Music is one of the most important elements of a wedding reception. Your choice of music helps to create the perfect ambiance for the event. Every couple has their taste and preference, whether it’s soft classics or heavy beats, it is a part of your wedding theme and should be enjoyable for all of your guests.
There are two options for wedding music – a live band or a DJ. Both are great, but they each set a different tone for the reception, so it important that you make the right choice. There are four simple essentials to keep in mind in order to get the best deal from a wedding band or DJ.
Get A Detailed Quote
You must get a detailed quote from the company that includes everything you need and want. This point cannot be overemphasized. You want to be sure that whoever you hire will be able to provide everything you want. Most DJ companies and wedding bands have different packages to choose from.
If you want to choose the playlist for the reception, make sure the DJ offers this option or the band will learn your preferred songs, and find out the cost. Find out their hourly rates, the length of their breaks, and the kind of PA they will be using. Find out if the band is going to MC portion of the event and if that is included in the pricing.
It’s also very important to find out if the quoted price includes a microphone for your toasts and the speeches that will be given. If you don’t discuss the small details and the band or DJ does not offer a detailed written quote, you may end up disappointed on your big day. Avoid any unnecessary stress by being as specific as possible when explaining what you want and make sure your requests are reflected in the quote.
Get Proof Of Performance Quality
It is important to get a taste of what the band or DJ will be like at your reception. The only way to be sure that you will be happy with their performance is to see them in action. There are thousands of DJ’s and wedding reception bands out there, but you need to remember that all DJs and bands are not created equally.
There are several ways to assess their skills. You can request videos of weddings they have worked or ask if you can observe them for a short time working another wedding. You can also ask for reviews from other clients they have performed for. Most happy customers would not mind answering an email or a short phone call to give social proof. Watching the band or DJ in action and talking to other clients will also provide you with an opportunity to assess the quality of their equipment.
Keep Your Guests In Mind
This important factor is often overlooked. If you are hiring a Band or a DJ to get your guests dancing and keep them on their feet, then you need to hire someone who knows and understands the kind of music your guests will respond to. Think about the kind of music do you want your parents to dance to. How about your friends? Hire a wedding band, singer, or DJ who will play the kind of music that will make your wedding memorable.
Get Everything In Writing
In life, there are no guarantees. Signing a contract will certainly make everything much easier. Remember, you will have a lot of planning to do and chances are you will be booking the band several weeks or months before your wedding. Having all of the details written in a contract will ensure that you get what you expect on your wedding day. Most reputable wedding bands and DJ companies require that you sign a contract and pay a deposit.
Hiring a DJ or a band for your wedding does not have to be a daunting task. If you are prepared, it can actually be a lot of fun. Asking for recommendations and referrals and doing your own research will ensure that you have a memorable wedding.