Top Tips for Booking Corporate Entertainment

written by


Planning an event is hard work and there are three things that can completely ruin even the best planned event: the venue, the food and the entertainment. So how do you know if you are booking good or bad entertainment? How do you know what choices to make? What steps can you take to avoid disaster?

  1. Know your event objective. If the aim of the event is to educate people then the entertainment is not the key element of the event. You would do better to use some light form of entertainment during the break to help attendees unwind and relax rather than anything that is going to be overpowering. If however you are organizing a corporate gala dinner then you may need to book a headline that can really entertain
  2. Know your audience. The attendees of the event will also play a large part in your choice. Using a Blue Comedian would not be appropriate for a corporate family fun day, but a good selection of street performers, face painter and caricaturists would be an excellent choice.
  3. Know the theme of your event. The theme of any event will dictate the style of entertainment used. If you have a Las Vegas theme then some fun casino tables and an Elvis Impersonator would be appropriate. If however your theme is more subtle such as a black tie dinner it might be a simple matter of booking a good function band to play two sets.
  4. Know your Budget. Always know how much of your budget has been set aside for your music and entertainment. You can’t possibly start to research entertainment ideas until you know how much you have to spend in the first place.
  5. Know what is included in the Fee. There are often travel expenses added on top of an artists fee dependent upon the location of the event. You will also need to clarify whether or not they require you to provide a PA & lights of if they will be providing all their own equipment. You don’t want to be left with any nasty surprises so always remember to ask these questions.
  6. Know their experience. Ask for testimonials and review. Don’t be frightened to ask them what types of events they have performed at and how long they have been performing for. Another good question to ask is whether or not this is their full time job or just something they do on the side for a bit of fun.

My last piece of advice would be to try and see whoever you book in person before committing to a booking. As wonderful as show reels and demo CD’s are they don’t necessarily give you an honest picture of their performance. You need to see what they are like when in front of a live audience. Can they work a crowd? Are they professional? Do they dress appropriately? Try before you buy and do your homework. A little investment upfront saves a lot of hassle further down the track and will give you peace of mind.
Interested in becoming an Event Planner? We can help you get there in as little as 12 weeks with our Certificate in Event Planning with one of our regional campuses.

[adrotate group="4"]
[adrotate group="2"]

Our Friends

Aisle Planner Logo

Grab the freebie!

2023 Wedding Trend Report

Enjoy our International Wedding Trend Report, written by the industry for the industry. Get the latest trends globally from experts around the world.

Templates: Buy One Get One Free


Templates: Buy One Get One Free


David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.