You’ve begun to start making plans for the most special day of your lives but you don’t really know what to do and even where to start. Let us help. I personally have over 20 years of experience at weddings and have seen just about everything! If I could only give you one piece of advice, it would be this…
1. Do It Your Way!
Before you begin shopping for flowers, dresses and venues, sit down with your significant other and talk about what makes your relationship special. Are you super fun and just want a day for all of your friends and family to enjoy and remember? Are you traditional and want a wedding full of memories and special moments? Or maybe you’re somewhere in between? Anything you want to do during your wedding day is okay. Use your imagination and be creative.
Plan something special for just you two that you’ve always wanted to do. Which leads me to my second piece of advice…
2. Get Organized – Use our planning forms
Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to have every minute of your wedding and reception planned out. Create an e-mail address just for your wedding contacts that both of you can access. This will keep everything in one place and you’ll never have to search your personal e-mail for hours just for the phone number of your caterer or wedding DJ. Keep a wedding planner for your appointments and keep all the wedding papers and brochures in one binder. Remember, your wedding and wedding reception will be the biggest events that you ever plan. So make sure you…
3. Get Some Good Advice
And don’t be afraid to use it! That advice can come from all kinds of different sources. Whether it is Mom and Dad, friends, wedding professionals like ProHost Entertainment or even trusted online sources like The Knot and Wedding Wire. There aren’t really any second chances on your wedding day. Everything needs to go right the first time. This is why wedding professionals must be good at what they do. If someone is charging you a really low rate there is a good chance it is because they are inexperienced or don’t take the responsibility very seriously. This is exactly why you should always…
4. Hire Professional Wedding Vendors
Now that does not mean that your friend that is a photographer or your aunt with a catering business is not a professional! By all means, if you have friends and family that want to help you out and you trust them you should do it. It is very important that you like the people that are attending your wedding and, like it or not, your wedding vendors will be guests at your wedding and they will be part of your wedding memories.
5. Hire Wedding Vendors That You Like
If you meet a vendor and you think they might do a good job but your personalities clash, I don’t suggest working with them. Working with a professional wedding vendor that you enjoy being around and has a similar personality to yours and your finances will probably think like you and will: like music that you like or take photos that you like or serve your guests like you would. What could be better than being surrounded by people that you like on your wedding day? But remember the most important thing…
6. Have Fun!!
Guest will probably be late. Your schedule will probably need some last minute changes. That’s okay because your wedding day is about the first day of the rest of your lives together. Pack some comfy dancing shoes for the reception, hug everyone twice, dance with your family, laugh, eat and cry. Just don’t forget to let loose!!
What’s Your Wedding Music Style?
Now onto planning your wedding entertainment!
Confused about what music to play at your ceremony or reception?
Start thinking about the music that makes you happiest. Is it contemporary like Michael Buble, Colbie Cailat and Jason Mraz? Is it classic like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones and Van Morrison? Is it fun, light and easy like Four Tops, Temptations, Michael Jackson and Neil Diamond?
ProHost Entertainment will also bring song suggestions for everything from your cake cutting to garter toss to your grand entrance and your last dance to your reception just in case. ProHost Entertainment WILL play your song requests – guaranteed! Want to listen to a radio station that just plays wedding music?
HOW OUR DJS ARE DIFFERENT THAN CRAIGSLIST PERFORMERS OR A FAMILY FRIEND WITH A PA SYSTEM
The rapid evolution of the internet has led to a marketplace where it is easy to find any product or service online. But finding a service is just part of the equation. You also need to assess the credibility of the service, and compare it to competing services to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money.
What does this mean for you when you are looking for wedding entertainment? It means that you need to be careful, and you need to fully understand that there is a difference between paying the lowest price and receiving the greatest value.
Disc Jockeys are the typical choice for less expensive wedding reception entertainment. Oftentimes, a DJ not only provides the music, but also acts as a master of ceremonies. For this reason, it’s important to choose someone who has a personality that suits your wedding style. The American Disc Jockey Association says DJ rates vary based on experience, emcee ability, equipment, music knowledge and personality.
Professional DJ services range from roughly $100 to $300 per hour, depending on the location and amount of time requested and type of equipment requested. In general, the more time you book, the cheaper the price. Most expect a 50% deposit upon reservation.
Many couples on a tight budget opt to rent a sound system and have a friend act as both DJ and MC. Equipment rental varies by type and location, but average roughly $75 – $270 for a dual or 4-tray CD player, audio mixer and two speakers. Corded microphones run about $15 – $20 each; wireless or “lapel” microphones are about $40 each.
Some companies offer “jukebox” systems, with pre-loaded music lists to choose from. Rental costs range from $325 – $400 per day.
One of the newest trends is the “iPlay” type of sound system, which allows you to amplify pre-loaded music from an iPod. These systems, which can be rented for about $175 per day, are best for smaller, more intimate weddings, since the speakers are only between 10 and 12-inches and may not provide enough volume for a large reception.
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As a wedding DJ, it is important to remember that you are not just playing music, but you are also a key part of creating the overall atmosphere and energy of the event. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Communicate with the couple to understand their musical preferences and any specific requests they may have.
2. Have a diverse range of music available, including classics, current hits, and special songs requested by the couple or guests.
3. Plan the music based on the timeline of the event, such as playing more mellow music during dinner and more upbeat music during the dance floor portion of the evening.
4. Be aware of the volume of the music and adjust accordingly based on the size of the venue and the comfort of the guests.
5. Be flexible and able to read the crowd to ensure that everyone is having a good time.