Months in advance of your wedding ceremony, comes hours and hours of planning – how many people to invite, what food items to provide, drinks, wedding flowers, and more. Finding a good, dependable DJ is usually not the first thing on your mind. However the entertainment for you party needs to be one of the most important things you plan for, for many reasons. Some suggestions we have in terms of finding good dependable music entertainment are:
1. Plan to meet the DJ in advance.
If your disc jockey turns out to be late, unprofessional, or comes unequipped for your meeting, you’ll have time to search for another. Finding a wedding DJ who looks motivated to help make your ceremony and reception a huge success can do wonders for stress levels for both bride and groom.
2. Inquire about music tracks
This sounds simple, but ensure that the DJ has a wide range of songs to play for the celebration – everything from oldies to waltzes for the bride and groom, and additionally, some up-tempo, newer type music. Good DJ’s can sense the mood of the crowd at your event and ‘elevate’ the mood when the guests feel like dancing and ‘tone it down’ when people feel a need to relax. In addition, a professional DJ knows what to play in terms of requests, what will come across well and also, what type of music that wouldn’t be appreciated .
3. Get it in writing
As in any business transaction, a legal contract is mandatory. Ensure that you have in writing what will be provided and for how long. Be sure to include actual playing times, equipment that will be provided, number of breaks and attire. Also, it’s usually a good idea to have an overrun clause stipulated, just in case the wedding goes on longer than planned. If this happens, the overrun clause should address the extra pay for the additional entertainment.
This has already been mentioned, but it is most important so I’ll touch on it again. Find out what other married couples experiences were. If your choice of entertainment cannot provide a number of verifiable references, you may be well served to look elsewhere.
5. Make sure you have a backup plan
Having some type of backup entertainment plan is not always possible, but it is worth considering. This again is a “what if” scenario that could mean disaster on your wedding day. “What if,” even after all your preparation, the entertainment did not show up? At the very minimum, it would be prudent to have some form of music available at your request to fill the void in the worst case scenario. Alternately, there are those couples that feel that they should ‘let the chips fall where they may’ and leave things at that.
6. Most of all, be prepared, but have fun
Plan all the details well in advance and ensure that you confirm everything a few days before the actual event. Good planning will ensure your special day will be one of the most memorable of your life for you and your partner.