You did it! You’ve found the band that can make your special day stand out as a truly spirited event for all ages! After ten years of performing up and down the East Coast, Sac Au Lait is experienced in appealing to a wide spectrum of audiences. We started off playing bars, where we learned how get the party going. Then we added swing dances to our calendar, where we honed our skills of playing to the dancers. We’ve been doing weddings as well for around six years now, but we avoid the stigma of being called a ‘wedding band’. We got into this music to have fun, and we continue to enjoy every moment, and to share that joy with our audiences.
We’ve played wedding ceremonies and receptions in the Baltimore/DC area’s best spots to get hitched: the Evergreen Mansion, Peabody Library, the beautiful Tulip Garden in Guilford, the great ballrooms at The Belvedere in Mount Vernon, Chase Court, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Annapolis Yacht Club, Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace, and the Washington Golf and Country Club… just to name a few!
We’ve been called into action in a variety of ways at weddings, and below are the four most typical parts. You may want us for one of these parts or all of them, we can offer a quote for any one of a combination of these services.
1) Reception– of course after dinner and the formalities, if you are looking to get everyone straight onto the dance floor then you really need a serious band. This is where Sac Au Lait earned their reputation – playing music for the dance floor! The band also has a set of light music for during dinner. We come with a PA system, which can be used to make toasts and announcements. In addition, a DJ service is provided during dinner to keep the party going during the moments when you don’t want live music.
2) Entry / Cocktail Hour– as the newly-weds make their entrance, during hors d’ouevres, or the early stages of the reception, the band can go acoustic, be mobile, play outdoors, ‘street style’, etc. This is typically the most affordable service as we can use a smaller group to provide light background music.
3) Parading-an option that really separates Sac Au Lait from the rest is our ability to parade. This is a popular option either as a transition from the ceremony to cocktail hour or cocktail hour to reception. We’ve also paraded from the venue to the after party. A New Orleans style Second Line through the streets with the newly-weds leading the pack is an unforgettable time.
4) Ceremony– if you are looking for some trad jazz wedding music, we can offer some toned-down favorites that are appropriate. We can also discuss how we could perform music you may have in mind.
Pricing: from $850
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how affordable our rates are for a professional band of 10+ years. We calculate price depending on what parts of the event you would like us to perform at, how many musicians you would like, and how long you would like us to play for. We make all the arrangements, and can arrange to suit just about any budget – no matter how simple and intimate or grand an event you have planned. We can play with as little as 3 people, or as many as 6 musicians. Since we are self-managed, and can effectively do the job of many different bands over the course of a day, you will find Sac Au Lait is much more price efficient than other bands. Sac Au Lait will also supply and run all of our own sound equipment, so we are very portable and can play in a variety of venues. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional value for money here, at the end of the day you get full professional quality service, without cutting corners, but without the high price-tag.
For most events we suggest a recommended budget of around $1200 to $2500. For an obligation-free chat, or for information on how to book Sac Au Lait, please click here to contact us.