Archive for October, 2010

Wedding Entertainment – Go From Bust to Wow!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

How often have you been to a wedding and sat glued to your seat? Maybe it was the music that was boring, the DJ’s inability to get people excited or the bandleader continually hit a sour note with his cheap lounge act. Perhaps one of the worst things, next to having a stray drunk relative in attendance, is entertainment that makes guests wish they’d stayed home.

There are some simple ways to avoid people using your wedding as a punch line to a very bad joke. If your goal is to ensure people have fun, dance a lot and talk about you with a big smile on their faces, fire the “lounge lizard” and hire a real band.

A dazzling band worth its weight in gold will have a huge repertoire from which to choose. Meet with a few them and hear samples of their music and also get a sense of the singer’s personality. If her delivery with jokes is well timed and makes you laugh, this is a band that will be able to provide a lot of fun. They can perhaps perform everything from the latest pop to the hottest groove-infused dance hall music to the 70s disco you remember hearing as a kid, but if they’re boring doing it, what’s the point?

Two things should help you make up your mind when considering between two or three bands. How busy is the band? If the band is booked solid every weekend and they’re waitlisted, just in case the couple cancels, this is a great sign. If they’re attending ping-pong tournaments every weekend, instead, you might wish to look elsewhere.

Ask if you can attend one or two of their weddings. Provided the bride and groom have no problem with the band’s “audition”, assuming you stand off to the side, and promise not to mingle, you can make up your mind within half an hour, once the music gets going. Then you can slip out the back, unless the bride asks you to stay and have a good time.

Once you’ve determined which band you want to hire, be sure to be specific about the songs you want to hear. By all means, if you aren’t as savvy about today’s hits but know more about the “latest” from Beethoven, you might wish to enlist your cousin, brother or best friend for his or her assistance during this process.

If it’s not already obvious, providing entertainment that’s well, not entertaining, is worse than not providing any at all.

Wedding Entertainment

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Quite frankly, part of the draw for many people to attend your wedding will be the entertainment you provide them. While it’s true that guests love hearing people exchange vows and promise to love and honour from this day forward, that’s a small part of the day. Given that ceremonies tend to last anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour and a half, and the reception can last into the wee hours, providing fun is very important.

Part of ensuring that everyone will have a great time, which they’ll be talking about around the cooler the following Monday, is up to you. Even if your wedding is going to be traditional in nature, meaning that you’re following the customs of your culture, you can still make it pop and stand out.

A Band or a DJ?

This is a very difficult question to answer. The question really is, who is more exciting, the bandleader or the DJ whom you’re considering? If the band and the singer think they’ve been hired just to perform the latest “top 40 hits” without regard for being witty or leading the day’s events, forget it! You’d be better served paying your 4-year old nephew a lifetime supply of lollipops and letting him emcee.

A band, and its leader are supposed to be as funny and fun as they are musically inclined. Before hiring one, ask for references and query them closely about their “wow” factor. If clients say, “Well, apart from the music they played, which was fun and relevant, they were boring”, you’ll want to reconsider your nephew’s virtues.

If however, if people rave and say, “They were fantastic! Everybody was dancing and when they weren’t, they were laughing or running to the singer to suggest songs”, well, now you’ve got a band who can give your nephew a run for his lollipops.

When weighing the decision to hire a DJ, the criteria ought to be the same. Can he or she keep your guests “pumped” and running to the dance floor or glued to their seats? The personality of a DJ can run from monotone and ho hum to one you swear you’ve heard in your favourite comedy club.

Unless you’re hiring a wedding planner who will have a “script” to follow essentially, your DJ should be able to perform the same job. He will have spun records at many a wedding and be able to, with eyes closed and hands tied behind his back, direct the order of events.

If getting people to sit around the cooler and talk about your wedding and use words like, “fun”, “great music”, “exciting”, “the best wedding I’ve been to in years”, providing the right wedding entertainment will “score” you big points!