Sometimes you might prefer a DeeJay playing recorded music instead of hiring a band. This gives you the advantage of hearing the original recording artist instead of a dance band’s rendition.
Beverage Machines, etc. It’s more fun when you party has a barista mixing drinks for guests. In some situations though, you can get by with cocktail machines. Serve guests with ice-cold slushy without having to mix it one drink at a time. They can also get a glass of cocktail without your help as cocktail machines are easy to use. Some event hire companies also have “double container” models that store up to 240 servings of flavoured cocktails.
Other cocktail hour entertainment could include a chamber group, a jazz or “society” trio, harpist, or a strolling accordionist. A strolling “close-up” magician, performing from group to group or table to table, is always fun. Other forms of entertainment for the cocktail hour could include celebrity look-alikes, mechanical or conventional mimes, a balloon animal sculptor, caricaturist, graphologist, palm reader, tarot card reader, stilt walker, or just about anything else you can think of! Again, your budget is your gauge.
Ask a trusted friend or family member help capture the day- You don’t want to spend the day recording your little ones special day without actually spending much time with them or getting in the pictures yourself. It’s a good idea to ask someone to help take photos and video so that you can also enjoy yourself and spend time with the birthday boy or girl.
Brief your caterer in details week before the event. You need to sit down with your caterer and go through every details of the event. Also, you may want to check with the caterer whether they provide decoration services. If yes, request for the full event planning details.
An ,800 to ,500 five-piece band, including a vocalist, is average. If you hire a band, you may be able to use one or more of those same musicians to provide cocktail hour and/or dinner music for a small additional fee. You normally need to make a deposit at the time you hire the band. Anything over four hours’ playing time is considered overtime, and you should talk with the band or agent about the cost of overtime when you make the initial arrangements. Bands also need to take a 10-15 minute break each hour. Ask if the band will supply recorded music during their breaks.
If you plan a theme for your event, can the Caterer help you to achieve your desired atmosphere, from cuisine choices to decorations and table settings?
Perhaps a memorable gift would be a remembrance of your relationship with your friend or family member. This in the form of a photo, card or sentimental expression can be a wonderful gift. Or how about matching t-shirts they all wear under the tuxes for the reception. Have fun, be sentimental or both.