There are a lot of things about organising weddings in Gibraltar that aren’t a huge amount of fun – but if there is one thing that very much can be, it is surely the hiring of the wedding entertainment.
However, whether you have a band, DJs, dancers or any other entertainment act in mind, this aspect of organising your nuptials will also require you to think and tread carefully. By following the below five tips, though, you can help ensure you and your guests revel in a wedding reception that is memorable for all the finest reasons.
Book nice and early
Did you know that the most sought-after wedding bands tend to be booked about 12 to 18 months in advance? So, if you have a particular act in mind, booking their services shortly after you have secured the venue will help ensure you get your first-choice entertainment at a competitive price.
Consider booking for an off-peak period
As wonderful as the Gibraltar weather is at the height of summer, one of the definite benefits of holding your wedding in this part of the Iberian Peninsula is the fact that there’s scarcely such thing as a ‘bad’ time of year as far as outdoor conditions are concerned.
Why are we mentioning all of this? Well, the most popular bands and other entertainment acts can often be horrendously difficult to book for a summer date. If, though, you’ve decided that your wedding will take place on a weekday in October, November, January or February, you might find it a lot easier to arrange for your favoured act to be available on that date.
Choose an act that complements your wedding theme
Many of us these days choose to base our weddings around an overarching theme, even if it is a very loose one – such as ‘summer’ or ‘vintage’ – to help guide our decisions on such aspects as the venue and décor. Well, determining a theme for your nuptials can also assist you in picking a band or other act.
If, for instance, you have a 1920s theme in mind, why not arrange for a jazz band to perform standards of that era such as “Charleston” or “Sweet Georgia Brown”, complete with flapper dancers to further evoke the “Roaring Twenties”?
Make sure your chosen act is a good match for the venue
A big part of the ‘art’ of arranging successful weddings in Gibraltar and elsewhere, is ensuring that all the different components fit together coherently. And that is no less case when you’re seeking to hire entertainment, as the act you select will need to work well with whatever setting they will be expected to perform in.
You might have your heart set on a high-octane funk and soul covers band, for instance, but will the venue you have booked have a big enough stage for all the musicians? And what about the dance floor – will it be a suitable size for everyone in your wedding party who may be tempted to strut their stuff to “Superstition” or “Super Freak”?
If you have any doubts with regard to such matters – as well as any restrictions that the venue staff may impose themselves – it is crucial to be alert to these when planning, and make decisions accordingly.
Place your trust in whatever act you select
The chances are that if you are arranging for a professional band or act to perform at your wedding in the British Overseas Territory, they will already be highly experienced at what they do. Indeed, they might have already performed at literally hundreds of weddings over the years.
So, make sure you treat them like the professionals that they are. By all means, feel free to request that they perform certain favourite songs of yours – but otherwise, try to resist any temptation to obsessively micromanage them. They will almost certainly know what they are doing, including how to strike just the right tone for your wedding reception.
Do you want to help ensure that every aspect of your special day in Gibraltar goes just right? Of course you do… in which case, you have good reason to get in touch with the Sweet Gibraltar Weddings team. When you do, we can begin working with you and your beloved to help make your Gibraltar nuptials unforgettable in all the best ways.