There are countless options for your wedding entertainment, and when you’re in the midst of wedding planning, it can seem really overwhelming to pick something.
Whatever you decide you want at your reception, there are important things to take into consideration. We at hitched.com.auhave organized a guide to get you through the picking and booking process.
Firstly, look through a trusted source and search the internet with specific terms to find your entertainment. Specific terms such as ‘Sydney Wedding Bands’ and ‘DJs in Melbourne’ will help you find exactly what you’re looking for so you don’t have to sift through pages of irrelevant search results. Here at hitched.com.au we have a dedicated directory full of suppliers, where you could find your dream entertainer.
Don’t just pick the first thing that catches your eye. Thoroughly explore each site you click on to. You want to be looking for demos, examples of work and positive testimonials. When you’ve found a few possible options, make a shortlist of your favorites to contact.
No matter what your wedding budget, you don’t want to be paying over the odds for an entertainer. By contacting more than one for a quote, you can get a good idea of what to expect and what is reasonable. Check the entertainer’s availability before you get a quote if you are seriously considering booking them. Otherwise, get a quote anyway just to get an idea of what you can expect to spend. Find out how long they are willing to perform for as well. Usually bands will play for about 45 minutes, or do two sets with a break in between. You can reasonably expect a DJ to play for the whole reception though.
When you have found an entertainer that suits you and you think you’d like to book them, check to see if you can see them live, or if they have any demos you can see. It’s best to see them in person so you can see firsthand what sort of service they provide, but if that’s not an option, try to get a word of mouth recommendation from someone you can trust.
Most entertainers will expect you to pay a deposit or booking fee of anything up to 50% of their fee. Make sure you’re certain of your choice before you pay. Get a receipt and written proof of your payment. A contract of agreement is a good idea, with yours and your entertainer’s signature. This way you can be certain they will turn up and perform, and if they don’t, you’re covered and can expect to be compensated in full.
Finally, be prepared to enjoy your wedding entertainment! If it’s something particularly unusual, keep it to yourself to surprise your guests when they arrive!
The evening celebration is often the most fun part of a wedding as the bride and groom mingle with their guests, have a few drinks and let their hair down. All the stress caused by planning the big day is finally worth it, and the happy couple can enjoy the result of all their hard work.
The type of reception a couple will have depends on their tastes and preferences. You may want a DJ to play all the classics, turn on the flashing lights and get everyone up on the dance floor. This is a safe option as everyone expects a DJ and it’s their job to know how to get the party started. You can put together a playlist for them, or even ask if they’d be willing to organize karaoke as well, for the ultimate cheesy wedding party.
If you want something a little different though, you could look into hiring a band. Jazz bands are a staple choice for wedding parties as their lively, up-tempo tunes will get the party started. Alternatively you could hire a band that work as a tribute to your favorite band. This is a great way to bring something you love to the wedding party. It can be very expensive to hire a band though, so a good idea if you really want one is to just have a set by a live act, then switch to a DJ or an iPod playlist for the rest of the evening.
Another great way to get a band for less is to contact local universities or colleges to see if they have any students in a band that would be willing to perform. You can usually offer them a fraction of the amount you’d pay a professional band and they’ll be happy (they’re students!). Just make sure you hear them play and agree on a set list first.
It doesn’t all have to be music-based though. You could entertain your guests with a magician, or a standup comedian to interact with your guests and entertain them. This is a great way to do something different and really fun. A caricaturist could also be hired to sketch portraits of your guests. The drawings could be given as favors, something your guests can keep forever.
Your entertainment is a hugely important part of the day, so it is a good idea to spend on it and make it as enjoyable as possible. You and your guests will be talking about it for years to come, and will remember it for the rest of their lives if you get it right.