When two people get engaged and then plan a wedding, it can at first seem daunting, faced with the enormity of organising such a huge event, and often with no experience of organising anything this big, it is very easy for it to get overwhelming especially with all the advice, much of it conflicting, that is offered by so many people. A multitude of things have to be done and what to do first? It can quickly get stressful.
With so much to do, the entertainment can easily get overlooked in the early stages. Additionally, as most people will never have booked entertainment before, that can be another reason to put it off because of being unsure how to go about finding the right entertainment.
In most cases the first decision will come down to choosing between having a band or a DJ for the wedding entertainment, and once that has been decided how do you then go about finding the right DJ or band? What questions would you ask? How much will it cost? What things are standard?!… if you haven’t experience of booking this before you often won’t know where to start, or on what to base a decision? Is it just a case of plucking a figure from the air regarding what to spend? And how should you decide what percentage of the total budget should be allocated to the entertainment? So much to think about!
For those thinking of having a disco, the following is a post from Mark Ferrell, a respected advocate of mobile DJs, on the subject of wedding DJs and the perception of them by the public.
“The public thinks many wedding DJs all do the same thing and at the same level of proficiency. Based on what they’ve seen, they expect little. That’s why they want to pay the average price or “going rate”. And for that reason, most wedding DJ services charge about the same price, varying by only a few hundred dollars. Most times, brides and grooms don’t think the entertainment is very important because they haven’t seen a DJ that can really deliver quality entertainment. So they get the cheapest DJ that can play the best music. Sometimes they forgo having a DJ and instead use an iPod or no entertainment.”
If you’ve never hired a DJ before it’s easy to think of them as a commodity and all much of a muchness, after-all, they just play music right?! so not much to think about. But as with most things in life there can be a huge diversity in what is available, ranging from kids just starting out trying to get a bit of DJ experience and charging a couple of hundred pounds through to the seasoned professionals charging ten times that amount but who will create a unique experience, as summed up again by Mark Ferrell:
“The only reason to pay more for something – anything – is because you are getting more/better. Dinner, cars, real estate, entertainment, anything. People will buy a BMW over a Hyundai because of quality – they are getting a better car. Not everyone will afford a BMW, granted, but they still recognize it as a better car that they would prefer. Generally, people want better stuff.”
There is a service for all budgets. From the guy you book but never meet until they turn up on the night and they play music for 3 or 4 hours, to the other end of the scale, where they will meet with you 2 or 3 times before the wedding itself and even attend the rehearsals. They’ll really get to know you, and ensure they have a thorough understanding of the vision you want to create for your day, and will assist you throughout the wedding day, from the ceremony onwards, ensuring that the whole day is completely personalised and unique.
A good rule of thumb is to allocate at least 10% of the total budget towards your wedding entertainment. If you would like me to send you information on my services please do get in touch.
To finish with some stats from a magazine called Bride and Groom.
Bridal magazine research has found wedding guests remember the entertainment more than anything else. Surprising then, the happy couple sometimes spend more on chair covers and skimp on entertainment. When the wedding favours cost more than the DJ, it’s no surprise the party is average!
- The vast majority say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
- During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities.
- Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
- 72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
- When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
- 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a DJ.