Your wedding entertainment will be one of the most remembered parts of your wedding day. Think about your theme and the tone of the event you are planning. Your entertainment will play an important role in creating the atmosphere. These tips should help you find the wedding entertainment to create the experiences you want.
Things to Consider
Before booking a live band or DJ, there are a few things to consider, such as the size of the venue and your budget. Some venues have space and sound restrictions to consider. Make sure your venue can accommodate the wedding entertainment you want. Live wedding entertainment is usually more expensive than hiring a DJ. Bands typically charge between $2,000 and $8,000. In contrast, a DJ costs between $600 and $2,500. Do not let the budget make all the decisions about your wedding entertainment. You can negotiate the best prices through a wedding planner or a wedding venue’s preferred vendors.
The Influence of Style
Music should be seamless, smooth and easy on the ears. Keep in mind that every musician and DJ will have their own style, which will influence the experience. A live band performs their rendition of your favorite songs. DJs mix your tracks together with creative methods on different types of decks. Live bands take breaks between sets. DJs provide a continuous flow of music. If you have an appreciation for music and live performances, you might prefer the live experience. If you want the club-style performance that never stops, a DJ might be the better option. Keep in mind that mixing tracks is more than hitting play. There is a certain amount of talent and skill involved in fading out low, mid and high ranges of the music and mixing with other tracks. Some DJs scratch records with turntables and needles. The style will affect the beat and how you dance to the music on your playlist. When you are interviewing talent, ask questions about their skills and techniques.
Interview Your Wedding Entertainment
Always interview your wedding entertainment. Booking agents have a job to book talent, but your wedding day deserves the time spent on an interview with the actual talent. Make sure you have an opportunity to watch bands and DJs live or review a collection of videos. A band or DJ can be exceptionally talented musically, but lack stage presence. The best fit for your wedding will have experience, talent and stage presence. Your talent must be able to create an interactive experience where guests will move, celebrate and have fun. This requires interaction between the talent and guests to motivate and entertain beyond the music.
Put It in Writing
Contracts take time and no one likes them until they need them. It is important to take the time to review your contracts and make sure that specific information is included. Your contract should include all the details, such as the time and location of the performance, the number of musicians or DJs, dress code, the deposit, refund policy, payment schedule, a list of the requested songs and the timeline. If there are additional agreements, make sure they are always written into the contract.
Choosing the Right MC
The Master of Ceremonies, commonly known as an MC, is essential to the wedding celebration. They will make introductions and make sure the celebration follows a timeline. This role is not to be confused with a day of event coordinator. This is your official announcer that creates a transition between music and important events. They will grab the attention of guests and interact with the party over a microphone. Make sure your wedding entertainment includes a MC.
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