Monday, November 21, 2011

Reception Music: Getting Started -

Reception Music: Getting Started - If it’s done right, music will energize your celebration, heighten romance, and inspire guests to get down on the dance floor. "If music be the food of love, play on...." So said Shakespeare, and we echo his sentiment wholeheartedly. Here are eight notes to keep in mind.

Finding Your Muse
The best way to find the perfect band or DJ for your reception? Firsthand knowledge. Have you been to a wedding where the band kept the guests grooving all night long? Were you all smiles until the very last dance? Get the band's name and contact info. Alternatively, poll your recently married friends: Did they love their wedding band or DJ? Have they been to an event with great music? Word of mouth is still the best way to get the best musicians.

The Size Factor
Consider your reception room size and your crowd. An intimate space won't fit a 22-piece orchestra, and a 3-piece combo may not cut it for 400 people.

What It Costs
Reception music fees are dictated by the city, number of performers, day of the week, and time of day. A DJ generally costs less than a band. On average (for a four- or five-hour reception), you'll pay $1,300 to $10,000 for a band, while a DJ range would be more like $350 to $3,500. The more pieces in your band, the higher the cost.

Act Now
Top talent -- be it the kickin-est DJ in town or the local pub's liveliest Irish trio -- can be booked up to a year in advance. The sooner you make arrangements, the better your chances of landing exactly the act you want. ... Read More

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