Wedding Bands Ireland FAQ | Anchormen
Booking a wedding band and not sure what to ask? Check out our FAQs below.
Where are you based?
Anchormen Wedding Bands Ireland are based in Galway but we travel nationwide.
Where can we see you play live?
Yes! We play a monthly public showcase gig in Sean's Bar, Athlone. And often play in An Pucan, Galway too. As these are public gigs they are a great opportunity to see us play a really wide variety of music genres to live audiences of mixed ages and nationalities. Everyone that see's Anchormen Wedding Bands Ireland play live books us the very next day. If you do have a wedding date in mind or booked it's worth checking availability with our Booking Manager as soon as you can.
How much of a deposit do we need to pay?
To secure your wedding date with us we require a €300 deposit to be made by bank transfer. If you are booking a DJ with us too, the deposit secures both band and DJ. The deposit is deducted from the overall agreed wedding band quote total. Our Booking Manager will guide you on this process and email you all the information needed. The only way to 100% secure your wedding date with Anchormen Wedding Bands Ireland is to pay a deposit.
Do we need to sign anything?
Yes. Once your deposit is received our Booking Manager will email with confirmation. She will also email you our Booking Form plus Terms and Conditions to complete.
How long do you play for?
We play for 2.5 hours including a 20-minute break. This normally occurs when the evening refreshments are served.
Can you play straight through?
Yes, not a problem. Just let our Booking Manager know when finalising everything.
Can we alter the band playlist?
We tailor our playlist for every wedding as no two wedding receptions are the same. The ages of guests can vary greatly as well as taste in music. With 20 years of musical experience, we are experts at reading the dancefloor. We always advise couples to let us know if there are songs they do not want us to play from our sample playlist. We will play more of what your guests love and make sure young and (not so young) are dancing all night.
How long do you need to set up?
We begin setting up once the performance area is clear. We always advise couples and/or wedding planners to allow 45 minutes for set up including a quick sound check.
What if timings run over with our meal and speeches?
That is not a problem. We will be on site at your wedding venue ready to set up and begin as soon as the performance area is clear. Timings rarely go according to plan with weddings as speeches/meals can go on longer than planned. We have played countless weddings and are very used to this. Anchormen Wedding bands Ireland always work with hotel staff and wedding planners to ensure everything happens seamlessly and you enjoy your wedding reception. Delays or no delays!
How far in advance do we need to decide on our first dance wedding song?
If we are playing your first dance wedding song live we always ask couples to email us their song choice no less than 6-weeks in advance of your wedding date. In doing so we will confirm that we will perform your first dance live. It also allows us time to schedule in your first dance wedding song to our weekly rehearsals in advance of your big day. We always add our very own Anchormen Wedding Bands Ireland musical touch to every first dance song we perform.
Can you play our first dance wedding song live?
Yes. Just let us know at least 6 weeks in advance what your first dance song is. Our Booking Manager will confirm everything with you.
Can we play our first dance wedding song by mp3?
Yes. Some couples opt for their first dance song to be played by MP3 as they have a preference for the original version. That is not a problem. Just let our Booking Manager know and we will have the MP3 file ready to play on the night of your wedding reception party.
Do you have public liability?
Yes, we sure do. Our Booking Manager can send a copy of our Public Liability Certificate to your wedding venue or wedding planner if required.
Do you provide lighting and a PA system?
Yes, we are a professional Irish wedding band and will bring lighting and a PA system.
How long does the wedding DJ play for?
The DJ plays for 15 hours depending on the music curfew of your wedding venue. It's worth checking this with your wedding planner in advance.
Can we alter the DJ playlist?
Yes. You can be a prescriptive as you want with the DJ. Our Booking Manager will note any song requests for him.
Who do we contact if we have a question?
Please contact our Booking Manager on 085 844 2044 or with any queries
Will you be the three musicians that play at our wedding?
Yes. 100%. Anchormen Wedding Bands Ireland members are Julien on Bass, Dermot in Drums and Fiachra on Lead Guitar. They will be the three musicians who play at your wedding reception. If an exceptional circustance occurs e.g. there is a family emergency or bereavement for one of the band members, you will be notified immediately by our Booking Manager. We would in that instance source an equally professional replacement musician.