How Do You Pick Your Wedding Entertainment?

Getting the evening entertainment right at your wedding is crucial to making it a memorable occasion for everyone, so how do you pick your wedding entertainment?

The wedding ceremony is the serious part of the day, the wedding breakfast is when your guests start to relax and the wedding reception is where the real fun begins … so if you think of the evening entertainment as an afterthought, you are not going to have the rip-roaring party atmosphere that ends your perfect day with a bang that you dreamt off.

Most couples allocate the majority of the wedding budget to the venue, food, outfits and photographer with very little left for the evening reception. So what do you need to turn your wedding reception into the party of the year?

What kind of entertainment do you need?

This all depends on what you want. There a number of things to consider:

  • what kind of music do you like
  • will the majority of your guests enjoy this kind of music
  • are you having a low-key wedding where you just need background music
  • do you want the kind of music that gets everyone on the dancefloor
  • how big is your venue and how big is the space for musicians
  • do you want a live band, a DJ or a combination of both

What is your budget?

Make sure you allocate a budget at the start of your wedding planning – and stick to it! A live wedding band will cost more than a DJ and the number of musicians in the band will also make a difference to the cost. If you find a band you like but are too expensive, then speak to them about reducing numbers.

The Blue Lion Band are a customisable 4-14 piece band and the number of musicians will depend on your budget.

Blue Lion Band

What do you get for your money?

Find out what you get for your money. How many sets will the band play and how long is each set. 2/3 sets of 45 minutes is typical but check as each band offers something different.

Most evening receptions are from 7pm to midnight which is a lot of time to fill – a live band can’t play for that length of time, so what do you do inbetween sets? The Pedal Tones are a group of 3 lads who just love playing live indie, rock and energetic songs that really let them perform – and inbetween sets they play your chosen playlist through their speaker system so saves money on a DJ. They arrive at the beginning of your evening do, set up the playlist which they play inbetween sets and will be the last ones standing at the end of the night (they love a good party!).


The Pedal Tones

How do you listen to bands before you book them?

One of the best places to listen to the bands play live is at a wedding show, the likes of The North West Wedding Show at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool or Bride – The Wedding Show at Tatton Park have a deciated Live Lounge where you can listen to the bands play live and by doing it this way you can also get a feel for how the band interacts with the crowd so you will know if they will fit in with your wedding guests.

If a band is recommended to you, then visit their websites as they normally have demos you can listen to or they list the gigs where they are playing.

You can speak to the Blue Lion Band at St George’s Hall Wedding Fair on Sunday 26th July and The Pedal Tones are perfoming live at Chester Racecourse Wedding Fair on Sunday 7th June.


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