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The entertainment essentials you need to know before you book
What you need to know before you book
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First – of course – there’s the question of budget. “Narrow down what’s really important to you before you approach anyone,” says planner Holly Poulter, creative director of Revelry Events. “Is the priority lots of variety, and different acts performing throughout the day, or would you happily have a Spotify reception if that means you can have that folk band you love play you down the aisle?”
Next, think about the mood you want to set. You may want to keep it consistent throughout the day, or use your music and entertainment to alter the atmosphere at each stage. You can also use entertainment LQYHQWLYHO\!WR!NHHS!WKH!ÁRZ!JRLQJ$!´)RU! example, if you want to let guests know they should move to a new location for cocktail hour, you could set up an acoustic band there to lure them over!” says Holly.
Don’t forget the secret behind every successful event: know your audience. While this celebration is about the two of you, it’s important to take into account factors such as age range and interests to ensure your guests have a good time. If most of your friends are the types who far prefer to chat and mingle than dance the QLJKW!DZD\#!\RX·UH!XQOLNHO\!WR!ÀQG!WKHP! undergoing a mass personality change and throwing shapes to an Ibiza superclubinspired soundtrack at 2am. But this doesn’t necessarily mean going without something you have your heart set on. If you have a large contingent of elderly relatives, say, but were GUHDPLQJ!RI!D!ÁRRU%ÀOOLQJ#! loud live band, simply ensure you also have a separate space where Great Aunt Mildred and co can enjoy less lively pursuits.
Speaking of space, it’s important to consider what can go where – and whether your venue has the technical capability to accommodate what you want. “You may fall in love with a 10-piece jazz band right away, but there are logistical issues, VXFK!DV!WKH!VL]H!RI!WKH!VWDJH!²!ZLOO!WKH\!ÀW#! do you need to hire a larger one? – and plugging in that many musicians – are there enough sockets?” says Holly. “Always take advice from your venue and wedding planner to make sure you don’t get tripped up later!” For outdoor festivities, investigate what power supply is available; if you’re going for unplugged music, ask which spots have the best acoustics. And don’t forget that it’s not just about the actual performance space – entertainers and musicians may require somewhere to
“While this celebration is about the two of you, consider your guests’ age range and interests to ensure they have a good time”