Attendees often judge an event on two things: the quality of the nibbles, and the quality of the entertainment.
No matter the focus of your event, this usually remains true. This is why it’s important to get it right when choosing entertainment for your event — it’s often what leaves a lasting impression.
But don’t panic. Here’s how to choose the right live entertainment options for your event.
Establish Your Budget
Establishing your budget is critical when choosing any type of live entertainment. You’ll need to determine how much you’re willing to spend on entertainment, as well as other additional costs that may be associated with your chosen option (such as equipment rental).
With your budget established, you can work toward getting the best bang for your buck while keeping the costs under control. This delicate balancing act is much easier if you have full information upfront.
Consider Your Event Format and Timeline
Another important factor to consider is your event atmosphere, format, and schedule. This will help you determine what type of entertainment would be most appropriate. For example, if you’re hosting a more formal event, you may want to consider hiring a live band or string quartet. However, if you’re planning a more laid-back gathering, hiring a DJ might be a better option. If your evening is supposed to involve a lot of mingling and social networking, don’t book an act with a long and distracting set.
In terms of timeline, consider whether your entertainment is more of a headline act, a mood-setter, or a background accompaniment, so you can find the right tone for your evening.
Enhance, Don’t Distract
Remember, the goal is to enhance your event, not distract from it. When choosing your entertainment, be sure to select an option that will complement the types of events you run. For example, if you’re hosting corporate events, you’ll want to avoid anything that’s too loud or rowdy.
That said, there’s room for some flair. A memorable entertainment set will help your event stick out in the minds of your guests long after it’s over, in contrast to the sea of other events they attended that year.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. Talk to friends, family, and other businesses in your industry to see if they have any suggestions for live entertainment options. You can also contact local entertainment companies to get their thoughts.
Live performances always have an element of risk to them, so it makes sense to mitigate that risk by working with entertainers who come recommended.
Choosing the Right Live Entertainment for Your Event
In conclusion, there are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing live entertainment for your event. Establish your budget, decide what type of atmosphere you’re going for, and be sure to get recommendations from people you trust. Do all of that, and you’re sure to put on a great event that your attendees will remember long after it’s over.
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