Week 22: Musicians + Entertainment


Do these things this week
Meet with top 2 ceremony musicians
Select and sign ceremony musician contract
Discuss reception entertainment and browse for options
Book appointment with your top 2 entertainment choices for next week
Select and purchase bridesmaids' dresses and have first fitting

MEETING THE ENTERTAINMENT

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?

THE ENTERTAINMENT CONTRACT(S)

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.

DOING IT YOURSELF

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.

BUYING THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES

If you haven’t bought your bridesmaids’ dresses yet, try to lock them down this week. Refer back to week 28 if you need a refresher, and let’s do this thing. Retailers like J. Crew, J. Crew Factory, and Ann Taylor offer great off the rack choices if you want to skip the bridal boutique route.