It takes anywhere from about a couple of months to more than a year to plan a perfect wedding. However, it’s not really the amount of planning time that makes for a successful event but the quality of planning that the couple puts into their wedding. The best wedding celebrations are not always the ones that take the longest to prepare for, but those that are planned in an organized manner. In these weddings, no details are left forgotten, such as making the right choice when it comes to hiring a Chicago wedding entertainer.

 

Go with a Live Band or a DJ?

Music is definitely a requirement in a wedding celebration and these days, couples usually have two options: a live band or a DJ. When you are choosing a Chicago wedding entertainer, the final choice depends both on your preferences as a couple and the advantages that you can gain. Either one of these options has its own pros and cons, which you must carefully consider in order to make the right decision. If you hire a DJ, you are likely to save a lot on expenses because of the cheaper fee, as well as enjoy a much wider range of song choices. Hiring a band, on the other hand, is generally more expensive but will give your celebration a more festive atmosphere.

 

Getting Recommendations

After you’ve decided on the type of music you want for your wedding and whether to go with a live band or DJ, your next step is to find good recommendations. You can start by asking your friends and relatives who have already gotten married and were happy with the band or DJ they hired for their wedding. