Wedding Entertainment Planning: The Do's And The Don'ts

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When it comes to your wedding day, planning for the entertainment might be the last thing on your to-do list.

After all, you have so much to organise within your wedding planning, from finding the perfect venue to writing your wedding vows.

But for the sake of your guests, and for yourself when it comes time to unwind, you really do need to spend some time planning for the entertainment 
that will take place after the ceremony. While the exchanging of rings is important, and while you will want to wear the perfect dress, the evening
 celebration can be the proverbial icing on the wedding cake if taken seriously.

Here then, are our do's and don'ts for wedding entertainment planning.

Do …
… have your guests in mind. Your tastes are important, but you need to think about the people attending your wedding. If you prefer grunge 
rock to popular music, for example, you might alienate the majority of your guests. Therefore, when organising the music, ensure you have an 
eclectic mix so you can cater for all tastes. The dance floor might be empty, otherwise!

… trial run the entertainment. 
Don't be deceived by misleading ads when hiring an act, musician, or DJ. In your bid to  find the best wedding band, etc., ask them to perform 
for you before the wedding, or get them to send you an online link to one of their performances. You can then judge for yourself as to how good 
they are, and if you don't like what you see or hear, you can then make other arrangements ahead of time.

… devote some of your budget to the entertainment. You could go cheap and hire an act that nobody has ever heard of. Or you could ask 
friends and family to provide the entertainment for the wedding. But you are taking a risk in both cases, as the quality of their acts might 
diminish your perfect day. Therefore, do consider splashing out on the best you can afford. You are guaranteed an evening of quality 
entertainment, and you won't be as nervous as you would if you were reliant on Uncle Brian and his amateur rock band to 'entertain' your guests.


… wait until last-minute to book the entertainment. The best wedding acts get booked early, so to avoid disappointment, ensure you book 
as early as possible. Then check on the booking nearer the time, as mistakes can happen, including double-bookings. As we said, you don't want 
to rely on Uncle Brian for the entertainment, especially if his band is more out of tune than his singing, but you might have to if you haven't prepared in 

… wait until the evening to entertain your guests. Your evening's entertainment is important, but there are other times throughout the day 
when your guests could get a little bored. During your photo shoot, for example, considering hiring a juggler or another entertainer to keep 
your guests happy while they're waiting. During the reception meal, you could have a musical act playing while you eat, or a wandering magician 
performing table magic. Some of these same acts could make an entrance during the evening too, ensuring you have plenty of variety to keep your guests 

We hope these suggestions were useful to you, but let us know what you think. Do you have any do's and don'ts based on your wedding experiences? 
If so, please share your wisdom with us.


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