Gatecrashing a Wedding always a very daunting task for engaged couples trying to book their Band & Dj… so a few tips are:
Dress as if you were attending the afters of the wedding, and therefore you blend in with all of the other guests – it’s only when you arrive into a Wedding reception in Jeans and a T-shirt that you’d stand out from the crowd.
Come right into the wedding reception making your way towards the bar, and have a drink at your leisure, as opposed to shrinking into a corner – as it’ll make you feel far more comfortable.
Try to get a good overview of the Band by staying around for as long as you can – or at least pop in and out from the front bar several times if you feel uncomfortable staying in the function room for one long period of time.
Normally Raindance normally cater for the older generation in the earlier stages, and tend not to rock out too much until after 11pm… therefore it can be easy to misinterpret or stereotype the Band if you only get to hear 10 or 15 minutes of the show. For instance if you only stay at a Wedding for 10 minutes and only hear Waltzes and Country music during this time – it’s easy to stereotype the band as a “Diddly-Aye” Hillbilly Band… Whereas if you arrive while Raindance are performing Guns n’ Roses, The Killers or Kings of Leon in the latter stages of the night, you could tend to think we’re a Rock Band… but the whole night needs to be taken in context, so the best way to judge the Band can often be by the crowd reaction on the night.
One thing to remember is that Raindance always cater for the crowd put in front of them on the night… this might mean that the band may not perform music to suit your specific tastes if you only hear the Band for a short period of time – but once the Wedding guests are dancing – you can be guaranteed that the Band are doing their job.
Finally – to put you a little at ease… remember that each Bride & Groom will know you’re there – and indeed are pretty much expecting your presence on the night, as they themselves had to gatecrash someone else’s Wedding to hear Raindance in the first place, and usually never mind this process coming full-circle.