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To speak plainly, the right entertainment is everything! It's a crucial factor to a memorable wedding, but many brides tend to not allocate their financial resources properly. The facts are this, wedding attendees aren't going to remember the table cloths, the flowers on the table or the chair wraps. Hire lousy entertainment and everyone will remember that poor decision, unfortunately, for a lifetime! I'm not saying to spend all your finances on the entertainment, but this is the one area you do not want to be skimpy!

Once you have your budgeted for your wedding entertainment, we will ask you questions to facilitate the decision making process.

The band you select must have the experience in performing for weddings. Again, no room for error. You need a band who can "go with the flow", be flexible and have a since of humor. Not only is the wedding band the entertainment, but the role of emcee for your wedding reception tends to be the responsibility of the band's lead vocalist.

The musical selection must be diverse, ranging low key dinner music for the greeting lines and for the large amount of senior citizens who tend to come and leave early, to the ability to perform contemporary pop rock as the party builds throughtout the evening. The wedding entertainment must have the ability and experience to read the audience and deal with numerous requests.

Several production tips on presenting live entertainment:

1) You want and need a stage. Many wedding consultants don't have a clue in how to effectively present entertainment. Larger bands such as orchestras and bands with horns and singers need a minimum stage size of 16 ft. deep by 24 ft. wide with steps on both sides and the front of the stage. Note: The stage needs to be located within 100 ft. of the facility's power distribution box. If this is not possible you might have to put a generator in the budget. Entertainment production professionals always rent two generators. You may think this is excessive, but if the generator breaks down, you will be forever thankful for this tip.

2) Take care of the reception entertainmnent in terms of hospitality. First, it's just plain good manners. Second, it's important that members of the band don't wander off to find a soft drink or a quick sandwich. Provide the entertainment a dressing room in close proximity of the stage. Many bands need two dressing rooms, particularly if they are larger or have females as member of the band. Provide the band with miscellaneous soft drinks, bottled water along with a deli tray with condiments, napkins, ice and cups. The nicer you are to the entertainment, the nicer they will be to you. Real important if you need to ask a favor. Pretty basic but commonly ignored. If Ralph the drummer runs down the street to go grab a sandwich and he is delayed in his returned, you will regret not providing proper hospitality for the act. Also the dressing room/s should have tables and chairs, mirrors, a clothes rack and ability to lock it.

3) The stage needs to be centrally located and be the visible to the entire audience. Don't hire the entertainment and place them in a corner or the back of the room.

4) Whoever performs the role of emcee provide them with the list of the key people of the wedding party: bride, groom, parents of each, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc. Type the list and print it in a large, basic font such as Arial 18pt. Don't expect the names to be spoken properly if the emcee is provided with a sloppy hand written list.

The correct wedding entertainment is the backbone of any reception. Let's get this party started!


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