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Choosing Wedding Music (from www.weddingguideuk.com)

Introduction

There is nothing better than music to add dignity and to create the right atmosphere at your wedding. Music sets the mood during your ceremony and sets the pace throughout your evening celebrations. Deciding which music should be played at you wedding and whether it should be played by musicians or by a DJ is one of the more important decisions you need to make when planning your big day. Hit the right notes and your wedding day will be enjoyed and remembered by all.

Top 10 wedding music tips

  1. Arranging your wedding music should be high priority once you have your date and venues confirmed. Popular musicians, bands and DJs can be booked up to a year or more ahead.

     
  2. Make it a point to go hear your musicians or DJ before you book. Many bands and DJs will have a demo tape that they can send you. Alternatively, ask them for details of when they will be performing next so you can arrange to see and hear them in action.
    Editor's note: We have a CD available and you can also hear a demo on the website. We also list our upcoming gigs on our home page.

     
  3. Always get the approval for your choice of music for your ceremony from your church minister.

     
  4. Let your reception venue know what type of entertainment you will be having, since some venues only allow live music. Additionally, find out whether the band will be allowed to set up before the meal. Some hotels use the stage area for seating for the meal and will not let the band into the function room until after everything is finished. This could make for a later start time for the band.  

     
  5. If you are having both a live band and a DJ, make sure there is sufficient room at your venue for both to set up and perform. Also find out what sort of lighting and effects, if any, will be supplied by your band and DJ in case you need to make additional arrangements for space and power supplies.
    Editor's note: Crossroads supplies a 3000 watt lighting system.
     
  6. Let your band know well in advance of your first dance choice and of any special requests you have in case they need to practice. For DJs, let them know both the title and artist's name so they bring the right version with them.
    Editor's note: Crossroads will learn and perform any song for your first dance that you request. Check out our play lists as well.

     
  7. Talk to your musicians and/or DJ well beforehand and let them know what you have in mind for your wedding and what you expect from them. After all, it's your party!

     
  8. Make sure you get in writing the duration your musicians or band will play for, the number and duration of any breaks and the cost of over-running.
    Editor's note: Crossroads generally plays for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, but can play longer if requested.

     
  9. Always confirm your booking in writing and get a receipt for your deposit.

     
  10. Offer to supply your musicians or DJ directions and a map showing the venue. You don't want them arriving late or at the wrong place!

 

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