How to Choose Wedding Entertainment

February 07, 2018

When it comes to choosing wedding entertainment, many have absolutely no idea where to begin. That’s no surprise either; why would you know where to begin when for most this is something completely new to experience! Very few newlyweds have ever been married before so to expect the bride and groom to know how to choose wedding entertainment is ludicrous. Thankfully, we are here to help!


It’s best to start by looking at the venue you have chosen and working backwards from there. Are there any restrictions in place that might immediately cut down your list into  a more manageable size? Many wedding venues are very old or are situated close to public areas. In this case, they may have a sound limiter which means you probably won’t be able to book that Metallica tribute band you had your eye on. Others might prevent wedding parties from having jugglers or acrobats indoors due to the highly expensive art on the walls. So ask your wedding venue whether they have any restrictions in place before booking wedding entertainment.


The important thing to remember about your wedding day entertainment is that it is all about you! The bride and groom! There’s no point booking a harpist if you can’t stand the harp (though in all honesty, we not sure any harp haters actually exist) and if you absolutely love card tricks, feel free to book a magician if it’s what you want. Your wedding day is exactly that: your wedding day. Make sure it’s everything you first envisaged after getting engaged!

Wedding Suppliers Advice

Here at Sternberg Clarke, we have a dedicated wedding department and we assume that many other event suppliers will be similar. When it comes to arranging parties, events and dinners, we know exactly what works and the same is true when it comes to wedding planning. We provide entertainment to hundreds of weddings every year so if you aren’t 100% on what to choose, feel free to ask either Hayley or Antonia in our weddings corner. Kew, Eltham Palace, Hampton Court… You name it, they’ve done and since they know your wedding venue inside out, they’ll be able to advise what they think works beautifully for each part of your big day.

What’s most important to you?

The bride and groom are often exceptionally busy on the wedding day itself so tend to ‘miss out’ on a lot of what’s going on by virtue of having other things to do. While your guests are sipping at champagne, the happy couple will often venture off to have their wedding photos taken. As everybody is enjoying their wedding breakfast, the couple often have to walk between tables as each guest wishes to congratulate them on their day. So what matters most to you? If you’d prefer to have attendees chatting to one another, a magician can help break the ice. If you’d like a fun photo album of your day, booking a photo booth is a must. Have a think and we are certain you’ll be able to prioritise accordingly!

Could it be enhanced at all?

This is simply a matter of planning the timetable of your wedding. Are there any gaps in the day, which you think will be improved by wedding entertainment? If not, then you’re good to go! If you’re looking for something exciting or different to perhaps break up the wedding reception a little (to use one example) then why not look at how you can improve it. Perhaps a finger paint tree? A quick game of Mr. & Mrs? You name it, anything is possible!


Booking wedding entertainment definitely varies depending on whether your wedding is inside or outside. In the summer, you might want to book a strolling acoustic act like Wandering Hands, but always have a backup idea in place if it starts to rain! If your event is taking place mainly indoors, there will naturally be a few types of entertainment that won’t necessarily work (fire performers…though even that is up for debate!) So have a think about how the day will go and plan the entertainment from there.

Consider your budget

The final consideration to make when it comes choosing wedding entertainment is your budget. We don’t want newlyweds to start married life with a mountain of debt but it does happen so please only book what you can afford. At the end of the day, a wedding is a marvellous celebration of a couple’s love for one another and nothing should get in the way of that. If you can’t afford a function band, then perhaps look at booking a DJ. There are a multitude of options available for any budget so there really is something for everyone.

If you’re looking to choose your wedding entertainment then please feel free to explore the site or get in touch with our wedding department using the contact details below.



Planning an event? Get in touch 

Here at Sternberg Clarke we know how to handle a challenge and we stop at nothing to ensure your event is a night – or day – to remember. Check out our create page and learn more about how we can customise your entertainment to match your needs.

Thinking about booking one of our many talented music acts? Visit our contact page and send us a message.

Holding an event outside London?

Our sister company, Trevor George Entertainment, cater to any and all events and weddings outside London. You can find their website here.

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By Henry Fosdike