There are lots of things to organise when you decide to get married and the entertainment is just one part to making the day as special as it can be. Where you plan to marry and the kind of evening you enjoy will depend on whether you are interested in live music, a dj, a band or solo artist, or other forms of entertainment.
First you need to work out what your budget is and then do some research into the type of event you want and the prices they charge. Also take into consideration the tastes of your guests, after all, apart from the actual ceremony the night’s entertainment is generally the last part of the celebration and will be remembered for years, so you really want that to be a positive experience! Think about the type of people you are inviting and also what sort of things you like or particularly dislike about the music at any weddings you have ever attended and use this to make your choices.
You can’t really go wrong by choosing to play music at your reception, it’s the perfect accompaniment to any party and enjoyed by all ages. Music played at appropriate times throughout the day and into the evening will help people relax and enjoy themselves, it also acts as an ice-breaker for families and friends to get to know each other better.
If you are set on a particular certain kind of performance but it looks like it may be out of your price range then consider asking for a discount, or try to come to a compromise, they could reduce their playing time for instance. If the act you book is really good then it will result in a great impression on the guests and they won’t even realise it’s been cut short! And you can always fill in the rest of the evening by hiring a local dj who could just be a friend of the family with tunes supplied from your i-pod. Also you should think about whether you want a live band, or a pre-recorded cd with your own chosen songs, or a solo wedding singer. The genre of the music will be a reflection of your personal taste in music, but never forget your guests – you want them to have a good time too.
There are all kinds of acts available these days for weddings, the more adventuress amongst you may be interested in a fire show or magician, whilst those who like to follow tradition will be happy with dancing and music. Rent a karioke machine – they are great fun and everyone will soon join in after a few drinks!
If you have the finances available then have a few acts booked, a cartoonist or magician circulating the room carrying out magic tricks or sketching funny caricatures of the guests is novel and fun and will give guests a special memento to remember the evening by. Comedians will get everyone laughing, and just imagine how hilarious it would be to have Elvis Presley at your wedding reception! An impersonator of course – but people will love it!
There are various ways you can find a wedding entertainer – either ask around and get advice from friends and colleagues, look in the yellow pages, contact a band or singer you have seen play at another venue and ask them if they are available for weddings, or go online. Online is generally viewed as the quickest and most convenient way to find your evening’s entertainment and anyone with any business sense has their own website these days so there is plenty of choice out there.
Once you have decided on a particular entertainer or act then book it! This is your wedding and there isn’t going to be many occassions as special as this so if it’s what you want then confirm before someone beats you to the post.
Use the internet to search, compare, contact and book performers local to you. Some of them will provide an audio or video clip of their show and testimonials by satisfied customers should give you a good insight as to whether they are any good. Contact as many performers as you like before coming to any decision – after all it’s your big day and you want it to be extra special. Search for wedding singer Yorkshire and book popular and experienced acts who can provide you with a full days music at affordable prices.
Michiel Van Kets writes articles for The Wedding Singer, being one of the UK’s most popular wedding singers, providing live music for over 70 receptions each year throughout the UK. The 28 year old Staffordshire based wedding singer, James Barlow guarantees to give you and your guest the most memorable, unforgettable and perfect show ever, bringing wedding entertainment midlands. James performs all around the UK and offers wedding singer yorkshire as well.