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When you think about wedding reception planning and entertainment, you will most likely consider hiring a DJ or a band. While these are classic solutions to provide music for dancing at any South Coast reception hall, they are not the only options available. Depending on the premier wedding venue that you choose and the theme of your special day, you might be able to think “outside the box” and hiring other forms of entertainment for your guests to enjoy. Make sure to check with the local banquet hall in Swansea, MA before hiring any outside vendors. Most facilities require proof of insurance from vendors, including entertainers, to protect their interests. This is a good idea for you too, as you wouldn’t want to hire someone that isn’t insured and protected if something were to go wrong.
Hiring a Band
Before hiring a local band or even a well-known band for your wedding reception planning, make sure to consider the type of music you want to be played. If you are doing an era-specific theme wedding, such as something from the 1940s, you would want a Big Band type of production for your reception. However, if you just want to play current hits and traditional wedding songs, then just about any band would do. Don’t just take recommendations, although reviews and references are very important, but make sure to go out and hear the band play live so you can evaluate things like stage presence, professional service, and see the reaction of the guests at another wedding to the music that is being played. This will help you make an informed decision and avoid any misunderstandings at the South Coast reception hall on your wedding day.
Hiring a DJ
One of the great things about hiring a DJ is that you can choose the music that will be played and it will be the actual hit song and not someone’s “cover” variation of it. Make sure to discuss the music that you want to be played and be specific if you don’t want the DJ to take requests from other guests. Some couples have certain songs that they hate and do not want to hear on their wedding day, whether it reminds them of something negative in their past or happens to be a song that they shared in an old relationship. If this sounds familiar, be sure to include the “DO NOT PLAY” songs in your contract and make it clear that you don’t want the DJ to deviate from the selected playlist during the reception. Like hiring a band, it can be helpful to see the DJ perform live at another wedding and check out references before hiring them for your event at the premier wedding venue in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Hiring an Orchestra
Starting to move away from the expected DJ-or-band mentality, an orchestra is a nice way to add beautiful music to your event that can match the theme of your wedding. An orchestra can be small, only including a few string instruments, or it can be larger, depending on the space available at the banquet hall in Swansea, MA. Classic or elegant weddings can benefit from hiring orchestral musicians for both the ceremony and wedding reception planning. Make sure to discuss the songs that you want to be played, including the first dance, the father-daughter dance, and the mother-son dance, during the reception. Ask to hear the orchestra play live or audition them locally so you can access the quality of the musicians and their ability to play the songs that you want the most.
Hiring a Pianist
Some couples prefer to have a professional pianist playing in the background during their wedding to add a touch of elegance. Check with the South Coast reception hall to find out if they have a piano on-site or if you would be able to have one brought in for the occasion. Make sure that everyone involved is properly insured and that the pianist will be able to play the songs that you want to be played during the event. Creating a playlist will help them to stay on track during the reception and, similar to the other entertainers, if you have a “DO NOT PLAY” list, make sure to provide it right away. If the wedding has a genre or era theme, discuss the type of music that you want the musician to stick to throughout the celebration.
Visit Our Premier Wedding Venue
When you tour Venus de Milo to discuss your ideas for wedding reception planning, make sure to ask about the sound and lighting equipment that can be used to accentuate your entertainment choices. Our South Coast reception hall has all of the audiovisual equipment and technology that you could want to showcase the entertainers. If the person, group, or service you are hiring is not on our list of pre-vetted vendors, make sure to schedule a meeting at our venue with the vendor to discuss what is needed. We can also provide you with suggestions for placement and staging for entertainment during your wedding reception, as well as ideas for the dance floor, guest tables, and much more. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to schedule a tour of our premier wedding venue or to inquire about availability for your desired wedding dates.