Choosing your Wedding Entertainment in 3 simple steps...

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Choosing your wedding entertainment in 3 simple steps

Choosing your wedding entertainment is a task that should be well thought through. Nowadays there is a great selection to choose from and most people will choose a band/DJ through a wedding they have attended, word of mouth or recommended by the reception venue you have chosen.

This means you shouldn’t feel obligated to book any old band. It is likely that you will have put huge effort into your big day to make it a day you will never forget so it’s important to have a band that will compliment your day and allow you to relax and have fun with your guests. Everyone knows a wedding day is about the happy couple but everyone wants their guests to have a rocking time right?!

As a wedding planner I have seen many bands and believe the following 3 steps will help you come to the perfect selection…

Budget, Budget, Budget!

It is extremely important before you look to book any entertainment that you set a figure so that you know what you have to work with. It is very easy to get carried away and overspend so be very cautious of this. It is worth shopping around and getting quotes from a few people as prices can vary quite a lot depending on what you go for.

Always remember to bargain with them too!

What kind of entertainment do you want?

This is the first question you need to ask yourselves as a couple. The best way to do this is to look at your wedding as a whole. Has a theme or style emerged from the planning of your big day? This will help you to narrow down your options as there is a lot of choice out there.

If you are having a very simplistic wedding a simple guitarist may fit the bill. However, if you are having a big traditional elegant wedding a full band may be a popular choice here.

Be sure to talk to some of your guests and the reception venue and get their ideas or recommendations - at the end of the day it’s your choice but always worth get other opinions.
However if you do decide to pick entertainment not recommended to you be sure to get references from a couple of wedding parties that have used them previously.

Keep the venue in mind

Before you book any entertainment think about the venue – has it got a lot of room or is it space restricted? If there is more space to work with you are likely to leave yourself open to a lot of choice. However, if you have a smaller space to work with you may need to scale back on the entertainment to suit the venue. Having a 4-piece band with a tiny dance floor is just not gonna work and will most likely also be quite loud for your guests.

It is also worth thinking about when the band will set-up. There is nothing worse than a band traipsing through the reception to set up while you are trying to enjoy your meal. Ensure you work with the band to either set-up before the reception commences or after the meal has finished. In my experience before the dinner starts is the best option if possible.

Most importantly HAVE FUN with choosing your entertainment – After all, it is meant to be an exciting experience planning your wedding!

Now where did I put my dancing shoes?!