Entertainment for your wedding day is so important; it helps to create memories of the day for yourselves and your guests, it provides a talking point for people who may not know each other, and it helps to create a great atmosphere so that you can relax and know that everyone is enjoying themselves. There are lots of other things to think about when planning your wedding so break the entertainment planning in to five time zones to make things easier.
You will need to consider any or all of the following times, and don’t just restrict yourself to music.
1. Music before, during and after the ceremony (Guests will arrive before you walk up the aisle so make sure you have something going on, otherwise the atmosphere will be like sitting in a doctors surgery) Choose three or four pieces of music, hymns or songs for the ceremony and signing of the register, in addition to the processional music that you will walk up the aisle to. Photos can take a bit of time so a longer classical piece could work well. You will also need to choose the recessional music that will play as you walk back down the aisle with your partner.
2. There are lots of entertainment choices for the drinks reception, from musicians to magicians and even large games to help break the ice and give guests something to talk about. The wedding breakfast is usually accompanied by light background music with a vocalist, musicians or cd music, but nothing too loud as guests will be chatting and getting to know each other.3. The room turn around can take anything from 30 – 90 minutes with the DJ or band setting up, and also evening guests will be arriving, so some light, fun entertainment will keep your guests happy – casino tables, photo booths, a caricaturist or even a magician at this point would be good for starters. If there are some younger guests ask the venue to set up another area / room for the children, as it will seem like a long day to them, perhaps with a T.V. and a DVD to watch or some games like connect 4, crayons (not felt tips) and colouring books, or jigsaws to do. This will make the children feel special, but will keep them from getting bored and could also be used while the speeches are going on. Ensure that the space will be supervised by an appropriate adult at all times, or consider a specialist children’s entertainer or crèche service so that you can relax.
4. Before the buffet you want to have something more lively, not just background music, so once the room as been turned around ask your Toastmaster or the Ushers to announce everyone back into the room, then ask your DJ / Band to announce you for the first dance.
5. After the buffet has been served it is a good idea to have a second dance, but ask everyone to the dance floor first before the song plays, as this will ensure the party really gets started with a FULL dance floor – now it is time to let your hair down, relax and enjoy yourselves.
Band and DJ example times
A) DJ – Band 45 min set – buffet – DJ – Band 45 min set – DJ to finish the night
B) DJ – Buffet – DJ – band 60-90 min set – DJ to finish the night
For ideas of timings for the big day see our Church Wedding Timings blog http://www.countybrides.com/uncategorized/church-wedding-timings-for-the-big-day/
or Civil Ceremony Timings blog http://www.countybrides.com/uncategorized/civil-ceremony-timings-for-the-big-day/