As the economy has been a bit tight lately, many brides are looking for ways to stretch their wedding budget. So, if it’s just music you want, then you could try to take a couple of iPods, ask Uncle Bob to run them, and take your chances. (For steps one through nine, please see previous article.)
Step ten: Find somebody to professionally introduce and properly emcee all the key wedding events using proper mic handling techniques, enthusiasm, articulation, intonation, breathing and inflection, along with the public speaking skills to effectively communicate in order to capture, maintain, then tastefully energize a seamless sequence of events and keep the flow moving – again, without any dead air.
Step eleven: Find somebody to coordinate with all the other wedding professionals involved in the festivities to seamlessly coordinate the hundreds of small things behind the scenes that have to be continually done so you don’t have to worry about it. (Like making sure the photographer is in the room and ready to go, Uncle Bob has the bouquet on hand, and that you are ready for the bouquet toss prior to Uncle Bob’s announcement that it’s time for the bouquet toss so there is no dead air, awkward moments, or lost dancing time looking for the bouquet, you or other wedding professionals, etc.)
Step twelve: Find somebody that has the creativity and experience to take your wedding ideas, wants and desires and bring it all together to fit your vision and make it classy, tasteful, unique and customized to reflect the two of you.
Step thirteen: Bring all these people together. Coordinate. Practice together. Deliver worry free. Ensure it goes smoothly.
Step fourteen: Tear down gear, load out, return gear to rental company.
Step fifteen: Somewhere between each step, find about twenty hours for Uncle Bob to practice (with the rented gear and legal music library before wedding), focusing on music and dance theory. Practice. Rehearse. Practice over and over. Repeat with person designated as “Master of Ceremonies” for smooth flow.
Sounds simple…and could save you a little money.
However, according to national publications and wedding industry magazines:
AFTER THE VOWS: “almost 100% of Brides say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.”
WITHIN ONE WEEK AFTER THE RECEPTION: “78% of all Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!” Most importantly, “when asked, 81% of guests say the one thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment above anything else.”
It makes sense when you think about it. Look back on a wedding you’ve been to in the last couple of years. You probably don’t remember much about the food, the color of the flowers, the style of the dress, the flavor of the cake or the veggie platter, but… you DO probably remember whether you had a good time – right? Dancing and music is only a small fraction of why a bride needs a proven, professional and experienced wedding MC/DJ.