You’ve chosen the wedding venue and your dress, and you may even know what food you’d like at the reception, but have you given a thought to the entertainment?
Once the all-important ceremony is out the way, you’ll want to let your hair down with your guests and it’s crucial you choose music and entertainment to suit the mood. But don’t panic – there are loads of options to make your night go with a swing.
What kind of wedding entertainment is available?
“Pretty much anything!” says wedding coordinator Siobhan Craven-Robins. From big name bands and Ceilidhs to mini casinos and traditional children’s entertainers, if you can imagine it, you can organise it for your wedding.
As far as music is concerned, the classic combination is a string quartet while you’re signing the register and to entertain guests during the photographs, followed by a DJ at the reception.
But it’s also fun to think outside the box to make your day unique. “There are various genres of bands and musicians, from a traditional string quartet to jazz acts, gospel choirs and tribute bands,” says Siobhan.
Depending on your guests and your budget, you might want to book in some special surprises, like fireworks, karaoke, a quiz or even a blackjack table for the night.
“Magicians, palm readers, aerial displays and singing waiters are also popular,” adds Siobhan.
How do I choose something everyone will like?
There are always going to be a few guests who don’t want to strut their stuff on the dance floor and you can’t please everyone all the time.
The most important thing is that you and your partner choose something to suit you.
But Siobhan says are a few things to consider when picking your music:
“Live music is more interactive than recorded music, so go for a band rather than a DJ if you can afford it.”
“When looking for music, there are many musical agencies. Agencies are a good one-stop shop as all acts will have been vetted.”
“When booking a band, choose one with a wide repertoire. If they are good and able to encourage and interact with their audience, you should have a packed dance floor all night.”
“If your budget’s tight, a DJ is cheaper than a band and if you want classical music as well, maybe choose a harpist rather than a quartet. With bands as well, the more musicians there are in the line up, the higher the price.”
“Ask your friends and family to send in requests, so they can help create the playlist.”
- There are hundreds of options available for your wedding music and entertainment, just use your imagination
- Make your wedding music interactive by choosing a live band rather than a DJ
- Agencies will be able to provide high-quality, proven acts
- Think about your budget when choosing: DJs are cheaper than bands and harpists are cheaper than string quartets
Wedding Reception Entertainment