Keep Your Wedding Dance Floor Packed

How to Keep your Wedding Dance Floor Packed

How To Keep Your Wedding Dance Floor Packed

A Packed Wedding Dance Floor with People Dancing their Shoes Off Thanks to DCF Wedding Music Toronto

How do you make sure you have a packed wedding dance floor?  What we’ve learned by performing over 1600 wedding events around Ontario is explained in this post. In this short video post we will talk about:

Where to Put The Wedding Dance Floor

– What’s the best place to put the wedding dance floor?

– Where NOT to put the wedding dance floor

The Size of the Wedding dance floor

– How big should the wedding dance floor be?

– How do you Determine how many dancers will be dancing?

Where to Put Your Wedding Entertainment

and lots more…

* In the video I incorrectly refer to Staci Nichols being from San Francisco, she’s actually from San Diego and awesomely talented, check out her fantastic post on “The Secrets to the Perfect Wedding Floor Plan”

If you’re looking for that Dance Floor Checklist – DCF Wedding Music , it’s available to all our clients here

 

So to summarize the video

Location, Location, Location

Make sure the wedding dance floor is as central as possible, close to the bar and entertainment and NOT in a corner of the room or separate room. Position your wedding guests so that they are close to the dance floor so they can enjoy the music and dancing and feel like they’re a part of the action even when taking a break. If you’ve got fun wedding extras, such as a photo-booth, late night food table or other fun activies, position them CLOSE to the dance floor and wedding entertainment.

Bigger isn’t always better??

Lean towards a “slightly too small” wedding dance floor that feels packed rather than a big dance floor that will feel empty. People like to be packed in together!

The BIGGEST Secret to Keeping the Dance floor Packed…

Your guests are at your wedding because they love and support you! Their #1 desire is to have a great time, eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating with YOU. If you and your new husband or wife are out on that dance floor enjoying yourselves, that’s exactly where your guests will want to be! Make a decision that you as a couple will lead by example and get out there and just have fun (even if you don’t have Dancing With the Stars level talent).

Finally…

If you’ve enjoyed this post and aren’t already a DCF Wedding Music client, feel free to check out our website and when you’re ready, apply for a Free 90 Minute Wedding Entertainment Consultation.

I hope this post served you well and all the best of luck with your upcoming wedding!

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Greetings from the Tropics everyone!

I have something to let you know about: if you’re having an Ontario Wedding this year or next you’ll need to check this out:

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Warning: Ontario Government Shredding Marriage Licenses

Vacation

To all our amazing clients! We will be taking a vacation from February 1st until March 12th. We will still be checking e-mail 3 times a week. Wishing you an awesome frigid Canadian Winter.

with love from the beach,

David and Karrie

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Here’s a great interview with Sophia Lemon expert wedding photographer.  I ask her about how to find a great wedding photographer and which questions are best to find out if a potential photographer is the right fit for your special day.

Sophia is a great interviewee and a real character. I think you’ll enjoy the video and the Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer.

Also, a few months back I did a quick blog post about Sophia’s Work. You can see that blog post by clicking here

A Great Rustic Location for a Ceremony (Durham Region)

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Just visited the site of The Carver’s Cottage with one of my awesome couples who’ve hired us for their Wedding in September and I was blown away by the personalities of the owners and how unique the property was. They host wedding ceremonies here all summer long and have a fantastic setting with a rustic cabin and handcrafted pavillion overlooking a tranquil pond complete with a waterfall.

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I will warn you,  the photos on their website don’t do the place true justice, but it’s worth a drive out to check out, you’ll thank me for it later :)

During the site visit I had the chance to connect with Steve from Country Harvest Catering (Based out of Bowmanville) he seemed like a real pro and was asking informed questions and seemed very interested in making everything the best it could be for our couple.
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Also had the pleasure of meeting two fellow members of the Quinte Bay Bridal group and it was great to get a chance to connect.  Courtney from Token of Love Wedding and Lisa from Aspen Florist are both seasoned pros and go the extra mile for their clients,  I had a great time chatting with them all.

A Gift Idea I Never Considered!

