Planning a wedding can be tough stuff.
However, I want to make it better for you!! A fun and exciting process with as little stress and worry as possible. How? Well, we are going to start with ‘what to ask your vendors’. This is a new series I am starting on the blog for planning brides and grooms. All about the things you should know when hiring vendors! So, I will ask them your specific questions submitted and some general questions too.
What to ask your vendors is going to be something I do with planners, dress shop owners, hair stylists, videographers. Anyone and everyone!
The first post in this series was with MaeFlour Cakes, where you got to learn all things wedding treats! And today, I am posting the answers to your questions from Nathan and Erica Galvin, the owners of The Beat Booth.
They’re a wonderful team who I have worked with a few times and always have so much fun with! They are organized and consistent and keep the dance floor full! So, learn everything you want to know from this amazing DJ / MC Entertainment team now!
- What is the in depth process like for choosing music?
- We ask our clients to provide us with a list of songs (cocktail, dinner and dance) and artists that they like (and do not like) and then we take their musical style and we fuse it with ours. We always come prepared with all of the songs our clients have asked for, we play as many of their requests as we think will fit best throughout the night, we also take requests. We use our best judgment – based on our experience – to pick the songs that we think will work best throughout the evening.
- How do you set the tone for the evening?
- Great music, not cliché, not overplayed, hip and tasteful vibe.
- Do you provide lapel mics for the ceremony or are they on a stand?
- We provide lapel or wireless handheld and/or a combination of both. We provide both options based on what the clients/officiant prefers.
- Here’s the thing with lapel mics versus wireless handheld mics at your ceremony. Advantages to using lapel mics is look better in pictures as they are less noticeable. Disadvantages to using lapel mics – occasionally they have a slightly more hollow/echoey sound than a traditional wireless handheld mic. They also pick up background noise very easily (waterfalls, fireplaces, airplanes flying over, wind blowing etc.) Not as reliable for sound quality. Lastly it is very rare to put a lapel on a brides dress that means that everybody will be able to hear the officiant and the groom clearly but not so much the bride. Using lapel microphones is kind of like a gamble, you are gambling with the sound quality during your ceremony.
- Advantages to using wireless handheld mics are they sound better and they are more reliable. They usually completely cut out background noise. They can also easily be passed around and everybody can hear everyone speaking in them very clearly. Disadvantages to using wireless handheld mics, they are more noticeable in ceremony pictures. (especially if you use a stand – *there is usually very little reason that you actually would need to use a stand. Most officiant’s are very comfortable just holding the wireless handheld microphone in their hands. Occasionally The officiant will request a stand so that they can use both hands but in that case you may consider using a lapel versus a wireless handheld microphone with a stand)
- Other information I would give to people who would be looking to book a DJ for their wedding would be…
- Decide what style of DJ you want. There are two main styles of wedding DJ – the first and most common is a very interactive DJ who is comfortable getting on the mic and playing games like trivia and wedding games throughout the night, they may teach your guests how to do dances like the cupid shuffle and things like that. They may be on the microphone a lot throughout the night.
- The second type of DJ, and less common in the wedding industry, would be a little more reserved, a little more minimalistic on the mic only making the necessary announcements. Probably not comfortable playing wedding games, and teaching guests how to do dances.
- Both styles of DJs can deliver an amazing experience. There are people who want a very interactive DJ for their wedding and there are people that want more of a minimalistic style DJ for their wedding but before choosing a DJ you should decide what vibe you are going for. Feel free to ask your DJ what their style is.
- Also there are a lot of moving parts at a wedding – there are family dances, speeches, grand entrances, cake cuttings, ceremonies, cocktail hours, dinners – some DJs DJ on their own and other DJs DJ as a team with two people. It is very common for a DJ to DJ on their own at a weddings but it may be a little bit smoother with two people there as they can be an extension of one another throughout the night and help each other coordinate events.
- Lastly often when people are planning weddings they overlook the importance of booking a DJ… A DJ can make or break a perfectly planned wedding so take your time to do some research, read reviews on your DJ, meet them in person and go with your gut feeling!