Look at some of the pictures in Snowboard Equipment -> Boards -> Show off your setup that you're using for the 10/11 season.
You'll see that very few people bother to match brands. A lot don't even worry about colours. The important thing is to have your boots (or one of them anyway) with you when buying bindings, if you're at all unsure.
It is the only way that the board will slide down the hill...seriously though, anything works on anything other than proprietary systems. If you don't know what those are, you will know it when you see one. The most common one is Burton's Channel system. Many companies make conversion discs to be compatible with Burton's system though.
Is it preferable to buy bindings of the same brand as the board? Does it matter?
It doesn't matter, and it's often not even possible. Some board companies, including some beloved on this forum (e.g., Never Summer) don't make bindings. Some binding companies (e.g, Union) don't make boards. These companies would have few customers if matching actually conferred a tangible benefit.
Sometimes it can be to your advantage, in terms of ensuring a good fit, to match bindings and boots from the same manufacturer. But that certainly isn't necessary either, since you can simply try out combinations until you find a good one.
I see~~ Thanks for all the advice.
The reason I asked was I bought a Ride Canvas board. And I was going to buy the Ride VXN bindings (the 2011 royal blue ones) to go with it.
But I've been strapped for cash lately after Xmas... So I started looking at other cheaper alternatives.
Are Raiden Tigre bindings any good?
This older model (I think 2009) is on sale for only $75.