Choosing the Perfect Wedding DJ by Michiel Van Kets

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When planning your wedding there is always a lot of detail and arrangements to be made so it’s best to be prepared and make yourself a list. A list can ensure you don’t miss anything out help you prioritise things to do, and sort out what details need to be booked first.

The entertainment at your reception is one such item that should be high on your tick list, and it’s wise to book it well in advance as popular and well-known wedding singers and djs are booked up very early and you don’t want to miss getting the best!

When carrying out your research the first thing you need to do is decide how much you can afford and stick to it. You’ll be surprised at the difference in price quotes you’ll get – as with anything the cheapest will more than likely also be the worst but you don’t necessarily have to opt for the most expensive either. Check out how much experience they have and what the price includes as well as references and customer testimonials and go with the one you yourself like the best after listening to a video of them.

Don’t forget to ask them for details, such as how long their set lasts for; times they play from and to; breaks; and if there are any extras costs you need to be aware of like transport or accommodation arrangements and so on.

Always ask people you know if they have any recommendations, perhaps they had a great dj play at their own wedding or know of a friend who works part-time as one and is very good. Friends, people you work with and your own family together add up to a lot of people so it’s always worth asking around. Then make a shortlist of acts you want to contact for further information.

Once you have selected 2 or 3 djs you like the sound of it’s time to set up an interview with them. Meeting up with them in person means you can get to know them a little and ask them about their style – find out if they joke with the audience, what payment methods do they accept, and generally just see if you like them and are happy to book them for the night. You will probably be getting together more than a few times before the wedding day arrives to discuss your song list so it makes sense to go with someone you have a rapport with.

Djs have to have insurance and a license to play so check they comply with these regulations before booking them. It’s also recommended you get a contract, can you imagine if it all goes horribly wrong on your wedding day and there’s nothing you can do about it because you didn’t have anything in writing?

Take a look online and you’ll find some of the UK’s top wedding singers advertising their services, these are the ones that are booked well in advance so you have to be quick off the mark if you want them to play at your wedding.

A top wedding dj know all the favourites, how to stir the crowd up and get them up and dancing. They’ll have compiled a song list with thousands of tracks covering all kinds of styles from love songs and slow dance to pop and chart, disco and well-known favourites. Put your heads together to tailor your own wedding music list and don’t forget to arrange the song for the first dance!

A professional should be set up, have completed their sound check and be ready for when the guests start to arrive. Basic costs should include pre-recorded background music, the first dance, a few hours of live singing in segments throughout the evening, a fully functional and supervised disco in between live sets for a full evening’s music and an extensive disco playlist. Your wedding singer might offer extras from pre-recorded music whilst you have dinner, to an L.E.D. light Show or a dance floor of bubbles!

Searching for a wedding singer Bristol, or in any other location, the internet always brings up lots of options, go to wedding entertainment websites and listen to song list wedding sung by the artists themselves, watch a video of the show, or see their music sample list. Don’t waste anymore time – be organised and start looking today!

Michiel Van Kets writes articles for The Wedding Singer, James Barlow is a singer and dj wedding, providing wedding entertainment for over 70 receptions every year in venues, being an available wedding singer bristol. Music from song list wedding for you to choose from is displayed on the website.

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October 7, 2014 |

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