Choosing wedding entertainment

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When it comes to deciding on your wedding entertainment, booking the right type for your chosen venue is really important – you don’t want to be squeezing a 10-piece band onto a tiny stage, or putting an acoustic duo in the middle of a field. Read on to find out how to get it right…

What sort of wedding venue have you decided on? Are you having a country-style wedding in the summer with your reception in a marquee or barn? Have you decided to do the whole thing in a hotel? Maybe you’re having a city wedding with a small and intimate lunch or dinner in a chic restaurant?

There are a huge variety of places to tie the knot and celebrate your big day, and couples choose different venues for a variety of reasons – budget, location, time of year, the setting, the atmosphere and more. However, if you’ve decided to provide amusement for your guests at your wedding, you need to make sure that your entertainment is going to fit the venue you’ve chosen.

WHEN YOU’VE ROOM TO PARTY

If you’ve got a large space to fill, then your entertainment choices are only really limited by your budget.

Are you holding your reception in a barn? A castle? One idea we love is holding a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) for your guests. A ceilidh is a traditional Gaelic gathering with dancing to a live band, and this style of dancing has a number of advantages. Firstly, it appeals to all ages, from the young to the old – and it’s virtually guaranteed that everybody will have a good time. Secondly, everybody dances with everybody else, so you don’t need to have a fixed partner. Thirdly, it’s a great icebreaker and creates a wonderful atmosphere. Unlike a disco where not everybody wants to dance and enjoy the music, people find it hard to resist getting up to the foot-tapping rhythms of a ceilidh band.

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Wedding Dj

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Amateurs are less invested in their performance than a wedding professional.

The amateur DJ is doing it “for fun,” and if something goes wrong, it’s not a big deal. A wedding dj, on the other hand, risks his entire reputation and livelihood with every performance. One bad review can destroy his business and he knows it.

At one wedding, the DJ brought along his wife and newborn. Their table was littered with McDonald’s bags and his wife decided to breastfeed the baby during dinner.

Would you rather have an entertainer who is 100% invested in his business and performance on your wedding day or someone who does it as a hobby?

A wedding is a unique event that requires the skills and experience of a wedding specialist for a smooth, flawless ceremony and reception.

It’s about more than just playing music. Your wedding DJ is responsible for coordinating the timeline, orchestrating the introduction and flow of events, working with your other vendors, managing the guests, reading the crowd and making sure the right song is played at just the right time.

Even a wedding DJ who is quite experienced in the club setting will be at a loss because she simply isn’t familiar with the flow of events and how to prevent disasters when something goes awry.

One inexperienced DJ mistakenly announced a special dance with the bride and her grandfather because he forgot to update his notes. The entire family started crying because Grandpa had passed away two weeks earlier.

Are you willing to place the outcome of your wedding in the hands of someone who doesn’t “do” weddings for a living?

Your guests won’t dance without an experienced entertainer who can read the crowd and keep the momentum going.

You have to play the right songs at the right time and in the right order to maintain dancing. Oftentimes, the mood changes and your entertainer needs to change the program to maximize the dancing along the way.

If she can’t mix from one song to another, you’ll have gaps of “dead air” or awkward rhythms that will frustrate your guests and clear the floor.

Many couples think that providing an amateur with a set list of songs they love will be enough to make a fun wedding. It’s not. You need someone with experience to work with your requests and what your guests are responding to in order to avoid an empty dance floor.

One bride regrets hiring her DJ because he played “Unforgettable” five times during the wedding because he didn’t know any other slow songs.

Are you willing to sacrifice the fun at your wedding to save money on a cheaper DJ?

Find out why you must always book a professional wedding dj

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