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Many of you will be in the midst of your wedding planning journey. How’s it all going? What have you got booked so far? Is Entertainment on your to do list? Well if so, today’s Ask the Experts post is just for you! Along with the venue and the photographer, the entertainment is up there on priority jobs to get ticked off as soon as possible. But where to start? Joey Burdon of Warble Entertainment is here to help you, offering you some expert advice on where to start and what to do first. It really is a must read!
Some aspects of your wedding planning can be done before you pick a date. When booking your wedding entertainment however, it is important to know when you plan to get married! This not only affects your choice of available acts but it will also influence the style of wedding entertainment you choose. Your summer date may sway you towards festival themes and folk bands, or a smooth Jazz or Vintage band for a winter Christmas date.
Not only should you book your venue before you book your entertainment, there are also some important questions you need to ask! Use this checklist to make sure you’ve covered everything:
Knowing the answers to these before you start your wedding entertainment search will remove any headaches when finding your perfect acts.
Knowing what you’re able to spend is useful, but more importantly it’s worth doing some research into what wedding entertainment actually costs. Our advice is to be realistic with your budget and be willing to stretch when you come across that one act or live wedding band that blows you away. You may not find another!
What are we feeling? Vintage? Romantic? Informal? The choice in styles these days is wonderful, and each one has it’s own bearing on your wedding entertainment. In many cases, your choice in entertainment will see a wedding theme to completion. For example, a 1920’s themed wedding would seem lacking without a classic vintage style band or singer, so use your theme to help you on your search.
If we’re being honest with you – anything is possible when it comes to wedding entertainment. You would be surprised at the amount of variety available. Do some window shopping and get a taste of what there is. You will soon find out there is a lot. Soak it all in and enjoy the weirdness, whether it’s live music, unique entertainment, fire performers, magicians, lookalikes or beatboxers, there is a whole world of wonderful out there waiting for you to dive in to.
Speak to someone in the know. Booking wedding entertainment is something that people mostly do just once in their lifetimes! It is certainly one of the more specialist sides of wedding planning. No one is expecting you to be an expert in this overnight, so it only makes sense to speak to an expert who can help you with finding the perfect wedding entertainment for you.
Now that everything is set in place, you can start properly searching for your ideal entertainment. There are so many things to look out for when finding the perfect acts for you but most of all, hunt out professionals. Read reviews, then read more reviews and even more reviews! Scout them out on social media, watch videos and ensure that your act is a professional who does this for a living. Also, enjoy looking through all the amazing people that can bring the most exciting parts of your day!
There is a lot to think about when booking wedding entertainment for different parts of the day. A valuable piece of advice is to work backwards. By this we mean to book the big things first and cross them off your list. For most couples this is their wedding band or DJ. Firstly, the best bands get booked up years in advance so securing your date is important. Your band may also offer acoustic sets earlier in the day or additional DJ sets, saving you money on additional entertainment.
Okay you’re almost there. You’ve listened to a million demos and seen more acts in one week than Simon Cowell has in a lifetime. You’ve made a decision with an amazing wedding band or DJ to fill the dance floor at your wedding party, so what next? Now is the time to really bring your day to life with those extra touches. Fill those lulls with some superb daytime entertainment and create highlights in big moments such as your ceremony with live classical musicians or vocalists. Make your day special with unique entertainment ideas and piece together a memorable wedding day.