THE ROLE OF ENTERTAINMENT
HOW IMPORTANT WILL THE QUALITY OF THE ENTERTAINMENT BE IN THE OVERALL SUCCESS OF MY RECEPTION?
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.
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.