Erik Marshall of Hank Lane Music

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Courtesy of Hank Lane Music

For thirty years, Hank Lane Music has provided musical entertainment at weddings and special events, performing at the weddings of celebrities like Vera Wang and Donald Trump. Here, partner Erik Marshall gives his advice on how to hire a band for your wedding. —Kathryn Papanek

When shopping for a band to perform at their wedding what should couples look for as either a good sign or a bad one?

Couples should look for an experienced set band from a reputable organization that only performs at weddings and private parties. Bands that perform in bars and clubs tend to work with a predetermined "set list" of music. Bands that are successful at private parties will read the guests' responses to various types of music and tailor their playlist based on what the guests are enjoying. The band should be professionally equipped and properly attired. They should be...

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