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Planning Your Wedding Entertainment

Wedding Entertainment

Your wedding entertainment will be one of the most remembered elements of your wedding day. Entertainment creates the atmosphere. Since this is such an important part of planning your wedding day, you should carefully think about your theme, the space and your budget. These tips should help you create the experiences you want with your wedding entertainment.

Things to Consider

Before booking a live band or DJ, there are a few things to consider, such as the size of the venue and your budget. Some venues have space and sound restrictions to consider. Make sure your venue can accommodate the wedding entertainment you want. Live wedding entertainment is usually more expensive than hiring a DJ. Bands typically charge between $2,000 and $8,000. In contrast, a DJ costs between $600 and $2,500. Do not let the budget make all the decisions. You can usually receive discounted rates when booking preferred vendors at your venue.

The Influence of Style

Music should be seamless, smooth and easy on the ears. Keep in mind that every musician and DJ will have their own style, which will influence the experience. A live band performs their rendition of your favorite songs, while a DJ mixes your tracks together with creative methods on different types of decks. Live bands take breaks between sets. A DJ provides a continuous flow of music. If you have an appreciation for music and live performances, you might prefer the live wedding entertainment. If you want the club-style performance that never stops, a DJ might be the better option.

Interview Your Wedding Entertainment

Always interview your wedding entertainment. Booking agents have a job to book talent, but your wedding day deserves the time spent on an interview with the actual talent. Make sure you have an opportunity to watch bands and DJs live or review a collection of videos. A band or DJ can be exceptionally talented musically, but lack stage presence. The best fit for your wedding will have experience, talent and stage presence. Your talent must be able to create an interactive experience where guests will move, celebrate and have fun. This requires interaction between the talent and guests to motivate and entertain beyond the music.

Put It in Writing

Contracts take time and no one likes them, until they need them. It is important to take the time to review your contracts and make sure that specific information is included. Your contract should include all the details, such as the time and location of the performance, the number of musicians or DJs, dress code, the deposit, refund policy, payment schedule, a list of the requested songs and the timeline. If there are additional agreements, make sure they are always written into the contract.

Wedding Entertainment

Choosing the Right MC

The Master of Ceremonies, commonly known as an MC, is essential to the wedding celebration. They will make introductions and make sure the celebration follows a timeline. This role is not to be confused with a day of event coordinator. This is your official announcer that creates a transition between music and important events. They will grab the attention of guests and interact with the party over a microphone. Make sure your wedding entertainment includes a MC.

Crystal Ballroom on the Lake

Crystal Ballroom on the Lake

Bring imagination and your incredible wedding entertainment to the elegant space of Crystal Ballroom on the Lake. The all-inclusive wedding venue is completely designed by master designers, from ceremony space to the reception ballroom. The venue, furnishings, décor, chinaware, bartender services, and formal banquet staff are all included in the fairy tale. Walk the red carpet to a ballroom designed just for you.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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