Utah Bride & Groom

Utah Bride & Groom Magazine
Article: Let Us Entertain You | Ideas for a memorable reception

Published Saturday, store January 1, 2005
by Jennifer Millett

The wedding reception is the bride and groom’s chance to let their hair down and celebrate the big day with family and friends. And like fireworks, it can go off with either a bang or be a big dud. Here are some entertaining ideas for igniting the spark at your reception.

They’re Playing Our Song

The type of music you choose sets the mood for your reception and provides a theme for the festivities. Are you the kick-up-your-heels and boogie type or a subdued classical music lover? The music you choose and the way in which it is delivered—by a deejay or live band—will affect the ambience and the cost.
Live bands can often be more expensive than a deejay but offer a level of sophistication that’s hard to match. A good band will get your guests excited and can nicely complement the theme of the reception. It is important to choose a band that can play your favorite songs, interacts with the crowd, and is experienced at playing for wedding receptions. A group with a broad repertoire including Latin, swing, country, R&B, contemporary, and the classics ensures there will be something for everyone from your niece to your great uncle. The variety of styles and tempos also offer the perfect opportunity for father-daughter and mother-son dances. To hire a live band, dance troupe or any other professional entertainer, call Artistic Entertainers at (801) 957-9406.
Forget what you remember about deejays from your high school dances; today’s deejays are highly skilled artists. Not only are they generally less costly than bands, a deejay with a good personality can be the life of a dying party. There are also other benefits to consider. A deejay’s musical library is much greater than a band’s, they require less space than, say, a string quartet, and a personable deejay will spearhead sing-alongs and group dances. For more information, call Laughing Gravy Entertainment at (801) 566-5614.
No matter which musical route you choose, it is crucial to make sure that you have explained your likes and dislikes. Give the entertainer your own song list complete with songs you absolutely must hear and the songs that you could happily live the rest of your life never hearing again.

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