How to Stop Guests Leaving Early at Your Wedding?

Nerves before your big day are inevitable – after all, two families are coming together and you and your partner are celebrating your love for each other in front of everyone.

There’s also a great deal of planning involved and, with so much to organise and remember, you’re bound to be worried about forgetting something right up until the last minute.

Of course, there’s no definitive “how to have a successful wedding” guide, as every couple – and therefore every event – is different. Your wedding guests will appreciate that the celebration will be in keeping with your tastes and preferences to a degree.

However, it’s still up to you to keep those same wedding guests entertained throughout, which can feel like yet another pressure.

Luckily, our team at Twisted Entertainment have provided live acts for more than enough weddings to know just how to keep everyone enjoying their experience!

From wedding entertainment to food to social interaction, this handy article will help you to come up with the perfect event that will suit all attendees.


Make Sure Your Music is Spot On

One of our top wedding tips is to arrange your entertainment early on (around 12-18 months in advance so you don’t miss out on your favourite acts) and make sure it’s just what you and your guests will want.

Of course, although wedding entertainment can make or break your celebrations, you have loads of scope and opportunity to select the perfect act. There are scores of great options out there – and as long as your performers are organised and professional and you love what they do, it’s very difficult to make a “bad” choice.

It’s up to you if you want a romantic string quartet or harpist for your ceremony or reception – or if you’ve decided it’s all about the massive party band at the end of the night!

You may want to consider whether you’d rather have a live band or a DJ to accompany your evening celebrations – but there’s flexibility there too. For example, many couples decide to start the night off with a live act and switch to a DJ later on for consistent floor-filling hits.

If you want to take advantage of the top 2019 wedding trends, why not book a solo saxophonist? These performers have come to the fore on the wedding scene recently thanks to their ability to vary their sound from bright and energetic to soulful and sultry.

Or perhaps you should opt for the joyous sound of a full gospel choir? It’s a celebration after all, and these skilled vocalists will make your heart swell with glee.

Your preferred style of music will add a powerful dimension to the chosen theme or vibe of your wedding, so it’s important to think carefully about who you hire.

There’s something magical about live music that keeps its audience enthralled, so this is a great way to keep your wedding guests entertained throughout the event.


Provide Entertainment for Guests

Variety is a vital ingredient in a great wedding – so when it comes to entertainment, why stick to music alone?

After all, it’s very difficult to cater to everyone’s tastes and keep all attendees engaged throughout if you’re relying on only one activity – especially when you’re planning to have little ones at your event.

Activity-wise, our top wedding tips include:

  • Magicians
  • Affordable board games of any size (giant Jenga will always be a hit!)
  • Outdoor activities for all the family, such as lawn games
  • A fun wedding photo booth, complete with props!

Ice breakers are a must, as many of your guests will be meeting for the first time – plus, at some point the photographer will need to take the happy couple away to snap a few gorgeous pictures of you alone together, so you need to be confident that your attendees will be kept occupied!


Don’t Let Guests Go Hungry

It’s amazing how peckish people get at weddings! It’s no surprise, though, as all the travel to get to the venue, the excitement of the day and all of the activities they’ll enjoy are enough to have anyone working up an appetite!

The wedding food should be a highlight – and it needs to keep coming. People’s routines are different and some have bigger appetites than others, so you need to ensure that there is access to food throughout the day.

Light snacks and canapés are perfect for drinks receptions and other periods of circulation and chat earlier in the day – and, of course, you can’t forget your wedding feast later on!

Creative food options are a major trend at the moment, from cheese stacks and dessert tables in place of a wedding cake to food trucks, doughnut stands and plenty more besides.

You might also want to provide everyone with a late night snack to keep the energy levels high – an approach that is also becoming ever more popular.

Remember to cater to all requirements, including allergies and meat-free diets.


Stick to Your Schedule

Your guests will always like to know what’s next and when it’s happening, so sticking to a clear schedule is very important.

Everyone who has ever been a bride or groom knows how amazingly fast time flies at your wedding – so you need to keep an eye on it, as taking photos or chatting to relatives can get distracting!

Leaving guests without entertainment means risking them becoming bored, and that’s something that no one wants. Keep speeches and toasts short, and ensure there’s always something else to look forward to.


