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How to Hire a Band for your Wedding.
Research Your Musicians
Popular bands may be booked as many as 12 to 18 months in advance, so begin your search as early as possible. Consider the kind of celebration you'd like to have. What are your favorite styles of music? What do you believe your guests will respond to? Would you like an affair with music in the background, or would you prefer your band to take control of the party, enticing people to pack the floor and dance until the very end of the evening? You may want a combination of both scenarios.
Get referrals from other professionals who regularly hire or work with bands. Consult experts like party planners, event and sales managers of venues, and vendors such as photographers, videographers and caterers. Other useful sources for finding a band include entertainment agencies, wedding and special event publications, and organizations like the International Special Event Society, Nace and the Web.
Bands' promotional materials vary and can include photos, song lists, brochures, CDs, DVDs and elaborate Web sites. You may be able to see a band perform at a wedding, depending on their schedule and the willingness of their clients. If you can do this, plan to arrive after the meal and rituals are over, sometime during the party's last two hours. The person who invited you (the bandleader or event planner) should indicate ahead of time where you should stand; while at the party, try to be as inconspicuous as possible. Those few minutes may not be indicative of the overall experience, so referrals are still the best bet. Ask references what the bandleader is like to work with, as he sets the tone within the band as well as for the party. Appearance and presentation (not walking through the crowd in casual clothes or carrying equipment) are also important.
Work Out a Contract
Once you've chosen a band, establish the terms of your agreement. It's a common misconception that you can guarantee that the band members you saw in person or in promotional material will be available to perform at your wedding several months to a year and a half later. You can't: Turnover in entertainment is no different than in any other business. Learn about the track record and overall performance philosophy of your band to ensure that their performance at your wedding is similar to—or better than—the one that inspired you to hire them.
Live entertainment contracts are fairly similar, with boilerplate terms and conditions. However, make certain that your particular concerns and requirements are clearly addressed. This includes the specific hours and location, any additional musicians to be added to the group (extra horns or vocalists, for instance), and other services to be performed, including musicians for your ceremony and/or cocktail hour. My band often travels to engagements, so I clearly state whether the fee includes hotel, airfare or production expenses. Most clients prefer an all-inclusive rate. I also recommend working out an overtime rate, in 60-minute increments, so that you don't have to negotiate in the moment if you want to extend the party. Also in the entertainment world it is a common practice for the band to require a 50% deposit and a Force Majeure on your Contract with the band and make sure you understand it, if not Ask!
 
 
Choose the Songs
Many couples are concerned about the specific songs the band will perform. But the feel of the party and timing of the songs are also important. Generally, you want to trust the band to perform the appropriate material at the appropriate time.
But, when you provide a list of requests, consider choosing songs according to the different phases of the event. For example, to immediately establish a fun party atmosphere, request an exciting and upbeat song when the doors open; this will set the tone for the rest of the night. Think about what you might like to hear as background music during the meal. I encourage clients to focus more on what they'd like to hear than what they don't want to hear, though I'm interested in knowing both. We send a bridal information form that will include your selections for the First Dance, Mother/Father, Daughter/Father and any other special song requests and we usually ask to have these 4 weeks prior to your wedding date so we have time to learn any songs we might not know.
Discuss Breaks and Flow
Should the band take breaks or provide continuous music? The latter usually involves rotating musicians and keeping a skeleton crew onstage during quieter moments, like the meal. Some prefer the full band to break during the entrée to allow them to refresh themselves and possibly change outfits. If you are having a formally served dessert course, this can also be a good time for the band to take a break. During those times, a band can provide recorded music Some clients and planners prefer dancing between courses, while others view the night in two distinct parts, one being the exclusive enjoyment of a wonderful and elegant meal with dancing afterwards for the remainder of the evening. It is also a normal practice to supply the band with a Vendor Meal and Cold Water for the band at the stage the band is on.
Find Your Harmony
Overall, you want a band that has the ability to set a tone that reflects your vision for the party. Helping people celebrate some of the most important moments of their lives is a responsibility to be taken seriously. If you choose a band that loves what they do and understands the intricacies of running a party, you will have good memories for a lifetime. For more information contact Carey Kleiman, CK Entertainment Inc. http://www.ckentertainmentinc.com
 

