Choosing Your Wedding Entertainment
Paperia | May 2014
While choosing their wedding entertainment, many couples like to create a lively, celebratory atmosphere at their wedding reception by hiring entertainment. It’s surprising how much music can impact the overall mood of a party!
Oftentimes, the newlyweds are hoping their guests will enjoy the party by eating, drinking, mingling, and dancing. There are a variety of music vendors and options to consider, which can help to achieve this goal.
- Live Band
- Disc jockey
- iPod play list
- Professional dancers
Some factors you may want to consider when choosing the entertainment for your wedding include:
Budget – Live performers often cost more than DJs, but there is a wide range in costs even within those two sub-categories.
Venue – Talk with your reception venue about the music vendors who have had success there previously. Sometimes, there are specific acoustical considerations that affect a venue based on the actual physical space / layout of the room. Therefore, your venue may be better suited for live music, or a DJ, given the space.
Music Style Preference – This may seem like common sense, but don’t hire a jazz band if you want to hear Top 40s. Likewise, consider all age ranges that will be present at your reception, and make sure your vendor is comfortable playing to a wide age range so that everyone can enjoy dancing to songs they recognize.
Playlists – Ask to see a list of prospective vendors’ music libraries and/or discuss their recommended wedding play lists. This will give you an idea of their range and style. This is also a good time to bring up any of your “must have” songs and to determine a vendor’s ability to learn or acquire them before your wedding.
MC Personality – The “leader” will likely be making important announcements at your reception, such as introducing the bridal party, toasts, and first dance. So, make sure you are comfortable with his or her style and professional demeanor before signing a contract.
Cultural / Ethnic Traditions – If your family would enjoy a certain type of dance specific to their ethnic background, make sure your vendor can accommodate that request by giving them detailed instructions well in advance of your wedding date.
Perhaps the best way to assess a band or DJ is to observe them playing at another wedding reception. Ask prospective vendors about the opportunity to do this, and you will be more likely to avoid surprises at your celebration.
Finally, once you’ve found the perfect music vendor, don’t forget to break in those dancing shoes!