When selecting your wedding entertainment, you typically rely on word-of-mouth recommendations, those you've seen at other weddings, preferred-vendor lists from your venues, or online reviews. Aside from DJs' ability to put together killer playlists and set the musical tone (no pun intended) for your big day, they may also offer other options you might want to consider. Often, DJ companies provide fun special event add-ons that can add the perfect finishing touches to set your big day apart from the rest.
Music may set the tone, but lighting will set the mood. Whether you opt for colorful LED up-lighting, dramatic dance-floor spotlights, dimmers, twinkling lights, or clubby strobes, adding lighting enhancements to your reception is definitely worth consideration. If possible, check out your venue at the time of day your wedding will be to see what the room looks like in its natural state, with its standard lighting, or with candlelight, and then go from there. Just be sure to keep in mind your color schemes, themes, and desired feel while making any decisions, and feel free to speak with your photographer/videographer for extra advice.
A staple at many weddings and events, digital photo booths provide guests with on-the-spot memories and souvenirs for your big day—not to mention tons of fun. Oftentimes, photo booths and their attendants can be conveniently arranged through your DJ company, making it a one-stop shop where you can cross off two tasks within one contract. (Score!)
If you want a super-dramatic entrance, exit, or first dance, supplementing your package to include smoke machines is a great idea. Whether you want to appear from the fog and smoke or look like you're dancing with your new spouse amongst the clouds, these little machines add just the right amount of dramatic "wow" factor.
Weddings are memories in the making. Photographers, videographers, photo booths, selfie sticks, and more will all be working overtime to capture your big day. But what about the photos and videos that tell your sweetheart story up until now? Lots of DJ and entertainment companies offer slide-show services where they will compile your favorite moments, memories, and mementos (sometimes even same-day edits from your ceremony!) and display them at your cocktail hour or reception. This adds a perfect component of nostalgia and storytelling that will truly personalize your special day.
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music
When determining the timing of your musical entertainment, couples typically first think of the reception. After all, that's where people will be dancing and partying. Yet, there are other points in your wedding day that can (and probably should) be enhanced by music too. Whether you'd like a DJ to play some tunes for your cocktail hour or live musicians or singers performing your favorites as you walk down the aisle, having a musical presence throughout your day will make a huge difference and is often easy to arrange and add on.