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Arrive Guide to Booking a Performer

Once you have submitted your inquiry, you’re ready to begin managing your booking. Here’s how it works:

Guide to Booking a Performer

1. Receive applications

  • Once you’ve submitted your inquiry, you’ll be taken to your inquiry page – this is your unique webpage from which you’ll be able to manage the booking from start to finish. 
  • You’ll then shortly begin receiving applications from available performers.
  • You can then compare your applicants by:
  • Listening to their recordings.
  • Viewing their profiles.
  • Creating a shortlist of your favourites.

2. Communicate with your performers

  • Though recordings and performers profiles do help when you’re deciding who to book, you’ll want to get in touch with your favourites before making your final decision.
  • On your Enquiry page, you can send messages or request phone calls with performers.
  • Sometimes after negotiating with a performer, their original quote might need to be changed.

3. Book your favourite

  • Once you know which artist(s) you’d like to book, click the green “Book now” button on their application card and complete the form which pops up by entering your payment details. This will send a message to the artist asking them to confirm that they are able to commit to this booking. Learn more about sending a Booking request here. 
  • Please note: no booking is secured until you have sent a Booking request.
  • If you would like to book more than one artist, simply click the “Book now” button on your chosen a performer’s application cards.

4. The performer makes the next move…

  • The performer will then be prompted to accept or decline your booking request.
  • Once the performer has accepted your booking request, your payment will be taken and held securely by our industry-standard payment provider, PayPal. This payment will then be released to the performer three working days after your event. 
  • If you book more than a month in advance of your event, we take 35% of your total fee as a deposit and transfer the remaining 65% closer to the time of the event.
  • If you book less than a month in advance of your event, we take your full fee upfront.
  • At this point, the contact details of you and your booked performers will be automatically exchanged, so you can keep in close contact right up until the gig.
  • You’ll also automatically receive an invoice. 

5. Enjoy the performance!

  • Make sure you stay in close contact with your booked performer right up until the event. You can find our guidelines on how to manage performers at your event here.
  • Sit back and relax – all payment will be transferred automatically by Arrive after the gig so you don’t need to worry about cash in hand or writing cheques.

6. Review your performer(s)

  • You’ll receive an email prompting you to review the performers you booked. 
  • Please review them at your earliest convenience by leaving star ratings and a short note describing your experience of their performance.
  • Note: reviews are very important to our performers and help ensure that the Arrive platform remains a trusted and transparent service for booking performers.

That’s it – if you follow these six simple steps you should have no problem at all booking performers through Arrive!

To book again, simply head back to Arrive.Live We hope to see you again soon!

Guide to Hiring Wedding Musicians

Weddings are a combination of different activities jam-packed together. While they signify a new phase in your life, they are also a social event for your guests. As such, music is always an integral part of it. At Arrive Booking Agency, we enable you to amp the experience by hiring wedding musicians. Nothing screams fun like having live music at the ceremony, reception or at the party. If you are pondering on having live music at your wedding, how about we take you through some of the steps? Sounds good? Here we go:

Hiring Wedding Musicians

Establish whether to have live music

This is the first thing to determine. To some people, music has a special place in their lives because it has had a significant part of their lives. It is natural for such people to want to have live music on their big day. On the other hand, one may be working on a tight budget for a small wedding. Live music might not be top on the list and this is understandable too. If you are torn between the two, one, look back to the weddings you’ve attended recently. Did they have live music and how did it make you feel? Two, ask recently wedded friends who had live music at their wedding on the effect of music at their event. All this will help you make an informed decision.

When to have live music

Weddings comprise of different points throughout the day such as the ceremony, reception, the dinner or the party. You have to decide on which of these points you want to have live music. You can also hire different musicians to ensure there’s music throughout the day.

Your budget

Being able to balance the wedding budget is a challenging task but the good thing is that you can find live musicians that suit your budget. For instance, if you are working on a budget that is under $200, you can have an instrumental soloist such as a pianist, violinist, bagpiper or cellist. Depending on your budget, you can have a single instrumentalist to several bands playing at different points of your day.

Type of music to have

Finally, you have to settle on the type of music you want played on your wedding. Music may differ depending on the point during the day. For instance, you may want a bridal entry song in the ceremony while have some cool instrumental music at the reception. The type of music will also determine whether you’ll hire a band or a DJ

Hiring wedding musicians for your wedding might be time-consuming which is why we advise you to entrust us with helping you find the perfect pied pipers for your event.