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Amanda Dudek of A Dudek Productions

I recently met a fantastic and friendly young lady named Amanda Dudek.

She’s the founder of A Dudek Productions which specializes in customized Gift Bags for Wedding guests.  I’d never considered it, but when I started thinking about it, what an awesome thing to say THANK YOU to your out of town guests.

She can have them customized and placed in your guest’s hotel rooms when they come back from your Epic Party (Hopefully there was great live music and dancing :)

She also can ship them to your destination wedding, pretty awesome if you think about it!

I’m sure there’s hundreds of different awesome possibilities for these gift bags, so check out
A Dudek Productions to learn more

Simple Guide to Pricing Your Wedding Entertainment (DJ Specific)

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What about DJs (or a Combination or DJs and a band)?

I like the trend that’s happening now to combine both a DJ and live band together for your wedding. This really is the BEST of both worlds… When the band breaks the DJ fires off some songs that might be out of the music specialty of the band but are perfect for some of your guests.  Any songs that are tricky to pull off live are perfect for the DJ to play and then before you know it the band is back on and the dance floor is energized again with LIVE music.   We personally offer a full DJ service to complement my live band offerings and a lot of other live bands are also following suit.  Ask if you can play your own music on an iPod during breaks or if the band has their own “house DJ” that comes as an add-on.

If we’re talking straight DJ cost / features, here’s a few rough guidelines:

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DJ Price Category  #1 – FREE*

This is where you talk you friend or relative into running the iPod for the night, thus “saving yourself” the expense of hiring a professional.

  • Inclusiveness of Fee – *Nothing is included, so you have to go rent a sound system and buy all the necessary cords and connectors, microphone and music and iPod (if you don’t already have one).  It’ll end up costing you at least $300+ AND a ton of time and work.  NO, you can’t use your home stereo to do your wedding.
  • Dress and Behaviour – Your friend or relative is a also a guest at your wedding, so he’s going to enjoy himself just like any other guest, possibly at the expense of the music. He’ll probably dress like any other guest.
  • Standard of Musicianship / Entertainment – Won’t know how to address a crowd or make announcements or have any idea of how to keep the party “flowing”. Also expect awkward dance-floor emptying pauses and loud clicks / pops as your friend tries to cue up the next song.
  • Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience – An overall lower number of live performances mean less experience in all eventualities and with that comes less knowledge as to how to deal with inevitable changes in event schedules and unforeseen circumstances.
  • Reliability & Customer Service – Your friend will probably forget the one cord you need.
  • Professionalism – N/A
  • The Xfactor – N/A

My Personal recommendation about this category of DJ: I would avoid putting a friend “free-jay” in charge of the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Your friend or relative will do the best they can, but without much experience it will make your guests feel like you cheaped out, which you did.

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Bargain DJ! Probably found on craigslist or Kijiji.

  • Inclusiveness of Fee – They will most likely promise you a lot upfront and then the features will probably be a little “under-welming”. The “amazing laser show” looks like a cheap disco, the “state-of-the-art sound system” is weak and / or hurts everyone’s ears.
  • Dress and Behaviour – I think it’s possible you’ll get anywhere from hobo to well-dressed.  Behaviour-wise you’ll  get anywhere from timid and respectful to drunk and belligerent.
  • Standard of Musicianship / Entertainment – Should probably be able to take requests and play some of the cliche top 40 songs, but won’t have the ability to respond to what the crowd is really into and keep the dance floor packed all night.
  • Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience – An overall lower number of live performances mean less experience in all eventualities and with that comes less knowledge as to how to deal with inevitable changes in event schedules and unforeseen circumstances.
  • Reliability & Customer Service – Don’t expect to be able to reach this DJ or get e-mails or phone calls returned.  There is also a good chance you’ll have a no-show or a late-show at your wedding at this price range.
  • Professionalism – Maybe a contract? Probably a contract, but no guarantee, and even if there is a guarantee good luck finding the guy after the wedding. Don’t expect this person to be able to use a microphone well or entertain the crowd.  Equipment is probably unreliable because he’s not earning enough to properly maintain it.
  • The Xfactor – N/A

My Personal recommendation about this category of DJ: At this price, you’re almost better off going with the friend “free-jay”, at least you know he’ll show up. Do NOT go with the cheapest choice. If your budget is too small, then cut something else, don’t cheap out on wedding entertainment.

