With that said, there are also some little extras that you will need to take care of to make sure that your musical entertainment of choice goes to plan and that everyone has a great time at your ceremony and reception.
Firstly, you will need to check what equipment is provided by the entertainer and what equipment is provided by the venue. Coordinating between these two is important, as you may well find yourself without an adequate sound system – or conversely with too much equipment – if it is not clearly defined which party is providing what.
In many cases, the couple getting married choose a selection of different music types for their big day. Some choose to have live entertainment for part of the evening, later switching over to a DJ who will take the celebration into the early hours. Others will have traditional music playing during the ceremony, and then recorded background music for the rest of the occasion.
To ensure that you know exactly what is provided at each different stage, consult with your entertainers of choice well in advance of the wedding date. Many a solo wedding singer can actually act as a DJ and can provide recorded music for in between live sets, also delivering all the sound and lighting equipment that you need.
You will also need to assume that the entertainers that you are hiring will not have eaten, so it is essential to make sure that you have reserved a table or rest area for them and that they have sufficient to eat and drink during your celebration.
On the same note, consider that they will need an area to change into their professional clothes in order to give their performance, store any of their personal belongings and rest in between sets or after setting up any equipment. Make sure that there is adequate parking available, especially if they are transporting large items of equipment.
One of the biggest questions that many people ask when booking their solo wedding singer or band is how far in advance they need to hire the performers. The short answer to this is that it will all depend on how much time you actually have and how much time you want to afford to the process of looking for your entertainer.
If possible, start looking for your entertainer around a year in advance, even though you can afford to spend the first few months leisurely scoping out different performers and deciding who is best. By the time you reach the nine-month mark before the wedding, you should have a shortlist of performers that you can approach to make a booking.
It is important to afford this amount of time to your search as many of the most popular performers find themselves booked up well in advance. If you are having a first dance song played at your wedding, in many cases the singer or band will have to learn the piece especially for you, which can take a few months to perfect.
These are just a few tips to help you get the most out of your wedding entertainment; by checking what equipment each performer and your venue plans on providing, ensuring that your entertainment is catered to as well as your guests and being prudent with your planning, you can expect the best results at your wedding.
Source by Neil Kristopher