Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Music To My Ears

Music is an important part of any wedding. As a wedding coordinator, it is also important to help facilitate and coordinate with your music provider. Regardless of the type of music provider i.e., DJ or band, coordinating with your vendors is an important part of the success of your wedding.

After working hundreds of weddings with the professional services of SJ's, I have found that they come prepared knowing the details of each event. These details include:
  • Start times of the event (they should arrive and are set up with music playing before your guests arrive)
  • Wedding Ceremony Music i.e., song for honored women, song for bridesmaids, song for bride and the recessional song
  • Ceremony Instructions of readers, vocalists and/or any unique traditions
  • Wedding Party & Newlywed Introductions
  • Type of dinner service (making the appropriate announcements of offer your guest dinner instructions
  • Champagne Toast (who will speak and is there an open mic)
  • Cake Cutting/Bouquet/Garter Tosses Songs
  • Spotlight Dances (1st dance, father & daughter, mother & son, honeymoon dance)
  • Special Announcements
  • Open Dancing (songs to play and songs NOT to play)
  • Make sure to go over all these aspects with your music provider

There are many great DJ's, however we have seen our share of bad ones.....these are just a few stories:

  • DJ not playing the correct songs for ceremony
  • DJ driving up at the ceremony start time with his equipment in the back of his truck. We had to wait 30 minutes for the wedding to start so he could set-up. When I asked him why he was late he said that the bride didn't pay for extra set-up time
  • Mispronouncing names of brides, grooms and parents
  • Equipment failure
  • Makes inappropriate comments
  • DJ decided to give his own toast to the bride (not cool)

Your music provider should go over all of the listed items above in order to be well prepared for your wedding. It is important to let them know you do have a wedding coordinator for the event and will be present to coordinate with them about the sequence of events. We do have a certain sequence of events that works really well for our facility and encourage the music provider to contact us to go over the plan. This should be noted when coordinating with your music professional.

If you haven't picked your music professional check out

Joe Kalamaras http://www.sjsdiscjockey.com/

Happy Planning


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