There are so many considerations when planning a wedding - the date, the venue, the entertainment, the cake, the car, the flowers... There are so many things to think about it's remarkable that pretty much every wedding day is a success in the end.
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How do you plan your wedding? What is useful and what isn't? Maybe you're just embarking on the long journey to your big day and you don't know where to turn for advice.
To save you wasting your time, the experiences of other couples who have been down this road before and come out the other side, married and unscathed, might be useful to you! We surveyed 56 of our happy couples last year and what they told us could prove really helpful to you.
How long does it take to plan a wedding? Just over half of our customers were planning their big day for between a year and two years. Just over a quarter planned the whole lot in six months to a year, 9% did it under six months (I bet they were exhausted!) and 7% really took their time and gave themselves two to three years.
Where do you turn to for advice? There's always lots of well-meaning friends and relatives around to help you out (whether you want it or not!) and, actually, recommendations were a very popular source of information with nearly half of our customers describing them as 'very useful'. Needless to say, nearly all of our customers (a whopping 53 out of 56) found the good old internet useful, very useful or even 'super dooper useful'.
But even though the internet is such a huge influence these days, there are few brides-to-be who can resist rushing out and buying a wedding magazine or two as soon as they announce their engagement. Yet only a third found them useful and just 16% found them 'super dooper useful'. Nearly one in five of our couples actually found them 'not useful at all'!
Of course, we want your wedding to go with a bang, and we know just how important entertainment is in making this happen. So how much thought did our couples give to their entertainment budgets? Weddings are an expensive business and 75% of our couples set a budget for their entertainment. One in five of them said they managed to stick to it, but just over half said they had a budget until Adam Thomas & The Souljers came along!
A wedding should be a once in a lifetime experience. You want to look back on it with fond memories - and you hope your guests will too. You want to plan it carefully, but maybe there are some experiences which are worth blowing the budget for?
Overwhelmingly, our customers tell us about the fantastic experience we provided on their big day. They will remember it for the rest of their lives.
If you would like to talk to us about how Adam Thomas & The Souljers can give you a night to remember at your wedding, please get in touch with us for a quote on 0116 2790 146. The experience of the couples who have gone before you show you won't be disappointed!
Two thirds of couples look back on their wedding day and say that entertainment was critical to its success. In fact, they say it was THE most important factor in their big day. Of the remaining couples, nearly all of them said entertainment was very important, with just 2% describing it as important (and none at all describing it as quite important or not important!).
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, because these same couples felt that entertainment was less important than things like the dress and outfits during the planning stage. Before the wedding, just over half described entertainment as of 'critical' importance.
So what makes them change their mind? Why is entertainment so important looking back and not so important looking ahead? It's all down to memories. A fabulous entertainer can really make your wedding and will be a memory shared not just by you, but by all of your guests. By the end of the day, the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses will be grubby and a bit crumpled, the groom and his men will have shed their ties and jackets, but the memories of fantastic entertainment will live on.
Couples considered venues to be very important, both when planning the wedding and looking back on it. We know ourselves just how important a good venue can be in making your 'evening do' a night to remember. Bottom of people's priority lists, both before and after the wedding, were a wedding co-ordinator - which 60% of people described as 'not important at all' and the transport. A fancy car is nice, but it's just for a short time and for many people it's a good place to make a saving.
(PS As you might have guessed as you're looking at this website - wedding entertainment is really our thing, and we pride ourselves on making your special day the best ever. If entertainment is critical to the success of your wedding, get in touch with us and we'll see what we can do for you!)
The results were taken from a survey of 56 couples, carried out on behalf of Adam Thomas & The Souljers. Of those surveyed, 30 described the outfits as 'critical' while in the planning stages, with entertainment described as critical by 29, with 23 describing it as 'very important' and four as 'important'. Looking back on their weddings, entertainment was critical to 37 of the couples and outfits critical to 24.