What you expect when you hire a professional Disc Jockey for your wedding reception.
- A professional will have a contract, not just to protect himself but for your protection. When it’s written down there’s no doubt what was said and that leads into the next important part….
- The wedding questionnaire. It is so important. It is the script of the flow of the reception.
- Keeping in touch with the bride both by personal meetings, phone and e-mail. Since wedding plans change over time, contact is important as changes to the wedding questionnaire happen all the time. A wedding is fluid and a professional knows that.
- A professional will arrive in plenty of time to set-up, talk to other vendors, make sure everything is working properly and ready to go when the guests start to arrive. They are dressed appropriately as requested and have the songs requested by the bride for their special dances.
- Has your DJ attended any conferences or meet with other DJs to polish his skills and keep abreast of the new trends being done at events that they can suggest making your event more memorable? Does the DJ give you his resume that gives you a picture of what he has done? Does he have references for you?
- Professional equipment. You don’t need to know brands and audio specs unless your into to that, but it should not be some home unit put together.
- Does the DJ carry a wide variety of music that spans the decades so your grandparents have songs that they can enjoy and dance too.
- Have you ever thought of a voice-over for your special dances. Has your DJ heard about it and does he know how to do them.There are a number ofthings that goes into any wedding and that is why you will find prices all over the spectrum and each disc jockey company offers different services for the prices they charge. Some have packages others deal ala Carte for their services.
- Does the price you pay for your DJ include face-to-face meeting with you or only e-mail correspondance.
- Does the DJ have enough experience to help you with the flow of your reception and have the knowledge to suggest things that will make your reception a reception to remember.
- Does the DJ play at the appropiate music level at the event. The level during dinner should not be the level at dance time.
Now your ready to get your Disc Jockey for your wedding reception's music and entertainment and you are ready to talk to him. Hoping did not make your DJ selection the last thing on your" to do list". Bad mistake.
First you should have some idea as to how you would like your event to go.
1. How are the bridal party and couple going to be announced?
2. Are you going to do any of the traditional wedding dances,Mother/Son, Father/Daughter or maybe dance with the grandparents and of course the bride and groom's first dance.
3. What kind of budget do you have in mind allocated for music and entertainment?
4. Do you want the Disc Jockey to be interactive or low key or somewhere in between?
5. Will you be doing anything special that the DJ needs to know? Dance routines are the craze now.
6. Does the DJ have a contract, questionnaire and time lines that they use?
7. Do you need a DJ for the ceremony for microphones and music?
8. Is the wedding ceremony at the same place as the reception?
9. Do you have an idea about the types of music you want played and the bigger question what music do you not want played? Will the DJ take requests from your guests and honor your no play list?
10. Will you be doing the bouquet toss, garter toss, dollar dance or some other activity or none of these?
These 10 suggestions should get you thinking and you certainly can come up with more of your own. Jot these down on paper so you are ready to begin to talk to your Disc Jockey. Just don't start with, "How much do you charge?" Purchasing a service is not like buying a pair of Levi jeans. You can call stores and check what Levi jeans cost because 501 is the same in every store, so price becomes a factor, not so with DJs. Service and cost can be all over the place. A professional DJ custom tailor's your event to what it is that you want and can afford. Price is important but it is not the only thing to consider. One size doesn't fit all. Good luck with that pair of Levi's.
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
Disc Jockey Services plays at the Grand Opening of Dick's in Willow Lawn July 14th