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Wedding Music – Band or DJ?
We can’t decide between a DJ, or a live band. We thought maybe you could help!
I will certainly do my best! I can’t say that one is better than the other, just different. A versatile band, one that can read the crowd, and get people of all ages on the dance floor, is great! The downside? Cost! Live bands are the priciest way to go. On the other hand, DJs have a bit more flexibility. They have umpteen different songs at their disposal, and sweet sound systems, too!
A really good Pittsburgh DJ will encourage your guests to get their groove on by selecting the right mix of songs, and entertaining with a lighthearted banter! It really depends on what atmosphere you want to have at your reception. Either of the two are good choices!
When should I book my DJ? What are some tips on choosing the right one?
It is never too early to start booking vendors for your wedding, especially those that only offer their services to one customer per day. You should book your disc jockey 18 to 24 months in advance. Set appointments to meet with prospects as soon as possible and book your DJ as soon as you have made your decision. If you have difficulty contacting a disc jockey or he does not return your call within 24 hours, it’s possible he’s too busy or unprofessional. Either way, it may mean problems in the future.
When choosing your Pittsburgh disc jockey make sure you check references & read reviews. A good reputation is probably the most important asset to look for in a disc jockey! Keep in mind the entertainment is going to set the whole tone for your reception. Be sure to choose a true professional who is serious about their career, takes pride in what they do, and specializes in weddings. Remember, they are the key to a smooth reception, so be sure you can communicate easily with this person. Your entertainment company will be performing, more often than not, from the moment your guests arrive. You’re going to want someone with whom you truly feel comfortable.
A good DJ must have a voice that can be clearly understood and good equipment to project that voice. Speaking too fast can be a downfall for a DJ. We don’t want Aunt Martha looking at Uncle George with a lost look in her eyes, wondering if their table was just announced to go to the buffet! Be sure your DJ has a vast music library, so he can provide the needed alternatives throughout your event. If you are having a very formal wedding you surely don’t want “Guns & Roses” playing during your sit down dinner! On the other hand, if the party is really rockin’, Frank Sinatra wouldn’t be appropriate either!
Make sure you have a contract. The contract should be understood by both parties before it is signed. Plans for your ceremony, reception, special songs, deposits, payments, any overtime fees, transportation, equipment, even if a meal is included for the DJ and his personnel should all be in the contract.
Communication with your DJ is of the utmost importance. Make sure he has an itinerary of the order in which all your events will take place; the cake cutting, toasts, garter and bouquet tosses, special dances, etc. Stay in contact with your DJ throughout the reception, keeping him informed of any changes.
A good disc jockey will get your guests involved in the festivities. His ability to connect with your guests will be one of his most important assets. Before the end of the reception, who knows, you may just see Aunt Martha and Uncle George out there doing the electric slide!