Wedding Crashers! How NOT to Audition Your Live Band

Andrew St. Royal

Beware of the entertainer who invites you to "crash" a private event

It implies that the band would rather focus on winning the next gig than on providing the best possible performance for you and your guests.

Ensuring an Exceptional Experience: Why Your Wedding Deserves a Band Committed to Your Special Day

One of the most important components of our job when it comes to planning the music for a wedding or event is to ensure that each event is special and memorable.

From start to finish, everything should be perfect. The last thing you want is for your live band to suggest that you “audition” them by crashing another one of their events. When a band suggests that you crash another event, it sends the wrong message. It implies that the band would rather focus on winning the next gig than on providing the best possible performance for you and your guests. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event for close friends and family and it should not be used as a promotional opportunity for other clients.

Choosing the Right Band: Making Informed Decisions and Avoiding Awkward Wedding Crashers

A better approach is for the band to provide a demonstration of their musical talent and skills. This can be done via a live performance at a public showcase event, or by providing videos, photos, and public reviews. This will give you a better sense of the band’s capabilities and will allow you to make an informed decision.

It is also important to keep in mind that if your band invites you to crash other live events, you may expect the same courtesy. This could lead to an awkward situation as random, uninvited people arrive at your wedding expecting to watch the show.  This would be surprising to discover and it could lead to more than awkward situations, depending on how the strangers are discovered and greeted!

Unveiling the Perfect Wedding Band: From Authentic Showcases to Stellar Reviews

When it comes to hiring a live band for your wedding, a great way to ensure that they are focused on providing the best possible performance for you and your guests is to see if you get invited to crash a private event where they are performing. Be aware that receiving any suggestion to crash other events in order to “audition” them is an invitation for uninvited wedding crashers at your event.

Instead, ask for a live demonstration of their musical talent and skills at a public showcase event, through a current and up-to-date video catalogue, and through recent public reviews in order to make an informed decision.

Happy planning! 🎶🎷



St. Royal is the creative force behind hundreds of memorable events across North America. Founded by a former professional musician, Andrew St. Royal, St. Royal has produced music experiences for events and celebrations, including weddings, corporate & holiday parties. St. Royal also manages ongoing music programs at hotels, restaurants and trendy hospitality establishments.

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Andrew St. Royal is a former professional musician and the founder and creative director of St. Royal. Andrew has played in integral part in thousands of events - as a musician, music designer and event producer.