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How to Choose Your Wedding Entertainment - A Brief Guide


There are as many as 2.6 million weddings expected to take place this year. As many couples approach their special day, the stress of finding the right wedding entertainment is building.

How do you choose from so many options?

Don't worry, the answer is simpler than you might expect. Read on to learn how to narrow your choices for evening entertainment and have the best ceremony and wedding reception possible. 


Personal Preference

One of the most important things to remember about your wedding is that it's your special day. Your preferences and the preferences of your partner should be your first consideration when choosing wedding entertainment.

The type of music you like or that you envision for your wedding is going to be one of the strongest influences in your decision. Talk with your partner to start narrowing your list.

Event Theme

Another influential factor in choosing your evening entertainment is whether your wedding is themed. While a wedding band or wedding DJ can cater to your wedding theme, some choices fit themes better than others.

Event Schedule

Is your wedding a short afternoon picnic or an all-day affair? Longer days may do well with multiple types of wedding entertainment. A string quartet may be perfect for an elegant ceremony.

A wedding DJ or wedding band may be perfect for a long wedding reception. Having multiple options for a longer day adds variety and keeps your guests engaged with the music. 


Wedding Venue Space

Your wedding venue limits your options for evening entertainment. A small venue can't accommodate a large wedding band, especially if your guest list is maxed-out. 

In contrast, a large wedding venue can seem empty with a single string player for your wedding reception. The key is to find a balance between available space and the vibe you're trying to achieve. 

Budget for Wedding Entertainment

With everything else factored into your wedding, it's time to consider your budget for the wedding entertainment. Consider how much of your budget you want to allocate to entertainment for the day. 

What if your favorite ensemble is out of your price range? Consider which areas of your wedding budget you can reallocate to entertainment. Consider inviting fewer guests or downgrading other expenses to stretch your budget.


Types of Wedding Entertainment

Now that you understand how to choose your wedding entertainment, you may be wondering what the different types of entertainers are. Some of the most popular options are listed below. 

  • Wedding DJ
  • Wedding band
  • String quartet
  • Pianist
  • Orchestra

Each of these broad categories includes a list of subcategories. For example, you can hire a tribute band, a jazz band, a bluegrass band, and more. Your options are only limited to the factors above. 

Find the Right Wedding Entertainment

Finding the right wedding entertainment for your special day is easy if you use the above guide to get started. Talk with your partner about what you want for your special day and start narrowing from there.

Do you still need help deciding? Contact us today for more information.