Entertainment at a Wedding is one of those wedding biggy’s and having a great time and ensuring a packed dance floor is key, so today I am thrilled to share some advice on how to choose your Wedding DJ from the Live Events Group.
Simon Ross is joint director at the Live Events Group a company providing DJ and disco services to corporate and private functions.
The Live Events Group appear on a number of prestigious venue’s suppliers lists and have hosted events alongside various celebrities and dignitaries.
They have also worked with the Wedding Ideas team for a number of years and have provided the after-show entertainment at their awards ceremony in London for the last 3 years.
They are once again taking up DJ duties at the Tower Hotel in January 2014.
Here, Simon has outlined ten tips for choosing your Wedding DJ.
1. Many venues have an in-house DJ but don’t feel pressurised into using them. Feel free to shop around and find the right company for your special day.
2. Where possible, look to meet with your Wedding DJ and consider doing this before you book them.
Ask them about their hosting style, their DJ style and you will be able to gauge if they are the right person to be a part of your wedding day.
3. A DJ can help with other aspects of your wedding day and not just the evening disco.
They can also supply music and lighting for your Ceremony, the signing of the register, background music during the Wedding Breakfast and microphones for speeches for example.
4. When you first contact your DJ try to supply as much detail about your day as possible.
Through understanding your plans, your DJ can provide a more accurate quote and maybe even suggest options you hadn’t considered to enhance the day.
5. Consider the timings and how best to keep a natural flow to your day.
Your DJ will be able to advise on the best time for the First Dance, cutting the cake, buffet etc.
Also remember that a DJ will need time to to set up.
This can typically take up to an hour and so you might like to ask if they can set up earlier in the day.
6. Make sure your wedding DJ has the necessary paperwork and insurances.
As a minimum they will require Public Liability Insurance and Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T) certification to cover each of their electrical items.
7. Ensure your supplier provides you with receipts and a booking confirmation.
Also take time to read their terms and conditions as this will often contain useful information.
8. Check a company’s testimonials and feel free to ask for references.
You may even like to speak to previous clients to see how they felt about the whole experience.
9. Provide your DJ with guidelines on the types of songs you do and don’t want played at your wedding.
Supply a list of your favourite tunes but remember music that sounds good in the car for example, might not be suitable at a party.
Have your favourites but consider the guests and family who might like to dance as well.
10. When it comes to prices, expect to pay around 5% of your total wedding budget.
For example on a £10,000 wedding, that would equate to around £500
From my point of view I had a Wedding DJ instead of a band and it was one of the best decisions I made for my day.
The dance floor was packed all night and everyone had a really good time.
It may sound cheesy but I think crowd pleasers like Dancing Queen, The Timewarp and YMCA make a wedding along with a sprinkling of 60’s through to present day chart hits.
If you would like some more guidance on choosing the right Wedding DJ or if you would you like to hire the Live Events Group to DJ at your wedding:
Contact Live Events Group