Tips to Having a Great Music on Your Big Day
Never underestimate the power of some good tunes – and a good musician to get the party going. Whether you want to spend money on a band or a DJ is your call; most wedding planners say it’s a good idea to offer some type of music. The music is where the fun comes in. The lead musician or DJ is typically an emcee: They are the one who controls the flow of the evening – and give guests peace of mind – by letting everyone know where to leave gifts, when it’s time for the bouquet toss, when the bar the open, and when it’s time to go home, among other things. By the time the reception rolls around, you’ll also need to clarify these issues:
Play it Again
Be specific when it comes to the music you want to be played. If you’ve hired a live band, you’ve obviously selected them because you like what they play. If it’s a DJ, the music choices are nearly limitless. Give the DJ a list of songs you want played or access to. Try not to box the person in too much; an experienced DJ will be able to pick up on the vibe of the crowd and improvise here and there. The key is to choose a DJ you trust – someone whom you know won’t play a potentially offensive song.
It’s a Setup
Make sure you know how much setup time the musician or DJ needs for equipment, and this jives with the hours you have access to the venue. Be specific about the music that you want to be play on your wedding day. You don’t want to risk getting blared out by a heavy-metal band or any tunes that could kill the ambiance of you wedding event. This is something that most of them are looking out for.
Time is Right
In most cases you want guests to enjoy their meal and dessert while being able to carry on a conversation, so hold off on the music until after the cake is eaten. In some instances, such as a Sunday brunch, soft background music may be appropriate and quite inviting. It depends on how you can liven up the wedding. It also depends on the timing of the reception program. It is always better to stick with it so that you can do the right thing as a DJ.
Did You Hear That?
If you’re going to the trouble and expense of hiring a musician, make sure guests can hear the person or group. The rhythm of a solo guitarist sitting at the back of a huge room may get lost in the din of guests. On the opposite spectrum are bands or DJs with huge speakers positioned inches away from guests at tables, disrupting conversation.
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