Let's face it, the Disc Jockey is the entertainment for the reception aka the after party after the “I DO's” are said and the ceremony has concluded. However, it's certainly not uncommon for the DJ to provide music during the ceremony. In fact, Top Notch this year alone, has provided music for the ceremony and reception for nearly 85% of the weddings that have been serviced. With that being said, one very large factor determines the smoothness and flow of your wedding ceremony, and that essential element is timing. Granted, organization, communication and a mutual understanding regarding what music or songs to play and at what time's play a large factor during the ceremony as well, however, TIMING is the most essential aspect at play. If you are planning on using your DJ for the ceremony as well as reception, it's a great idea to consider booking him or her during the rehearsal dinner, the night prior to your wedding day as well. Why do you ask? Top Notch has outlined 4 BIG REASONS below...
- It allows your DJ to rehearse with you, and any additional parties such as wedding vendors, venue owners, etc that may be involved in the ceremony on your wedding day. This allows the bride and groom to also practice live to the music repeatedly until it's perfected before the ceremony. As stated prior, timing can play a major factor concerning when to play the appropriate songs during this crucial part of the event, having your DJ available to assist you and your bridal party in hashing out any timing dilemmas well before guests arrive and the actual event takes place is a huge advantage for you and him.
- Any last minute questions can be addressed. With the DJ available on site during the rehearsal any inquiries regarding song selections, sound equipment, set up, etc can be addressed and solved.
- Meet and Greet- A DJ present during the rehearsal allows him or her to meet the bridal party, family of usually the bride and groom, and often the other wedding vendors prior to the wedding day. Resultantly, on your Big Day, your DJ isn't necessarily a stranger. Which leads me to reason #4
- Comfortability, Confidence and Peace- If the to 3 reasons are all addressed, rehearsal is complete, all questions have been answered and your DJ has met the “key players” in the wedding the day before the actual event, there is a sense of ease, of peace and confidence that will be with not only you and your bridal party but also him or her as the DJ.
Ultimately, depending on your budget as well the importance of how smooth you desire your ceremony to flow will determine if the DJ is used for the rehearsal. Top Notch does offer rehearsal services for bride and grooms when possible, therefore this blog post is speaking from first hand experience. Should you consider hiring a Dj for your wedding rehearsal? If your DJ is servicing your ceremony, why would you not?