Hi guys, I just wanted to have a little rant about some issues that are important when booking the musicians for your wedding through an entertainment agency. There are a few things you need to be aware of and we reckon there’s a few boxes that need to be ticked when dealing with entertainment agencies who have lots of artists on their books. Below are some questions that need to be answered when dealing with an agent, and that includes HVWE!!
*Is the person on the other end of the phone/email an experienced musician and do they really understand what is expected at a wedding? Does the consultant you speak to at the bridal fair really know what each artist can offer and how many weddings has the consultant performed at? A wedding performance is much different to a pub or a club gig.
*Does the agency rep communicate with you quickly and efficiently? There’s nothing worse than waiting for a call back or an email question to be answered.
*Does the agency allow you to establish a good relationship with your musician after you’ve booked leading up to the wedding? I’ve heard some horror stories where an artist is booked through an agency but all correspondence with the artist has to go through the agent!! What’s the go there? are there agent/artist trust issues? These are the musicians who are going to be a major part of one of the biggest days of your life; you need to get to know them and they need to get to know you, the songs you like and dislike plus all the little things that they can do to make the music component special.
*Can you get to see your artist perform prior to booking them? This is a fairly obvious one but believe it or not, some couples book an artist without properly understanding what they can deliver. If where you live prohibits getting to a live performance, make sure you view some good clips, have a good talk with the artist and be confident that what you see is what you’re going to get on the big day.
These are just a few important points to ponder; I’ll add to them later if I think of any more. We like to think that at HVWE we tick all the above boxes; feel free to send us an email and ask any questions you need so you’re confident with who you book to play such a big part in your day.