Mu­sic and En­ter­tain­ment

Set the right mood with en­ter­tain­ment that will hit all the right notes.

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY MARA SOM­MER

There are times through­out the day when your choice of mu­sic re­ally mat­ters: as you walk down the aisle, when you’re sign­ing the mar­riage li­cence, ex­it­ing the cer­e­mony venue as a mar­ried cou­ple, and when you’re en­joy­ing your first dance.

Be­fore de­ter­min­ing which tunes will set the scene, de­cide how you’d like mu­sic to fea­ture, whether it’s a live band, DJ, a DIY playlist, or a com­bi­na­tion of the three. Se­lect songs that com­ple­ment your wed­ding’s vibe and style. You may want to ask your guests to re­quest a song on their RSVPS – that way, there will be at least one tune that will get each per­son onto the dance­floor.


Hir­ing a mu­si­cian or band is worth the ex­pense if you want to cre­ate an at­mos­phere.

Meet the artist in ad­vance to en­sure you’re on the same page – and try to check out a live per­for­mance. In­form them of par­tic­u­lar songs you want to hear in ad­vance, as this will also al­low am­ple time for the band to learn the tunes.

En­joy be­ing cre­ative when choos­ing your mu­si­cal genre. Hir­ing mu­si­cians who spe­cialise in Span­ish or jazz mu­sic can be a unique way to cre­ate a sense of fun – es­pe­cially if you and your groom learn a re­lated dance for your first twirl.


A pro­fes­sional DJ will be ex­pe­ri­enced in get­ting every­one up and danc­ing – a good one will be able to sense the vibe and crowd of a party as the cel­e­bra­tion goes on, and tai­lor their mix ac­cord­ingly. Choose and meet yours a few months be­fore the big day to en­sure they share your vi­sion. As well as of­fer­ing their own ideas, they should ask about your ex­pec­ta­tions, what gen­res you like and if there are any par­tic­u­lar songs you want (or don’t want) to hear.

Af­ter de­ter­min­ing your playlist, dis­cuss light­ing and sound equip­ment and check whether ev­ery­thing you need is in­cluded.


This is the most af­ford­able op­tion and gives you com­plete con­trol. If you have live mu­sic for just part of the evening, you may also want to cre­ate a playlist via Spo­tify or a sim­i­lar plat­form for the rest of the re­cep­tion. Check that the venue’s sys­tem syncs with your tech­nol­ogy and that the speak­ers cre­ate the vol­ume you need.


As much as your big day will be jam packed, for guests it’s not al­ways the same story. What will they do while you’re off for pho­tos? Or how can you en­cour­age them to min­gle with peo­ple they might not have met be­fore? Al­ter­na­tive en­ter­tain­ment – in ad­di­tion to a band or DJ – is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar. Think a pro­fes­sional co­me­di­an­ma­gi­cian hy­brid who min­gles through­out the crowd dur­ing cocktail hour, or a fire danc­ing per­for­mance at a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding. It could even be as sim­ple as set­ting up a photo booth in the cor­ner of your venue. The aim is to give guests some­thing to do dur­ing those mo­ments when there is a lull – and keep the en­ergy and mo­men­tum of your event at a high. W

Got hordes of chil­dren in at­ten­dance? Con­sider hir­ing a chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer to whisk them away for a few hours, or cre­at­ing a set up with cheap colour­ing books and crayons at their seats. A sep­a­rate room with a TV and kids’ Net­flix is also sure to go down a treat.

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