Rather than impersonal chats on email and phones, we would love to meet you at your venue before and after booking for an informal chat. We can also come to your home or a suitable venue near you (such as a restaurant). We are based near Beaulieu, so you can always come to us. You would not invite a stranger to your wedding, so we’d like to get to know you before the big day and ensure you feel 100% confident that we are the best option for your wedding.
If you do not have the time to meet with us or live a distance away then we are also available for Skype/ FaceTime meetings.
When are you able to meet us?
Week days are perfect if you are free during the day or have the day off from work. We are also available on weekday evenings, which is the most popular option. Weekends are obviously quite a busy time for us, especially with all day weddings, but we do have the odd day off on the weekend, so if you have a coordination meeting or are meeting other suppliers then we will always try and see you at the same time. The initial planning meeting takes about 30 minutes, the evening booking meetings usually take about 40 minutes and all day bookings about 1 hour. It usually depends on how much information you have to hand or the complexity of your wedding plans.
What should we expect from the initial meeting?
The initial meeting is a chance for you to ask us questions and to see if we are the right supplier for you. Meeting with us is free and you are under no obligation to book. We will tend to ask you a few questions about your day, so it’s worth bringing your planning information with you, which may include other suppliers, timings and an idea of the music that you like.
Please look at the following pages to get a good idea of what we do, but more importantly what to expect on your wedding day and questions to ask us at the meeting.
Advice (a whole treasure-trove of advice including music lists!): Advice
Have a look at video of us in action; you will see all sorts of ideas: Videos
Extras available: Extras
Careys clients (lots of videos & photos): Careys
Post booking meetings:
If you decide to book with us then we will usually have one more planning meeting for an evening booking and up to two planning meetings for an All Day wedding booking. You will meet the DJ you have been assigned so can ask them directly what you want. It’s best to meet at your venue and it is worth having it after your planning meeting with your wedding coordinator, as you will have much more of an idea of what’s happening and when. Bring along a track list and ideas of your music requirements. Also bring your wedding planning information, such as venue timelines and details of other suppliers or even ideas you may have from research on the internet. If you want a good place to chat with other brides/grooms then this is a very good forum: http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/forum/
It may be helpful for you to arrange a few supplier meetings on the same day or weekend; that way you get everything done at once and can relax a bit more. Why not make a day or evening of it and have dinner in between meetings? We will sit down with you and take any necessary information relating to your wedding plans. This usually includes: names of key wedding party (parents, batsmen, bridesmaids and ushers), times of what and when on the day, information relating to your honeymoon plans and anything else that may be useful for your function. The All Day bookings, for example, will require more information when compared to the evening only.
For the All Day we will often ask you for a story about yourselves; this is typically a journey from when you first met, to the proposal or any thing else that you think your guests will find interesting and amusing. This is often read out prior to your grand entrance. We also ask for three main things that you have been looking forward to on the day, as well as possible little things that really get on each other’s nerves, or that you most love about each other. More information here. We also have a range of interactive ideas that can suit you and also involve your guests. Table quizzes after the speeches are always a fun way to do this.