Vermont wedding band FAQs

The Grift: Vermont Wedding FAQs

We know that planning a wedding is stressful, and we want to alleviate some of that stress for you by providing you with complete information on booking The Grift up front. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from brides, grooms and their families.

For weddings, we are now booking 9-16 months in advance for Saturday weddings in June through October. We have more flexibility on Friday and Sunday weddings typically and from November to May. It doesn’t hurt to send us an inquiry before committing to a venue if you’re set on having The Grift be part of your big day. We can check our calendars and be back in touch quickly to share our availability with you.
We receive roughly 100 wedding inquiries a year, and expect to play 40-50 weddings this year. We encourage you to book early, as our dates in peak Vermont wedding season (May – October) fill up quickly (often a year in advance).
Over the course of many gigs over the years (2,300+ to be more precise), we’ve determined that three hours is the perfect amount of time to keep the dance floor packed and your guests moving. We want to end your special day with everyone on the dance floor, singing along or shouting “one more song!” We’ve played for four hours before and see guests become tired and sit down or wander off. After all, when you’re going to be dancing song after song after song, it is tiring! With that said, if you have your heart set on a four-hour set, let’s talk about it and see what we can do.
Yes! We have an “Everlasting Love” package that includes original acoustic music for the ceremony, typically with Clint and Peter on vocals and guitars. For an hour-long cocktail hour, we recommend a low-key Bluegrass set of your favorite cover tunes to start warming people up for the party. During dinner, we are happy to emcee and introduce the wedding party, the bride and groom, speeches, etc. And then we’ll go rockin’ and rollin’ for a three-hour set during the reception, typically with one 15-minute break in the middle of two sets. We roll from one song into the next and want to get everyone dancing.
Depending on what package you choose for your wedding, yes, our set list is customizable. Based on our song list, you could send along your “must plays,” along with any other preferences you have. For our basic package, we have a largely pre-determined set list that is guaranteed to get your guests moving, starting with classics like, “Twist and Shout,” “Run Around Sue” and “Billie Jean,” and then might move into more recent songs like “Wake Me Up,” “Mr. Bright Side,” and “Shut Up and Dance.”
We arrive 2 ½ hours before your ceremony starts to unload, setup our equipment and do a sound test. We’ll conclude thirty minutes before your guests are scheduled to arrive at the ceremony.
We can fit into small spaces well, but an 8 foot by 12 foot space would be ideal.
We just need two standard electrical outlets; that’s it!
Yes, we do! Depending on the time of the year and our availability, we will travel for your destination weddings. This spring we’ll play in Hillsboro, Florida and Yakima, Washington just to give you a taste of how far we’ll go. Planning a Boston wedding, New Hampshire wedding or New England wedding? Ask us about our pricing to travel.
We do have three different price points for booking The Grift at your wedding, depending on your interests, as well as a host of a la carte options you can add on. If you’re on a budget, let us know so we can work with you. We have more pricing flexibility with Friday and Sunday weddings, as well as during the off-season months (December-April).
We always love playing In My Life (The Beatles), What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) and My Girl (The Temptations). We know a whole host of other songs though that we would recommend.
Of course! Many of our brides and grooms become good friends of ours after their big day. If you’re interested in speaking with a past client, we’d be happy to put you in touch. Just send us an email, and we’ll send you some references.
There are four of us, all based in Vermont from Middlebury to burlington. Clint Bierman is on vocals and guitar. Peter Day is on vocals and the bass. Jeff Valone is on the drums and is known to belt out an ‘80s rock song here and there. And Andrew Moroz is on the keys. Want to know more about each of us? Check out our full band bios. If you want to also add a female vocalist, horns or Josh Panda to your wedding package with The Grift, those are all doable. We love collaborating with other Vermont musicians.
Clint and Jeff graduated from Middlebury College today and started The Grift in 1999. Since then, they’ve played over 2,300 gigs in 25 states and four countries, while also producing 10 original albums.