First and foremost, be sure you really feel comfy with your DJ/Band company representative. If you are not comfortable with the first one you contact, move on... there are plenty of choices out there. Remember, the DJ/Band company you choose will play a big part in the success or failure of your reception. You need to like the people you are dealing with.

Secondly, do not be afraid to ask loads of questions. Most people hardly ever hire a DJ/Band in their lifetime, so you are not alone if you feel you aren’t sure what to ask. Any firm that isn’t very happy to help you get what you want, and completely answer all your questions, ought to give you a warning sign.

A few essential questions to ask before you make a decision

  1. How long have they been in the wedding business? You should go with a skilled band or DJ. Expertise will usually yield a better and higher quality performance.

  2. Do they have any references? You must take the time to examine references and contact the referees. If the band is unable to supply references, you need to walk.

  3. Do they play steadily for the entire occasion?

  4. Can they play the songs you wish to hear? The more songs they'll play the better. Bands usually have song lists of all of the songs they will play so ask them to give you that list.

  5. Have they got a demo CD, so you'll be able to sample their music? Is it possible for you to see one of their performances? There is no substitute for seeing a band in action.

Check restrictions before choosing your music

When selecting the music for each portion of your ceremony, you may find that some religious venues have strict tips on what may and may not be performed inside that venue. You must check on these restrictions before choosing your music. In all of your musical alternatives, keep in mind the emotion you would like to convey. Effectively choosing songs of significance will add much more meaning to your special day. A great musician, who has had experience with weddings, ought to be able to provide you with appropriate selections if you get stuck.

To dance or not to dance

The Dance - At night music is (obviously) a must. This is why you hired your DJ or live band. In the stages of planning, do get involved as much as possible in what you want to your DJ or Musicians to play or not to play so that you and your guests are not disappointed. When you plan your playlist, take into account the ages and musical preferences of nearly all of your friends as well as your own tastes. Once more, skilled DJ’s and Musicians ought to be able to provide you with good ideas for what to play.

Some wedding ceremony receptions will not allow dancing. The music is then more for background than for dancing. This could possibly be the best choice for older couples getting married with just a few friends and family present. But most receptions allow dancing. This can be a time for everyone to get out and have fun. In case you are fascinated by having any dancing, it’s best to have something for your friends to do besides sit and talk. Of course, whether you want to have dancing or not is up to you. You have to choose the right venue.

If you choose to have dancing, it doesn’t matter what ages your friends are, they'll enjoy the funny dances in addition to quick and sluggish dancing. Ensure you have a mix of music to suit everyone.