How To Pick The Right Entertainment For Your Wedding

October 16, 2014

From bands and musicians to magicians and almost everything in between, there’s a huge variety of acts out there to make your wedding as magical as possible. But it’s not about just picking any entertainment for your wedding day – it’s about picking the right entertainment.

Of course, like almost every aspect of your wedding, picking the right entertainment isn’t like, say, picking your wedding list – just a matter of browsing through a catalogue – it requires you to really think about what kind of experience you want to give yourself and your guests on the day.  

Just as you’d go through mood a board and meticulously mix and match your décor, you need to think about how well your band or musician fits within what you’re trying to do and so we’ve compiled a few tips to help you on your way to matching your entertainment to your matrimony.

 Write down and compare your tastes

Do you like the sound of accordions? If not, fine, scratch a Ceilidh or gypsy-style busking band off your roster. Think harpists are too clichéd? Great, there’s a lot more acts out there. Does your fiancé like Jazz but you want to bust out of the room everytime you hear some bossa nova? Well, you might need to talk that one through.

Either way, to get the right entertainment for your wedding, you need to really sit down and take the time to think about what speaks to your tastes and your wedding themes. You only get one chance to get it right…in principle I mean.

Then compare them to your guests’

It may be that both you and your fiancé have your hearts set on that three piece jazz band but then comes the startling realisation; you have a lot of friends and family coming with a screaming cavalcade of toddlers, tweens and teens – ideally quieter in that order.

It’s not to say that you can’t book the act you want, it’s to say that it’s important to consider not only your tastes but also your guests’ by perhaps providing some entertainment to keep those of all ages happy – yeah everybody likes to be introduced to new things but by doing so you’ll ensure that everyone has an awesome time on your wedding day.

 Do your research to find some inspiration

It’s not just bands and musicians that count as ‘entertainment’ for your wedding you know. Besides, there’s an act covering almost every genre you can think of out there – and that’s not just music I’m talking about.

From big bands and solo acts to close up magicians and aerial artistes that can pour champagne from the ceiling, there’s such a variety of entertainment on offer and all you need to do to find out about it is do a little searching of your own.

And use every tool at your disposal

Pinterest is absolutely awesome for anything relating to planning a wedding – and if you haven’t heard of it go sign up. Like now.  So is Twitter, Google, Facebook, YouTube, magazines, e-books and not to mention your friends and family who are sure to have few entertainment ideas up their sleeve of their own.

There are so many tools out there on the internet and the wider world to find the right entertainment for your wedding that, without utilising them, you’re seriously limiting yourself and your wedding. You could even start by looking at our act directory.

 ‘Does this match?’

Taste is subjective – that’s a given. Discordance? Well, we can all feel it when something just doesn’t work.

Entertainment isn't exempt from that so, using all of your new found research skills and planning tools, find a way to make sure that your entertainment doesn’t clash with the themes and inspiration behind your wedding.

It goes without saying but you don't want guests wondering why you decided to hire a steel band for your vintage 50's inspired wedding instead of a golden-era swing group.

Vindicating your venue

Your venue also plays a huge part in what kind of entertainment you’re limited to book for your wedding.

Even if you’ve gone to the trouble of spending hours mulling over different function bands and have finally settled on the right one – hearing your venue has volume restrictions past the planned start time means that your right entertainment will quickly turn into the wrong entertainment.

Make sure you’re aware of any restrictions and potential pitfalls your wedding venue might have before you settle on the entertainment otherwise you could find yourself in a tough position.

Don’t be afraid to speak to someone about it

Wedding planners exist for a reason, they've got all of the insider knowledge when it comes to the finer aspects of planning what should be the most exciting day of your life.

The same goes for when it comes to planning entertainment. Entertainment specialists (such as us) can bring a range of benefits when picking which act or musician you want to perform at your wedding (here's 10 in fact).

By speaking to a specialist who can inform you of everything from pricing to performances, you'll have another weapon in your your wedding planning arsenal to finally find the right entertainment.

Get in touch with us

If you’d like to leave your wedding entertainment in the hands of experienced professionals, Sternberg Clarke have over 20 years of experience in booking entertainment and we’re a recommended supplier at around 100 venues across the country.

Get in touch with us if you’d like to find out how we can suggest and book the perfect entertainment for your wedding ceremony or reception.

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By Stephen Warr