Frequently Asked Questions
Are you really a full time, professional Live Wedding Band?
Yes! We are very proud to say that not only is music our passion, but that we are full-time musicians as well. This means we can devote the time required to perfect our performances, learn songs for your Wedding Ceremony or First Dance and assure you of professional musicianship and a brilliant, fun performance every time! Our great reputation has been built on it!
To be honest, we are musicians to our very core, with Carley (vocals) and Matt (guitar) also writing their own music for an original Indie/Rock band, SilverSpark.
Can you learn a song for our Wedding Ceremony or First Dance and perform it on our wedding day?
Absolutely! We often learn a song especially for the Bride & Groom and if you've always dreamed of walking down the aisle to a certain track, then we can make that happen! We also know that a great way to start the night is by performing your First Dance as our Acoustic Duo giving a more intimate & romantic feel to that special moment. Taylormade Live Wedding Band would then perform a fantastic variety of floor fillers to keep you and your guests dancing all night long. You can even have our DJ 'Add-On' to complete the night!
Can we choose the songs you play?
Yes! You can provide us with a list of the songs you would love to hear from our Set List and we will play as many of these as we can squeeze into the sets! Our set lists are bursting with tracks from the many weddings we have performed at, so please let us know of any particular favourites you would like, as soon as you can after booking.
Even with our DJ 'Add-On', you can choose the songs we play or leave it entirely up to us. Our approach is that it is YOUR wedding day - we want you to hear the music that you love!
How long do you need to set up?
Taylormade 4 Piece Live Band needs a minimum of one hour and sometimes up to an hour and a half to set up, depending on how easily we can get our equipment loaded into the wedding venue. The time is used to set up, conduct a full sound check and ensure the absolute best sound for your venue. After all there's nothing worse than a Live Band that is too loud or even too quiet on the big day!
If you would like us to arrive more than an hour and a half before a Taylormade Live Band performance, we do offer an 'Early Set Up Service', charged hourly to cover our time. This is not necessary at 99% of the weddings or events we perform at, however please ask us for details if this is required.
Taylormade Acoustic Duo takes around 45 minutes to set up, conduct a full sound check and ensure the best sound for the venue. If you would like us to arrive more than 1 hour before a Taylormade Acoustic Duo performance, please ask about our 'Early Set Up Service', for which there is an hourly charge to cover our time. As above, this is not necessary at 99% of the weddings or events we perform at, however please ask us for details if this is required.
It's worth mentioning that Taylormade Live Wedding Band need at least an hour to set down. Therefore the latest the last set would finish is 11.00pm and we will continue the night with the DJ until 12.00am. We can extend the timings of both the Live Wedding Band and DJ by request though, so please let us know at the time of booking.
By the way, we recommend having just a short break between the Live Band sets, approximately 30 - 45 minutes, to keep the evening flowing and everyone on the dance floor! We also recommend having the evening buffet between the Live Wedding Band sets as otherwise guests leaving the dance floor to queue for food, eat and chat etc, would mean you lose the impact of the Live Band performance.
How much space do you require for your performance?
Taylormade 4-Piece Live Wedding Band needs a space of around 10ft x 8ft, preferably 15ft by 10ft as this will ensure you of the best possible quality of sound and performance. More space means more silly moves from the boys in the band!
Does The Taylormade Live Wedding Band use backing tracks?
Neither our Acoustic Duo or 4-Piece Live Band uses any backing tracks at all. Our Acoustic Duo is stripped back with Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, just perfect for your Wedding Ceremony or Wedding Breakfast and our 4 -Piece Live Band set up consists of Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Drums - all of which are completely live!
How do we book you for our wedding or event? Do you ask for a deposit to confirm the booking?
Booking Taylormade couldn't be more simple! Please Contact Us and let us know the date of your wedding or event, whether you would like our Acoustic Duo, Live Band or DJ and tell us your ideas for the big day...we'll get back to you as soon as we can with our availability and a quote. We'd also love to chat about your ideas in person so why not come along to our next 'Showcase Event' where you can see us performing live and we can sit down with a cuppa and have a good old chat about your wedding day?
Once you've listened to our demos, watched our videos and been along to a 'Showcase Event' you may decide that Taylormade are the band for you! To confirm the booking we ask for a deposit of 20% and we also put together a booking agreement which confirms all of the details of the day to give you peace of mind that we are officially booked for your wedding!
The remaining balance is then due 14 days before your wedding or event. Payment can be made by Bank Transfer or Credit Card via PayPal. Although you may like to know that PayPal charge a 3.75% fee for using this service so Bank Transfer may be a better option for you. As soon as we receive your payment, we will send you a receipt to confirm.
Then you should probably start practising your 'Air Guitar'.....we're just saying!
How far do you travel?
We are based in Northamptonshire in The Midlands but travel across the whole of the UK. We have performed First Dances in Scotland, played at Anniversary Parties in Wales and even performed at a spectacular wedding on the island of Herm in The Channel Islands! No journey is too big or too small, so please Get In Touch to get a quote and check our availability for your wedding or celebration.
Can we see you play live anywhere before we book you?
Yes and we strongly recommend that you do! As most of Taylormade Live Wedding Band performances were at weddings, events or private functions, it used to be very hard to see us performing live before booking. However when Carley and Matt were planning their own wedding, they recognised how daunting it was to book wedding suppliers straight off of the internet, without seeing them in the flesh first. This is why every 3 months or so we now run 'Showcase Events' so that Brides and Grooms and Event Organisers can come along, see us in action before they book and get absolute peace of mind that we will sound fantastic on the day! Please see our 'SEE US LIVE' page or get in touch with us and we can let you know if there are any opportunities to see us performing live at a 'Showcase Event' very soon!
Do you have Public Liability Insurance (PLI) and is your equipment PAT tested for electrical safety?
Without fail! As a professional Wedding Band we hold Public Liability Insurance to £10 million and all of our equipment is tested annually for electrical safety. We are also members of The Musicians Union, which represents over 30,000 musicians working across the UK.
Having valid PLI and PAT certificates is actually an absolute necessity at many of the beautiful wedding venues we perform at across the UK. Wedding venues recognise that a professional Wedding Band should hold these certificates, and wedding suppliers will not be allowed to work at the venue without them. Taylormade certificates are available on request, so please let us know if your venue would like to see a copy.
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Finally, what has been your best moment with Taylormade?
From dogs on the dance floor, to guests in the fountains and dancing with blow up dolls... we have seen, heard and worked with everything since we started with Taylormade in 2008. So, is your wedding going to be the one that everyone is talking about for years to come?!