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A Brides Guide to Booking Wedding Entertainment

As with every part of planning your wedding,  your entertainment is as important as the planning of your Bridal Gown etc. It has to keep all our guests amused for some time, if  your guest’s are bored with the entertainment this is how they will remember your wedding day, however with this in mind you have to remember that it is your special day and should reflect the Bride and Grooms tastes.

It is worth thinking about any friends or relatives weddings you have been to recently. Which ones did you enjoy the most and why? Did they have a band or a DJ and importantly was there anything that you didn’t like and why!

Consider that type of music you like, you may be a heavy metal fan but this may not be totally suitable if you have a lot of guest of an older generation.  If having a band would you prefer a male or female lead singer or would you prefer a tribute style band.

It is not unreasonable to ask what their repertoire is, most professional full time musicians will have  a vast array of songs that they can perform and if there is anything that you especially want to be played or indeed you definitely do not want playing they will not know unless you discuss it with them. Do you want them to play your special song or your first dance? Is it possible to see them performing or do they have a demo DVD you can watch.

If you don’t want live music then consider having a DJ. Whether you have a wedding singer, live band, DJ or classical musicians it is worth bearing in mind that they will have played at numerous weddings and will have a wealth experience so ask their advice, they will know what works and what really doesn’t and will know how to put together a great playlist that can be enjoyed by everybody. If you have any relative or close friend that is a performer, do you want them to play at your wedding?

Having music played throughout your wedding day and evening will set a nice relaxing atmosphere for all your guests. Once you’ve decided on your style of entertainment there are the practicalities to think about. What arrangements are you going to make for when the band has its break or when they finish?

Venue Considerations

Depending on your venue, this can have implications on your choice of entertainment, do they have any restrictions for example limited space or a sound limiter, most bands will have their own sound engineer that will try to work to any restrictions. What is the venues policy with regard to public liability insurance and do they insist that the bands equipment is PAT safety tested. Will the band need to set up and sound test before your guests arrive or will they be in a separate room.

What’s Included

Although the costing is a very important factor, the cheapest quote might not be the best.....what is included in your quote.

Does it include VAT, as this can dramatically change the final amount. 
Does it include their travel expenses and waiting time?
Does the band come with PA audio system and sound engineer?
Does the quote include a DJ package to cover breaks and the end of the night?
Will they liaise directly with the venue prior to your wedding?

Final Thoughts

Once you have your short list for potential entertainment and worked out exactly what you can expect from them and how much it’s going to cost, book the one that feels right before somebody else books them for the same date and remember to relax and enjoy them.

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