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      Saturday, 21st April


We know we've said it in almost every category - but this is such an important element to your wedding!

Wedding Reception EntertainmentThe entertainment/music in the evening will completely set the atmosphere for your reception/evening party, which is why you have to get it right! Where ever possible, see the act in action, or get a recommendation from a trusted friend who has been to one of their shows. Alternatively, go through an Entertainment Agent, who should be able to recommend an act that suits your stated requirements. If you're having a disco, why not have them for your engagement party first - just to check you like their style/music collection? If they're a band be sure to ask them how wide and varied their play list is, and whether that can do requests on the night.

Bride and Groom First DanceAnother important part of the wedding day is your 'first dance' as man and wife. This is often to a song which has meant alot to you throughout your relationship - so it's really important that whoever you book is able to play it or is willing to learn! This is one definate benefit of a disco, as they can easily have a wide range of available songs, can take requests and if they really can't get their hands on 'your song' you can just give them the cd on the night.

Discos also tend to be alot cheaper than bands - a strong selling point when put against all the other expense of getting married. However, this is a wedding, not a birthday party - so maybe you should consider something different? As it is such an important part of the day are there places you could cut back on in favour of some live music?

Harpist at weddingAsk around and see if anyone's friends with an up-and-coming band. Does your future sister in-law enjoy singing at public occassions? Does your cousin play the saxophone really well? You probably won't be able to use the free services of a friend or family member for the whole night - their repertoire probably won't stretch that far. But it would allow a nice mix of disco and live music whilst being totally affordable - even if it does cost you a drink or two!

Casino EntertainmentYou may consider a more structured form of entertainment - such as a company who will attend your reception and run a casino themed party, with a champagne prize (although you won't be playing for real money!). It is not just at the after-party that you may like to consider entertainment for though - a harpist, flutist or violin ensemble are all lovely touches to the ceremony (ideal if there is no piano/organ available) or reception. Search the Supplier Directory for all forms of entertainment.

Also, don't forget any young guests. You may want to keep them occupied during the ceremony of afterwards by employing a mobile creche or a clown/magician. Of course, it's not just kids that can be impressed by a good illusionist - use them at the party afterwards as well! Read more about entertaining young guests in our Kids at Weddings guide.

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