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Choosing your wedding entertainment

Posted on 9th Apr, 2013 by Jackie Jolliffe

Often overlooked or left until the last minute by many, choosing your wedding entertainment is a vitally important part of your planning.

Your evening party is typically the longest part of your day and the time when all your guests will be in attendance, the last thing you want is to be stuck having to listen to something that you and your guests are not enjoying.

James Barlow, a Midlands based Wedding Singer, looks at the various entertainment options available, specifically for your evening reception, and assess the pros and cons of the three most popular choices – Wedding DJ, Wedding Singer and Wedding Band.

Wedding DJs

Pros: Cheaper than live performers, very wide option of music styles, more scope for song requests, set up will fit into smaller spaces, complete volume control – so suitable for small venues or those with sound limiters.

Cons: Doesn’t have the visual element or ‘wow’ factor of live performers, live music can be more conducive to dancing , it can be difficult to find the right DJ how will play the music that you want to hear.

Wedding singers

Pros: Cheaper than a full live band, wider option of music styles than a live band, a ‘performance’ for your guests to watch as well as dance to, complete volume control – so suitable for small venues or those with sound limiters.

Cons: Not as visual as a full live band, singers will often use backing tracks so the sound won’t be fully ‘live’, a singer generally won’t sing for the entire evening so you will need to find music to fill in the gaps when the singer was not performing.

Wedding bands

Pros: The full ‘live music experience’, very visual for your guests to watch as well as dance to, room-filling sound, especially good for larger venues, a good band will guarantee you a full dance floor.

Cons: Generally the most expensive option, restricted music styles – a swing band will not be able to play rock music and vice versa, any band with acoustic instruments (e.g. a drum kit) may not be too loud for smaller venues or those with volume limiters, a band won’t play for the entire night so you would need to find music to fill in the gaps when they are not performing.

Whichever option you ultimately choose, make a short list of suppliers and get to know them in a phone call to make sure they are the right person for the job.

Whatever option you choose, research well and listen to audio clips / watch videos if possible.

Enjoy your day and happy dancing!

Thanks to www.theweddingsinger.uk.com for this guest post.

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