Music is one of the most important elements to ensure a good time during the reception! Here are the options we had:
- Playing music on an iPod or other electronic device and connecting it to the sound system
- Use the service of a DJ at destination
- Have a live band
- Bring our DJ
Our deliberation 🤔
We didn’t want to use an iPod or other player. We would have had to ask a guest to be responsible and found it unreliable.
We didn’t want to take a chance with the destination DJs. The feedback from the bride & groom was not very encouraging. The majority mentioned that the DJ did not take into account their choice of music and/or that they could not communicate properly with the DJ.
For the live bands, they were mostly playing reggae and we wanted diversity in the music. *This could be a good idea for the cocktail!
Our choice ✔
We offered to pay for the ticket of someone we know who is a DJ, in exchange for his services on the wedding day! We drafted a contract that was signed by both parties. (It is possible to find examples of service contracts online and adjust it to your needs!)
Tip 📣: If you don’t know the DJ, you can request a music demo to see if the style suits you.
Once the DJ is chosen
- Arrange a meeting (if possible) to sign the service contract ✍🏽
- Send a list of songs 📝you absolutely want for the ceremony, cocktail party (if DJ is present) & reception. *Ideally specify if the songs are associated with a specific time.
- Validate the equipment needed for your DJ.
- Will he or she bring any equipment?
- Validate the cost and availability of the sound system and other necessary equipment provided by the hotel.
- Most importantly, validate the compatibility of the cables 🔌and electrical outlets 🔈 at destination with your DJ’s equipment!!! *Send pictures of the cables and plugs to your DJ so that he or she can validate if the equipment is compatible.
Tip 📣: Make sure your DJ is in top shape for your wedding day. He or she is also responsible for doing sound checks 🔉 once the system and cables are installed.
We made sure we had a plan B, in case our DJ had an emergency that prevented him from coming with us at destination. We had a compilation of our songs ready and asked someone in our group who was comfortable with electronics to take the DJ’s place. ALWAYS have a plan B!
For us, it wasn’t essential (and not in our budget😂) to hire acrobats🤸🏽, fire breather 🔥 or others to entertain our guests.
There are, however, several options for a destination wedding entertainment. If you want to encourage local artists and offer a little extra to your guests, you might consider this option!
This can take place during the cocktail or the evening!
It’s up to you to choose according to your vision 💭 & your budget 💵!