The first steps

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change, rest and get ready. “Think, too, about when you need your re­cep­tion band or DJ to ar­rive to sound check. Is the room they’re per­form­ing in the same room as the din­ner? If so, can they ar­rive well in ad­vance to sound check be­fore any­one takes their seats? The last thing you want is your meal in­ter­rupted by ‘mic check, one, two’!”

$V!ZHOO!DV!ÀQGLQJ!RXW!ZKDW!\RX!FDQ!GR! with the avail­able space, it’s es­sen­tial to be fully aware of what you can’t do. Rules and reg­u­la­tions vary greatly from venue to YHQXH#!DQG!FRYHU!HYHU\WKLQJ!IURP!ÀQLVKLQJ! time to noise lev­els. “Some venues have a sound lim­iter, which cuts off the mu­sic au­to­mat­i­cally if you go over a cer­tain vol­ume,” says Holly. “If so, make sure your band or DJ know about this so they don’t get you in trou­ble!” If your venue has a list of pre­ferred en­ter­tain­ment sup­pli­ers, check whether you’re al­lowed to use any­one not on that list – and if so, whether there’s an as­so­ci­ated ex­tra charge.

Once you’ve cho­sen your acts, make sure ev­ery­one’s clear about what’s ex­pected on both sides be­fore you sign on the dot­ted line. You should cover the ba­sics – how long they’ll per­form for, whether they’re pro­vid­ing their own sound equip­ment – as well as the more in­tri­cate de­tails. “A lot of cou­ples re­alise only too late that the en­ter­tain­ment they have booked come with re­quests of their own,” ex­plains Holly. “Bands of­ten have a rider, which is es­sen­tially a list of things they need to be able to per­form. These range from the sim­ple (wa­ter, VQDFNV'!WR!WKH!VSHFLÀF! (hand tow­els, three­course hot meals, their own green room). In lots of cases, these are con­trac­tual, so al­ways make sure you read the ÀQH!SULQW!DQG!SODQ!DKHDG! if they are non-ne­go­tiable.”

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