Choosing your wedding entertainment

A Professional Planner’s advice to wedding entertainment

Choosing your wedding entertainment is a task that should be well researched. Nowadays, there is an overwhelming selection to choose from and most people will choose a band or DJ either through a wedding they’ve attended, by word of mouth or recommended by their chosen venue.

You shouldn’t feel obligated to book any old band. It is likely that you will have put huge effort into your wedding so it’s important to have a band that will complement your day and allow you to relax and have fun with your guests. Everyone knows a wedding day is about the happy couple, but they also want their guests to have a rocking time, right?

As a wedding planner I have seen many wedding bands and believe the following 3 steps will help you come to the perfect selection…

Budget, Budget, Budget!

It is extremely important before you look to book any wedding entertainment that you set a figure so that you know what you have to work with. It is very easy to get carried away and overspend so be very cautious. It’s worth shopping around and getting quotes from a few people as prices can vary quite a lot depending on what you go for.

What kind of entertainment do you want for your wedding?

This is the first question you need to ask yourselves as a couple. The best way to do this is to look at your wedding as a whole. Has a theme or style emerged from the planning of your big day? This will help you to narrow down your options, as there is a lot of choice out there.

If you are having a very low-key wedding, a simple guitarist may fit the bill. However, if you are having a big traditional elegant wedding a full band may be the best choice.

Be sure to talk to some of your guests and the reception venue and get their ideas or recommendations – it’s your choice but always worth getting other opinions! If you do decide to pick entertainment not on a recommendation, be sure to get references from wedding parties that have booked them previously.

Keep the wedding venue in mind

Before you book any entertainment think about the venue – has it got a lot of room or is space restricted? If you have a smaller space you may need to scale back on the entertainment to suit the venue. If there is more space to work with, you are likely to leave yourself open to a lot of choice. Remember, having a 2-piece band with a huge dance floor and 200 plus guests doesn’t usually work and will most likely be too quiet for all your guests.

Also think about when the band will set-up. There is nothing worse than a band traipsing through the reception to set up while you are trying to enjoy your meal. Ensure you work with the band to either set-up before the reception commences or after the meal has finished. In my experience before the dinner starts is the best option.

Most importantly HAVE FUN with choosing your wedding entertainment – After all, it is meant to be an exciting experience planning your wedding! Now where did I put my dancing shoes?


Tracy Luckie is a founding partner of Wild Bluebell, a bespoke wedding planning consultancy based in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Operating Nationwide, Wild Bluebell assist with creating beautiful and spectacular weddings. Visit their beautiful new website here:

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