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  • Inclusiveness of Fee – You should expect a good sound system, some microphones for speeches, lights for the dance floor and maybe some fun stuff like a Fog Mist machine or other funs stuff.
  • Dress and Behaviour – they should be well dressed and behave professionally at this price point.
  • Standard of Musicianship / Entertainment – Should probably be able to take requests and play a large amount of music and respond to the needs of the people on the dance floor. Might not be able to work the crowd as well as a live musician, but they should be pretty decent speaking to the crowd.
  • Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience – If the guy is a pro, he’s probably able to deal with anything.
  • Reliability & Customer Service – You should hear back promptly from your DJ
  • Professionalism – Definitely expect a contract and to put down a deposit to hold the DJ if he’s good.  Equipment is probably reliable because he’s earning enough to properly maintain it and has a budget for this.
  • The Xfactor – Ask the DJ about what he’ll do if no-one dances, he should have some strategies, do you agree with them?

My Personal recommendation about this category of DJ: I think this is a fair amount to pay for a Wedding DJ but still ask for references and testimonials and proof of what this DJ is claiming.

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My Personal recommendation about this category of DJ: Personally I think this is WAY too much to spend on a wedding DJ! If he’s doing other things like uplighting and “extras” and your bill ends up higher and in this range, that’s okay.  If he’s actually MCing and engaging the crowd then he can justify a higher price.  But $2000+ for just the basic DJ when really his job is just select good songs and press play?  That can be done by a reasonably priced Dj in the $1200-$1500 range in my experience. Or better yet if you have a larger budget get a LIVE Band  AND a DJ to get the best of BOTH worlds.

What Band / DJ Will Make Sure the Dance Floor is Full?

header4Everyone’s fear is that you have this elaborate wedding, pay all this money, gather your friends and family together and… it’s a boring snooze-fest an nobody dances…

Don’t let this happen to you! Hiring professionals that can adapt and entertain a crowd will go a long way. I’ve actually created a Free Report ( Downloadable PDF) Free Wedding Entertainment Report Graphic that talks about the challenges of filling a dance-floor and how to avoid being embarrassed on the biggest night of your life!  This Free Report talks about the “8 Critical Mistakes Most Couples Make” and you can download it right now to your phone or computer to read whenever you have a few spare minutes.

How else can I help?

  This guide is in a never-ending state of review and upgrade and YOUR FEEDBACK is very much appreciated.  Please comment on this post or contact me if there is anything that seems unclear or if you’re interested in learning more about my wedding entertainment company. Free Wedding Consultation My company offers a Free 90 Minute Wedding Entertainment consultation where we’ll go through your perfect wedding entertainment vision and give you a plan to make your wedding entertainment unforgettable.

  My genuine desire is that you’ll book the absolute BEST band and / or DJ for YOUR wedding and that it truly will be “the best day ever”.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post!

Simple Guide to Pricing Your Wedding Entertainment (Part 3)

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If you somehow missed the first few parts click here for part 1 and click here for part 2

 

w-band-frontWedding Band Category 2 – $1500 to $3500

A semi Professional band verging on the full time Professional. Band members will likely be making a full time living from music whether directly from the band, other similar bands or from other music related work.

