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Should I use an iPod as my DJ?

How important is having a professional entertainer at your wedding?

One of the most essential questions you need to ask yourself is:  how long do I want my guests to stay? 

If you are having a small wedding at home with 10-30 guests and all you need is background music, then an iPod is probably the most cost effective route for you to take. 

If however you are having a larger reception with special songs, dances and moments then having a professional on site coordinating your music is imperative. The DJ and MC control the flow of your day. Timing, presentation and knowing where the ‘VIPs’ are in the room is vital when having a successful wedding. What I mean by ‘VIP’ is parents, grandparents, children, siblings, people that should be in the room to share all of those special moments with you. 

Picking the ‘right’ songs for your wedding is extremely important. Taking a random guess at what your guests are going to enjoy in that exact moment is near to impossible. 

DJs are trained to read the crowd, and determine what kind of music will go well at that moment. For example, Don’t Stop Believing is a crowd favourite, but it will go over much better near to the end of the night, than if it were to be played at the beginning of your reception. 

Professional DJs have professional equipment. Although you could go out and rent equipment for your iPod, your familiarity level to that sound equipment might not be vast. When you hire a professional they will handle set up and take down of all equipment and they know the sound equipment inside and out. 

Finally, did you know that if your event is happening anywhere other than a private home you must have a copyright licence to play music? 

A professional DJ will bring the industry knowledge and professional energy you want to have to keep your guests dancing and partying all night long. 


 


How to find the Perfect Vendor for your wedding
How to find the perfect wedding vendor for you

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding, and it can also be quite stressful.

Some of the many questions that you might have include: How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?  Where do you go for advice?

First of all, this is not an easy task and it's totally normal if you feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.  It's not like you plan a wedding every day! This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

Let's start with the first question:

How do you pick the wedding vendors who are right for YOU?

First of all, STYLE, PERSONALITY, and PROFESSIONALISM are the biggest things to look for.  You want to hire vendors who your guests will feel comfortable with because the more comfortable your guests are the more FUN they will have. Each vendor should also match the style and the vision that you have in mind for your wedding.

How many weddings do you do per year?  How much experience do you have?

There are two extremely important questions.  Ideally, your wedding professional should have lots of experience specifically with weddings.  Not only does this make them more skilled in their craft, but this also makes them a valuable source of information. It ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.

How much do you charge?

Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expertise. Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.  

How much is the deposit?

This question is pretty straightforward. The deposit amounts vary depending on the overall cost of the services you're purchasing.

What specifically is included in that cost?

Because packages often vary, it becomes difficult to compare one vendor to the next. Keep in mind that the lowest cost isn't necessarily the best deal; in fact, it rarely is.  Some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages, also the higher quotes most likely provide a higher quality of service.. This isn’t always the case so make sure you do your research!  

What is the Backup Plan? 

Does the wedding professional have a backup plan if something happens to their equipment, or to them? This is important since you might be stuck without the crucial services that you paid for if they do not have a plan in place.

Do you use a contract? 

If the answer is, "No," RUN!  A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional.  Don't settle for a verbal agreement that won't hold up in court.

Are there any additional fees?

Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly- especially in Canada. Make sure that you understand exactly what is included, and if there are any other fees that you'll have to pay.  This information should be clearly defined in your contract.
 

Do you carry liability insurance?

This is a very important question and you are most definitely looking for them to answer “Yes.” Liability insurance will protect you in case of any unfortunate event that could potentially occur on your wedding day. By them replying yes, it also shows you that you are dealing with a legitimate and reputable business. Most "fly by night" operations don't invest in insurance.

Final Advice

READ YOUR CONTRACT and GO WITH YOUR GUT!

Make sure you understand everything that's written and ask questions if you don't. There are no stupid questions, except for the one you don't ask.  Make sure you know the price, as well as cancellation and refund policies.

If something feels "off" about the wedding vendor, then you're probably right. Make sure you feel comfortable with him or her.

Remember: if chosen wisely, the right wedding vendors will give you expert help and advice on every aspect of your wedding...for free!