General advice when booking bands and DJ’s for your evening wedding reception.

There are many things to check out before you even start to consider booking any form of entertainment. It is first essential that you check with the venue what restrictions may be in place, these include;

The venues entertainments licence and any noise or other restrictions that are part of that licence.

The size and layout of the room compared to the space required by the type of artist or band you’re thinking of booking.

Don't forget to allow adequate time for the band or act to set-up. On average a quality band will require at least an hour. As it is common for the afternoon wedding breakfast to take place in the same room as the evening reception, don't forget to allow additional time to move tables and chairs if necessary. It is well worth bearing this in mind as it may affect the type or size of act that you book.

Don't start the party entertainment too early. Many couples think that the evening party should kick straight off with dancing to the band at 7.00 p.m. all the way through to 12.30 a.m. Often evening guest arrive and want to catch up with family members or friends, and generally people are relaxing for the first time during the day. It is often better to allow people to have a few drinks and relax with some sensible volume disco playing, and save the band until everyone is ready for a good boogie (and maybe have had a few beers!)

Also … don't arrange for the band to play while the evening buffet is being served. People are concentrating on the food and the band becomes a loud distraction. It's always best to designate 30 to 45 minutes for food from serving, it is also wise to arrange for the buffet to be served as early as possible, a buffet served at 10 p.m. is a great way to slow a party right down, especially if you’ve just got things going and have to finish 2 hours later.

In general a good band or DJ will ask you all of these questions, or in our case we often know the venue and it’s restrictions. They will also be able to adapt to the evening as it unfolds as wedding rarely run to time!




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