Bookings & entertainment Tips
Hiring the best event entertainment is one of the biggest details in event planning, and it’s also one of the toughest to get right. A lot of event planners think that having any entertainment is enough, but it’s not that simple. The right entertainment can turn an event from a good one into a great one. On the other hand, the wrong entertainment can take a good event and make it underwhelming or even worse a disaster.
The right entertainment for a wedding, private or corporate event is an important responsibility. Having performed nearly 3,000 shows in every circumstance imaginable I feel both obligated and qualified to share these entertainment booking tips with you.
Booking entertainment for your wedding tip 1
Know your entertainment budget before contacting performers. The old adage, "you get what you pay for" applies to entertainment as well. What you can afford for an entertainer will dictate the quality. Fees for a top quality, professional corporate entertainer will depend on the performer's experience and reputation as well as the date, location, and size of the show.
Put it in perspective, just as you do for food budgeting. Determine your "per-person" cost for entertainment. The finest food and beverages will soon be a fading memory to your guests. Quality entertainment creates an emotional impact and lasting impression. How much fun they had at your event is what creates memories; not how many chicken skewers they were able to scarf down!
BOOKING ENTERTAINMENT for private & corporate event tip 2
You want a corporate entertainer who primarily entertainers for corporate audiences and has a lot of experience doing so.
Don't be afraid to ask questions... Is the performer an experienced full-time entertainer who makes showing up early and doing a great job for the client their top priority? Have they performed at many events like yours so they'll be prepared properly to provide an outstanding performance?
Are they easy to reach and communicate with and show professionalism in their approach to providing you with a stress-free booking experience.
Do they have legitimate and glowing reviews from past clients for you to read?
The number 1 tip for bookings
NEVER BOOK AN ACT WITHOUT SEEING THEM LIVE OR ON A DEMO VIDEO
Seeing an act in person, or a demo video is the only way you can truly judge whether a corporate entertainer will be right for your company event.
The demo video should be short highlights of the segments of an entertainer's show. The video should be filmed in a front of a live audience so you can see how a real audience reacts to the show. If an entertainer cannot provide you with a video or you have not personally seen and loved their act... DO NOT hire this performer!