We’ve already discussed finding the right caterer, so now let’s talk about finding the other big piece of your wedding reception: the entertainment. Your DJ or band will be responsible for getting your guests on the dance floor, so it’s important to find the best wedding entertainment for your big day. Read through our tips below a quick overview of how to find the right DJ or band for you.
FINDING YOUR ENTERTAINMENT
Your wedding wouldn’t be a party without a good dose of entertainment. When you’re picking out your DJs or musicians for your big day, find out if your ceremony and reception venues have any sound or light restrictions, then decide if you want to go with multiple musicians or a single band or DJ to cover the entire night.
Not sure where to start? Check out Wedj.com to find wedding DJs in your area.
MEETING WITH YOUR BAND OR DJ
When you meet with DJs or band leaders, try to get a feel for their typical playlist and what kind of entertainment they’ll bring to your big day. Ask the below questions during your consultation:
- How long will they typically perform?
- Will they take any breaks?
- Are they open to playlists or night-of requests?
- Will they provide their own equipment?
- Will they need access to a power source throughout the night? (You’ll have to confirm with your venue if the answer is yes.)
- What will they wear to your ceremony or your reception?
SIGNING THE ENTERTAINMENT CONTRACT
Once you find the DJ or band you want to hire, review the contract to make sure it includes the information below:
- Who: name and contact info (your’s and their’s)
- What: services they’ll be providing (ceremony music, reception music, MC)
- Where: the location of your events
- When: dates and times of service
- How much: cost of service, set-up and clean-up fees
- Receipt: the deposit paid, the balance due and due dates
- Uh oh: cancellation policies and emergencies
Once you’ve signed the contract, file it with the rest of your contracts and update to budget to note what you’ve already deposited and how much you still owe.
DIYing THE DJ
Regardless of whether or not you go with a professional, you will need a master of ceremonies at the wedding reception to announce the dinner, toasts, first dance, mother-son and father-daughter dances, bouquet toss, and the cake cutting. We all have that friend who loves to be the center of attention, so if he or she is any good at it, ask him to M.C. Just make sure your friend is familiar with the schedule of events (more on those later!) and that he or she can keep everyone on track without going over the top.
Now that you’ve read through our tips for finding the best wedding entertainment, print out the questions to ask and the sample contract and bring them to your consultations. Above all, make sure you find a DJ or band that will play the right style of music for your wedding and will work within your budget.