Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some helpful tips and suggestions regarding wedding formalities, timelines, and musical choices. Our recommendations are based upon our many years of performing live at weddings. There are certainly variations on the following points, and we're open to possibilities. Most couples we speak with have never hired a band before, so we're sure you must have a few questions about the band and our processes. Feel free to reach out if you have a question or two that needs answering.
Will you learn a new song that's not on your list for us?
Sure! Occasionally, our clients will have a "must play" song or two not in our repertoire. As long as the song request is within the band's instrumentation capabilities and general style, we'll be happy to learn it. We must receive your song request at least six weeks prior to the date of your engagement to prepare the song for performance adequately.
Will you organize our formalities and emcee the event?
Yes! We have a very well-organized planning process that we will go through together. Weeks before the event, our coordinator will collect all of the necessary information we'll need to orchestrate your event. We want you to enjoy every moment with your family and friends on your special day. The band will take care of it all, getting everyone in order and lined up, announcing the wedding party, and guiding you through each segment of the reception.
When does the band arrive?
Typically, the band's sound engineer and manager will be the first to arrive on-site to set up the majority of the equipment (speakers, wiring, mics, and lighting). The musicians and vocalists will report shortly after to get their instruments, monitors, and amps ready for the event. We will have everything set up with cases put away before any of your guests arrive.
Can the band play longer than the contracted time?
Yes! If the party is going strong and you feel you would like to extend the reception by an hour, we will be happy to accommodate your request. Our overtime rates vary according to the size band you reserve. The rates will be listed in the performance agreement. Please keep in mind the band may need a 15-minute break before the additional hour begins. Our DJ will "spin" while the band is off.
What type of reception enhancements can you provide?
We can supply an 18 piece up-lighting package for the ballroom. We can also provide two confetti cannons that will shower your guests with a blast of confetti at the end of the final song of the night.
Is Boston Premier insured?
Yes. We carry a general liability insurance plan. A certificate of insurance (COI) can be made available if required by your venue.
We have a friend that plays an instrument, can he sit in with the band?
Absolutely. Having guests join the band creates the best memories!
What is the instrumentation of your different-sized bands?
6-piece: 2 vocalists, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums
7-piece: 2 vocalists, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and sax
9-piece: 2 vocalists, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, sax, trumpet, and trombone
Do we need to provide a stage?
Boston Premier does not require a stage. However, raising the band on a stage is a nice touch, and does give the band a bit more visual presence. If you decide to rent a stage, the recommended size is 12′ deep by 16′ wide for the six and seven-piece bands. If possible, the nine-piece band should really have a 12' x 24' stage.
Our Standard Wedding Timeline
- Bridal Party Introductions
- First Dance
- First Course
- Main Entrees (Band's 1st Break)
- Cake Cutting
- Parent Dances
- Dance Party Begins
- Short Band Break (DJ Spins)
- More Dance Party!
- Last Dance
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