‘Guests remember two things the most from weddings – the entertainment and the food. Be sure to send them home with great memories!’ ~ Contemporary Bride
We hear this or similar statements so often, yet in a lot of cases, the entertainment is left to late in the wedding planning process and then couples are often compelled to make their decision based solely on cost. Great entertainment is very powerful. Think about it, even if the food, flowers and room are not quite perfect, this will be easily overlooked if the guests have been entertained and enjoyed themselves immensely. However, if the entertainment is bad, everyone will notice immediately and then even great food, lovely venue and beautiful flowers won’t help much.
Allocate a higher priority to securing great entertainment early in your planning process and take as much time in selecting your entertainment, as you would put into searching for and selecting your photographer. If necessary, allow a larger portion of your budget to secure great entertainment.
Be there! Sounds obvious, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
I can’t tell you how many times I have seen the bride and groom DISAPPEAR from their own wedding reception. Maybe they step outside for a cigarette, they decide to have a chat with guests in the hall or go off for photographs outside (which could have been taken earlier with a little planning).
What you need to understand is that when the bride or groom leaves their wedding celebration, it’s like the air gets sucked out of the room. People are lost without their host and hostess, the stars of the show; they wander around aimlessly.
If you want your party to be lots of fun, STAY IN THE MIX!!
If you want your wedding to be fun, YOU have to have fun. Your wedding is all about you. Your guests will be looking to you for guidance. You are the star of the show. If you aren’t having a good time…chances are they won’t, either.
On the other hand, if you’re having the time of your life, your guests will be compelled to join you. If you want your guests on the dance floor…go to the dance floor. If you want your guests to stage dive (okay, maybe not)….but you get the idea, the party goes where you go, so lead by example.
Making sure you have fun at your own wedding is the best way to guarantee a FUNtastic celebration!
If you are like most couples, I am certain you would like all your guests to dance and have an awesome time at your wedding reception. The smiles, the laughter, the fun……..all of it is achievable! All you need is the right wedding DJ/MC, the right plan, the right schedule of events and the right attitude. Unfortunately however, the truth of the matter is that there are many boring wedding receptions which take place each week. You may have even been to one or two or more of them (I most certainly have). Often the blame tends to fall on the Bride and Groom or the DJ/MC, or all three. Because couples have never organised a wedding before and most DJ/MC Entertainers don’t have the personality and experience necessary to lead couples in the right direction, to give them the right advice or to know what to do when something unexpected happens. Please allow me to explain further and share a few suggestions that may assist in creating that unforgettable wedding reception.
Very simply, your wedding reception is a celebration, a party. Accordingly, the top thing that most guests will remember from a wedding is the fun they had. So for now, take your focus off the decorations, the wedding dress, the fancy chairs, the place card holders, the sashes, the flowers and the venue. Those things won’t help you have a fun wedding reception. Not one bit. While they certainly have their place, it is your guests and the activities during the reception that will connect and engage your guests, and create the joy and excitement that everlasting memories are made of.
Your guests will have opportunities to express and flaunt those emotions throughout your wedding, but one of the greatest opportunities will be when they join together on the dance floor and create a synergy that can be generated only by those who are your nearest and dearest. The entertainment is the driving force that makes people remember your fun entry, your emotional first dance, the maid of honour kicking off her heels and the groomsmen pulling off their ties.
I have entertained at some of the most exclusive venues and private estates in Sydney and it’s surrounding areas. But I have also entertained at and created a memorable and super fun wedding reception in a humble backyard or family property with views of the rubbish bins, chicken coops, piles of junk and discarded tractor tyres amongst a whole lot of other unsightly views. But none of that mattered. The couple had an incredible time with their family and friends because they made entertainment a priority and they planned everything with the guests in mind.
Focus on what matters. Focus on the guests. Focus on the entertainment. Focus on the little things in between. That is what guests will remember from your wedding day. That is what will get them pumped up and ready to dance. You want your guests to feel as if you have fully considered what they would like when it comes to music, activities, entertainment and dancing, instead of just thinking about what you would like.
It is also important to stay positive during the wedding planning process. Remember that the main function of a wedding reception is not to try and impress your friends. That is where most people make their first mistake and end up unnecessarily, putting too much pressure on themselves.
In summary, make your wedding about the two of you, but don’t forget to keep the guests in mind. A talented DJ/MC Entertainer can help you create an evening full of fun and personal moments that will result in such fabulous memories. My wish is that you have an absolutely incredible wedding reception, one that you will remember for the rest of your life!