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10 Steps to Hiring a
1. Get referrals
Don’t be afraid to ask the band leader, booking agency
or DJ for a list of references. Look for entertainment choic- es with good referrals. Ask friends and people in the industry for tips. Once you get a referral, meet with the actual DJ or band that will be performing at your event to ensure that you’re comfortable with them. If you don’t have a referral, call different bands and DJs and meet with them in person for an interview. A booking agency or production company can be a good source for your enter- tainment needs because they have access to numerous bands and DJs – you’re sure to find one that’s a good fit.
2. Experience counts
When interviewing potential DJs or bands, find out
how much experience they have. The more experience, the better. Be sure to hire an entertainer or agency that you trust. If you can’t trust them to show up on time, play the appropriate music and say the appropriate things, then you shouldn’t hire them at all. Your enter- tainment’s experience is very important since they are one of the few vendors who will be interacting with all your guests. Experts agree it’s wise to hire professionals who have been in the business a while and who have a good reputation.
3. See the band or DJ in action No doubt the best way to make a selection for enter- tainment is by watching them in action, seeing how they interact with the crowd. Ask if you can catch a perform- ance or attend a wedding where the group is playing or the DJ is mixing music. If you’re not able to see their work in person, most bands, DJs and booking agencies have sample tapes or DVDs for you to view. It’s a good idea to see your entertainment perform at a function ahead of
time if possible, so you know what to expect.
4. Map out the music
You and your fiancé should decide what type of music
you want and ask the band or DJ about their style. Do you want a more subdued atmosphere or is an energetic, dance-oriented reception more your style? Talk about every aspect of the day’s itinerary by reviewing music for
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