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This afternoon we are talking about Wedding Entertainment and asking experts in their field, Entertainment Nation to give us their advice on choosing the perfect wedding entertainment for your big day. Tom brings some wonderful advice to this post, I’m sure you will find is super helpful. I will pass the blog to Tom who can share with you all the wedding entertainment information you will need for your day.
It’s always a good idea to chat with your venue about any restrictions that might be in place that could limit your entertainment choice. These could range from timings (whether they insist on live music ending at a certain time), to sound limiters, access, power and available space. This means when you’re looking at entertainment, you can communicate any concerns from the get-go and avoid any last-minute issues on the day with anything that you book.
If you’re having a slightly less formal affair and are choosing a civil ceremony, a current trend for couples is to opt for an acoustic guitarist/vocalist to play them through their nuptials, which lends a cool, contemporary feel to the proceedings.
An acoustic soloist or duo is a modern choice for couples who would like to hear well known songs played with a laid-back feel. Perhaps a male and female piano/vocal duo who perform all your favourite songs in a stripped down ‘live lounge’ vibe. Alternatively, a vintage themed band is popular at the moment, with vocalists performing pop and rock hits in a quirky vintage style.
The leading choice for most couples is to book a high energy party band who will play an immense selection of your favourite songs.
Keep in mind that the repertoire of party bands can vary. Lots play hits from different decades and genres so there is something for all guests to enjoy, whereas some have more specific setlists and focus on genres such as indie, rock, or modern pop. If you look around, you’ll find one perfect for you and your family and friends – most bands will be very clear about their genre and setlist, and if you book through a site like ours, we let you search specific genres to easily find the perfect fit.
If party bands don’t float your boat, you may want to consider hiring a swing band, a themed act such as an 80’s tribute or a soul and motown group. If these options seem a little too raucous for you, why not book an acoustic wedding band who will still play the songs you want to hear but with a little less of a ‘hard-hitting’ approach.
In this case, there are a lot of benefits and safety-nets around booking through an agent. For starters, it makes it easier to find the entertainment in the first place! A huge list of vetted bands and artists are available right at your fingertips, without you having to try and track down a band that you like the look of and is within budget. Agents will also do a lot of the hard work and logistics for you and will always be on hand if you have any questions. We’ll prompt you when to touch base with the band before the wedding, and do any necessary chasing up.
Another thing to consider when booking through an agent is that in the unlikely event that something went wrong (e.g the band were unable to make it to your wedding due to an illness or traffic restrictions), we would do our very best to find an alternative for you – right up to the last minute. If you booked a band direct and they didn’t turn up, there’s not a lot you can do.
Some of our top bands try to fit in a public show perhaps once a year where you are able to go and see them perform live, but only if they happen to have a free space in their diary. By all means, ask us anyway and we will always double check with the band to see if they have a public show booked in. Otherwise, other customer’s reviews and videos are your best friend!
Stepping away from the music for a moment, there are other forms of awesome entertainment available. Have you thought about hiring a fire artist to perform outside at your summer festival-themed wedding? How about a close-up magician or a caricaturist to entertain your guests throughout the night?
Try and enjoy listening to the preview videos of the bands or acts available, there’s some great talent out there! And if you do need a hand, come to the site for a browse, or even give us a shout. We’d be happy to chat over your budget and suitable options anytime.
Good luck with the planning, and many congratulations
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