Choosing your wedding entertainment can be very hard. There are so many different options out there it can be impossible to know why one is better than the other.
As a wedding entertainer myself I want to help demystify some of your wedding entertainment concerns and provide you with a checklist to make sure you get what you want from your wedding entertainment.
First things first:
What Do You Want Your Wedding To Be?
Before we can discuss what entertainment will work at your wedding we need to work out what you want your wedding to be. Do you want it to be an elegant, classy affair, or are you after a more relaxed, country barn feel? Whatever your day looks like will affect how your entertainment is chosen. If you're getting married in a barn in the countryside, a harp player or string quartet may not be the ideal option.
Equally, if you are getting married at a large manor house, an acoustic country guitar player may not fit.
Once you've got your style of wedding sorted you can start to think about what type of entertainment will fit your day.
What Do You Want At Your Wedding?
Now, there is no hard and fast rule because the vast majority of the time there are different genre's of the same style of entertainment.
Take magicians for example. While my performance is more suited to the elegant manor house, I have many friends who's performance is best suited to the more casual affair.
I would love to be able to list where each type of entertainment sits for your wedding but that would create a minefield of problems! Instead I'm going to list some of my favourite types of entertainment I have seen at weddings. Only you will know if they fit into your day:
Retro Arcade Games
Of course there are a whole host of other options available to you, if you can think of it, someone is probably doing it!
Now we get down to the nitty gritty, the checklist to talk to your entertainment about:
What's included in the price?
You don't want to be hit with some addtional costs, such as travel after you've booked your entertainment. I've heard of this happening before, so just be sure that your getting what you want.
How long will they be there for?
Some entertainers work on strict timings and will be out the door at a certain time, especially if they can fit more than one wedding in on a day. Make sure you are clear as to their timings before you book them.
What do they require on the day?
Does your entertainment need anything on the day, sometimes the band will appear to be good value until they demand food and drink for 10 people! Make sure you know if they need feeding or if they have any other requirements before booking.
What time will they arrive?
You want to make sure that they will be there well before their start time to make sure they are set up and ready to do.
How long will it take them to set up?
They will know exactly how long it takes to set up and if they don't have an exact number then they haven't done enough weddings and that's probably why they are cheaper. If you know this then you can make sure that they arrive with enough time to keep you at ease.
What are the payment plans?
Is there money owed on the day? Is it all settled before? It's good to know for budgeting purposes if nothing else.
What do they do if weather affects their performance?
If you are planning to have your reception outside you are leaving things in the hands of the God's and they may not be so kind, make sure that they know how to cope in such a situation.
What happens if someone is ill?
If they fall ill, what happens? Do they have someone to set in or do you get your money back? It's worth knowing if they have a contingency in place.
Is there any flexibility in their timings?
As they should be all too familiar with, weddings rarely run exactly to time, it's the nature of a wedding. Make sure that they have time either side to either start early or finish a bit later depending on the day.
If you follow these questions when you speak with your entertainment, or most suppliers to be honest, then you will know exactly where you stand and how your day should work.
Until next week,