Now let’s start with a question? Have you really thought about the DJ at your wedding?
Did you spend a long time finding the perfect dress? Venue? Cake? I would of thought yes but so many people seem to not put the same effort into finding the best entertainment. For example many people just go with the DJ company the venue recommend but would you let your venue pick your wedding dress?
Your wedding DJ/Entertainment is going to be ending your wedding and it will be the last 5, 6 or 7 hours of your wedding day and the high, or low, that your guests will leave remembering. Most wedding poles of guests say the entertainment is the most memorable part of the wedding day ahead of the dress, venue and food!
Now you are most likely thinking “he would say that” but you only need to look on google for the amount of people that wish they spent more time looking for the best wedding entertainment.
Here are my top tips to choosing your wedding entertainment…
- Shop around do not go with the venue suggestion with out a thought.
- Make sure you get to request the music you want.
- Arrange to meet your DJ before the wedding.
- Find out who your DJ is if your using a venue agency. Having worked for agents in the past I know they will normally pick your DJ a week (or evening a day before) your wedding from anyone who is free. Do you really want your wedding day treated like this?
- Discuss the set up you will be getting and how it can match your wedding theme etc.
Of course I am generalising and there are some good companies that supply venues and they are not all bad but you have to be careful if you just decide to go with what is included in the package or the venue push you into. Remember it is your wedding day and you should get what you want!
The other 2 major problems with some wedding DJ’s are the “one size fits all” approach or the “I will play what I want” DJ.
If you look at Disco’s back in the 80′s and 90′s they where huge with big light screens and metal truss over head and they would look out of place at any wedding. These DJ’s are still around and when you are paying out so much to make your wedding venue look the way you wanted the wedding disco should do it’s best to match the theme of your wedding. For example with LED Mood lighting, DJ booth and discreet set ups a DJ can actually ad to the look of your venue not take away from it.
The other problem I mentioned is the I will play my favourite tunes approach. This is totally wrong and you should not put up with it! These days we for example use an online music planner that allows you to pick the songs you do (and don’t) want. Now we do only suggest you pick up to about 40 songs, but this way we get a a feel of what you like and what will work best at your wedding. We still have the experience to read a crowd and play what will get people dancing but we can also make sure we have all your favourite songs. Your guests do not want to hear your wedding dj playing his latest dubstep tracks at your wedding.
To summarise make sure you find out all about your wedding DJ and make sure you know what you are getting for your money. Also remember just because they are the cheapest does not make them the best DJ for you and your wedding.