Choosing the right wedding entertainment can put the perfect finishing touch to a special day. It expresses the personality of the bride and groom and who they are as a couple. It reflects the mood of the venue and the atmosphere of the service and reception. It influences how the guests enjoy themselves, putting people at ease and ensuring they have a memorable time.
Those planning a wedding, from brides and grooms and enthusiastic in-laws to professional wedding planners, are familiar with online directories and websites to assist them in the search for a venue or a photographer, however the task of finding good wedding entertainment can be a long and arduous one, with brides and grooms sometimes not knowing where to start. Let’s take a look at the options for hunting down that elusive wedding entertainment:
- asking the wedding coordinator at the venue; sometimes a DJ is provided as part of a wedding package or they may recommend acts that previous brides and grooms have used.
- looking through local directories such as Yellow Pages or keeping an eye out for advertisements in the nearest music shop to search for a local group or act
- attending regional wedding fairs or reading county-based literature to find an act a little further afield
- searching nationally, either in a national wedding magazine or on a specialist wedding 10 that draws together acts from across the country.
With the first option the stress of choosing wedding entertainment is totally removed from the bride and groom. The problem is that so is the choice and they are left at the mercy of the venue’s wedding coordinator having made a good choice of DJ. Selecting entertainment previously used at the venue may put the couple’s mind at rest that the act will be able to find the venue and set up without difficulty if they have been there before, but the act may not be to their taste or fit their individual theme.
If the bride and groom want something different to the traditional wedding DJ, but want to remain local the second option could be for them. It is easier to meet up with the act and see them perform live and they will be supporting a local band or act, however there is a wealth of other acts out there to choose from. Casting the net county-wide or nationally could be a good option, but why not opt for best route of all and use a wedding entertainment website?
A web-based service will give the bride and groom a whole host of wedding entertainment acts to choose from. From string quartets to acoustic guitarists, singers to saxophonists there will be something for every style of wedding. This type of service will take the leg work and stress out of choosing wedding entertainment, firstly by allowing them to search by genre, location, price and availability, but also by providing a lot of the details about length of set, style of clothing worn by the act and demo clips.
With all these options it won’t be long before choosing wedding entertainment becomes more of a pleasure and less of a chore!
Helen is a writer and author who works for several companies in the quirkier end of the music business, including I Do Music Ltd They are a leading, if recent, online resource for booking your wedding entertainment. With 20 years in the wedding music business, they know their stuff!
Helen is very comfortable working in this area as it’s not that many years since she went through the process herself and she retains an unhealthy interest in online forums that feature related content.