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Something for everyone
Q. My wife-to-be and I are looking for entertainment that will appeal to guests of all ages. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Darren Windle says: There are lots of different types of entertainment available for weddings from DJs and singers to bands and magicians. The choice is vast, so start by making a list of what is important to you and what you want from your entertainment. Next, talk to friends and family, go to wedding fayres and discuss your ideas. The best entertainers will be more than happy to talk and meet up. Consult with your other suppliers, as they will see weddings regularly and have lots of great ideas.
Sometimes a one size fits all approach might not be the answer. I entertained at a wedding in 2019 where the bride and groom had a singer during the meal, a party band and a DJ later in the evening, each playing different types of music to ensure there was something for everyone. Professional wedding entertains will often relish the opportunity to work with other suppliers to create a fun atmosphere.
Remember your wedding entertainment will spend more time engaging with your guests than any other supplier, so make sure you read reviews, get recommendations and talk to potential suppliers in depth.
Darren Windle,PC Roadshows
Dance the night away
Q. We want to hire a DJ for our upcoming wedding, but we're on a tight budget. Do you have any suggestions on how we can save money?
A. Andy Ireton says: This is a tough question as I see entertainment as one of the most important parts of the day. Most professional DJs will have a proven track record and will be able to put together a package around your budget. Shop around and check their feedbacks from past weddings and what packages they offer. Once you've narrowed it down to a few options, get in contact with them, tell them your budget and see what they can offer you. It's always good to meet your DJ in person, so you know who will be entertaining you on the big day and get a sense of their personality and style. You may have a budget, but that doesn't mean compromising on quality. Check what equipment the DJ has to offer, the last thing you want is to hire the cheapest DJ you can find and discover they have crackly speakers and a couple of lights. You may want to look at hiring a DJ for the reception and playing music for your wedding breakfast through the venue's sound system.
Andy Ireton,Andy K DJ
Let me entertain you
Q. We're looking for some quirky entertainment to keep our guests entertained. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Michael Coates says: If you're looking for something a bit different for your wedding, I suggest you look into clay pigeon shooting. You could organise a shooting day before your nuptials as a way of letting your guests get to know each other. Alternatively, the groomsmen could blow off some steam on the morning of the wedding by blasting clays or doing some archery.
If your guests are staying overnight at your venue, you could organise clay pigeon shooting, archery or even axe throwing for the morning after.
Whichever option you choose it will make your big day stand out. You could even organise an event for your hen or stag do.
Q. We want some fun entertainment at our upcoming wedding. Do you have any ideas?
A. Phil Colbert says: Have you ever thought about booking daytime entertainment?
Often, there's not much happening during the meal, and guests will try to make small talk, which can be a bit awkward.
I suggest you book a master of ceremonies. He or she will let everyone know what's happening throughout the day, where they need to be and if they need to do anything. On top of that, they will keep your loved ones entertained between dinner courses and ensure there are no lulls.