My Wedding - - PLANNING - By David Seel www.thep­er­fectwed­

Un­der­stand your pri­or­i­ties

Ask yourself, “What com­po­nents of my wed­ding re­cep­tion are the most im­por­tant to me?” Es­tab­lish­ing your pri­or­i­ties well in ad­vance will help you al­lo­cate your budget where it is most needed to en­sure you don’t have to skimp on those items that are the most im­por­tant to you. We all know this makes sense, how­ever it can be a daunt­ing task.

One tip is to pic­ture your re­cep­tion with­out var­i­ous key items such as the flow­ers, cake or en­ter­tain­ment. This can help clar­ify which com­po­nents will have the most im­pact on mak­ing your cel­e­bra­tion one that will fun and mem­o­rable.

When my niece got mar­ried we put to­gether a list of items they needed to pur­chase for their wed­ding. We then placed each item on its own card and had them ar­range the cards in the or­der of im­por­tance to them. This en­abled them to dis­cuss why each item was placed where it was, which made it a lot sim­pler to de­ter­mine the or­der they should book the ser­vices they needed and know what would suf­fer if they over­spent. I’ve found that venue, pho­tog­ra­pher and en­ter­tain­ment of­ten end up in the top three. Have you have at­tended any wed­dings lately? Think about your ex­pe­ri­ence. Were they fun and en­joy­able or were they bor­ing? The most ex­pen­sive wed­dings can still dis­ap­point if guests are bored or rest­less and leave straight af­ter the first dance. Mod­est or low-budget wed­dings can still be in­cred­i­bly mem­o­rable if the en­ter­tain­ment is given a high pri­or­ity.

If en­ter­tain­ment is one of your high­est pri­or­i­ties then there are many ways you can trim other ar­eas of your budget with­out im­pact­ing on the en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence. Can we skip the chair cov­ers and favours and opt for a less ex­pen­sive meal? You may even be able to build some en­ter­tain­ment value into that – one cou­ple hired in a pizza oven and had their guests make their own gourmet piz­zas.

If en­ter­tain­ment is low on your list then you may only be look­ing for mu­sic, how­ever be care­ful as en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic are not the same thing.

The Talent:

It is in­ter­est­ing to me that many wed­ding mag­a­zines, books and web­sites of­ten of­fer ad­vice on how to hire or do-it-yourself “mu­sic” for your wed­ding. “Mu­sic” is only one tool and may only be a small part of what is needed to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment at a wed­ding.

Wed­ding en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes: • The mas­ter of cer­e­monies and how for­mal­i­ties are an­nounced and de­liv­ered • Tran­si­tions, or­der and flow – see our sum­mer is­sue 2013/2014 for full de­tails on this • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion with you and oth­ers in­volved in your wed­ding in­clud­ing par­ents and other wed­ding

ven­dors • Ac­tiv­i­ties that en­gage the guests, cre­ate en­ergy, feel­ings and emo­tion – I’ll be shar­ing one of these

in our next is­sue • Per­son­alised mem­o­rable mo­ments and sur­prises that lock in mem­o­ries for years to come

A qual­ity wed­ding en­ter­tainer is an artist… demon­strat­ing unique skills, talent and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Be se­lec­tive when in­ter­view­ing your talent and en­sure they can deliver the en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence you de­serve for your wed­ding day. Re­mem­ber en­ter­tain­ment is not just mu­sic.

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