There is a lot to think about when you are planning to hire some entertainment for your wedding reception. Do you want a live band, or would you prefer a DJ so everyone can have a dance at your wedding? What about an entertainer for the children, or even a magician or two to go around and entertain people at their tables with sleight of hand magic tricks?
One thing is guaranteed. No matter what you choose, you will want your wedding entertainment to be memorable for all of your guests. Follow our handy tips so you are able to choose something quite unforgettable.
Book as early as you can
Try not to leave booking your entertainment too late in the day. Leaving this important decision to the last minute will mean missing out on the best choice of band or entertainer for your wedding. In-demand entertainment gets booked up quickly for weddings, so when you eventually get around to choosing a band or a DJ, you may find you are met with very slim pickings.
The most popular wedding bands in Essex tend to get booked at least 12 to 18 months in advance of weddings, so your first choice may already be snapped up if your wedding date is looming near. Getting a quote from a band early will also mean that you have secured them at that price. Costs vary rarely go down for good entertainers, so even if the price of petrol rises, or the band need to buy in new equipment, you will have booked them at a guaranteed price, so you will never have to pay over the odds nearer your wedding when prices may have risen.
Make sure you get a written contract or agreement with your entertainment providers. Check to see what contingencies are in place in case of emergencies or illness, and any cancellation policies on offer where you can be compensated if you are let down at the last minute.
State Your Theme
Most weddings will have a particular style or even a theme, so you will want your entertainment to align with your wedding style. If you are going vintage with your theme, then your live band will want to know this in advance so they can line up a suitable playlist for your evening. Your DJ will also need to know what sort of wedding you are having so they can match the music. If you are throwing a rock ‘n’ roll 50’s style wedding, you will want the DJ to choose appropriate music from that era rather than modern chart hits or 70’s disco.
Available Space and Restrictions
Make sure your wedding venue meets your needs. There is little point booking an 8-piece live band if the venue stage is only big enough to fit a 4-piece. You may face the opposite problem of having a DJ sitting in the corner of an enormous and cold looking dance floor. Think about the space available when you are choosing your venue, and imagine the function room full of your wedding guests and entertainment while you are there to see if it is suitable for your needs.
Also check with your chosen venue to establish if there are any restrictions applied, such as sound limiters or electric socket use. These would certainly have a big impact if you were planning on hiring a loud rock band for the evening!
Recommended Entertainment Sources:
Essex Entertainment Agency http://www.essexents.com/book-wedding-entertainment
Essex Entertainments have been providing wedding entertainment for over 45 years, so they have plenty of experience in booking only the most reliable and popular acts available in the local area.
Booking with Essex Entertainments does not cost any more than when you book an act direct. Quite often you can get a cheaper price through them because of their good long-term relationship with many of the acts. They also know what price you should be paying, so can save you from being overcharged by acts directly.
They have many different styles of wedding entertainments on their books, including Acoustic Acts, Balloon Modellers, Bands, Caribbean Steel bands, Caricaturist, Chocolate Fountains, Close up, Disco, Face painter, Harpist, wedding band, Jazz Band, Living Statues, Lookalikes, Pianist, Singing Waiters, String Trio/Quartet, Toastmaster and Tribute Acts.
The Hot Shots http://www.thehotshots.co.uk/
The Hot Shots are a professional, award-winning 4 piece party and wedding band based in Essex, playing classic to modern indie / rock / pop chart hits. With a versatile repertoire, they can adapt to any situation or event, providing you and your guests with an energetic and enjoyable performance. You can expect songs from The Beatles, Queen, The Killers and Kings of Leon to Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Jessie J and Stevie Wonder. WINNERS of the 2015 Best Wedding Band in the South East!!! Awarded by The Wedding Industry Awards.