Coronavirus and your wedding

As you know, gatherings have now been limited to two people only, so many people are now finding that their spring and possibly summer weddings need to be postponed. But what do you do if yours is one of them? Don’t panic! We’re here to help you figure it out.

The first thing we’d recommend you do is contact your wedding planner if you have one, and if not, reach out to your venue first of all and see what dates they have available to switch to. You’ll then need to reach out to your other suppliers, i.e. band, DJ, photographer, videographer to see which dates they have free. Given the situation, suppliers are being as flexible as possible with rescheduling dates. You may need to be open-minded with regard to days – you’ll have better luck switching to, say, a Friday or a weekday than a prime Saturday in August when lots of other couples are doing the same right now. Once you manage to pin down a date get everything booked in ASAP to avoid disappointment.

If any of your prior booked suppliers are unavailable on your new date, you’ll need to have a conversation with them over what happens regarding any previously paid balances. In our view, these should be refunded if the band is not available on your new date, as the coronavirus is an extenuating circumstance.

Once you’ve got a new date set, if you don’t already have wedding insurance in place, it might be worth looking into getting this set up, as none of us know exactly how long this situation is going to continue and this would give you peace of mind.

At ICONIC, we are more than happy to work with you when changing your date, and will move one date to another without charging any cancellation fees. We’ve had to move several dates already due to the coronavirus, and have been able to accommodate everyone so far! We still have ample availability in 2021, but if you’re considering moving the date and are yet to get in contact we suggest you do so sooner rather than later.

Stay safe everyone!

New Community!

Just a quick post this morning to let you all know that our new Facebook page – ICONIC Party Band – The Community! is now open and active. This is where we’ll be posting special offers and cool stuff that isn’t on the main page so if you want to follow what we’re up to and grab yourself a deal on booking the band follow us here!

Live Bands & Sound Limiters

So you’ve chosen your ideal venue, and you have your heart set on a live band – then you find out your venue has a sound limiter in place. Now what?

Firstly, don’t panic! At ICONIC we do ask the question does your venue have a sound limiter as part of the booking process, but that’s mainly because we like to know well ahead of time especially if it’s an unfamiliar venue for us. But if your venue DOES have a sound limiter, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a live band at your wedding at all. But what IS a sound limiter and how will it affect your night?

It’s important to ask your venue a couple of questions regarding this, primarily which dB (decibel) level is the limiter set to, and whether party bands usually have any problems. This is because a sound limiter is designed to do one thing – cut power to the stage if the volume in the room hits a certain level. To give you a idea of how sensitive they can be, we’ve known them to go off just from crowd noise, without any actual sound from the band at all! They can also be triggered by certain notes in the scale, rather than actual volume at all. Sound limiters are tricky and strange beasts!

Most sound limiters are set at a level of 90-110dB but some are as low as 80dB. As an idea of what that actually means, a toilet flushing is about 85dB, a baby crying is about 95dB, average headphone level is 100dB, and disco music in a club is around 110dB.

Most bands can adapt to sound limiters and ICONIC is no exception – we’ve played at many venues with them and managed to work around them with minimal disruption. What we do find though is that they have an impact on the atmosphere as the noise level has to be kept down, so if having a wild night with a live band and a real party feel to your evening reception is super important to you, we’d recommend not booking a venue with a sound limiter – but it’s not the end of the world if your heart is set on a particular venue or you’ve already booked before reading this.

Hope this makes sense and as always, if you have any questions feel free to comment below or give us a call/email and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

The big entertainment debate – Live Band or DJ?

You’re in the middle of planning your wedding and you’ve come to the part where you book your evening entertainment. But now you’ve got a difficult decision on your hands – do you go for a live band, or a DJ? A lot of it will come down to budget and personal preference. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of both.

The Live Wedding Band

In our opinion, there is nothing like a live band for impressing your guests and it really does make a difference to the atmosphere at any occasion, creating a real wow factor! Few people can resist getting up and dancing for a good band.

Cost wise, a professional wedding band will set you back £1,000+, which gets you typically two hours of live music, lighting rig and PA. Many will also provide DJ services, saving you money on booking an additional DJ to keep the music and atmosphere flowing on the night.

A versatile wedding band will have music on hand for a variety of styles, something for everyone – or you can choose one that has a particular style that you want, for example a ceilidh band or jazz band. It’s really up to you. However, it will not be as easy for your band to switch styles up on the fly, or take requests for songs, as it would for a DJ.

Many wedding bands – including ICONIC – can also offer options such as wedding ceremony music, with scaled down options such as a solo, duo or trio.

A live band will typically take up a lot more space than a DJ, so bear this in mind if your venue is small. Some venues are also not properly set up for having a live band, in that there is not access for loading or unloading, or there is just the one room for everything to happen, so the band has to set up and soundcheck in the same room as you’re having your wedding breakfast – not ideal. Some venues don’t allow live music at all due to sound restrictions particularly if they are in a residential area – so if you do want a band, it’s best to check with your venue to make sure they are prepared for it.

The Wedding DJ

The main advantage of a DJ is the variety of music – they will be able to take requests either using their own library of music, or the internet, provided it is available at the venue. Cost wise a DJ is typically cheaper, with the cost for an evening being approximately £500-800. This will also cover the sound and lighting systems much as with the band option. However, if you’re looking for a full day’s DJing or a nightclub type experience you’d be looking more at £1,000.

A DJ will require far less space, so for a small, intimate venue this would work out better. Soundcheck will be less intrusive, also a DJ would have an easier time at a venue with a sound limiter. If your venue has one that is set up around the 90db range, it’s not really going to be possible to have a live band and you’d be better off with a DJ – their music is compressed so you will be able to have a better party atmosphere at a low volume.

Either way, we recommend you spend some serious time researching and making a decision on entertainment. And as always we’re happy to have a chat with you via phone or email about what you’re looking for – send us a quick message via our contact form!

Most Popular Wedding First Dance Songs

Planning a wedding but can’t decide which song to have for your first dance? This might help…

At ICONIC we play many, many weddings and with our new pricing structure, every wedding we do will include a live first dance performed by the band. But which song do you choose? These days, we have a plethora of music available to us to readily listen to with the presence of online streaming, and the choice can be overwhelming. So, if you’re looking to get some inspiration, here are the top 50 first dances as chosen by Spotify. We’ve already performed many of these and can vouch they go down a treat with guests!

You can also book ICONIC for a mellow piano/vocal duo playing many songs just like these at your wedding breakfast, if you really can’t decide! Send us a message for a bespoke quote.