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Notably Different

Finding the right wedding entertainer for your special day can be a difficult process. Here, Emma Phillips speaks to Paul Haymes, producer of the Baker Boys Band, to discuss the importance of technology, lighting and sound quality, and why it’s vital to spend a little more on your wedding entertainment.

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Music can make or break your wedding, so it’s important to hire an experienced professional for your special day. While wedding entertainment has developed over the years, it is still one of the most important aspects of your event. It’s vital that you liaise with your wedding entertainer and discuss the mood and style you’d like to create. This will ensure you have the perfect day and get the most out of your band or DJ.

Your Pick Of The Bunch

Selecting your entertainer will be dependent on the ambiance you’d like to create for your special day. With an array of music professionals available, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. “Wedding entertainment has improved dramatically over recent years,” Haymes says. “The standard of talent is mind blowing.”

It’s always a great idea to attend regular showcases and request demo tracks from wedding entertainers. This will allow you to experience their style of music and flexibility with differing music genres. “The Baker Boys Band can switch from sublime classical string quartets for your ceremony to a supercharged party band for your reception,” Haymes says. “Our aim is to fill the dance floor entirely.”

Here For The Music

High-quality sound equipment is one of the most important aspects of your wedding entertainment. Poor sound quality can significantly impact the atmosphere of your event, so it’s essential to hire a professional that supplys the latest technology. You need to ask your wedding entertainer about what equipment they will be providing, along with the hours they will be available to play for, before locking them in. “High-quality, commercial-grade sound production is a prerequisite for the Baker Boys Band,” Haymes says. “We also comply with the testing and tagging [of electrical equipment] that’s required for most venues.”

Let There Be Light

Lighting for your band or DJ helps to set the tone for your wedding. Bright lighting may be used during food service, while low lighting is recommended for romantic slow dancing. An experienced professional will ensure that appropriate lighting is used throughout your wedding to help create the ideal ambiance. “We include basic lighting to cast colour-wash on the band,” Haymes says. “Stage lights instantly create a unique vibe.”

It’s important to ask your wedding entertainer if they will be providing lighting for your event. Not all entertainers will include this in their pricing, so it’s important that you understand exactly what you’re booking. If you are required to arrange you own lighting, you will need to take into account added costs of hiring the equipment. It’s always best to book with an entertainer that can provide all equipment to ensure a stress-free day.

Live Experience

There has been a noticeable shift towards live bands in recent years, with couples expecting a lot more from their entertainers than ever before. Live bands are now expected to have an extensive repertoire of songs that date back to the 50s, as well as today’s Top 40 hits. When asked why couples are shifting towards live bands, Haymes says the experience is wholly different to that of other wedding entertainment options. “A live band is more immersive and interactive,” he says. “We thrive off connecting with a captive audience and always aim to deliver the best possible experience.”

Advancing Technology

The shift in technology has seen wedding entertainment reach new heights over the past several years. From advancements in musical instruments, to the invention of the iPod, wedding entertainment has been shaped by technology. “Improvements in technology extend across several devices we use every day,” Haymes says. “From mixing our sound on tablets, to energy-

efficient equipment that produces amazing results, these innovations help us to deliver an even better performance.”

It’s important to consider booking an entertainer that is tech-savvy and utilises the advancements in technology. This will ensure you receive the best sound quality and lighting for your wedding, which will make for a memorable experience.

A Hard Act To Follow

Spending a little more money on your wedding entertainment will be one of the best investments you can make for your special day. “Music is one of the most crucial and effective elements of a successful wedding,” Haymes says. “Couples that book the Baker Boys Band are invested in ensuring their friends and family have an enjoyable time and make unforgettable memories.”

A professional wedding entertainer will help to create a unique experience that is tailored to you and your partner. It’s worth investing in a company with experience in the industry to ensure you receive a high-quality performance that you will not be disappointed with. Your wedding entertainer is there to provide you with a stressfree event that is filled with dancing, laughter and enjoyment.

Wedding entertainment is an important aspect of your special day, so it’s essential to select a band or DJ that you and your partner love. “Preparation is key,” says Haymes. “We always encourage couples to attend our regular showcases to experience the Baker Boys Band for themselves. Our producers are also in attendance to assist with any questions or planning for your special day.”

You now have the option of selecting an entertainer that is perfectly suited to your music style and desired atmosphere, without having to compromise on quality. Hiring a professional band will enable you to cater the music selections to each stage of your wedding, which will make for an unforgettable experience.