7 WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT DECISIONS OF WHICH YOU MIGHT REGRET
When it comes to weddings, we all want to get everything right. The problem is, most of us have never done this wedding thing before. Often is adopted “do it yourself”, risking to run into some errors which endanger the success of one of the most important and meaningful aspect of your special day.
Luckily, the entertainment specialists at Bkatch Events and Music have helped hundreds of brides organise wonderful wedding entertainment without a hitch. Here are top 7 things you’ll regret not doing if you want magnificent entertainment, not a major drama.
1. Not choosing live entertainment for your wedding day.
Your wedding is a special day, maybe the most special day in your life, and there is nothing more ceremonious or celebratory than live music. Let’s not pretend that your iPod and your buddy, who is “good with technology” is the best course of action when it comes to you or your beloved walking down the aisle.
Live music is a tradition of celebrations since music and celebrations started. Your parents like live music, your friends like live music. You have one chance to dance with your spouse for the first time as a married couple. Do you want it to be to the same recording that was played on the radio for the past 20 years or do you want it to be a completely unique performance, just for you two?
2. Not having enough entertainment.
Your wedding day is just that – a whole day, with inevitable pauses and gaps in the proceedings when guests will be waiting for something to happen. By providing a variety of entertainment you can create a day that your friends and family will remember for a long time. Plan for:
Drinks reception entertainment (your photos will inevitably take longer than you think!);
3. Having too much entertainment.
This is your wedding, not a rock concert! Many of your guests will want to chat to each other as they may not have met up for ages, and, of course they will want to talk about how wonderful you both look, etc. If they are constantly shouting over the band or the singer, then the whole party can fall flat as people drift away to find somewhere quieter.
4. Not booking bands that are new to you.
Here’s the thing with weddings. If you have seen a band at a wedding, chances are, so have a proportion of your friends, because they were at the same wedding as you. Multiply that by, let’s say four weddings and two birthday and you might find yourself with a live band everyone has seen at least once.
So, book a band you don’t know and give yourself and your guests something different to talk about for months afterwards. The best professionals give you lots of information on each band, including demo tracks, video, photos and reviews from other people who have booked them. If a band looks good, sounds good and has good reviews, but you have never seen them before, be brave and book them!
5. Buying the cheapest, not the best suited.
Band hire prices can seem high when you first see them written down, but this is because you are paying a little bit towards lots of elements you and your guests will never see, including:
Proper rehearsals during the day, not squeezed in between the day job and the night shift.
Dress code that look good, not like they were picked up at a jumble sale.
The cost of their reliable, modern transport.
Your fee will help pay for their top of the range instruments, sound systems and lighting that turn their performance into an experience.
And most of all, you are paying for their professional experience.
Remember, a good wedding band always leave you wanting more, not wanting to leave!
6. Not looking after your musicians.
Artists are like dogs: they need food, drink and, sometime somewhere to call home for the evening. So if they ask for a meal and a private room to get changed in, don’t insult them by giving them sandwiches and a toilet. They may not bite back, but you will not have the best from them either, because they are fed up, hungry and possibily slightly wet. Give them a “thank you” drink from the bar after their performance, a proper meal, and a slice of cake to take home!
7. Not booking professional musicians.
Not booking professional and experienced musicians can cost you time, money, hassle, stress and the priceless benefits of years of experience. We at Bkatch Events and Music have 10 years of experience in helping couples create a bespoke package of entertainment that fits their style, their budget, their venue and their guest list. You can book any kind of music solution, with a dedicated entertainment coordinator to help you every step of the way.
You do not need to spend hours dealing with artists direct. You have also the security of a legally binding contract, so they won’t get tempted by another offer.