Booking Entertainment for Your Seattle Private Party
Entertainment can enhance any event. The type of private party entertainment you might want to hire
depends on many factors. One is the type of party you are having.
For a wedding you will want music for your ceremony and your reception. Popular choices for
Seattle wedding ceremony music are harp, piano, guitar, and small chamber groups.
For receptions most hire Seattle dance bands or dj's. The typical Seattle wedding
bands ten or twenty years ago were groups that played some of everything from swing to current hits.
The current trend is more toward bands that play a particular type of music (swing, salsa, etc)
and toward Seattle dj's for those who want a less expensive entertainment option, though the
variety bands are still popular.
Entertainment for Seattle corporate events can take many forms-dj's and bands for dance music and
specialty performers for theme parties-Hawaiian dancers and music, mariachi bands, steel drum bands.
In Seattle there are many specialty performer options.
Corporate event entertainment also often features after dinner shows.
The most popular options for Seattle after dinner show entertainment are comedians and magicians,
though there are other possibilities which an entertainment agent might be able to suggest.
In booking entertainment for your Seattle private party, you should take into consideration the venue
and its acoustics, the crowd, the purpose of your entertainment, and your budget.
If your Seattle venue only accomodates 70 people, a soul band with horns will blast your crowd out.
Even if your room holds 400 people, the soul band will blast your crowd out if the ceilings are low and
there are lots of glass windows bouncing the sound around. If you're thinking of booking
background music for a crowd of 1000, think again. Those who are close to the performers
will hear the music well (maybe too well) while those in the corners of the room won't hear much of
anything (not with 1000 people talking).
Judging your crowd can be tricky. A World War II veterans group might appreciate a swing band, your
teenagers might like a dj, and your mixed crowd would probably go for a Seattle band that can play various
types of music. Beyond that choosing a band is subjective. Some book a band that will make them happy;
others book a band that will satisfy most of the people in the crowd. But booking a band is not scientific.
You may think your crowd will respond to an 80's rock and roll band the best; the reality might be that
they'll dance their socks off to a 60's rock and roll band. Choosing a versatile band gives you some
insurance. Whatever type of music your group responds to, there is a Seattle dance band that can play it.
Choosing between a Seattle dance band and a dj is a common dilemma. You might want a Seattle dj if:
(1) you have a small crowd (2) people know each other (3) you want the songs to sound like the
record and (4) your budget is limited. On the other hand you might want a band if (1) you want
the excitement of a live performance (2) you want the visual presence a band provides (3) your
crowd is diverse and needs motivation and (4) you have the budget for a band.
You have to consider your budget. A rule of thumb: book the best entertainment you can afford.
If you book a band for $1000 that isn't very good, you haven't saved any money. You've wasted $1000.
If it takes $1750 to book a good band, that's what you need to spend-if you want a band. Seattle
dance bands cost between $800-$6000. That's quite a range! Most versatile dance bands run between
$1500-$2000. Some popular rock bands that pack Seattle clubs will cost more.
Generally speaking you can book a dj for between $375-1500. If you want an elaborate light show,
it can cost you more.
How do you book entertainment? (1) Look around! myseattleparty.com will show you some options.
You should also check out Seattle entertainment agents and consultants who can present
you with a variety of choices. (2) Relying on the opinions of friends can be good or not so good.
If you're looking for a dj and your friends have heard lots of them, they might be a good source
of information. If, on the other hand, they haven't really been around the block, you should take
what they say with a grain of salt. (3) If you're choosing music, listen to the music the group will play.
Compare it with music from other similar groups. (4) Take a look at pictures, song lists, bios,
references that the group might provide.
Whatever you do, make sure you have a written contract with the performer. Any good contract will
specify the date of engagement, the place, the date, the hours, the amount of payment,
and the terms of payment (many performers require a deposit). You should also specify
in the contract the setup time and the appropriate dress. Having a written contract will
help to ensure that your Seattle private party entertainment meets your expectations.
There are many Seattle entertainment options. We at myseattleparty.com believe you will find
many of the best possibilities right here!
Seattle Barbershop Quartets
Seattle Dance Bands
Seattle DJ (d-jay)
Seattle Elvis Impersonators
Seattle Entertainment Agencies
Seattle European Continental Music Groups
Seattle Jazz Bands
Seattle Mariachi Music Bands
Seattle Marilyn Monroe Impersonators
Seattle Piano Tuners
Seattle Steel Drum Bands
Seattle String Quartets
Seattle Swing Music Combos
Seattle Variety Music Dance Bands
All Seattle Entertainment