The Wedding Planner Magazine

Charleston 1-2

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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Choosing Entertainment PLAN YOUR WEDDING Think big when it comes to wedding entertainment. After all, this is your show. With a lineup of great professionals, your big day -- and night -- will be a hit. A professional wedding disc jockey is so much more than someone who plays music at your wedding. Their performance for the entire evening must energize and entertain the guests- therefore they can make or break your reception. Your DJ will become the voice of your reception and should be experienced with guiding receptions, as they will serve as your emcee, announce the wedding party and ensure a smooth flow through the order of events. A great DJ will also ensure the dance floor stays packed. Work with your DJ to select the songs you want -- and don't want -- played. While content and sound quality are key, appearances are important as well. Your DJ and his or her equipment should nicely fit with the design and feel of your wedding. If live music is your style, a band or ensemble could be the ticket to your enchanted evening. Don't limit live music to the reception; consider including an instrumental ensemble or soloist in your ceremony. Things to consider: Would you like music for your guests to enjoy during a cocktail hour between your ceremony and reception? You may want to take the opportunity to have a different type of music during this time to facilitate pleasant conversations rather than dance music that may come later in the evening. Does the contract for your instrumentalists, band, and/ or DJ cover the correct amount of hours for your event? Booking musicians or a DJ for four hours does not mean your event will last exactly four hours. Be sure to discuss setup and tear down, required breaks, and meal times as you are negotiating your entertainment contracts. TIP: Some DJs provide lights for the dance floor and even room uplighting. Uplighting can be an easy way to add beautiful color to the perimeter of your reception, giving it an elegant, upscale look. THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM 37

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