A wedding is big and a huge day full of activities. Music comes to add to the fun as it fills the gaps in between the major activities, like cake cutting, exchange of vows etc.
Although it may seem like a filler, it is the most crucial item that your guests will associate you with each time they remember your wedding.
In this post, we have outlined the major places that music is a must whether you prefer a band or a dj:
The room should be warm and welcoming when the guests are arriving and getting sited. These are the perfect songs that will establish the mood for the whole day. They should be slow with a bit of energy.
Classical songs will be a good choice for a traditional themed wedding.
>Wedding party songs.
The processional should walk down the aisle with pop. The songs to accompany the wedding party should highlight the moments that are about to follow. The arrival of the bride.
>Arrival of the bridal party.
This is a good place to throw your best music choice or you may let the dj have their way in here. A dance as you walk down the aisle is not a bad idea also.
>Walking from the aisle.
You are now husband and wife! The best song should signify this as well as set the pace and tone of the remaining part of the day. Something funky and energetic will be a perfect choice. For example one by Florence and the machine “you’ve got the love”
By now the mode for upbeat music should be in the air. But don’t get the guests to the dance floor just yet.
The songs should be energetic with a high tempo as they define what your new spouse means to you. Go with what you actually love, hip-hop, rock, reggae, country etc, it’s your day and you have to enjoy it.
Make sure each group arriving at the reception have their own songs to accompany their style. The dj can choose these.
This is the time for guests to mingle so choose songs that are not that upbeat while at the same time maintain a cheerful mood in the room. Jazz will be a good choice at this hour.
Whether the mother-son, father-daughter or any other dance, make sure to choose songs that correspond with each group. When it comes to the dance floor, keep the energies up all through.
Finally, other wedding songs to choose are the ones to play during the cake cutting. You can even include a soundtrack if you feel that’s what goes with you. If not sure which kind of songs to play where let your dj or band do what they do best.
Apart from music, you need to keep your guests and yourself entertained all day and all night.
Entertainment adds a flair to your wedding keeping the day lively and the wedding reception jumping.
Below is a list of entertainment ideas that you can implement to add an amazing touch to your wedding:
1. A palm reader.
During dinner, add a little more excitement to the meals. Have a palm reader mingle with your guests at the tables and offer them palm reading. Predicting for them what the future holds for them and other predictions based on their palms.
2. A magician.
Hold your guests’ breadths for the longest time possible. A magician will be the perfect person to wow your guests with those tricks you see on “the circus”.
Whether during drinks or dinner, let them mingle with your guests and give them something to remember for the rest of their lives.
Yes. Hold a contest. Let guests who are spouses take on each other to see how best they understand each other.
This is bound to make the room livelier and fun.
4. The waiters.
Choose a group of waiters who can sing in unison as they serve your guests. The best part will be if the guests don’t have a clue of what’s happening. It will really fascinate them.
5. Old-fashioned dance.
The rules for this are very simple. Ladies on this side, men on this side and the dj fires anything. Trophies will be given to only two winners: the worst and the best dance moves.
Lastly, the above wedding entertainment ideas are not comprehensive. Why? You can still think of something funny or engaging to keep your guests guessing.
These small wedding entertainment will stick more in the minds of your guests.
The idea may seem silly and awkward but the effect it will have on your wedding is one that can’t be erased.
Whether you are having a wedding, housewarming party, graduation party, etc. a dj will add a flair to the fun. The best place to get a DJ is in your town or city. A local DJ has more of an advantage than a DJ from outside your area.
But how can you ensure that you hire the best for your upcoming event? Well, below are some of the most important qualities that you should look for in a local DJ:
Always trust your instincts when choosing a local DJ. Chooses one that you personally feel at ease with and don’t be bullied into choosing a DJ that you may not particularly like.
By finding a DJ whom you feel at ease with will help when you need to raise and discuss issues. It will make you ask questions and clarifications without having that inner fear.
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This will give you an idea of what level of experience the DJ has. It will further strengthen or clear any doubts you may be having. Knowing your big day is in the hands of an experienced DJ will give you a chance to enjoy the day with the rest of the audience.
Depending on the size of the venue of the event, you will have to consider the kind of equipment the DJ will be using. For example, how strong is the sound system and how much distance can it cover?
This is in case you are holding the event in an open ground with a huge number of attendees. For enclosed venues, for example in the house, this may not be a big issue since the size of the venue is small.
The quality of the sound should also be considered. You won’t like a situation whereby the sound coming from the sound systems irritates.
Rate and service.
Depending on the budget you have, you must consider the price. Depending on the services you would like offered DJs have different pricing. For example, will you need those fancy DJ lighting, the smoke machine, portable dance floor etc. you will also need to consider a written agreement after you have agreed on the rates and pricing. This will act as a legally binding contract between you and the DJ.
Ensure the contract explains how the DJ will handle emergencies. E.g. In case of equipment failure or if they fail to show up on the big day.
The biggest reason to invite the DJ to your event is them to provide musical entertainment. You should, therefore, inquire how the DJ will handle the playlist. Do they prefer making the playlist by themselves or will they involve you?
If you have a playlist in mind, you would like to involve a DJ who takes that into consideration. They should also have the expertise to customize the playlist to fit the event. I.e. A wedding playlist can never fit into a graduation party event.
The best way to make sure you have a clear knowledge of the DJ beforehand is to visit them when they are at an event and judge their services when they are offering them.
Finding references will also help you in making an informed decision.
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