band. Unlike many wedding reception bands who rely just on pre-recorded music and a wedding vocalist, our music features live guitar, bass, drums and vocals. This means that when you book HARD TO HANDLE as your band, you will hear that great sound that only live wedding bands can provide.
WHERE WILL THE BAND SET UP?
The function room you have hired should hopefully have adequate room for both diners, dancers and your live wedding band. If you have hired a large function room, there should be plenty of space for everyone. Unfortunately, if the band you have hired has five, six or more members, they will need a lot of space for themselves and their equipment. Inevitably, your guests will have less room to dance as the wedding vocalist and possibly some of the other musicians will have to set up on the dance floor.
HARD TO HANDLE band can set up their equipment in a compact space that will allow you and your guests plenty of space to dance in. We will work with the space available and will set up in a convenient and unobtrusive way.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE BAND TO SET UP?
If you have ever arrived at a concert early, you may have seen how long it can take for a band to set up there equipment. Unfortunately, some live bands for weddings take a very long time to set up. The longer they take to set up, the less experienced they tend to be. A good wedding band for hire should take no more than 90 minutes to set up and soundcheck.
HARD TO HANDLE band usually take approximately one hour to set up. All equipment will be checked and the band will be ready to perform within this time.
HOW LOUD IS THE BAND?
Wedding reception bands are different to other bands. The music bands for weddings play will need to conform to the sound levels set out by reception venue. If the band plays too loud, your guests will not enjoy their evening. Some bands may play at unacceptable levels. If the reception venue has an electronic sound limiter installed, the power will be turned off and your guests will not be happy!
HARD TO HANDLE band are wedding specialists – our musicians will play at an acceptable level and our wedding vocalist won’t sing too loudly.
DO WE NEED A DJ?
Live bands for weddings performing great songs is a wonderful way to create an impression at your wedding reception. But should you also require the services of a DJ, talk to HARD TO HANDLE first! We can provide a professionally-produced, DJ-style music service at no extra cost. When you are searching for live wedding bands, be sure to ask whether this option is part of the package.
HOW WILL THE BAND GET PEOPLE UP TO DANCE?
The acid test for wedding reception bands is whether they are able to get people up to dance. The only way to do this is to find a wedding band for hire that sound great and has the experience to know how to communicate with your guests. It’s not just about the music bands for weddings play; it’s about their ability as entertainers.
Amongst live bands for weddings performing in the UK, HARD TO HANDLE stands out as a consummate band able to deliver high energy party music entertainment.
I REALLY LIKE HARD TO HANDLE – HOW DO I BOOK THE BAND?
Of the many bands performing around the UK today, HARD TO HANDLE are one of the most popular and hard working. If you would like to find out more about how to hire the band, please contact us at the management office here.