The experts at Entertainment Nation share their top tips for booking your big-day entertainment…
Location, Location, Location
The venue should probably be the first thing you arrange, and it’s important that your chosen entertainment is compatible with the location. There are a few practicalities to bear in mind:
- Space – make sure your entertainment fits the size of the venue: a lone acoustic guitarist might seem dwarfed in a cavernous hall, while a full 10-piece swing band might struggle to squeeze onto a tiny dancefloor, leaving no room for the guests.
- Travel distance – Travel is a fact of life for pro musicians, but be certain your chosen performers are willing to travel to your venue.
- Other restrictions – These could range from timings (whether the venue insist on live music ending at a certain time), to sound limiters, access, and power.
It isn’t just at the evening reception where great musicians are needed. The right performer can make the most romantic moment of your life that touch more unforgettable. What could be more elegant than walking down the aisle as the tranquil strains of a string quartet reverberate around the eaves of the church? Alternatively, how about an acoustic guitar and vocal duo playing laid-back tracks for a cooler, mellow vibe? Whatever you choose, the music will keep your guests occupied while you sign the register.
The Afternoon Reception
Consider the overall ambiance you are going for. Imagine sipping drinks on the lawn of a stately home, bathed in warm sunlight while a sax quartet play chilled out summery pieces in the background. For a winter wedding, how about a pianist tinkling as guests gather around the warmth of the hearth? You can create the perfect backdrop for your guests to enjoy some relaxation while you have your photos taken.
The Wedding Breakfast
This is the time to introduce your lovingly chosen playlist. Nothing too intrusive here – after all, you don’t want to drown out old friends getting reacquainted, laughter and compliments on how happy the bride and groom look together.
Sites like Entertainment Nation make booking wedding entertainment simple. In one location you can browse a multitude of top quality performers, from solo violinists to stage-packing soul bands. Full band profiles, high quality videos of the musicians in action and audio samples give you all the information you need to inform your decision.
You’ve done your research and have your heart set on that rock and roll four piece with the killer guitarist. You’re all set to make the booking – but the band is unavailable. Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Some in-demand acts are booked 12-18 months in advance.
Use a Trusted Agency
Of course we would say that, but it’s a simple truth. Booking through an agency is easy, convenient and covers you in the highly unlikely eventuality that your chosen performers have to cancel. It’s the nightmare scenario, but a good agency will endeavour to provide cover, right up until the last minute.
Whether you will be gently swaying in one another’s arms or re-enacting the climax of Dirty Dancing, you’ll want to liaise with your band in plenty of time to ensure they have plenty of time to rehearse the song of your choice – it’s no good discovering they can’t play (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life with a week to go!
On the Day
Try and take in as much as possible. The day will pass by so fast and you will want to savour every precious moment. One thing you won’t need to worry about is your performers. They will be experienced, consummate professionals who will know exactly how to pack the dancefloor and keep the party grooving until closing time. Keep your musicians fed and watered, and they’ll give you the best party of your life.
Break the Rules
This is your special day, and whatever you’re into, there will be someone out there who can make your wedding yours: beatboxers, jugglers, close-up magicians, caricaturists – let your imagination run wild.
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