Planning an event can be frustrating and exhausting. The number of decisions that you need to make is only outstripped by the flood of details you need to manage. Invitations, seating arrangements, catering details and decorations are only a few of the items that must be dealt with well in advance of your event. One of the most important components is your event entertainment. Most types of events require some form of performance to amuse (or even distract) the attendees.
Practically every type of event can benefit from having some form of entertainment. Not only will it allow your guests to enjoy themselves more fully, it can also make your event memorable.
There are many different types of event entertainment. Your choice will largely depend on the type of event you’re planning and your audience.
Once you have decided on the type of entertainer to hire at eventrealities.net, work with them closely to ensure they deliver the performance you know your guests will enjoy.
There are a few basic places that you can use to find great holiday party entertainment. Each of these places discussed below with instructions on how to find them. Each has different pros and cons and it’s up to you to find what suits you best.
Entertainment or Talent Agencies, these can be both good or bad. Many entertainment agencies are run out of someone’s home. Others are huge multinational corporations, they have one focus in mind to get you to hire one of their entertainers. They get commission from that entertainer usually of about 25% and this is understood by the entertainer and agency.
Entertainment or talent agencies are easy to find in almost every area of North America and many quality entertainers work with. A great place to look for event entertainment agencies is online like franktheentertainer.com.
Entertainment agencies are great place to look for holiday entertainment because they have a vested interest in providing quality so they get repeat customers.
Meeting planners are another great place to look for great entertainment choices. A good meeting planner will not only be able to help you plan your event but also have a trusted entertainment roster that they’ve used in the past. This roster has entertainers that have proven themselves over time for that meeting planner.
Meeting planners can be found online or in the Yellow Pages. To find a quality meeting planner make sure the get testimonial letters. Testimonial letters should state the meeting planner did a great job planning their event. You should also look for previous client lists as this is a testimony of the quality of the event entertainment that planner has done in the past. A beginning planner will not have a large client list or testimonials, and you may want to avoid them until they do have that experience. You should also look for a planner that only does corporate events planning a wedding is a lot different than planning corporate event and a good planner generally understands and knows this and only provides one service or the other.
Direct booking with the entertainer. Many companies do this for their holiday parties and it’s a good way to go. However, when you hire directly the entertainer is not usually backed by a quality company. When you do hire an entertainer directly make sure their professional, courteous and have your best interests in mind. Entertainer should have contracts riders promotional packages demo DVD’s and other resources that you can use to make informed decisions.
The difference between a great holiday party and a bad holiday party is often the entertainment. Make sure you make the right choices when hiring your entertainer and you’re sure to have success.
The idea of booking wedding reception music may seem simple, but there are a few details to consider. The process is simple enough: You should choose a band based on your musical tastes and what you think will appeal to the widest variety of guests. The following topics will help you narrow your choices to make sure you and your guests have a great time!
NARROW BY GENRE: If you like a certain style of music (rock band, jazz band, blues band), then it’s a good idea to search for that style of entertainment. Trust that your family and friends will like the type of music that you like – while keeping in mind age range and different backgrounds of your guests. Most good bands are experts in a certain type of style, but can occasionally throw in a special request to make grandma happy or switch to an iPod on a break to keep the kids dancing.
NARROW THE POOL: After you get an idea of the genre you are looking for, try narrowing your selection by websites that are designed for live entertainment, such as Gigmasters or Gigsalad. Another great site is www.GreenLightBooking.com. These sites will help you compare and contrast bands from similar genres in your areas and can often deliver more of what you’re looking for than a generic Google search. No matter how you narrow your selection, use other web resources like YouTube to get more information about what the band actually sounds like live.
WHAT WILL THEY ACTUALLY PLAY? Remember that bands range in approach to playlist as much as they vary in style and size. Some bands offer many different styles of music. Others come in with a strict “set list” (the list of which songs they’ll play in which order) because they do it that way every time, and that’s what people love them for. Other bands pride themselves on being able to read the mood of the crowd and are flexible moment to moment. All of these styles have their strengths. You can work with the band depending on how much input you want to have about specific songs, or how much you want to relax and let the party ride. (Tip: If you have a special song you definitely want to hear, it helps to let the band know ahead of time so they can prepare.)
MAKE AN OFFER: Inquire about the price of the band but remember you can make an offer based on your budget. There are no firm and fast prices out there, and a good band will negotiate with you based on your needs. See if there are additional details you may need to provide for the band (staging, electricity, a dressing room also known as a green room). If your offer is accepted, the band should provide a detailed contract and may ask you to put down a deposit. If you and the artist accept the terms of the contract and pay a deposit, then you are contractually obligated to go forward. If the artist declines, then there is no further obligation and your deposit is yours to keep. Be careful. Once the contract is signed and the deposit is received by the band, it’s like saying “I Do!”
ON THE BIG DAY: Make sure your wedding planner’s contact information is available to the band well before hand. There are often last minute questions about set-up, entry to the space, electricity, etc. that are best answered by someone other than you! You’ll have enough to think about on your wedding day, so even if you don’t have a wedding planner, it’s a good idea to assign the task to a member of the wedding party or close family or friend so that you can concentrate on getting married. Coordinating music between ceremony and reception can be a tricky spot, so make sure there is clear communication between the bands, you, and/or wedding coordinator about exactly how that transition should go.
Above all, remember to have fun! It’s your special day, and you should be able to enjoy the reception along with your family and friends while having the wedding you always dreamed of.
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