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5 Wedding Entertainment Mistakes To Avoid

You’re engaged. Congratulations! If you’re like most couples, the wedding planning begins almost immediately; reserving the right wedding venue, hiring a caterer for the wedding dinner, booking the right entertainers for your wedding ceremony music, reception music and wedding entertainment. It’s a lot to take on with no room for failure; your big day needs to make a BIG impact and leave you—and your guests—with memories that last well beyond the wedding day. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the biggest wedding entertainment faux pas that we’ve seen from brides and grooms over the years:

  1. Thinking you have to do it all: selecting, booking and confirming your wedding musicians. A typical wedding requires a lot of entertainment and entertainers, adding another level of work to your already busy wedding planning schedule. Consider hiring a booking agent for several good reasons, most notably as a time-saver. A booking agent can locate the right, quality entertainers for your wedding, and handle any needs the entertainers might have—decreasing your wedding planning workload and ensuring that your guests enjoy your wedding.
  2. Choosing the cheapest entertainers. You don’t want just any hack musician setting the mood for your special day. This is the time when you are committing to your wedding partner formally, and you shouldn’t have to settle for amateur musicians who haven’t touched an instrument since grade school or an inexperienced musician who has never played at a wedding before. Do your research when selecting string quartets, orchestras, bands and any other wedding entertainers for your event, or contact a booking agent familiar with local wedding entertainers.
  3. Putting too many songs on your ‘must play’ list. Be realistic when compiling a list of special songs for your wedding day, and be open to recommendations from your band. You don’t want to give your band a list of wedding songs that they can’t play, too many songs for a typical wedding reception or not enough time for them to play their best songs that your guests enjoy.
  4. Not listening to the voice of experience. Be open to advice from your wedding planner, wedding venue consultant or booking agent. You’ve hired these wedding professionals for their experience; listen to them when setting a schedule, wedding entertainment line-up and placement. Remember, they are trying to make your vision a reality and work for you; now you need to rely on their experience for wedding entertainment success.
  5. Not booking wedding entertainment until the last minute. Booking your wedding entertainment should be done as early as possible, right after you have your wedding venue reserved. Quality wedding entertainers’ calendars fill up early, so don’t procrastinate when calling a booking agent or band.

If you have any questions about wedding entertainment, contact an experienced booking agent. We’ve got 25 plus years of experience with event planning and wedding entertainment, and can assist with selecting entertainment for any size wedding, any style, at almost any venue.

Must-Have Musicians for Your Wedding Ceremony

You don’t want just any hack musician setting the mood for your special day. With months (or even years) of wedding planning, you want your wedding ceremony to be perfect. This is the time when you are committing to your wedding partner formally, and you shouldn’t have to settle for amateur musicians who haven’t touched an instrument since grade school. So how do you find the ‘must-have’ professional musicians that can make your Chicagoland wedding ceremony wonderful?

Contact a pro. Experienced booking agents are the key to finding the right musicians for your wedding ceremony. A good booking agent has located the right musicians that fit every couple’s wedding style and acknowledge that wedding ceremony musicians are not a ‘one size fits all’ endeavor. They ask questions about the demographic of guests, size of the wedding venue, style of the wedding and couple—and can pair a couple with the right musician or musicians (depending on the size of wedding and wedding venue) for their wedding ceremony. Here are a few examples of kinds of musicians that may be the right fit for a wedding ceremony:

  • Orchestra.
  • Pianists.
  • String instrumentalists (violin, viola, etc.).
  • Harpists.
  • Sax player(s).
  • Band.

Once the type of musician or musicians is selected for the wedding ceremony, a good booking agent takes the search for the professional wedding ceremony musician to the next level. They know who the best of the best wedding ceremony musicians are in Chicago, and can easily book the musicians and coordinate all the details so the couple doesn’t have to. They can also satisfy unique requests for wedding ceremony musicians such as steel drum bands, rock bands or mariachi bands. Whatever the couple’s style, a good booking agent knows who to contact, and can take over all the entertainment details for the couple.

While it might be tempting to book your cousin’s best friend, or the really cheap and unreliable friend who hasn’t picked up an instrument for years, honor your partner and special day by trusting a professional. An experienced booking agent makes that special time of “I dos” spectacular by knowing the in-demand, must-have musicians who are reliable, professional, talented, appropriate—every descriptive word you’d use to describe your ideal wedding ceremony musicians.