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Entertainment for Corporate Events

Updated on June 7, 2014

Choosing the Entertainment for a corporate event can be quite a challenge. A corporate event's entertainment can make or break an event and before making serious decisions there are many things to consider. These include; budget, time restrictions, numbers and age of your guests. There are 2 different types of suitable entertainment to think about when planning you event. These are both described in detail below and can be summarized as "background" and "main".

Background Entertainment

Background entertainment usually works to create a specific ambiance in the venue. Light jazz or classical music adds an air of sophistication to a room and creates a relaxing, comfortable, foot tapping atmosphere for the guests to enjoy. By creating this relaxed atmosphere your guests will socialise easily and enjoy the evening and the entertainment, without becoming distracted by the background music. Popular choices for background music often include jazz trios or string quartets, duos such as singer and piano, or individual instruments including accordions and mandolins. Background music is appropriate when entertaining guests, whilst they are eating or to accompany a cocktail reception as it sets the tone and ambience without imposing on the occasion.

Main Entertainment

The main entertainment should be a big spectacle or show to close the evening. Due to the recent boom in televised comedy, the main entertainment for corporate events has often been a well-known comedian. By choosing a popular celebrity, all the guests will be appreciative, making the evening memorable and provides yet another aid to socialising. Popular comedians who have provided the main entertainment at corporate events include Jimmy Carr, Dara O’brien and Chris Addison.

If you’re choosing a band to perform at your event, it’s important to consider the age of your guests and the type event they will be performing at. For example, a current rock & pop covers band is unlikely to suit older guests, or be appropriate for a more formal event. Ideally, you want a band that can perform a range of hit songs throughout the decades that will appeal to all guests, irrespective of their age or musical palate. They should be able to entice the audience to dance and enjoy themselves, ensuring that guests leave the event with a smile on their face.

In summary, the key point to keep in mind when choosing your entertainment is to remember that your guests come first. Making them comfortable is paramount to creating a successful evening and any decisions that are made should be reached with them in mind.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing! I agree that providing entertainment for a corporate event can be really stressful. I've been through it.

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