To keep the party going into the early hours, you’ll need to provide some top entertainment, whether it’s a live band or the services of a DJ.

1Although the bride and groom remain the main attraction of the wedding, you’ll still need some entertainment to make sure everyone stays happy – even if it’s just someone swapping CDs around.

More and more people use live music for their wedding receptions to provide a real party mood. There are plenty of options to choose from, whether you want the touch of class that a string quartet can provide or the good time party mood of a rock and roll band. It all depends what you think will be the best fit for the theme of your wedding and the tastes of your guests.

When you’re choosing a live band it is, of course, vital that you hear them first! If you haven’t seen them play live then they should be able to provide a CD or a DVD so you can hear them in action. Most are also certainly willing to listen to requests for various songs and can alter their repertoire depending on the audience.

Although live music can be a great bonus, don’t forget that the bigger the band, the more room they’ll need, and the more food and drink they’ll need to keep them going. In addition, they’re also unlikely to be able to keep playing for the entire duration of the reception and so you may want to hire a DJ to keep the music going all night.

You may have a friend who fancies themselves as a superstar DJ but they’re likely to be prone to self-indulgence, so it’s probably best to hire a professional DJ as they’ll know exactly what will and won’t work in the surroundings. Again they’ll be able to listen to any requests you have and can tailor their set depending on the age and tastes of those attending – and don’t forget to make sure they’ve got the song you want for your first dance. In addition, a vital aspect is actually making sure the venue is licensed to play music.

The entertainment doesn’t have to stop at music, of course. You could hire a close-up magician to wander around the tables to keep the guests amused while they wait for the meal, or set up some casino tables to create an exciting atmosphere.

Finally, what better way to mark the big occasion with a spectacular fireworks display or light show? If you’ve got the space, and you know the neighbours won’t mind, they can make for a suitably fitting climax. This is certainly an aspect of the day which is best left to the professionals, who will be able to provide something thrilling but with safety very much in mind. Remember, though, that late in the evening the temperature will have dropped somewhat so it’s worth making sure it doesn’t go on for too long. Lighting and audio-visual experts can also help turn your venue into something very special throughout the day.

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