Wedding advice from a DJ

2015-07-02 06:00
Careful planning is required at weddings.

Careful planning is required at weddings.

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PLANNING, planning and then more planning. Weddings are all about planning to be prepared and ensuring that everything runs as smoothly and effortlessly as possibly on your wedding day.

The first advice I can give is quite simple, but often overlooked – hire experienced professionals.

Yes, you pay more and will have to book a lot further in advance to secure­ their services but trust me, the expert advice leading up to your wedding, as well as the calmness and professionalism they bring to your wedding day are invaluable, a remarkable fact that you only wish you had known beforehand, and the biggest mistake bridal couples make when planning a wedding.

From the venue, décor, photos, video, deejay marriage officer, cake, dressmaker and even wedding planner, if your budget allows – book the best and let them guide you along the effortless path to the perfect wedding.

Ceremonies

Chapel

• Place a small table out of the way at the back of the chapel for the DJ. We use cordless microphones and do not need to be in your photos­.

• We only need to be in front of the chapel if you have musicians who will be using our PA system.

Outdoors

• Bottled water and sun umbrellas will always be welcomed by your guests, especially the grandparents.

• Candle-light ceremonies are usually­ difficult to perform due to the elements, so either do this indoors or consider an alternative like a sand pouring ceremony. Have plan b in place, especially during spring and summer.

Beach

KZN is a tropical region, which means we have scattered rainfall throughout the summer months. The sand gets extremely hot from December to February and the humidity makes beach weddings quite uncomfortable. Consider beach weddings in the winter months, or early morning.

• Parasols are a must for beach weddings.

• Place bottles of water in baskets for your guests.

• Sandals in a basket for your guests adds a nice touch to your ceremony

• Ensure that your chosen ceremony site has easy access to the beach, not only for service providers who have to carry equipment but your guests who will have to negotiate sand and rocks in high heels and cocktail dresses

• South Coast beaches can be very windy, even on the best days. Beach ceremonies look great on photos, but are uncomfortable at the best of times.

• Contact us if you need venue recommendations for beach weddings

Receptions

Do’s

• Cut the cake after the ceremony, so guests actually eat it and it provides a talking point and snack while you are on your creative shoot.

• Hire waiters (people mill around the bar if not in the same room).

• Make sure your emcee is not shy or nervous. Rather pay a little extra for a professional, than have a nervous emcee who could make everyone uncomfortable, not to mention convey the important messages.

• Wait for everyone to finish dessert before you do your first dance and open the dance floor.

• Place the DJ table as close to the dance floor as possible.

Don’ts

• Don’t hire a photo booth from 7pm onwards, rather book it for during the pre-drinks and ensure that it closes before the first dance starts.

• Don’t start the dancing until all the meals are done.

• Don’t forget to cater for all the suppliers.

Dance floor and DJ table

• Use a black table cloth for the DJ table, this will hide most of the cables.

- The Wedding DJ

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