When searching for the perfect wedding entertainment for your reception, the perfect band or DJ could be just a few calls away and it’s very important to ask the right questions so you and your fiance can make an informed decision.
Questions to Ask Potential Wedding Entertainment
Does the particular talent normally perform at weddings? How often and how many? Obviously it’s not absolutely necessary that the band or DJ strictly play only weddings, especially if you are already a fan, but it’s certainly in your best interest if the entertainment does have relevant experience. Otherwise you could find yourself in a very bad situation.
Wedding or Reception Entertainment References
Can the prospective wedding entertainment provide testimonials from previous functions and satisfied brides? You can also ask for direct references if you feel it will help solidify your choice. A reputable dj or wedding band will be happy to provide you with names, numbers, or email addresses of past brides.
Continuous Entertainment for Your Wedding
Can the wedding entertainment, be it band or DJ, perform continuous live music throughout your entire event? If you are considering live music for your ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing, be sure the talent is able to accommodate this and find out what will be the difference in pricing for all the extra time.
Additional Costs for Wedding Entertainment
Often there are additional costs associated with hiring wedding entertainment. Whether it be a reception or a private party, it’s important to find out whether the talent will be providing the production… meaning the sound equipment, lighting, and anything else required to for the show. Sometimes your venue may provide the production, in which case you may be able to discuss this option with the band or DJ. This could give you some leverage when it comes time to negotiate on a price.
It’s also a common responsibility for the wedding couple to provide a meal for the entertainer and production crew. Be sure to ask if this is a requirement, and depending on your budget, you may not feel obligated to offer your regular dinner. Many entertainers understand that something more affordable would be a better option, but make sure they are taken care of well.
In conclusion, hiring quality wedding entertainment can be one of the most important decisions you make for your event. Be sure to ask all the right questions and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your special day.