Choosing Music for the Reception
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 The music you choose for the reception sets the whole tone for the celebration. Obviously you want the kind of music you and your fiancée like. But what about your guests, what are their musical preferences? Do you want folks to get up and dance or mellow out?  

Whatever choice you make, be sure to book your music as soon as you have your wedding date confirmed. These professionals are booked months ahead of time and are especially busy during the summer months. 

Try to hear your musicians or DJ before you book. Many bands and DJs will have a demo tape that they can send you. Alternatively, ask them for details of when they will be performing next so you can arrange to see and hear them in action.

Visit your reception venue. Let them know what type of entertainment you will be having, since some venues only allow live music. If you are having both a live band or a DJ, make sure there is sufficient room at your venue for both to set up and perform. Also find out what sort of lighting and effect, if any, will be supplied by your band or DJ in case you need to make additional arrangements for space and power supplies.

Talk to your musicians and/or DJ well beforehand and let them know what you have in mind for your wedding and what you expect from them. Let your band know of any special requests you have in case they need to practice. For DJs, let them know both the title and artist's name so they bring the right version with them.

As with any of your wedding plans, get everything in writing, the time allotted to play, the number and duration of any breaks and the cost of over-running. Always confirm your booking in writing and get a receipt if you have paid a deposit. Some musicians ask for a deposit up front, with the balance due the day of the wedding.

If your musicians or DJ don't know the directions to the venue give them a map. You don't want them arriving late or at the wrong place!

  Nick Pollock Events, 13 Gale Street Ballarat, Phone: (03) 5332 6745
Nick Pollock Events creates an entertainment experience for all ages that will leave a lasting memory for you and your guests to remember and cherish or years to come. From the relaxed feel of a family party to the lavish styling of a wedding, we create the right entertainment to make your event sparkle in the eyes of your guests.

  Ballarat Entertainment Services, Ballarat. Phone: 0411 143155
Wedding Bands, DJ’s, Duos, Trios and more, BES represents the highest quality entertainment for all occasions. Utilizing our vast and comprehensive knowledge of the entertainment industry BES are a unique company that offers a diverse range of entertainment options tailored to suit your individual requirements.

  Surf Shadows, Ballarat. Phone: 03 5332 4759
The Surf Shadows have been playing great wedding music around the Ballarat region for the past ten years. Whether it be rockin' classics, laid back instrumentals and even some surf sounds we can organise our sets to suit your wedding. Specialising in weddings, conferences, functions and parties. Songlist available at the website.

  The Eureka Strings, Ballarat. Phone: 0416 026 871
The “Eureka Strings” consists of members of the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra and are available for a variety of functions - Weddings, Engagements, Birthdays, Formal / Corporate Functions, etc. They are able to provide a variety of small string ensemble combinations for your function, ranging from a string duo, string trio up to a string quartet.



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