That’s Entertainment

Entertainment at a wedding is one of the most important aspects of the day, and whilst you’re in the midst of planning everything else, this needs to be given careful consideration. Long-gone are the days when a local DJ used to arrive with his ‘decks’ and play their favourite tracks! Entertainment can now span across the whole of the wedding day, from the ceremony through to the farewells, and couples planning weddings in Lancashire this year have more entertainment choices than ever before.

Here’s our quick guide on different elements to consider if you are planning a wedding in Lancashire. Remember, the beauty of this is you don’t have to do everything – why not mix and match and include what’s right for you and your partner on your big day!

1 – Consider a professional singer or contemporary string quartet to perform during the wedding ceremony. Whether you are getting married in a church, independent Lancashire wedding venue or here at the Barton Grange Hotel, you could include a classically trained singer or string ensemble to perform. If the ceremony is held in a religious setting, then it should be an appropriate hymn/song that is performed, but if it’s here at the Hotel, you can choose one of your favourite contemporary tracks.

2 – As guests arrive at the reception venue, why not greet them at the entrance with a trio of flame throwing jugglers? Stilt walkers or acrobats? A modern barber shop trio or even a one-man-folk-band…well, it takes all sorts! If you choose something in keeping with your wedding theme, it’s a great way to set the tone for the day.

3 – Music at your drinks reception is always a welcome ice-breaker. Whatever style of music you like there’s bound to be an option – from children’s choir to soul band, violinist to a jazz duo. Think about the space you have for them to perform in and what guests will like listening to in the background, as they enjoy drinks and canapes. Also think about a photo booth or caricaturist – something fun to bring people together.

4 – Providing some form of entertainment during the wedding breakfast is proving to be a popular choice. We’ve worked with couples that have opted for a table top magician to keep guests amused. There are also table top mixologists who provide bespoke cocktails for guests, and mocktails for the younger ones!

5 – Keeping children occupied throughout a wedding day can be tricky. One of the best ways to keep them busy and happy is to hire a small room within the Hotel and employ a children’s entertainer or face painter for a couple of hours. There’s always the option of giving them their own mini-disco or providing games, electronic tablets, colouring books and pencils as well as a television and DVD player. They may also need some quiet time and giving them the chance to kick-back and watch a film for a few hours is a worthwhile option.

6 – Of course the evening reception is a huge focus and the entertainment is massively important. If you have the budget, think about hiring a great party band that literally plays whatever music you want for the whole of the wedding day. The UK also has some incredibly talented tribute acts, which are always great fun. DJs come in all shapes and sizes (!), so choose one that can play the style of music that suits the age and musical tastes of your guests. Also check how long they will play for – do you need them to provide music for the wedding breakfast or just the evening?

7 – Finally, why not say goodbye to everyone at the end of the night with a firework display, or a soloist performing your favourite songs. The perfect way to end the most perfect of days.

Oh, one last piece of advice. Whatever entertainment you book remember these three golden rules. See them perform in advance so you know what you are booking. Establish the times of their performance(s). Ensure you have a written quote on costs and payment terms. I hope that’s been useful.

-Wedding Co-ordinator

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