Alongside buying a house, for most of us the biggest and most expensive decision we make is getting married. However, the day itself can be as simple and reasonably priced or as extravagant and expensive as the bride and groom choose.
The numbers getting married may be falling as more and more couples choose to just co-habit instead, as mentioned in this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36783830. But for many people a wedding is still the ultimate way to show your long-term commitment to your partner in front of friends and family.
Once you have picked the venue, the dress, the flowers and the photographer, you are left with one final thing to think about. When the ceremony itself is out of the way, and the food has been eaten, you are left with a roomful of people to keep entertained.
Consider What Is Suitable
You need to establish what would be appropriate for the venue and the guests – what space is available, the age range of the guests and what type of entertainment would appeal.
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Dance the Night Away
Entertaining and fun, a DJ is an obvious choice. Most DJs will be happy to accommodate the type of music you want played, and by mixing up the musical eras you can ensure you please all ages.
Consider a Live Band or Soloist
An alternative to a DJ is a live band. Although usually a little costlier, a live band can really spark up the atmosphere and make the reception really special.
You could even hire a band that specialises in music from a specific era – perhaps an 80s theme might appeal.
For a slightly cheaper option, a solo singer can also help with a live music feel but is a little more personal, especially if it’s an acoustic artist.
Could It Be Magic?
You could hire a magician for some amazing and mind-bending entertainment. Whether you go for a large-scale act or a smaller close-up magician, your guests are sure to enjoy being amazed and confounded.
Think of the Children
If you have a lot of youngsters attending, you could consider having some children’s entertainment, like face-painting. or even hiring a wedding nanny to take care of the little ones while the adults have fun.