When we start event planning, we all have the same goal. We want to throw an awesome party. One that has everyone laughing, talking, dancing and making memories that last a lifetime. No pressure, right? We’ve got some event entertainment tips so that you can hire the right entertainers for your party.
Identify the experience you want to create
Close your eyes and imagine it. When you picture the height of your party, what does it feel like? Is it a formal, elegant affair? Is it a jam-packed dance floor? Is it a cool, sophisticated cocktail party?
Perhaps you plan to have an interactive experience for your guests. Or you want something subtle and subdued that allows people to mingle and network.
Ask around and read reviews
Now that you’ve narrowed down your search, it’s time to do a little more research on your potential performers. Now is the time to start reading up on reviews. The Knot, Wedding Wire and Facebook are all great places to see what people are saying.
We also recommend asking your venue, event planner and friends who they recommend. In some cases, your venue may only allow previously approved entertainers who pass their standards for professionalism and quality.
Ask the right questions
Once you’ve established the experience you are trying to create, it’s time to reach out to the entertainers that will shape that vibe. But how do you make sure you are working with the right person? We recommend interviewing your entertainers (or booking company) to make sure they are the right fit for your party. Here are some questions we recommend:
- How long has the band/group been established?
- How many members of the band/group are there?
- Is there a lot of turnover within the band/group?
- When was the last time a band member left the group?
- How frequently does the band/group perform for events similar to yours?
- Is the band/group/production company familiar with your venue?
- Are there any technical requirements that the band/group has, in order to perform?
- Will there be anyone on-site to help if there are technical issues with the sound and/or performance?
Book your event entertainer
You followed our event entertainment tips and found the perfect entertainer (or entertainers). Now it’s time to get down to business. In most cases you will have to put down a deposit and sign a contract to lock your performers in. If you’re working through an event or wedding planner, they will help you with this process.
Once you receive the entertainer’s contract, you typically have to sign and submit your deposit by a certain day. If you aren’t able to send back this information right away, so make sure to mark your calendar so you don’t lose your entertainer.
Did these event entertainment tips help you? Do you have any of your own? Leave them in the comments!