Have More Than One Room

Entertaining a large number of people from a variety of different backgrounds will mean that not everyone will have the same tastes or priorities, and that’s fine.

You may be looking forward to going wild on the dance floor, but some of your older guests – and perhaps attendees with small children too – might need to find a more chilled out spot for a while.

Your attendees are more likely to stick around if they can move between rooms for a change of scenery or a bit of a break occasionally.

It’s a smart idea to ensure that the bar and the dance floor are close to each other too – as this will tempt guests into staying for just one more boogie… and then perhaps another…


Interact with Your Guests

There will be people present who you haven’t seen for ages, and it might be tempting to spend all of your time catching up with them. However, it’s important to circulate and spend a little time with everyone. After all, they’ve come to celebrate your big day with you – and some may have travelled quite a long way, so it’s important to thank them!

Of course, you won’t have time for in depth conversations with every individual, and most of your guests will understand that. Keep it brief, and if you find you’ve got a lot more to say, why not contact them afterwards and arrange a personal get together at a later date so you can fill each other in on what’s new.

The majority of your guests will understand that ultimately, this day is about you and your beloved celebrating one another. However, it’s important for you to remember that everyone there will need to feel appreciated and entertained – plus, it takes a little pressure off you!

To keep everyone happy and to prevent early exits on your big day, we highly recommend that you:

  • Spend a lot of time and effort planning your music
  • Think up alternative entertainment so your guests can enjoy the variety
  • Ensure there is good food available all day
  • Make a clear schedule and stick to it religiously
  • Spread the attractions out across rooms (ensuring there is at least one quieter space)
  • Spend time with every single person there

Following steps will help to relieve a little of the stress and nerves that come with entertaining the full complement of family and friends, and will ensure that your wedding day is a roaring success!


Band Or DJ For Wedding : What’s the Right Option for You?

Band or Dj for the wedding. It’s a debate that many weds-to-be have to discuss. It can be difficult to decide on the form of wedding entertainment that will be best for your event: do you want a live band, or would a wedding DJ be better?

The budget often comes into this to a considerable degree, and many couples are led to believe that the average wedding band cost is greater than that of a DJ – but is this really the case, and does the variety of live bands available for events make this option more appealing?

In this article, the team at Twisted Entertainment asks which is better – a live band or a DJ – for a wedding. We’ll take into account:

  • Cost
  • Suitability for your theme
  • Venue requirements
  • Options for variety

It’s important to remember that both types of entertainment can provide something exciting and unique for your event – so overall, whichever option you choose will be the right one.

Benefits of hiring a band for wedding

Wedding bands certainly bring a special energy and magic to a wedding, especially classical and sax bands. Live music is something that people don’t experience on a regular basis and therefore, guests are much more likely to be engaged and enjoying the moment. Moreover, with wedding bands, you have the option to select your favorite genre and it may be much easier to cater for your guests with wedding band hire. Furthermore, wedding bands bring a chilled atmosphere that allows for background music whilst family and friends still have the space to talk simultaneously.

Benefits of hiring DJ for wedding

One of the main benefits of hiring a DJ for your wedding is the variety of songs that they will play throughout the night and they are also much more likely to play for a longer period too. DJs available with Twisted Entertainment is able to cover a multitude of remixes and covers and can also play a range of songs from your favorite artists. After all, it is your special day so you should get what you want! Moreover, if you’re looking for a party vibe, especially later on into the evening, DJs are a great choice and can engage the crowd whilst taking shorter breaks.

How much does wedding entertainment cost?

Wedding Bands To Hire

The rumor goes that the average cost of a wedding DJ is much lower than that of a live band. However, in reality, there is a great deal of crossover.

It’s true that larger bands are usually more expensive as they need to pay more members, but if a DJ is required to provide his or her own equipment (and they usually have a lot!) this will take their costs up too.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our acts and while our prices do vary, you can expect to pay £1,500 + for a band, but a single DJ usually costs over £600 – and you could end up paying more depending on the length of time they’ll be required to work.

An easy way to settle arguments about what type of entertainment you want for a wedding is to book both. In fact, it’s now a popular trend to have a smaller band or single artist (which is usually more affordable) playing during the day and a DJ providing floor fillers in the evening.

Popular acts from Twisted Entertainment include Twisted Strings – the perfect string quartet for wedding reception music or accompanying photographs and meals – and Elinor Harp, an award-winning solo harpist who will pluck at your heartstrings as you walk down the aisle.

