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 ENTERTAINMENT
performing at your event to ensure that
you’re comfortable with them. If you don’t have a referral, call different bands and DJs and meet with them in person for an inter- view. A booking agency or production com- pany is a good source for your entertainment needs because they have access to numer- ous bands and DJs – you’re sure to find one that’s a good fit.
2. Experience Counts
When interviewing potential DJs or bands, find out how much experience they have. The more experience, the better. Be sure to hire an entertainer or agency that you can trust. If you can’t trust them to show up on time, play the appropriate music and to say the appropriate things, then you shouldn’t hire them at all.
Your entertainment’s experience is very important since they are one of the few vendors who will be interacting with all your guests. Experts agree it’s wise to hire professionals who have been in the entertainment business for a while and who have a good reputation.
3. See the Band or DJ in Action
No doubt the best way to make a selec- tion for entertainment is by watching them in action, seeing how they interact with the crowd. Ask if you can catch a performance or attend a wedding where the group is playing or the DJ is mixing music. If you’re not able to see their work in person, most bands, DJs and booking agencies have sample tapes or DVDs for you to view. It’s a good idea to see your entertainment per- form at a function ahead of time if possible, so you know what to expect.
4. Map Out the Music
You and your fiancé should decide what type of entertainment you want and ask the band or DJ about their style. Do you want a more soft and subdued atmosphere or is an energetic, dance-oriented reception more your style?
Talk about every aspect of the day’s itin- erary by reviewing music for the entire reception – from the introductions, to the first dance, to the last song as guests go home. A good DJ or band will pace your event so the reception will have a good flow to it. If the itinerary is flawed, guests may get bored and leave early.
5. What’s the Price?
It’s natural for you to ask “how much is this going to cost?” By some accounts, brides and grooms spend half of their wedding budget on their reception. Aside from food and drink, one of the biggest reception costs is entertainment.
Prices vary depending on how long your reception lasts, if your vendor is providing lighting as well as sound, or if you’re plan- ning a wedding on an off-day, like a Sunday
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