Booking the right wedding DJ for your Montana wedding reception makes a huge difference. The right wedding DJ service can make the difference between a boring and non original wedding reception and one that your wedding guests talk about for years.

Not all Bozeman wedding DJ services are created equal. Your wedding DJ is a big part of the mood and feel of your wedding reception. You’ll want to make sure you research your options and find a wedding DJ that will work well with you and your party. This blog post should give you tools and good questions to ask while you are in the process of booking a DJ for your Montana wedding!

Know who your DJ is: you should be able to meet in person with your DJ or speak with them on the phone as many times as necessary so everyone is on the same page for the wedding reception. If a DJ company doesn’t assign you a DJ until a few weeks before you wedding, it’s probably because that person is hired yet which should raise a red flag about what kind of DJ you will be getting at your wedding reception. The following is a good list of questions you should ask before signing a contract with a Montana wedding DJ service.

– Who will my DJ be and can I meet with them in person?

– Can I submit a list of songs I want played at different parts of the evening?

– Does your company take requests?

– Can I get references on the DJ I am being assigned?

– How early will the DJ be arriving at the reception?

– What type of equipment does your company use and what happens if there is an equipment malfunction?

– How many songs does your DJ bring to each event?

– Is lighting included in the price?

– Is there a charge for overtime?

– Do your DJ’s announce cake cutting, introductions, first dances etc?

– What attire do your DJ’s arrive with?

Feel free to contact me at paul@bozemandj.com if you have any questions while booking a wedding DJ.

Although the big day is primarily focused on the Bride and Groom, it is still a good idea to focus on the guests and ensure they are

having a splendid time throughout the evening. Vendors such as the DJ, caterers, photo booth, etc play a large roll in the guest entertainment experience, but

a good timeline/schedule for the wedding is crucial to guests staying the length of the evening and having them rant and rave

over what a great time your wedding was.

1. Timeline: A timeline does not have to be followed exactly but is a paramount tool for vendors and especially the DJ to follow during the wedding. Being open to suggestions to the timeline is very important because a DJ can instantly spot large gaps of time or spots where the timeline will possibly not be able to be followed. I will include a sample timeline of a wedding I DJ’ed at few weeks ago that had a great flow and guests seemed refreshed and eager to party all night, but first let’s discuss the ceremony start time.

Ceremony Start time: Keep in mind the life of the guest is about 4-6 hours. If you want your dance party raging until the last song at midnight, then starting the ceremony at 3 pm probably isn’t the best idea because your asking your guests to stay for a marathon 9 hours. When 9 or 10 pm rolls around, I see guests start whispering to their dates that it’s time to go; regardless of how good the music, cake or food is. Hands down, the best weddings that Bozeman DJ sees are the ones where the ceremony starts at 5:00, 6:00 or even 6:30 in the early summer.

Dance start time: Keep in mind during the early summer months of Montana there is light in the big sky until 10 pm and when you start dancing at 8:30, your guests will be hesitant to hit the dance floor due to bright light from the sun. If you wedding is in June or July, try and start dancing around 9:15-9:45.

Sample Timline of a wedding I DJ’ed a few weeks ago. 150 guests (A thorough timeline sets all vendors and guests up for success)

5:00PM Guests Arrive

5:30 Ceremony start time

5:50 Ceremony end (guests head to cocktail area/reception hall)

6:00 Cocktail hour (Photos of wedding party and Bride and Groom)

7:10 Announce for guests to take seats for dinner

7:15 Wedding Party Introduction

7:18 Introduction of Bride and Groom

7:20 Prayer

7:25 Dinner served

8:10 Champagne delivered to tables

8:20 Toasts (Best man, Maid of Honor, Father of the Bride)

8:40 Cake Cutting (Guests eat dessert)

8:50 Wedding party takes evening photos

9:00 First Dance

9:05 Father Daughter Dance

9:10 Mother Son Dance

9:15 Wedding Party Dance

9:45 Bouquet Toss

9:50 Garter Toss

10:15 Marriage Challenge (see who has been married the longest at the wedding)

10:35 Dollar dance

11:00 Late night snacks announced

11:58 Last dance

12:00am Music stops and guests sent to see off Bride and Groom

 

Of course this is just a suggestion on a great timeline, but this is a practical, and seamless timeline. The most important part is to avoid dead time which is inevitable when a ceremony starts at 2, 3, or 4:00pm. Pictures are extremely important, but taking 45 minutes after dinner for sunset photos while guests are twiddling their thumbs waiting for first dances to start can be a killer for the reception.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Bozeman DJ if you have questions on how to construct a timeline for your wedding, we are more than happy to help!