Posts Tagged ‘wedding music’

December 15, 2013 11:41 am

Wedding Music Tips for a Memorable Event

Many couples might take the music for granted, but it’s actually a crucial part of wedding planning. From the prelude of your ceremony down to the last dance, music sets the tone of the entire event and keeps your guests entertained. However, planning your wedding music can seem like a lot of work, especially if you’re clueless on where to start. Here are a few melodic ideas to make your big day rock:

Don't forget the music when planning your wedding

Make a list of your favorite songs

You and your partner must have songs you both love. Make a general song list – regardless of lyrics, tempo, or melody. If you love a song’s melody but hate the lyrics, the best route is to go instrumental. After writing all of the possible titles, make a shortlist. Crash out the songs you think are too loud, too sad, too vulgar, or simply don’t jive with your wedding’s theme.

Consider your guests

This may be your wedding, but your guests are also a huge part of your day, too. If most of your guests are young, go ahead with jumpy, modern songs. If your audience is from the older generation, make sure to steer clear of rock or very loud tunes. Instead, choose mellow and classic songs. Those types are timeless.

Book your musicians early

The best time to book your musicians is 6 months in advance, especially if you’re tying the knot during wedding season. By booking too late, you might risk losing the wedding band you’ve been planning to hire. Before making a reservation though, make sure both parties know the full details before signing the contract.

Communicate with your wedding musicians

This should start before signing the contract and continue even after the reservation. Discussing with your wedding musicians – whether a live band, DJ, string quartet, or a capella singer – will help them help you make your wedding the day of your dreams. Give them the list of your suggested songs and ask them if they can play them. If you think your list lacks a few tunes, you can ask your musicians for their repertoire.

Talk with your venue managers

Visit your venue and determine what type of music you can have. If you are getting married in a church, chances are they have rules as to what songs can be played. If you’re holding the ceremony somewhere else, ask for sound restrictions or allowed instruments.

Ask for help

If you’re having trouble in any aspect of wedding music planning, you can always ask family and friends who just tied the knot. Asking for ideas from wedding music experts is a good option too. But remember, you still have the final say.

Happy wedding music planning!


Written by Melissa Page
Melissa Page is a regular contributor for a music agency that features the best
wedding bands Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Ayrshire can offer. Some of its bands include the Seattle wedding band, a Scottish band that plays extensively around Scotland.


November 21, 2013 10:21 am

How Much Is a Wedding DJ Worth?

Wedding DJ

We’ve all heard that familiar commercial come-on, “Now how much would you pay?”

A better question to ask a bride after a bargain-basement DJ ruined her wedding is, “How much would you have paid?”

When a bride tells us she found a cheaper DJ on Craigslist, or one of those directories that promise a hundred price quotes, we ask if we can follow up after her wedding and ask her to share her experience with her DJ. Those brides have been remarkably candid about what they paid for, and what they got.

Here are just a few of their comments:

  • “He showed up an hour late, and wearing a t-shirt and jeans to our formal wedding reception.”

  • “He must have ordered a dozen or more beers at the bar, and he appeared very drunk by the end of the night.”

  • “We were promised a specific DJ, but a total stranger showed up instead. He didn’t have our reception information, or the music we specifically requested.”

  • “He ignored our music request list and the requests by our guests, and played his favorite music instead.”

  • “He mispronounced several names while introducing the wedding party.”

  • “He played the music too loudly, and refused our repeated pleas to turn it down.”

  • “Our wedding venue refused to let the DJ perform because he didn’t have the required liability insurance; so we ended up with no DJ and no music.”

  • “He announced the Father-Daughter dance without checking to see that my father was in the room, then stopped the party for 5 minutes while we all searched for my dad.”

  • “He started our First Dance without checking to see that our photographer was in the room (he wasn’t); so we have no pictures of our First Dance.”

  • “He had the nerve to say: ‘What do you EXPECT for such a cheap price?’”

  • “We tried to reach him several times during the planning stage, but he took days or even weeks to respond.”

  • “I just assumed that all DJs were alike, and the cheapest one was the best value.”

So we asked those brides, “Knowing what you know now, would you have paid extra for a professional DJ instead of a cheap amateur?” The answer was a resounding “YES!” Not a single bride said, “No, our DJ did a horrible job, but we’re happy because we saved $300.”

Too many brides who choose their wedding vendors by price alone learn too late that there’s a reason the cheap ones are cheap: they simply don’t provide the level of service professionals provide.

So how do you avoid a DJ disaster?

Check out the DJ with the Better Business Bureau. If he’s not rated “A+” or “A” – or worse, if he’s not rated at all – RUN! If the BBB has never heard of him, it’s a big red flag that he’s not a legitimate wedding service provider.

Check for reviews on sites like Wedding Wire and Yelp. Bad DJs get bad reviews – or no reviews at all.

Take the time to actually meet with the DJ. Yes, it’s one more thing you have to do on top of a thousand other things as you plan your wedding, but you’ll feel a lot more confident knowing you’ve gotten to know the man who holds the fate of your reception in his hands.

You get only one chance to have a great wedding reception. Make it count. Do your homework. And don’t get cheap when it comes to your entertainment. It’s the one thing your guests will remember most. And they’ll remember whether you cared enough about them to hire a professional.

Jay Congdon is president of Fourth Estate Audio and a professional Chicago Wedding DJ since 1965.