  • Inclusiveness of Fee – Fees should include at least a PA sound system and stage lighting good for up to 150 guests.
  • Dress and Behaviour – You’ll get a good standard of dress from your musicians in this price range.  Probably shirts and ties,  not necessary co-ordinated, but no-one will dress like they belong in a bar.  The musicians will most likely have a fair bit of wedding experience and will most likely not cause any problems with your guests or consume TOO much alcohol.
  • Standard of Musicianship / Entertainment – Expect good and competent musicianship. As a fully fledged Professional band the musicians will have clocked up significant performance hours which will be reflected in their overall standard. These musicians don’t always play together all the time, in fact there’s a chance that some of the players are “sitting in” for the first time.  That’s totally fine, they’re pros and the music won’t suffer. What MAY suffer from playing with different “hired guns” each night is the “group Chemistry” and overall entertainment factor that only comes from playing with the same people night after night. Their ability to INTERACT and really wow the crowd is less than a group that always plays together all the time. (See X Factor)
  • Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience – Expect good levels here. The band should have the ability to be able to cover your first dance request with ease and should be open to adapting their set to cover at least your requests from their repertoire list.
  • Reliability & Customer Service – Expect good and competent levels of service with a properly drafted contract that clearly outlines the terms that you are requested to sign. Expect a relatively responsive band representative. They might not yet have professional guarantees in place and it’s unlikely they’ll have money-back guarantees.
  • Professionalism – As a professional outfit expect a good efficient service although the band will unlikely have a dedicated representative that isn’t in the band so expect to deal with a band member/leader.
  • The Xfactor – At the higher end of this price band you can expect to find some great bands that have a real ‘zing’ about them.

My Personal Recommendation about this category of band: If price is an issue and you’ve got some time to do “your homework” definitely consider a band in this price range over a DJ.  The live musical experience just can’t be beat.  BUT Word of warning: just because someone is priced in this category doesn’t mean they’re good.  CHECK their references and testimonials, ask what venues they’ve played. Ask how many of their members are FULL-Time musicians, ask if they offer a free consultation and see what type of “vibe” you get from them.

livebandWedding Band Price Category #3 – $3600 and upwards

A full time Professional band working at the ‘top of their game’ producing consistently excellent ENTERTAINING performances.

  • Inclusiveness of Fee – Expect a full PA system, stage and dance floor lighting for up to 250 guests. A lot of bands are also including DJ service for between sets in some of their packages. Travel expenses should be included within at least a 50 to 60 miles radius of the bands base.
  • Dress and Behaviour – You should be able to pick the attire of your wedding band at this price.  A band at this price will have MATCHING SUITS (Or Tuxedos) and matching, elegant, dresses for the females. Their attire should come across as professional, consistent but not “cheesy”. Expect absolute professionalism a near silent load in and extremely unobtrusive setup.  They will treat each guest at your wedding respectfully and will refrain from drinking and other unprofessional conduct.  For example: The musicians who work with my company are all required to SIGN a ZERO-Tolerance alcohol and drugs policy. This is becoming increasingly popular with the Top of the High-End professionals in the wedding industry.
  • Standard of Musicianship / Entertainement– Top-Notch music performed by top-notch players and so effortlessly they can have FUN and ENTERTAIN the crowd at the same time. Expect packed dance floors and a great sound, even if you’ve hired only 3-5 professional musicians as a group.
  • Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience – Expect the band to cover your reasonable requests and effortlessly weave them into their set. The band should be open to understanding your more specific musical requirements based on for example a theme you may have in mind? Wedding’s almost never run to time – The band should be able to adapt to an ever changing schedule…with ease.
  • Reliability & Customer Service – Expect a contract that safeguards both you and the band, which covers all the essential elements of your day. Expect high levels of custoMoneyback Sealmer service with responses to your questions within 24 hours of you asking them. We personally have a number of money-back guarantees that ensure YOU get exactly what you were expecting and nothing goes wrong during the biggest party of your life. For a good example of guarantees you should EXPECT to get from your wedding entertainment, you can go ahead and steal mine right here
  • Professionalism – The Professional wedding band should be a well run business. It’s made up of fully professional musicians – that means they PERFORM music for their Full-time career. In the event someone gets sick the band leader can draw on a wide network of Professional musicians should he need to find a replacement, so performance levels are never compromised. Professional bands will have budget to maintain their equipment, so from PA to lighting, to the vehicles they use, everything should be in top working order.  Any issues that arise are dealt with before they become a problem because professionals have got a backup plan for everything.
  • The Xfactor – The purpose of a live band at your wedding is not to crank out your favourite tunes and look increasingly bored as the night goes on. A band without a spark or a personality is pointless – you’d have been better to hire a DJ and save yourself a chunk of budget. Expect the band to have charm, personality, chemistry, energy, dynamism, charisma, likeability and magnetism. The band should pour their life & soul into their performance. Look for a charismatic front man or woman with a natural empathy for their audience and the ability to put your guests instantly at ease. It’s also about the whole band having a great chemistry together, being fun and entertaining without a hint of self-indulgence.
  • The above is very much based on broad generalizations. There are a number of other factors that affect the price of bands that are outside the scope of this guide. If you’re still feeling lost, comment below and I’ll try my best to answer any questions you may have and then use your feedback to update this guide for 2016.