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During these difficult economic times, meeting planners are looking for ways to maximize their budgets
Maximizing Your AV Budget
Since everyone, including meeting planners, is facing trying economic times, Image Audiovisuals has compiled some tips to help you maximize your meeting dollars, but still produce effective and dynamic meetings.
After spending a great deal of time planning and executing a meeting, the importance of having meeting technologies perform to your expectations does not change in a down economy. With some homework and careful consideration, you can save some money, and still have a very successful event!
The following tips can help you maximize your meeting dollars:
Some hotels are now, in effect, “forcing” groups to use their in-house AV supplier. This is simply because hotels receive a percentage of the AV revenues that their in-house supplier generates, so they want to maximize their revenues for every group. This can be an expensive pill to swallow, as in-house AV suppliers can be substantially more expensive than an outside supplier, and offer far less service and expertise. On the other hand, in-house AV suppliers can offer many benefits over an outside company, so it’s not always clear as to what’s the best way to go. Your best option is to keep your options open. Before you sign a contract with a hotel, negotiate your right to use the AV supplier of your choice. Most hotels, faced with the option of you looking somewhere else to hold your meeting, will delete the AV “exclusivity” clause from your contract. You are now free to use a supplier, who knows your standards and requirements, or you might elect to utilize the hotel’s supplier, but now that choice is yours, and not someone else’s!
Audio is an area where you could potentially save some money, but you’ll need to do some homework to avoid a meeting meltdown! Most hotels have built-in sound systems in their larger rooms that are substantially less expensive to use, compared to bringing in an external sound system. A major caveat here is that many of these built-in sound systems are not robust, or reliable enough for you to count on for your very important meeting. Ask to hear the sound system in action before you make your decision. It’s still often the best choice to have a separate sound system brought in if you’re not sure. Wired microphones are much cheaper to rent than wireless microphones, and often have better performance characteristics, so you could definitely save some money here if your presenters don’t need to roam while they speak.
Many meeting planners keep their AV budget close to the vest when soliciting quotes, afraid of being overcharged by suppliers, but in today’s economic reality this is much less likely to happen. If your suppliers know what they have to work with from the beginning, they can focus their energies on engineering their proposal to precisely fit your equipment and financial goals, often with important value-added services included
If you use a company to produce multi-media content for a meeting or event and a AV rental company to provide the equipment for the event, look into finding a diversified company that does both. You’ll save money and have a single point of contact for your technical and content needs! Stream away! You can save major money by limiting the audience you bring on-site for your meeting and simultaneously streaming the meeting live to the internet. You reduce the cost of the meeting space you need as well as saving money on food, transportation and sleeping rooms. The remote audience sees and hears the presentations, complete with video and PowerPoint® slides. It’s a very “green” way to save!
Many groups bring some, or all of the equipment needed for their meeting or event. This can save you serious money or cause serious headaches. If your technical needs are complex or you have multiple presenters, you will need a dedicated person handling the set-up, rehearsal, operation and strike of your equipment. If you don’t have such a person then you are much better off renting the equipment and technical expertise you need to make your event a success. Hotels can charge you a hefty service fee to set-up your equipment for you, and if your equipment malfunctions, and you don’t have a back-up you will wind up in a major pickle! Transportation, shipping and excess baggage costs, additional time spent setting-up, operating and striking equipment, equipment damage caused by improper maintenance or transportation and lack of operational knowledge are all potential issues to be aware of. Contact CK Entertainment Inc at 954-436-1230 or email us at info@ckentertainmentinc.com

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Reviewed on 3/28/2016 Kerri T
CK Entertainment is a class act. They had everything set up before hand and wore professional attire. We hired CK Entertainment to perform for our wedding on March 12, 2016. They were everything we hoped for and more. Our favorite thing about CK Entertainment is that they feel out your guests and play music that they know your guests will enjoy. Our guests were dancing all night and having a great time. It has been over two weeks since our wedding, my husband and I are still getting phone calls about how awesome our wedding was. This was all because of CK Entertainment. CK Entertainment is reasonable as well. They are not over priced like most bands. If you want your wedding to be a success, I would hire CK Entertainment in a heartbeat. Carey was wonderful to work with and was very prompt with emails. Thanks again CK Entertainment for making our wedding day so enjoyable.

