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Having attended hundreds of weddings, usually in my professional capacity as a singer of a phenomenal dance band, this article is an ernest attempt at convincing you, the wedding client, that the after-party, and therefore the band, is one of your most important decisions. It can and does literally propel your celebration into the next league of expectation.

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your existence! The decision to pledge to stay with another person for the rest of your life deserves a celebration worthy of the commitment and the occasion. But how do you ensure that your wedding is remembered affectionately and passionately by you, your family, friends and your guests?

We are all different. We all have different philosophies, priorities and ideas. After all, some like pork, some like beef, some even prefer asparagus with lemon butter! But in reality, my submission to you is this: When the dust settles, you can realistically gauge the success of your wedding by the “fun factor”! Therefore, the after-party is the part that creates memories, and makes your wedding stand out from the rest. Ultimately, if you are safe in the knowledge that your party will be amazing, it takes the pressure off the build up, and the dreaded stressful planning stage, and lays the foundation for a wedding to remember always.

My research reveals that in all of the top 5 nominated priorities , there is never a mention of evening entertainment. Not unexpectedly, the dress, the food, the venue, the decor, Groomsman’s suits, photographers, videographers, the cake all take precedent! There’s no denying that all of the above elements are important, but personally, from vast experience, the band always turns out to be crucial to the success of the wedding, yet it does seem to feature well down on most clients list of priorities.  

One of Ten Souljers previous clients put it to the test. At the wedding of Mark and Monika the guests completed a questionnaire survey to determine the most favourite element, including the ceremony, the food, the venue, the decor. A staggering 80% of guests concluded that the band at the reception was the highlight of the day. Case in point!! 

I give credit to the happy couple for their creative plans for musical involvement. Their idea was to create a party atmosphere at one of the most formal parts of the wedding - the seated dinner! When the guests entered the venue to be seated, they requested the band perform just one upbeat party song. We chose Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration”. The head table entered first as the band started performing the song. They jigged and danced to their seats, and taking their lead, the remaining 150 guests danced and clapped on the way to their seats. The bride, groom and family clapped as people were seated, and the buzz in the room after the last person was seated was sensational. After the dinner, the guests already had an affinity with the band, and when the music started the dance floor was packed! And so it remained until the end. 

There is a valid perception of wedding bands fitting the mantle of nauseatingly dull, beige and boring. It is after all, true of many. But if your band is a special event band of the highest pedigree, one that is able to connect with any audience and inspire them to lose their inhibitions for the entire evening, then you have a party that nobody will ever forget.  

It is no coincidence that after every wedding I receive notes, cards, and comments from guests generously proclaiming that “this is the best wedding I have ever attended”. So here I speak directly with all of our wedding clients. Use your budget wisely, but don’t forget about the part of the wedding your guests are most likely to take away with them. The party!!

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