GREAT RE­CEP­TIONS DON’T HAP­PEN BY CHANCE

My Wedding - - THE WEDDING ASSOCIATES - By David Seel

Did you know that over sev­enty per­cent of brides sur­veyed af­ter their wed­ding say they would spend more time choos­ing their en­ter­tain­ment if they could do it again, and nearly all of them said they’d have al­lo­cated a larger slice of their bud­get to get a bet­ter re­sult. Fur­ther­more, over 80% of guests sur­veyed ad­mit­ted that the en­ter­tain­ment was the thing they re­mem­bered most!

Re­cep­tions that will be talked about long af­ter the wed­ding day re­quire care­ful chore­og­ra­phy. By the time your guests are en­joy­ing that first drink, you’ll have spent count­less hours or­gan­is­ing and plan­ning ev­ery last de­tail. Why then, is the en­ter­tain­ment value so of­ten over­looked, one of the last items cou­ples con­sider book­ing and one most cou­ples will try to spend the least amount of money on?

If you re­ally want your celebration to be a suc­cess, your guests need to be en­ter­tained from the mo­ment they ar­rive at the cer­e­mony through to the time they leave af­ter the last dance. Mu­sic sets the mood and en­ergy level for each stage of the day. You only have one chance to get it right, so the sound­track for your wed­ding must be skill­fully crafted and not just left to chance.

A DJ of any note should ask you about your taste in mu­sic, in par­tic­u­lar songs or tunes that have spe­cial mean­ing. They should also un­der­stand the de­mo­graphic of your guest list and tai­lor the mu­sic ac­cord­ingly. They will check on the tim­ing and or­der of events, and per­haps even sug­gest slight amend­ments to en­sure a smoother flow.

Too many cou­ples hand over the role of MC to a to­ken fam­ily mem­ber. Un­less they’re well versed in pub­lic speak­ing, event co­or­di­na­tion and the many wed­ding tra­di­tions, this can eas­ily lead to dis­as­ter. A good DJ will take the time to get to know you, your story, your jour­ney. They will work with you to en­sure a seam­less mix of speeches and en­ter­tain­ment, fri­vol­ity and se­ri­ous­ness, hi­lar­i­ous tales and poignant read­ings.

A wed­ding DJ’s job should not be just about the mu­sic, and your se­lec­tion of one should be based on their tal­ent and ser­vice, and def­i­nitely not on price.

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