What Band Will Make Sure the Dance Floor is Full?

header4Everyone’s fear is that you have this elaborate wedding, pay all this money, gather your friends and family together and… it’s a boring snooze-fest an nobody dances…

Don’t let this happen to you! Hiring professionals that can adapt and entertain a crowd will go a long way. I’ve actually created a Free Report ( Downloadable PDF) Free Wedding Entertainment Report Graphic that talks about the challenges of filling a dance-floor and how to avoid being embarrassed on the biggest night of your life!  This Free Report talks about the “8 Critical Mistakes Most Couples Make” and you can download it right now to your phone or computer to read whenever you have a few spare minutes.

 

How else can I help?

  This guide is in a never-ending state of review and upgrade and YOUR FEEDBACK is very much appreciated.  Please comment on this post or contact me if there is anything that seems unclear or if you’re interested in learning more about my wedding entertainment company. Free Wedding Consultation My company offers a Free 90 Minute Wedding Entertainment consultation where we’ll go through your perfect wedding entertainment vision and give you a plan to make your wedding entertainment unforgettable.

  My genuine desire is that you’ll book the absolute BEST band and / or DJ for YOUR wedding and that it truly will be “the best day ever”.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog!

Simple Guide to Pricing Your Wedding Entertainment (Part 2)

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* If you’ve already decided NO live music at your wedding, then skip ahead to the section on Djs, if you still considering live music: read on!

 

 

 

Bride with a Question

How Big of a Band*? (How many Pieces / People?) IS MORE BETTER?

Obviously, how many musicians you hire is going to affect the price of how much the band costs to hire.  A lot of bands have multiple “packages” with different sizes depending on what your budget is. 

I would try to think of it this way: What are you actually PAYING for? What do you hope to GET from your wedding entertainment? Is it a packed dance floor or is it the number of warm bodies on a stage? Is it memories of dancing with your friends and family all night or is it 3 extra guys with trumpets?

Is Bigger Really Better?  You see a lot of people assume that a 12 piece band is naturally going to be “better” than a 8 piece band. Or that a 5 piece band is always going to outperform a Duo.  Because you know…. there’s MORE.  The assumption that MORE is BETTER isn’t always true and it’s flat out WRONG when it comes to music.   Who is better for your wedding? A 19 piece German Death-Metal band or 3 professional entertainers who can play all your favourite dance songs?  Obviously the 3-piece band isn’t going to sound like the Toronto Symphony Orchestra but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a wicked time dancing your shoes off to a smaller number of PROFESSIONAL musicians that know how to entertain!

Better is always going to be a subjective decision that YOU will have to make, but don’t get pushed into thinking you “cheaped out” if you decide to go with a smaller group of musicians to better fit YOUR idea of the perfect experience.

So how do you decide how big of a band to hire? I think there should be a 5 different considerations:

1) Budget: if price isn’t an issue, consider a larger band of professionals to fill in the sound. If your budget is a concern, a smaller band of professionals can still get the job done.  If the budget is TOO small, you just won’t be able to get a band of pros, so consider a Single entertainer or DUO and / or a DJ.  OR UP the budget (see below).

2) Floor-Space considerations: If the hall is tiny and cramped you might not be able to squeeze in that huge band you were thinking about. If your heart is set on it talk to your reception venue about how to accommodate a larger band, they might have experience moving stuff around to make a larger band fit.

3)  Guest List Size: If you have a small wedding a Large band might be overkill.  In the same way with a LARGE 300+ guest wedding a small Duo or Trio might not be the right fit.

