It is time to chose the music....what do we do?There are 5 things to consider when choosing music for your wedding: 1. What kind of music do you like? Are you both into live bands? Are you both happy with DJ's. Do you both like string quartets? If you are into heavy metal (will great grandma get up and leave?) If you are into country (will all of your friends sit and drink because they will not dance to country) You need someone who will look at the group and chose the perfect music for your wedding demographic.
2. How much do you want to spend? A live band may or not be more than a DJ. It really depends on where they are from? Do you know any bands, that play your type of music and are just getting started? They may want the exposure and you can get a great deal.
3. If I chose a DJ, will they play my playlist? How much experience do they have at weddings? You need to meet with the musicians or DJ before, to listen to them, understand their philosophy of YOUR wedding and will they keep the guests engaged.
4. Make sure you get references for the band, the DJ, or your uncle with an IPOD. Make sure you look them up online and you see positive reviews.
5. The band or DJ, often acts as the emcee for your reception. They will announce your wedding party, they will keep the reception flowing and your guests engaged. Do you trust them? Tell them when they are at your reception, NO drinking on the job. They are there to work, not party.
Uncle Joe may be a great guy. You may be able to get Uncle Joe for nothing (or for the cost of his meal) BUT is Uncle Joe engaging? Does he have a license and is he reliable? You need to make sure your musician will set the tone of your wedding; play the songs you agree on; engage your guests. And keep the party going on.
Sometimes "you get what you pay for" So pick a great venue; pick a great gown; pick great food....AND do not compromise on music to save a buck.