It’s difficult planning a wedding after all we’re only suppose to do it once (unless your Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian)so no one is an expert at planning their own wedding. You talk to friends, read bridal magazines and talk to wedding vendors. It’s all so much. Down the list is your entertainment and music, so let me put in my plug in for disc jockeys and wedding music and entertainment and hopefully spare you the phrase after the wedding “I wished I had spent a little more on my DJ". Look at these statistics:
- 72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
- Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
- During wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities.
- After their reception, 78% of brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
- When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
- 65% of all couples that chose a band for their wedding, said, "If they had it to do it again, they would choose a DJ".
*These statistics were published in St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003.Sources include: Simmons, 2001; USA Today, 2002; National Bridal Service, 2001;The Knot, 2002; Brides Magazine, 2001
Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality. Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to $3,500.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4-hour booking. The cheapest price is not always the best deal. Surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight*
* Do you think these figures for professional DJs for weddings have not gone up since 2005?
Well here are with Planning Tips Part 2 for you to read through and see which ones might fit your needs. If you have some suggestions to add to this list, drop us a line. We 'd love to hear from you.
ITEMS THAT ARE FORGOTTEN THE MOST
Pen for the guest book
Cake Knife & Server
Throw away bouquet (Not all florists will provide this automatically, you must ask.)
Bridal Bag or Apron for Dollar Dance(if your doing a dollar dance)
Helpers for afterwards. You will be surprised at how much stuff that you will have to try to pack into vehicles while still leaving a place for passengers.
IDEAS TO KEEP KIDS AND ADULTS ENTERTAINED
An Activity Bag as a favor for your child guests. (Crayons, Coloring Books, Cards, etc...)
Candy Bouquet Toss for the children before the Garter - Bouquet Toss
It is generally customary for a couple to greet their guests at the tables after dinner. The best time to start this is as soon as you have finished eating(Remember eating and drinking water is important.I've seen a number of brides feel ill at their reception because of the stress of the wedding and they just forget to eat and drink something and it catches up with them. However, do not take too long. Once again, think from your guest’s perspective. They have been sitting for a very long time and they want to dance. Most couples will go to the most important tables, get the first dance started and then mingle around to greet other guests throughout the evening.
In the Rest Room put together a basket of items that may be needed. Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness. And you will be amazed at how many of these items get used.
Band aids Shout Wipes
Feminine Products Tylenol
Tums Safety Pins
Imodium AD Sewing Kit
Dental Floss Mints
Comb Clear Nail Polish
Hand Lotion Gum
Tissues Hair Spray
Nail File Garter & Bouquet
One of the hardest things about planning your Wedding Reception is the fact that even though it is your day, you cannot forget about the guests that you have invited to help you celebrate the special day.
With this in mind, you do not want to give your DJ a large list of requests. You want your guests to be able to make requests as well. And of course there are many songs that you may not be fond of, but many of your guests will most likely enjoy them. It is okay to give your DJ a list of your favorites and of course all of the songs for your Special Dances. You also want to try limiting the number of songs that you ask not to be played as well. Your DJ will try to get as many requests played that time allows. But do not expect your DJ to play every single request. The reality is that after dinner and your Traditional Events there will generally only be time at the most for about 55-65 other songs to be played throughout the course of dancing. In addition, the biggest surprise to most couples is that you will be so busy that you will not even be aware that a song had been played. It is common for a couple to come up and ask when a particular song will be played and then shocked to hear it was played 5 minutes before.
Not all receptions are adult only. If you are planning on having children at your reception, a few years ago a family had us make an announcement at their reception and we have had quite a few since then who have had us do the same. Kids will be kids and that is a fact. Kids like to run around and play on the dance floor, which can deter your adult guests from dancing. In addition, can get dangerous, we have seen many kids get injured during a reception. The announcement that was given to us was this, "For the safety of those here this evening, the families have requested that all children under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult at all times. We thank you in advance for your cooperation." All of your guests will appreciate your concern over their safety.
The most important tip of all is to enjoy your day! Your Wedding Day will be here and over before you know it, so enjoy the moment but hopefully you will enjoy the trip getting there and rely on your professionals to make it a Stress Free Day for you.
Disc Jockey Services
So the date is set, all vendors are selected and you’re ready to start working on a play list/planner! One thing on every brides mind is how can we keep the dance floor packed all night long! Disc Jockey Services is here to help you every step of the way with DJ Intelligence online wedding planner & even a music request list online. We’re often asked about how many songs should we put in the “must play” section? We offer this advice to keep ALL of your guest’s best interest in mind when deciding on a play list. We help on what genre’s to play or not play. Our music database is easy to use. Hit this link and see what it does: http://www.discjockeyserv.djintelligence.com/music/
Find the song or artist and click on it and it is put on a sheet and when you’re ready to send just push the bottom. Even your guest can send songs to us the same way. Got a problem thinking of songs no problem, just push the most requested song button and you have the Top 200, Top songs of the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s,etc. You even have a list of Best first dances, Mother/Son Dances, Father /Daughter, Bouquet/Garter. Most of our couples have complied a list of about 10-12 songs that they’d really like to hear at some point in the evening. Keep in mind that the average song is roughly 3 minutes long so when you multiple that by 60 minutes you have about 20 songs an hour played. Line dances are a great way to “break the ice” of any event and even more so if the event is held during the day light hours as most people associate “dance time” with it being dark outside.
Keeping your guests interests in mind, it is always a good idea to allow requests from the guests on your wedding day but within reason. In other words make clear to your DJ in advance if you want to stay away from certain songs or genres. For example we will always come to the bride if there is any questionable song before just playing it. If your personal request list for the dancing portion of the evening is more then a dozen or so songs, do make sure that the songs are ones that people can dance too. This is key to keeping the floor packed all evening. Also keep in mind to include songs that are well known to everyone. This is sure to keep things flowing on the floor too!