4) Musical Specialty: If you want a very specific STYLE of music played for the majority of the evening: IE Mo-town or Big Band music, then a bigger band will more easily be able to pull off those “specialty songs”. If you want the songs to sound EXACTLY like the recordings, then you’ll need a larger band to really NAIL it. However a smaller band of top-notch players can play a large variety of music across different genres and still keep the dance floor packed.

5) WOW Factor: A 9 piece band with trumpets and trombones and all the bells and whistles is IMPRESSIVE (think of the band that plays on David Letterman’s show). It might be a little TOO impressive if you only have 30 guests though :).


How This Guide Works

To help you begin to make some sense of why bands are priced the way they are we’ve summarized each band price band based on 7 key characteristics and what you can generally expect to receive for your money.  Just to make things simple and clear we talking about your reception DANCE, not the cocktail hour, ceremony or any other musical events.  Almost all professional bands in Toronto will have “add-ons” where you can also hire them to provide music for other parts of your day.

Key Elements & Characteristics

  1. Inclusiveness of Fees
  2. Dress and Behaviour
  3. Standard of Musicianship / Entertainment
  4. Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience
  5. Reliability & Customer Service
  6. Professionalism
  7. The Xfactor

Wedding Band Prices & Categories

oldies Weekend WarriorsWedding Band Price Category #1 – $0 – $1500*

Typically a hobby band made up of a group of buddies with a shared interest in music. Likely to play at a local pub or club for some ‘beer money’.

  • Inclusiveness of Fee – Fees may include a basic small sound system but with relatively low fees, their gear might not be in good working condition. They also might just show up expecting you to have already rented a sound system (It’s my strong recommendation you do NOT want to get into the PA rental arena on your wedding day).
  • Dress and Behaviour – Who knows? I’ve heard many horror stories about T-shirts, ripped jeans and loud obnoxious sound-checks during speeches.  At best, you’ll get some guys in mis-matched unfitted shirts and black pants.  I would pretty much EXPECT them to take full advantage of the bar and be drunkenly hitting on bridesmaids by the end of the night.  Alcohol and music is generally what a bar band is best at putting together.
  • Standard of Musicianship / Entertainment – Relatively low. Being amateur musicians they will just not have clocked up the same performance and playing time as their professional full time counter parts. Musicians who aren’t very experienced tend to “stare at their instruments or sheet music” and look bored on stage.  This is just because they haven’t yet mastered the ability to play their instrument AND sing AND entertain your guests in an interactive way. It’s a subtle difference, but it can make all the difference on how much ENERGY and FUN gets out to you and your wedding guests.
  • Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience – An overall lower number of live performances mean less experience in all eventualities and with that comes less knowledge as to how to deal with inevitable changes in event schedules and unforeseen circumstances.  They will definitely forget something because they don’t do this regularly.
  • Reliability & Customer Service – As an amateur set up you can generally expect minimal levels of customer service, at least during office hours as band members will likely have day jobs. Contracts will likely be a short email outlining some basics which may or may not cover you should any problems arise.
  • Professionalism – As a hobby based band it will unlikely be run like an efficient business. Therefore should issues and problems arise there will unlikely be contingency plans in place to ensure the band are able to play no matter what.
  • The Xfactor – It’s unlikely a band in this price band will have exceptional performers or exceptionally gifted lead singer(s). If they did it’s likely they’d be charging a lot more.

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I would avoid hiring them for the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Even if you’ve seen them perform live at a pub and liked it (check yourself, how much did you have to drink??)  you’re taking a HUGE risk by hiring the part-time “weekend warriors”. 

No-shows, late-shows, obnoxious “sound-checks” during dinner, getting drunk and puking on your wedding dress are just SOME of the Horror Stories I’ve heard over the years . As much as I hate to say it, if you’re even THINKING of hiring a BAND for less than $2000, you should SERIOUSLY consider either a small single entertainer or DUO (like our Silver Package for example) or a DJ.  OR, if you can move some of your budget around and focus MORE of it on entertainment you’ll be happier with what you get.

