That is indeed the single most important thing. You shouldn’t ignore this while paying attention to the venue, the food and the decoration. Bad food, a shared wedding venue or even a dull and dry audience can be ignored or forgotten if you have music to enliven the mood. A nice drink with some decent dance is all it takes to get wedding guests over bad food or a bad venue. If your entertainment isn’t good, everyone will notice immediately and then even good food and venue won’t help much.
So how do we find out about the DJ?
The best bet is a video capturing any previous live performance. Sites like YouTube and Metacafe will easily show you such uploaded videos. Do not in favor of a demo CD as with modern softwares anyone can make a decent demo CD. Also, video gives you a chance to see the mood of the audience also which is the single most important thing to look for while selecting your wedding DJ.
How do I know kind of band and how many musicians to look for?
A rule of the thumb is the size of your gathering. As the size increases so does the number of musicians required. Its simple physics because as the size of gathering increases, so will the size of the venue and hence you need more to catch the attention of your guests. For a small gathering of around 50 guests, 2 musicians would be enough. A trio with decent amplification will be OK for about 100 guests. But for anything over 100 it’s best to go for a band of around 4 musicians with a good quality PA system. Lighting for the stage and the dance floor must be equally matched.
How should the performance be organized?
The current trend is 3 sets of 45 minutes of live music each for a four hour period. Some couples prefer 2 sets of 1 hour each depending upon their food and other events. Most musicians will have their CD player hooked up to the venues PA system during the gaps and for sometime before the start of the live performance.
How much would I need to spend?
In today’s tough economic conditions, value for money is the mantra for most musicians. However, you shouldn’t crimp much because that will compromise reliability and quality of performance both. You should be firm on the upper limit of your budget and let the DJ or the band lead know it in advance. This is especially important if you are going to allow for requests.