Quality entertainment is key to ensuring a great party and whether you choose a DJ, band or fire dancers, there are several key questions you need to ask before booking. Asking these few, simple, straight-forward questions will give you the details necessary to make the right decision for your big day – and your budget.
Fit and Flair
First and foremost, make sure the person or group you choose suits your personality and the event theme. The music and any performers should tell a story, capture the essence of YOU as a couple and be right for the timing of the evening. If you’ll work with a DJ, plan to go with a format that includes subdued music during the cocktail hour and dinner party and top 100 hits to get the crowd moving during the dance party. If a band is more your style, look for those who offer original music – or a very eclectic spin on covers.
Get What You Want
From flea markets to wedding planning, negotiating is the same across the board. It’s all in how you approach the business or service provider. Work closely with whomever you choose to design play lists, discuss your budget in detail and make clear your stance on requests.
When it comes down to choosing your performers, verify their talent by asking for a resume and references. Videos are great, so be sure to ask if they have anything on YouTube that you can check out or perhaps they have a DVD they can provide.
Dress the Part
When it comes down the details for the big day, confirm proper attire with your entertainers. If you’re going for a formal theme, make sure the band has access to suits or tuxedos. Ask about any equipment needs – staging, lighting, etc – these are things that most entertainers have in their collection… But if not, you’ll want to be sure to have the appropriate tools available.
The Bottom Line
There’s nothing wrong with being direct with your entertainers. At the end of the day, a DJ or band can truly make or break your event. Be sure to hire someone that will work with you, offers a dose of creativity and fits your budget. Follow these simple steps and you’re sure to be dancing the night away!