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or a weekday. Shop around for a good value but don’t sacrifice experience and talent for price.
6. Ask About Insurance
Do they carry liability insurance in case of an accident? Experts agree that most reputable DJs and bands will have insurance as well as a business license. Being licensed and insured is a sign of a professional. Theft insurance only protects the DJ’s or band’s interests; liability insurance covers accidents and protects guests and the
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venue. If a guest at the reception gets ram- bunctious and breaks a speaker it should be covered under their liability policy.
7. Find Out if You Can Pick Your Play List
Some couples have certain tunes in mind that they want played at their reception. Other couples prefer to let the professionals take care of the music. The musical deter- mination depends on your preference since it’s your day.
Ask ahead of time how they prefer to run a reception and give them your thoughts on which songs are off limits – maybe you absolutely don’t want the Chicken Dance or the Electric Slide at your reception. Ask if they’ll honor guests’ requests and how they will handle a guest requesting one of your do-not-play songs.
8. Ask About a Backup Plan
In case of an emergency or a mix-up, what provisions does the vendor have? Things can go wrong like equipment malfunctions or a singer getting sick. Find out what the booking agency, band leader ortheDJwilldointheeventofanyof these mishaps.
9. Book in Advance
Like all other elements of wedding plan- ning, it’s not a good idea to wait until the last minute to book the entertainment for your reception. Bands and DJs are in hot demand, so the sooner you lock in a vendor the better. A good time to book your entertainment is six to nine months before the big day.
10. Get a Contract
Experts agree that it’s essential to have a contract to protect yourself. The contract serves as a mutual agreement between the couple and the booking agency, band or DJ and it outlines each party’s expectations of what will happen.
Whether you hire a DJ, ensemble or a band, and whether you book direct or through an agency, be sure to review your vendor’s credentials. Be sure to check out reviews on social media as well.
Make sure they share your vision for the reception, work out all the details, get everything in writing, and once the wedding day arrives, kick back and enjoy the music.
As you and your guests dance at your reception, you’ll feel satisfied knowing that you chose the right entertainment for your special day. §
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