Music is of huge importance at a wedding. It sets the tone for the day, influences the mood of the guests and enhances the atmosphere of the chosen venue. A choice of acoustic guitarist or harpist to entertain the guests during the signing of the register or whilst photos are being taken will say a lot about the couple. A choice of swing band or string quartet to play during the meal will have an effect on the vibe of the reception. And a choice of DJ or indie band for the evening entertainment will make a difference to how many people get on the dance floor, depending on the type of music the couple and guests are into.
Of all the preparations for the big day, the wedding entertainment is one thing that can’t be rehearsed. Speeches can be practiced in front of willing family members. Dresses and suits can be tried on. Cakes and catering can be taste tested. All these practice-runs take place to minimise the chances of catastrophe on the most important day of the bride and groom’s life. But the music is very much dependent on the equipment working, the act turning up, and the music being enjoyable for as many people as possible. How can the bride and groom know whether their chosen wedding entertainment will be worth the money and add the finishing touch to both the service and the day and evening receptions? What can be done to maximise the chances of the wedding entertainment going smoothly on the big day?
Using a reputable online wedding entertainment service with a range of quality acts to choose from will ensure that any music chosen for the wedding day is reliable and professional. A wedding entertainment website has a reputation to build and maintain and will expect any acts on their books to reflect this. Apart from the obvious benefit of providing a whole host of different entertainment to choose from, drawing together a lot of acts under one roof also makes life easier for the bride and groom. Rather than trawling separate websites or chasing up adverts in wedding magazines, on a wedding entertainment website it is easy to search by genre, budget, date and location, read customer reviews for all the acts, listen to audio demo clips, watch video clips, and get a general feel for the type of performance an act will give.
Having narrowed down the choice to a few acts it is important to ask plenty of questions. A good act will understand what an important decision this is and will be prepared to answer questions and provide proof of the quality of their act. Consider asking about their experience, not only how long they’ve been playing as a band, but how long they’ve been playing for weddings. They may have some previous customer reviews that could be read, or even previous customers that could be contacted. Watch their video clips or listen to their audio demos, or perhaps even ask if it’s possible to see them live. This will give an idea of what to expect on the night. Don’t forget to ask about how long their set is and how many breaks they will require and for how long. Make sure they know where the venue is and have checked all their equipment works there with plenty of time to sort out any problems. And, without wanting to tempt fate, inquire about their cancellation policy or what happens if they are sick.