Band Or Mobile Wedding DJ? And Other Questions

By Marissa Velazquez

Engagements and weddings are huge milestones in the life of a couple. In between these milestones, however, comes a lot of planning, and that planning can be stressful. In order to make the process and painless and possible, it is important to approach it in an organized manner. Confront the planning question by question. There will be many things to consider, such as how to feed your guests, how many people to invite, and whether to hire a mobile wedding dj or a band.

Hire a wedding planner or plan the event yourself? There are a lot of things to consider when making this decision. If you have a large budget and plan on inviting a lot of people, it may make sense to hire someone to help out. However, if event planning is something you like to do, and you have the time to make the arrangements on your own, that might be the best decision. You could ask your friends to help, which could make the planning more fun.

How many people should I invite? Money is a big factor in deciding this question as well. It can get very complicated if you have a huge family but a limited budget. For a couple in this predicament, it might be a good idea to limit attendance to immediate family and very close friends.

What are the best locations for my reception and ceremony? This depends on a few things, such as whether you want to get married in a religious space or a secular space, the number of guests, and of course your budget. If you have a connection with a church, synagogue, or reception hall, you might be able to use the space for free or for a low cost. Another possibility is an in-home or outdoor ceremony and reception, which can work beautifully if you have a small number of guests.

Should you hire a professional caterer? This is an area where you can be creative and possibly cut costs. If your funds are limited, consider having a family member or a friend cater the reception. Another possibility is to serve a small menu and/or limit the alcohol to only beer or wine.

Who should I have in my wedding party? This is another tough question, especially when you have a lot of siblings or cousins as well as close friends. Some couples end up limiting the party to one person each, rather than having a lot of people stand up and still risking hurt feelings of the people who are not included.

DJ or Band? A DJ is usually cheaper than hiring a full band, unless you happen to know a member of a wedding band who is willing to cut you a deal. However, if you envision a very classy reception and have the budget to hire a band, by all means, go for it.

Likewise, if you know a mobile wedding DJ, or have a friend who knows one, you may be able to get a good deal. Ask around and explore your options regarding both Djs and bands.Begin your planning as soon as possible, in order to avoid the added stress of a time crunch. Remember, getting married should be fun. It should be memorable in good ways, rather than memorable for the stress it caused. Planning ahead will help to make this a reality.

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