The en­ter­tain­ment essentials you need to know be­fore you book

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What you need to know be­fore you book

You’re about to dive into the daz­zling world of w-day en­ter­tain­ment. This is a world of mind-bend­ing ma­gi­cians and mood-set­ting mu­sic; ÀUH!GDQFHUV!DQG!IDLUJURXQG!ULGHV"!ODZQ! games and light shows. There are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­chant your guests that it may seem near im­pos­si­ble to nar­row them down. How­ever, if you keep in mind VRPH!NH\!SUDFWLFDO!IDFWRUV#!\RX·OO!ÀQG!LW! eas­ier to make your se­lec­tion.

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”

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