You could also split the night-time entertainment, with the first half of the evening accompanied by a live act as a jazz band – we highly recommend the smooth sounds of Sunday Best or the energetic funk house and soul fusion provided by Twisted Mix – and the second half led by a DJ.

Band or DJ for wedding – further information

bands or dj for wedding

Of course, it’s rare that you get absolute free reign over the entertainment in your venue.

Size is important. Will an intimate acoustic band work, or will you need some amplification? Is the performance space big enough for a ten-piece band or would a solo performer or DJ be less cramped?

Are there noise restrictions in place to prevent disturbing local residents or causing structural damage to an older property? You need to establish this with your venue as soon as possible in order to inform your chosen acts. Thanks to the nature of their equipment, DJs will find it a little easier to stick to sound limits.

Bands featuring five musicians or more may be less able to keep their volume down. However, performing “unplugged” sets, replacing drum kits with electronic alternatives, swapping drum sticks for hot rods, and using smaller or less powerful amps are all ways that experienced wedding bands can reduce their decibels.

One wedding entertainment trend that ticks both of the above boxes is the inclusion of a single saxophonist. Talented sax players such as the award-winning soloists Ben on Sax or Femme on Sax (complete with glowing saxophone!) can fill almost any space with a warm, bright sound and upbeat tunes without breaching noise restrictions.

How do I get variety from my wedding entertainment?

Most couples like to have a say when it comes to the style of wedding reception music their guests will be enjoying, and many will have specific songs they’d like played.

While DJs are accustomed to taking requests and can play virtually any track without restriction, live bands are often slightly more limited.

However, experienced bands often have a wide variety of pieces in their repertoire – and just because they don’t play the instruments on which your favorite songs were once performed, it doesn’t mean they can’t cook up an awesome cover version. It’s always worth consulting your acts to see if this is an option.

Hiring through a professional music agency such as Twisted Entertainment will give you access to great advice – the bookers there can let you know which acts will match your theme and what limitations each will have.

It’s important to note that bands cannot play constantly – they need to take breaks between sets in order to rehydrate, so they’ll be replaced by music from a playlist at a couple of points throughout the night.

For an uninterrupted late-night danceathon, a DJ might be the better choice as the songs will flow from one to another without breaks.

Theme bands for weddings 

theme bands for wedding

Wedding themes are a growing trend, and the entertainment you choose can help to create the perfect vibe.

While DJs are usually hired to play a wide range of floor-fillers that suit all tastes, you can tailor something a little more specific with a live band.

Here are some of the top wedding themes for 2019-2020 and the type of entertainment you may hire for each:

  • Classy and romantic – you can’t go wrong with a solo harpist or glorious string quartet, such as Elinor Harp or Twisted Strings.
  • Lively and wild – high-energy party bands like Pumped Up!, Masquerade, and Lucie M will get your guests flooding the dance floor, or you could go left of field and introduce a huge wedding brass band such as Twisted Tubes!
  • Chilled – for those who like it laid back, enjoy a little funk and soul with Jenna and the G’s or some stripped bay R&B from Joe H and the Players or Return of the Mac.

The variety of acts available from Twisted Entertainment is huge – so whatever the theme of your wedding, you’re bound to find a band to suit.

To sum up, when deciding between a DJ and a live band for your wedding, you should consider:

  • The costs involved and how they fit into your budget
  • Any restrictions imposed by the venue
  • How much musical variety do you require
  • The theme of your wedding

While either option will make for a great event, you don’t have to choose – many couples decide to hire both a DJ and a live band and have them perform at different times during their big day.

Band Or DJ For Wedding – can you have both?

Hiring A Wedding Band

If you have weighed up the pros and cons of hiring both a DJ and wedding band for your wedding and you can’t quite seem to come to a decision as to what’s right for you, it could be considered to hire both if you have the budget. Although this can be an expensive option, some couples may decide to go ahead with this option to suit all parties. Whilst this is definitely an option, the mood and vibe of the wedding should take center stage. For example, if you are hiring a classic band and a DJ simultaneously, it’s important to consider the timeline of events, and both acts will blend in with the event as the day/night unravels.

Twisted Entertainment can provide acts internationally, so no matter the location of your celebration, we can help!