Wedding entertainment advice & help
My clients often say “this is the first time I am booking a DJ, I don’t know what to look for”, so in this article I have listed all the things you need to consider when booking live entertainment for your event.
1: Your main choices:
DIY disco: £250 – £450 (You collect/set up):
Cheapest entertainment option
You can choose the music type
Not so good with a mixed crowd (i.e. wedding)
You have to collect, set up, operate & return
Guests can tamper with music & equipment
Premium musician / duet (£400 – £800):
Cost effective option for the live experience
Can be booked for the whole day (often at a cheaper price)
Might be a bit ‘Samy’ after a while & bore your guests
Premium DJ (£500 – £800):
Can play music, but also direct & present formalities
Lots of outdated, cheesy or unprofessional DJ’s about!
Can be used to play music all day at weddings
You only rely & on one person so less risk
Premium Live band (£800 – £1500):
Great to have a full professional live performance
Quite a bit more expensive
Not all guests might like live music
You rely on a lot of people which adds risk
Premium band & DJ (£1,200 – £2,000):
The best of both worlds for the music
Can take up a lot of space
2: Pick entertainment that suits you & your venue:
3: Do your research
4: Get some quotes
Yes, I know, shopping for dresses & planning your honeymoon is a lot more fun, but spend a few hours on Google & several mugs of tea later – your done! When you have 3-4 favourites get in touch with them for availability & a quote. Make sure that you include your venue, date & your musical preferences. You can add a bit more information such as guest numbers, access (stairs etc) & times. The more information they have the easier it is to give you a quote. Sit back & relax.
5: Pick a budget
6: Arrange a meeting – ask questions:
A: How long have you been in business, are you full time?
B: Are you a specialist for my event?
C: Have you played at my venue before & will you liaise with the venue or make a site visit?
D: Do you have Public Liability insurance (PLI) & a portable appliance certificate PAT?
D: Can I formulate a list of music & can guests make requests on the night?
E: Can I meet you, do you offer phone, online video or in person consultations?
F: What equipment do you use?
G: Do you provide a written contract?
H: Will it be you who is Djing on the day?
I: Do you have provision if something goes wrong?
J: What makes you different?
8: Book, receive a contract & pay a booking fee
Relax for now. Your hard work is done.
9: One month prior to your event:
Hopefully this has been useful for you, If you are interested in booking me as your wedding DJ then please do fill out the form below for a brochure, pricelist & a list of my favourite local suppliers: