Hiring A Wedding Coordinator? Ask A Bandleader
Band in a box?
Boxing your band in?
Coordinator keeps grabbing the microphone to make announcements?
DJ takes over and everyone runs out the door?
“The field of ‘wedding coordination’ is a relatively new one,” says Judy Chamberlain, a bandleader who is also an experienced event producer.
“Coordinators probably don’t know a whole lot about live music, since most weddings these days have DJ’s rather than bands.”
“And anyone who pulls a band out of a bar to play music for their once-in-a-lifetime event may not get the results they’d like to have.”
“The musicians may be young and cute, but if they don’t know what a BEO or a power-drop is — or how to establish staging and floor plan details and create a timeline — you may wish you’d known better questions to ask than the ones touted by today’s flock of event website “experts,” says Chamberlain.
“A timeline shouldn’t ‘stick out’ and be obvious — nor should it be used to replace actual communication between vendors,” Chamberlain advises.
“Who needs to have a coordinator tell the bandleader to announce the first dance while the photographer is in the rest room because the timeline says it’s time to do the first dance?”
“Always have a “point man,” be sure the bride and groom — AND the photographers — are actually ready before you announce the first dance.”
“And when someone comes rushing up demanding to have the microphone so they can make a ‘surprise’ announcement, just say NO.”
Singer/bandleader Judy Chamberlain specializes in live music for celebrity weddings in California, Arizona, Texas and beyond. She can be reached at 714 319-9242