There are only a few things that your guests will remember from your wedding: how tasty the food was, how beautiful the bride looked, and how good the music was. So to make sure that your wedding band or DJ is ready to rock the party, here are eight things you should chat about them with before you start warming up on the dance floor.
1. A List of Tunes
Ask them ahead of time if they have a list of songs they recommend playing throughout the wedding. If they leave that list up to you, be sure to provide them with the songs you want to get down on the dance floor to before your wedding swings around.
2. When They Plan to Start and Stop the Party
Get a confirmed arrival time from them before your wedding. Make sure they arrive with enough time to get set up. Also find out when they plan to leave. If you want to have them stick around for the after party, negotiate this into your contract before the night comes.
3. If They Have Any Questions About the Flow of the Night
After you've provided them with a list of what's going to happen when (toasts, dinner, first dances) ask if they have any questions or suggestions to make the flow of the nigh run smoothly.
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4. When Payment is Due
If they require payment on the night of your wedding, see if you can pay them before hand (if you're comfortable doing that) or on the day after the wedding.
5. What's Not Included
Be sure to ask if there's anything not included in your package (lighting, speakers, etc.). You don't want to be surprised later on!
6. If They Can Bring Props
If you'd like them to bring sunglasses or any dance floor props, ask for that in advance.
7. Advice on Good Songs
Having trouble picking your first dance or entrance song? Refer to them for popular suggestions.
8. That They Play to the Mood
If they start to see the crowd getting tired or uninterested in dancing, ask them to change the songs to something more upbeat.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.