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How to Pick the Right Band for your Wedding
A wedding reception is known for two things: the food and the music. How can you pick the right band for your wedding reception?
Most people plan their wedding festivities months in advance. During that time, ask around to find out the names of bands friends, family members or co-workers recommend. Check out band websites. Figure out when a particular band or two has a gig you can attend, because seeing a band perform in-person is perhaps the best way to pick the right band for your own wedding. Sometimes seeing a Band is not Possible for a variety of reasons .If you can’t see a band in-person, look for a recently posted online video of the band performing live. It’ll give you an idea of how the band looks and acts at a wedding reception. Also Listen to the Band’s Sound samples and see past client testimonials on their website.
People have different personalities, as do bands. Some are all about style and class while others are funky and cool. You can tell a lot about a band by the way they dress, what instruments they use, and the style of music they focus on. For instance, perhaps you want a well-dressed pop-jazz trio for your wedding reception, playing classic Frank Sinatra hits. That band will look and act differently than one that plays party songs from the disco era.
In general, the couple getting married should agree on a type or style of music they like best, and then look for a band that matches those needs. Country music fans pick Country bands. Jazz fans like jazz groups. And most people, in general, go with a “Top 40” or “Cover Band “that can play a broad selection of hits from the good old days as well as some current hits, too.
Meanwhile, you can always ask a band you think you’d like to perform at your reception to give you a sample set list of songs ahead of time, to ensure they’d be playing songs you (and your guests) generally know and like. A Good Wedding Band will always play your Special Dances and Requests!
After all, a wedding reception is a party for the newly-married couple and their family and friends. It’s a time to celebrate, dance the night away, and have a great time. It makes sense that the band enlivens the reception with songs and a style that sets the mood for everyone to enjoy themselves.
If you’re not sure where to start to look for your ideal wedding reception band, call CK Entertainment at 954-436-1230 or email info@ckentertainmentinc.com and ask about the CK Band.

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Picking the Right Band for Your Corporate or Charity Event
How do you pick the right band for your corporate or charity event? First things first: consider your audience and their median age. A group of senior citizens is going to have a different musical taste than soccer moms or teenagers. Different genres lend themselves well to certain groups of people. For instance, hip-hop and EDM (electronic dance music) works well for youngsters, while jazzy vocals tend to satisfy an older crowd. If your audience knows and loves Frank Sinatra, consider hiring a crooner who knows old songs like “Night and Day” and “New York, New York.”
When trying to figure out what band to get for an event, ask around and see whom friends and family members mention acts they enjoyed seeing at certain events, as word-of-mouth is usually a good way to find acts. Next, do an online search in your area for bands and see what comes up on your screen. Oftentimes local bands have websites or Facebook pages with music and video samples to give you a better idea regarding what they look and sound like.
Next, consider your budget. Some acts will do charity events for free while others charge to cover expenses. It’s not unusual to pay a fee to book a quality band for an event, but as the old adage goes “you get what you pay for”. Singers and musicians are  often worth the investment because they bring a special atmosphere to any event. If you’ve ever been to an event without any music compared to one with, you know live music makers literally liven up a crowd. Ultimately, having a quality band could help charity events earn more money and generate more interest.
Finally, consider working with a booking agent or entertainment provider who knows area bands well and can help you figure out a smart choice for your type of corporate or charity event. CK Entertainment, for example, supplies many Florida events with live music. Call CK Entertainment at 954-436-1230 or email info@ckentertainmentinc.com and ask about the CK Band.
Filed Under: Charity Events, CK Bands, Corporate Events

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The CK Band has won the Best of the Knot again for 2016!

CK Bands have Won Best of the Knot for 2016
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