By Steven Ludwig
If you’re in the beginning stages of planning a wedding, you are probably feeling intimidated and stressed out. The hardest part in the planning process is getting the ball rolling, but where do you begin? Most people will advise that you start with a budget and that you prioritize your needs by what’s most important to you. This all sounds nice but, in reality, is much harder than it sounds. How do you decide what’s most important? The dress, the venue, the food, the music? Not one thing is less important than the other–it’s all important!
If you’re working within the confines of a specific budget, you can’t simply pick what you want without looking at the price, so the real question is– what elements of your wedding should you splurge on?
Many may say the venue and the dress are their biggest concerns, but what about music? Your choice in music is by far one of the most important elements of your wedding, which means it should be something you include in your budget. Music, from the ceremony to the reception, sets the tone of the wedding so don’t let it be one of the last things you put on your budget.
A live band is truly the way to go when it comes to celebrating your big day. The presence of a live band immediately exudes a fun, celebratory atmosphere. What makes a live band so great is that it is their goal to keep you and your new spouse riding that emotional high from the ceremony to the very end of the reception. And they will keep your guests entertained too!
Spending the money for talented musicians is just as important as finding the right dress. Let’s be real—getting your buddy to create a playlist of all your favorite songs on an iPod and hooking it up to some speakers may be cheap, but it simply won’t cut it.
If you’re worried about the cost of a live band, look at other items on your budget that you could do without or can be cut back. Are your take-away gifts a little too lavish or are your decorations a bit over-the-top? Your guests will remember the fun they had, thanks to your live band, over the teeny gift they grabbed on their way out.