How Far In Advance Do You Need To Think About Entertainment?
I think it all comes down to how important entertainment is to your wedding day.
I am slightly biased, but would consider it one of the most important parts of the day.
We've all been to a wedding and been left standing around with nothing to do for hours on end, making small talk with strangers. That's not how you want people remembering your wedding day, is it? That's why entertainment is the solution.
That doesn't mean you need to overload the day with entertainment; if you do that it can become too much. You need an appropriate amount of entertainment for the day, unique to your event. This is something that is hard to judge and that's where having a professional comes in.
If you are enquiring with a professional entertainer they should listen to your request, the plans for your day, what else is going on and be able to provide you with the best package they can to meet your requirements. Every wedding is different, which means that one package may be perfect for someone else's wedding but completely inappropriate for yours. A true professional will know the difference.
So, when should you book your entertainment?
The average wedding planning process lasts 20 months. I would personally be looking out for entertainment from the moment I've got the venue sorted.
However, in the interest of transparency, I'll be honest and say that the vast majority of my wedding bookings come in just a few months prior to the big day (usually 3 to 6 months before). On the other hand, I do take bookings years in advance. I've started to notice more and more people enquiring earlier and earlier.
This is great news because it means that people are starting to understand the importance of getting good quality entertainment sorted early on in the planning process. I've noticed that the brides that book me earlier tend to be more relaxed. They tend to be less stressed. Not only have they already arranged their venue, dress, cake and so on, they also have their entertainment. Not only that, they know that if they ever have any questions then I am the perfect person to call upon to help. I can provide them with the perfect band for their day, or perhaps most sensational DJ.
It's great to know there is someone there to help guide you on the process.
That being said, although the vast majority of my bookings come in 3 to 6 months prior to the wedding day, with a slow trend towards couples booking earlier, you are best to start looking for your entertainment as soon as the venue and the date is sorted. If you happen to find the perfect entertainment early on that's great: the only reason you were able to spot it is because you were looking for it. Moreover, advance notice allows for my routines to be crafted for you, with additional time to perfect a fully personalised entertainment experience.
I met one couple about 18 months ago who knew they wanted me to entertain on their wedding day, but they didn't have a date or a venue. I said I would help them in any way I can and over the last 18 months I've helped them craft a wonderful special day.
So, if you're always on the look out, you never know what (or who) you might find!
All the best,