Music and Entertainment
Set the right mood with entertainment that will hit all the right notes.
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.
NON- MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
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.