Archive for May 2011

Best Wedding Songs

It can be difficult to choose which songs you would like played at your wedding, especially the first dance with your new spouse and mom or dad. Fear no more, go to http://www.greatratedjs.djintelligence.com/search/requested.asp to see the most popular songs in multiple categories such as Overall Top 200, Top 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s, Top Bride & Groom selections, Top Bride & Father songs, Best Groom & Mother dances, Most Popular Bridal Party hits, Great Bouquet & Garter Toss songs, Perfect Cake Cutting music, Best Introduction songs and more!

How many hours do I need for my wedding DJ?

We get this question a lot. Ultimately it depends on if you need the DJ for just your reception or for both your ceremony and reception. Typically for a reception it’s about 5 hours but some will only do 4 hours to shave costs. If adding a ceremony then an average amount of time is 6 hours for both your ceremony and reception however we also have seen 5 hours for both to help shave costs.

For a typical reception the DJ provides the following services… 1. Background music during cocktail hours 2. Introductions 3. Background music the greeting line (if any) 4. Provides microphone for blessing (if any) 5. Excuses guests to buffet or asks them to take their seats if a plated meal 6. Background music for dinner 7. Slide show (if you have one) 8. Toasts 9. Cake Cutting 10. Bride/Groom first dance 11. Father/Daughter Dance 12. Mother/Son dance 13. Wedding party dance (if any) 14. Open dancing for all guests for about 30 minutes 15. Money Dance (if needed) 16. Anniversary dance (if wanted) 17. Bouquet/Garter Toss 18. Reverse Garter (if requested) 19. More dancing for everyone 20. Last dance 21. Send-Off (if you have one)

If you include the ceremony then this is what’s typical of the DJ: 1. Prelude music 30 minutes to start of ceremony as guests are arriving and being seated waiting for the ceremony to start. 2. Processional song for the wedding party 3. Processional song for the bride 4. Possible music in middle of ceremony for unity sand or other similar event 5. Recessional music for bride, groom and wedding party after being introduced as husband and wife.

As you can see there are a lot of different things to consider. Wedding ceremonies usually only need one hour for everything from the prelude music all the way to the recessional song at the end. Receptions typically require 2 hours of background music for cocktails and dinner and then 3 hours of dancing and everything in between.

Why is a deposit required?

Deposits guarantee the services of a professional for your event date. The deposit shows the event professional that you are serious about using their services so they will be glad to turn down other work for the same day. If you come across a DJ that does not require a deposit then at least get a contract for some type of verification on your end. Otherwise you will roll the dice if the DJ will even show up, especially if someone else wants to hire him or her at a higher price.

Thankfully with Great Rate DJs our deposit amounts are small, usually $95 unlike other companies that typically charge at least 50% of the total.