Cracking dress – tick. Scrumptious food – tick! Truck loads of booze – tick! All that’s left to really get the party started is the entertainment. So let’s work out whether you’re after live bands, DJs, fire-eaters or balloonists and give your guests a day to remember!
The world of wedding entertainment has blossomed into a myriad of forms, ready to please even the pickiest of guests – say no to your mad uncle’s DJ-ing skills! You are likely to spend anything from £300 to £1500 on your entertainment, with an average of about £500. You can do anything, from making your own ultimate party playlist on Spotify, to hiring a band, to having mime artists greet your guests as they arrive at the reception, without having to break your budget! (read our top saving tips here)
2. When to entertain?
“At which points might I need wedding entertainment”, we hear you ask? It is a must once the wedding breakfast is over, so that you and your guests can hit the dance floor, for which a band or a DJ is perfect (choose between them here). However, you may find you want more entertainment dispersed throughout your wedding day, to really give your guests something to talk about.
A perfect time to provide some amazing entertainment (think jazz bands, caricaturists, jugglers) is straight after the ceremony, when you are busy taking wedding photos. Your guests will be walking amongst each other, enjoying a drink and a canapé or two, and a professional entertainer will be a great conversation starter!
3. Consider your crowd
Give yourself 6-9 months before the big day to find your entertainment – this gives you enough time to work out what you want, to go and see some options and make your decision without feeling under any pressure. It also ensures they won’t be booked up! First up, sit down with your loved one and work out the kind of things you want, then consider your audience! If you have kids amongst your guests, then think about a caricaturist, a clown, or a balloon-maker who can entertain the little ones while the adults relax. Similarly, think about your grown-up guests. Do they love a bit of live music? Or do they enjoy partying to the newest club hits? Or maybe they love spectacular surprises, like fire-eaters, contortionists and show-stopping fireworks?
Music is a huge part of any wedding; it gets the tears going – picture the walk down the aisle, the first dance and the dances with parents – and it gets the party started! Your music should accentuate the mood of the day: for a glamorous affair, think jazz quartets after the ceremony with slick DJs in the evening, for a more rustic affair, choose a fun band, with lots of personality. The two most debated options for evening entertainment are a wedding band or a DJ; each has their own advantages, which you can read about here.
Choosing entertainment is tricky unless you’ve seen it or heard it! So get out there and ask around – who got married recently? Ask friends, friends of friends, your venue, other soon-to-be-married couples you’ve met – collect as many references as you possibly can! If friends got married recently and had the most amazing band play, ask them about it. If you know a friend of a friend is a great DJ, try getting some feedback from previous weddings. The entertainment world is ruled by word of mouth, so if someone comes in highly recommended, they will most probably be good! Bridebook tip: always try and meet the entertainers and see for yourself how good they are before booking!
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