Bride with a Question-> Why would you hire one or two people when you can get a WHOLE BAND?  Well, you’re not really getting a REAL band unless you’re paying a professional price, you’re just getting a bunch of guys that occasionally play together for Beer Money.  It’d be much, MUCH better for you, your guests and your dance floor to have one or TWO Professionals rocking out than to risk 12 amateurs ruin your wedding and racking up bill at the open bar.  (See the above headline “How big of a band do I need?”)

PRICE BAND 2 – $1500 to $3500…. (continued in Part 3)


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Simple Guide to Pricing Your Wedding Entertainment

Simple Guide to Pricing Your Wedding Entertainment

How Will This Guide Help YOU?

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This is to help you get started and as a broad guide on what type of fees to expect to pay for comparable Toronto Wedding bands and Toronto Wedding DJs.   By the end of this report you will know exactly what you should pay and what you should expect your wedding entertainment choice. I’ll also offer 4 recommendations depending on where you’re at in the entertainment decision process.

WHY?

  This guide is in response to about 1000 e-mails I’ve received from individual brides and grooms who are wanting to book live entertainment or a DJ for their wedding. They want to make it different, they want to make it special, they want to make it FUN, but they don’t know where to start and how much it’ll cost.

copy-968671-BW1.png     Before we get into it, I’d like to make the comment that there is a HUGE amount of discrepancy and confusion with “How much should I expect to pay?” when it comes to wedding entertainment, it’s probably the HARDEST thing to get musicians, DJs and MCs to just GIVE you a price.  I feel your pain! It’s not like buying a car where you can just google prices and features and make a relatively informed decision. There’s no obvious place to start your search, the choice of bands is overwhelming, you’re not sure what you should be looking for, you’re uncertain as to the questions you should be asking and it’s the biggest party you’ll ever throw and you don’t want to make a bad decision!

There’s also a second number besides PRICE, and that’s VALUE.  What good is a LOW Price DJ or Band that doesn’t actually show up on time for your wedding?  The Real question is always:  what VALUE do you and your guests really GET for the Price?   From my experience and the experience of hundreds of other wedding professionals, I will try to break down your PRICE / VALUE options in easy to understand terms :)

HOW TO SET THE BUDGET

  I want you to picture in your mind your favourite dessert maybe it’s a pie, maybe it’s a delicious cupcake or a bowl of something sugary or a HUGE cookie.

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Now let’s pretend like this dessert is the entire time your wedding guests will be AT your ceremony, chatting during cocktail hour, eating dinner, and finally listening to speeches.  That’s only HALF of your dessert, MAYBE a half plus a small bite.  The other HALF of this delicious mouth-watering dessert that represents YOUR perfect one-and-only wedding day is the reception DANCE.  So in other words almost HALF of your wedding (from your guests perspective) is going to be spent listening to a band or a DJ and *hopefully* dancing.

   HALF of YOUR Wedding your guests will be enjoying (or hating) the entertainment that YOU’VE hired. This is your chance to make everyone else JEALOUS and have them STILL talking about your wedding for months —— OR this is your chance to subject them to something lame or excruciating loud and have them checking their watches looking for a quick and polite way to leave early.

Here is what MOST people do when they set their budget for the wedding: they put off the decisions that require a lot of reflection (IE Do we want a Band or a DJ?) and they get all the “big” things out of the way: The Venue, the Dress, the Food, the Flowers, the Decorations etc. etc.  THEN after all that’s been chosen, THEN they start to think about Entertainment.

    Here’s a couple of things to remember: your guests aren’t going to remember most of that stuff! Unless the food is World-Class or induces food-poisoning they just WON’T remember it.  Pretty Good, half-decent, even slightly BAD wedding food is completely forgotten by your wedding guests by the next day. Same with the Flowers, same with how nice the decorations were or weren’t.

I’m not saying these aren’t important things BUT if you’re looking to put your money where you’ll get the biggest “WOW” per dollar shouldn’t you put some TIME and PRIORITY to your choice of wedding entertainment?  99.9% of brides always say AFTER the wedding that they would have put more thought and more of their budget in the entertainment category.  After all, it’s HALF of the wedding day!

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