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Ask the Experts: When to Hire Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

Question: When do I hire the entertainment for my wedding? A: Ideally, you'll begin researching your wedding entertainment options nine months to a year or more before your wedding. It's not that you need to choose someone at that point, but you want to start getting an idea of costs and possibilities. Most people hire their wedding entertainment four to nine months before the wedding. ... MORE

Posted January 10, 2019

Ask the Experts: Negotiating with the Band

Marta Block

Question: Should I try to negotiate with your band? A: Yes. We recommend thinking of this as starting a conversation, as opposed to demanding a certain price. Try and find out a little bit more from the band about why their costs are what they are and what those costs include (travel, parking, set up and tear down?). Be polite, and ask if they have any room to negotiate in their price. ... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Ask the Experts: Band or DJ?

Marta Block

Question: Should I hire a DJ or a band for my wedding? A: Here at GigMasters we love bands and DJs equally! A lot of sites will tell you that the decision comes down to cost, but while DJs do cost less than bands, we don't think that should be the only factor for choosing your wedding entertainment.... MORE

Posted June 20, 2018

Ask the Experts: Small Reception Entertainment Suggestions

Marta Block

Question: I'm having a small cocktail reception for 60 people. What sort of entertainment do you suggest?... MORE

Posted July 30, 2014

Ask the Experts: Wedding Speeches

Marta Block

Question: I was wondering, is it okay to give a speech at a wedding if you're the bride?  A: Absolutely! Giving a speech at your wedding is a great way to express your joy and your gratitude for everyone who has helped you with your wedding day. One thing to remember, there will already be a lot of focus on you on your wedding day, so you want to use this time to bring attention to others. Make sure you talk to your DJ or band leader and let him know of your plans, when you'd like to talk, and if you plan on letting others give toasts or speeches. ... MORE

Posted July 30, 2014

Ask the Experts: Wedding Officiant

Marta Block

Question: How do I know who to hire as my wedding officiant? What makes a good one?  A: Hiring someone to officiate at your wedding is a fairly new idea. In the past, most people got married in their house of worship. If they didn't have a family church, synagogue or mosque, then they got married by a judge. Today though, there are so many options. Many people choose to have a friend "ordained" on line and perform the ceremony. While this is perfectly legal, it is not always the best idea. A friend might know you, but that doesn't mean he or she knows how to put together a wedding ceremony. ... MORE

Posted July 30, 2014

Ask the Experts: Fall Wedding Colors

Marta Block

Question: What are the best wedding colors for a fall wedding? A: Certain colors just seem to indicate certain seasons. Usually when we think Fall we think jewel colors, rich greens, purples, reds and browns. But just because you're having a fall wedding doesn't mean you have to pick any particular color scheme. I always recommend that instead of picking colors and then trying to match everything to that color, couples start with the florist. ... MORE

Posted July 30, 2014

Ask the Experts: Wedding Vendors

Marta Block

Question: Which wedding vendors should sign contacts?... MORE

Posted July 28, 2014

Ask the Experts: Wedding Programs

Marta Block

Maybe. If you're having a wedding with religious, or cultural traditions that won't be familiar to a lot of your guests, then having a wedding program is thoughtful. You don't want your guests to feel lost or out of touch. ... MORE

Posted July 27, 2014

Ask the Experts: Multi-Cultural Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

Question: What do you suggest as entertainment for a multi-cultural wedding?  A: Even though these cultures all have different traditions and music, the good news is that they are all "island cultures" so any sort of island related band (steel band, calypso, reggae) should have the appropriate instruments to be able to play songs from all of the cultures, as well as more standard wedding fare. ... MORE

Posted July 27, 2014

Ask the Experts: Cocktail Hour

Marta Block

The cocktail hour is usually meant to provide a break in between the ceremony and the rest of the reception. This gives you and your groom some time to either go off by yourselves, have photos taken, or mingle with your guests. It gives your guests time to mingle and chat before dinner. Most importantly, it gives your caterer and entertainment time to set up. ... MORE

