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2019 Wedding Entertainment Trends

2019 Wedding Entertainment Trends

The royal wedding certainly had a major effect on US wedding trends, but there are many things to keep an eye out for in 2019. Some couples have decided that the same old entertainment just won’t do for their event. Here are some things that are trending:

  • Alternative wedding entertainment – Rather than just sticking to the usual musical entertainment, some couples are opting for alternative options. Would your guests be entertained by a magician? There are plenty of exciting options.
  • Instrumental soloists – Rather than a full band or DJ, some couples have been opting for an instrumental soloist. Whether it is something more traditional like a pianist or something a little more modern like a saxophone or violin player, there are plenty of instrumentalists out there to choose from.

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Choosing a Venue to Fit Your Entertainment

Choosing a Venue to Fit Your Entertainment

When you are planning a special event, you should choose a venue to fit your entertainment and not the other way around. Here are the reasons why:

  • Acoustics – If you plan on having live music at your event, acoustics have to be a consideration when selecting a venue. For a DJ or a form of entertainment that does not involve music, the acoustics are less of a necessity.
  • Ambiance – Once you select a venue, you may feel tied to choosing an entertainer who matches the ambiance. If the ambiance is more important to you, that’s fine. But remember that the entertainment will be the highlight of the evening for guests.
  • Layout – If you want the DJ or band to get everyone up on the dancefloor, there needs to be a dancefloor or at least room for people to dance. If tables for the meal take up every inch of floor space, things are going to get crazy when people want to bust a move later in the evening.
  • Capacity – How many people do plan on having at your event? The size of the event will determine both the type of entertainment and the size of the venue that you require.

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Event Planning Trends for 2019: Personalization

Event Planning Trends for 2019: Personalization

When you are planning an event in 2019, it will be more important than ever to think about your diverse audience and what they are looking for. How can you do this when it comes to entertainment? Here are some tips for creating a private or corporate event that will give the attendees what they want.

  • Ask attendees what they want – Before your event, would it be possible to contact attendees and offer them options? Whether the attendees prefer a DJ a live band or something a little less conventional like a magician, you will know what the people want to see and can thus hire the right act.
  • Offer ways to interact – Whether it is the ability to make a song request or the opportunity to share the event on social media with a particular hashtag, making things interactive with your guests will allow them to feel more invested in your event.
  • Hire a talented entertainer – Hiring the right person is also important. For example, if you hire the wrong band for your audience, they may not know any of the songs that people want to request. So hiring a talented artist who fits your attendees is also a key to a good time.

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Why You Need a DJ on Retainer for Your Hotel?

Why You Need a DJ on Retainer for Your Hotel?

Hiring a DJ for your hotel is a great idea. Here are a few ways you can earn back what you spend and then some when you book a professional DJ to partner with your hotel.

  • Weddings and events – Rather than having guests go out and find a DJ, you can offer DJ services directly to clients who book your grand room for a wedding or other special event. You can either offer DJ services along with the rental and charge a higher rate or offer the services at an additional charge when a client wants to book the room.
  • Have your music curated – A professional DJ is also in a great position to curate a playlist for your hotel. Whether you need music for the hotel lobby, restaurants, rooftop bar, poolside, or any other part of the hotel, hiring a pro to curate your tunes is a great way to ensure that guests will get a great impression from their listening experience.

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Event Planning Trends for 2019: Diversity

Event Planning Trends for 2019: Diversity

When it comes to event planning, diversity is more than just a buzzword. More than ever, the US is awakening to the importance of representation. In order to celebrate diversity in our personal lives, it is important to give proper attention to representation when it comes to special events. Here are two ways you can do this whether you are planning a private or a corporate event.

  • Diverse food – There is beauty in cuisine from all around the world. At your next event, why not hire a caterer who specializes in food from a particular region. This can result in enjoying authentic ethnic cuisine rather than the Americanized version most of us are used to eating at restaurants.
  • Diverse entertainment – Whether it be diverse music styles or performers, your entertainment can showcase the cultures that make this nation what it is today. For example, at SGM Events, you can book a modern funk band like The Soultones, or a Brazilian solo artist like Dusty Brough. Check out our artist list for a variety of genres of performer.

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Tips for Throwing the Ultimate Office Holiday Party

Tips for Throwing the Ultimate Office Holiday Party

Let’s face it – a lot of people just go to the office holiday party for the booze. It’s time to shake things up and throw an office party that really rocks. Here are the must-haves for this year’s bash.

  • Rent a venue – Having the office party at the office feels too close to work for anyone to really relax (that’s why they go straight for the alcohol). Renting a venue for the party can help everyone to loosen up a little.
  • Use a caterer – The better the food, the better the party. A great meal is something that everyone can come together over.
  • Hire the right entertainment – Now that you have everyone loosened up with a change of scenery and some good food, it’s time to really wow them. Hiring a professional DJ can liven up the party and may even get the office wallflower to have a little fun.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Hiring Entertainment for Corporate Events

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Hiring Entertainment for Corporate Events

Entertainment plays a vital role in just about any special event, and this holds true in the corporate world as well. However, corporate events require the right touch when choosing entertainment. Here are a few mistakes that event planners often make, so you can avoid them.

  • Hiring entertainment simply because it is expected – Yes, you should have entertainers at your corporate event, but matching the entertainment to the objective of the occasion is important. Otherwise, even a good entertainer can end up out of place.
  • Not considering who will be at the event – In the corporate world, we are usually trained not to think about things like age, gender, race, or other factors that can be divisive. However, these demographics are the exact things that can help you to choose the right type of entertainment for your team.
  • Just hiring some local talent that you saw at a club or heard of through a friend – Corporate events require a professional touch, and that means hiring acts that are represented by an agency like SGM Events. You know the agency vets the acts so that you get the performance and professional courtesy your staff deserves.
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Reasons to Book a Live Band for Your Next Special Event

Reasons to Book a Live Band for Your Next Special Event

Every special event deserves to have some live entertainment. Here are a few of the many reasons that a live band can be just the act you’re looking for.

  • Turn ordinary into extraordinary – You can have a great private event with a variety of forms of live entertainment. However, there is something about musicians playing the music right there in front of your guests that will make it memorable for them.
  • Have a unique experience – Live music creates a relationship between the audience and the band. The band works hard to create excitement and get people on the dance floor. They, in turn, get energy from seeing how people react to the show. The end result is that no matter how experienced or professional the band is, you’re always going to have a unique experience because the band is playing for you and your guests and feeding off the excitement that you give back to them.
  • A band can save your event – If the weather is bad, attendance isn’t what you expected, or the food ends up being subpar, these are all things that can ruin a wedding or another event. However, the right band can turn everything around from the very first song.
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The One Tip All Special Event Planners Need to Know About Booking Entertainment

The One Tip All Special Event Planners Need to Know About Booking Entertainment

If you have spent any time in the event planning business, then you realize that hiring the right entertainment can make a huge difference in whether your client and their guests are satisfied. Whether it is a wedding, a corporate event, or a private get-together, there is one thing you need to know before you even start to look for an act.

If you’re going to book the right entertainment, you need to understand the purpose of the special event.
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Top Tips for Live Wedding Entertainment

Top Tips for Live Wedding Entertainment

It’s your wedding, so you are definitely the main event. That having been said, you want your guests to enjoy themselves, and that usually means music and other forms of entertainment. Here are a few tips for live wedding entertainment to make sure your special day is one your guests will look back on fondly for years to come.