Your guests will walk away with the memory of your wedding day. How the day is remembered is all up to you and the experiences you create. Your wedding entertainment will be one of the most memorable elements of your celebration. Finding the right talent requires that you consider your theme, venue and budget. These tips will help you choose the right wedding entertainment for your wedding day.
Should You Hire Live Wedding Entertainment?
One of the first questions a wedding planner needs to answer is about how you envision your wedding day. This vision encompasses everything from the ceremony to the reception. It is the overall theme and tone of your special day. The theme and tone will make many decisions about your wedding entertainment. An elegant ballroom affair could have a harpist at the entrance and a stringed quartet in the ceremony space. If you imagine a classy ballroom dining experience, you might consider a pianist in reception area. You could also choose the sophisticated ballroom, but rock the classy space with a full band. Not every couple chooses to hire talent for live performances on their wedding day, but those that do have a great appreciation for art and the experience live entertainment creates.
Things to Consider
There are a few things to consider before booking wedding entertainment. Not every venue can accommodate a drummer, bass, lead, backup, rhythm and all the other sections of your ensemble. You should consider the size of the venue and any sound restrictions that might apply. There is more to consider about wedding entertainment than fitting into the space and not violating any noise ordinances. Live talent is more expensive than hiring a DJ. A live band can cost about $2,500 to $4,000. Having a DJ play recorded music can cost between $800 and $1,200 on average. There is a different experience to consider, but your budget will usually make the final decision.
Interview Your Wedding Entertainment
Whether you are considering a live band or a DJ, always interview your wedding entertainment. Booking entertainment without interviewing them is like buying a car without a test drive. Your wedding entertainment should be talented and have stage presence. There is a certain skill required to create an interactive experience that will define your celebration. You should interview more than one DJ and more than one band. Your wedding venue can usually help you find professional wedding entertainment.
Put it in Writing
No one wants a contract until they need one. It is important to take the time to review your contract and make sure that specific information is included. Your contract should include all the details, such as the time and location of the performance, the number of musicians or information related to the DJ and MC, who will provide sound and lighting equipment, time of setup, dress code, deposit information, refund policy, payment schedule, a list of the requested songs, timeline, substitute performer information, and any additional services requested, such as a photo booth experience. If there are additional agreements, make sure they are always written into the contract.
Do you Need an MC?
The Master of Ceremonies, commonly known as an MC, is essential to the wedding celebration. They are the announcer that creates that interactive experience with your guests. They will make introductions and make sure the celebration follows a timeline. The MC creates a transition between music and important events. Whether you hire live wedding entertainment or a DJ, you will need an MC. The lead singer will make announcements about their next song, but will probably not make all your important announcements related to your wedding reception. Sometimes the DJ is also an MC or works with an MC. It is important that you confirm that your wedding entertainment includes an MC. If it does not, you should hire one. Just as with any wedding entertainment, interview your MC to make sure they have the skills to deliver the experience.
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