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Choosing the music for your wedding is integral to hosting an event your guests will never forget. However, live entertainment can be quite a hefty expense depending on the band and the length of their performance. Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to hire a band without blowing your big-day budget.
The cost of live entertainment varies greatly depending on a number of key factors, including the notoriety of the band, the distance the ensemble must travel to your wedding venue, and most importantly, how long you wish for the group to play. If you are working with a constrained budget, simply seek a low-profile yet talented wedding band that can be contracted to play on an hourly basis. Decide how much you are willing to pay for your live entertainment, and calculate the exact amount of time your chosen group can perform to stay within your predetermined budget. Even scheduling live entertainment for an hour or two will lend an air of sophistication and excitement to your celebration.
Enlist the help of your friends and family to secure live entertainment. One of your nearest and dearest may know a performer personally and could help get a discounted deal for your wedding. You may even find that your friends are willing to volunteer their voices or instrumental talents for your reception if asked. In the case that live entertainment simply isn't an option, a DJ or playlist can provide a similarly enjoyable soundtrack for your wedding without the crushing cost.