Posted July 26, 2014

Ask the Experts: Who Pays the Wedding Vendor

Marta Block

Question: If you hire a wedding planner does she then pay the vendors for you? Answer: You are financially responsible for paying the vendors, but one of the benefits of hiring a planner is that she can help coordinate that for you. ... MORE

Posted July 26, 2014

Ask the Experts: Dancing on a Budget

Marta Block

Question: I'm planning a wedding on a tight budget, but I want lots of dancing. What type of entertainment should I book?... MORE

Posted July 26, 2014

Ask the Experts: First Dances

Marta Block

Question: What order should my first dances go in?... MORE

Posted July 26, 2014

Ask the Experts: Flower Girl

Marta Block

Question: I want to have a flower girl at my wedding but I'm wondering if she should walk down the aisle - what if it doesn't go well?  A: Traditionally, the flower girl and ring bearer walk down the aisle right before the bride. If the children in your wedding party are under the age of six, you should make sure to keep a parent, or other adult they know well at the back of the ceremony site to walk down the aisle with them if necessary. With young children, it's always important to expect the unexpected. ... MORE

Posted July 26, 2014

How to Book a Solo Guitarist: Pricing Tips from Guitarists

Marta Block

Whether they’re performing classic oldies or the newest bops, there’s no denying that a solo guitarist is a great entertainment option for any event. If you’re looking to book a solo guitarist, there are a few things to keep in mind. Prices vary depending on the region, the type of event, the type of guitarist and the experience level of the guitarist. Getting the live performance, favorite songs and great customer service comes at a cost, but the real question is: What is that cost? How much does a solo guitarist typically charge? In order to get the best bang for your buck, here’s the inside scoop from two solo guitarists. First up, here’s Jim Perona. Jim is a Chicago-based experienced classical guitarist but fairly new to event performance. From Jim: “For most one-time gigs, be it a wedding ceremony or private dinner party, I have a base rate of $150 for the first hour. Everything after that is $100/hour with at least a 5 minute break at the top of each hour. I'll usually tack on a travel charge as well if the drive is over 25 miles. “My rates can differ if the gig is recurring. For example, I was offered to play a Sunday afternoon at Oakbrook Mall here in the Chicago suburbs, and they asked what I charge for 2 hours. I requested $250 (base rate + additional hour) and they asked if I could bring that number down a bit. So, I offered to bring it down to $200 if we could do 5 Sundays in a row instead, thus making it a recurring gig instead of a one-time gig. That way, after the contract is drawn up, I have multitudes of $200 guaranteed paydays instead of just one $250 payday. Win-win!” Next, we asked Matthew Cutillo, one of our highest-ranking solo guitarists based in the New York area. Here’s how he sees it: From Matthew: “This is a very tough question, because a wedding ceremony carries with it so much more work than meets the eye. Prices will vary greatly from entertainer to entertainer. For a celebration other than a wedding, the cost is typically $100 - $150 per hour for a good professional. Weddings vary greatly in detail, length and intricacy so they also vary in pricing. A wedding ceremony typically costs $175 - $400 depending on who you hire and what they are asked to do (i.e. arrange and practice your favorite songs over a 6 month period) and how far they must travel to play.” Before you sign any checks, do your research and request a quote. Always remember to carefully interview any entertainer, and if they have that star-quality, expect to pay a bit more. Rock on and good luck!... MORE

Posted July 09, 2014

Ask the Experts: Finding Cater Waiters

Marta Block

Question: My wedding is "semi-catered" we are having barbecue, but we need to pick it up ourselves. How do I find people to set it up and serve it?... MORE

Posted July 09, 2014

Ask the Experts: Small Wedding Venue

Marta Block

Question:I'm having my wedding at a small venue but I still want my guests to be able to dance. What can I do?  A: Not knowing the exact layout of your room, I can't give specific advice, but I can offer some general suggestions. For starters, make sure to talk to the venue manager and see if she has any ideas. You'll want to double check to make sure they don't require that a portable dance floor be put down, or if they do, that you can afford it. You'll also want to ask about any space in the building that you haven't seen. ... MORE

Posted July 09, 2014

Ask the Experts: Renaissance Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

Question: How do I find minstrels with a lyre and flute for a renaissance wedding? ... MORE

Posted July 09, 2014

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