This is the next part in a 20-day long series. If you’ve missed any of it, you can find all of the tips in the category: Do it Yourself Wedding Plans.
These are all of the steps you need to schedule your time and budget for when you’re planning a DIY Wedding. The who’s, what’s, where’s as well as the when’s and how’s.
Let the music play
Hiring a professional wedding Disc Jockey can start at $500 and go up from there.
Having a DIY wedding means cutting the fat from your expenses, but not at the expense of your wedding.
There are so many budget-friendly choices, you won’t have to go broke for good entertainment.
Some reception venues may be able to provide speakers and lights for the dance floor, so all you need is the music.
What’s the cheapest way to play the music?
Do it yourself!
Fill your iPod with all the songs you want to play and turn on the playlist to let the music go!
This is, by far, the cheapest option.
No emcee for the first dance, speeches, cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet, or other traditional events.
Also, no one is going to want to sit at the iPod deck and play requests all night.
You may know a DJ that is able to work at your event for a fairer price.
Does he have his own microphone, speakers, and lights?
Let him know what time the reception hall will let him or her start setting it all up.
Do you prefer live music?
Ask around to see if anyone knows of a good band that may cost a little less for the reception.
Make sure that your reception hall allows live music and then find a band that plays music to suit your style.
Make sure you’ve already prepared a list of songs that you want played.
Include the songs for the first dance, the dances with mothers and fathers, any songs that remind you of you and your groom, just make sure it will make your guests get up and get dancing!
Keep in mind that everyone has different tastes and a veteran DJ will know what songs are most likely going to get your guests interested in congregating on the dance floor.
All the DJ or band will need from you is a list of songs that you and your groom want to hear or dance to in addition to their pre-made wedding song list.
If you have specific songs that you would rather not hear, remember to let the DJ know about them, too.
If you want to forego any of the reception traditions for any reason, make sure they know beforehand!
You don’t want your wedding DJ announcing the bride’s dance with her father when her father may not even be there!
Give him or her a list of the top players at the event.
If the best man or maid of honor are going to give a speech, he needs to know this.
If you want a specific song played during the bouquet and garter tosses, he will need to know before the event.
The highlight of the evening for most guests is getting all dressed up and going dancing!
It’s a fun way that they can participate in the celebration!
A silent reception will be awkward and dull, so whether you choose a band, a DJ or an electronic device, you really should have some music!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next step of many that you’ll need to attend to for planning your Do it Yourself Wedding.