Your bound to have a number of questions about the logistics of your wedding night, especially when it comes to the wedding entertainment. How long does the band play for? When will they set up? When does the band start? These are all familiar questions and unless you're working with a reliable wedding planner, you may be looking for some advise.
The band will typically arrive at around 5:30-6:00pm, ready to set up their equipment as soon as the meal and speeches are over. You may find it a good idea to usher guests into the bar area whilst the function room is turned around for the evening and the band set up. Band sound checks can be noisy!
Even with the most meticulous of planning, weddings inevitably run later than planned, speeches can run over amongst all kinds of other unexpected hiccups. That's nothing to be worried about as there's still plenty of time to get the party going. Although you may be eager to get the band up as soon as possible, we find it's good to start at around 9pm, depending on how long your band is booked to play for.
We find 2 sets usually works the best, often 2 x 45 minutes or 2 x 60 minutes depending on what packages the band offers. You may even find you prefer to split your sets up into 3 x 40 minutes to spread it out over the evening. Every wedding is different so whatever your plans, the band is there to work around you and your guests.