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Q. We're planning our wedding entertainment, but we're a bit worried about booking someone online that we've never met. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Ray Snowden says: Picking your wedding entertainment should be a fun and enjoyable experience. Try to give yourselves a few months before the special day to work out the type of entertainment you want, meet suppliers and make that final decision.
It's great to meet people in person, but the last few months have highlighted the benefits of virtual catch-ups. It's often hard to have a decent chat at a busy wedding fair, so it's always good to catch up on FaceTime, WhatsApp or over Zoom. Here you can ask all the questions you want and get to know the team more. Listen to the advice from the professionals because many entertainers have performed at different venues and have lots of experience. They'll happily share what might or might not work for your day.
Make sure to ask newlyweds for their recommendations. The entertainment world is ruled by word of mouth and if someone comes highly recommended, they'll most probably be good! Ask friends, people you know, your venue, other nearlyweds, wedding professionals and of course, use the internet.
Think about whether the company's appropriate for your setting, audience and the atmosphere you're after. You might have guests in nappies to their nineties on the day, but the evening may be different.
There are many entertainment options such as music in all forms, magicians, caricaturists, jugglers, balloon artists, children's entertainers, photo booths and more.
Top Tip... Make sure the company you pick has Public Liability Insurance and any electrical equipment is PAT tested.
Ray Snowden, Ray's Piano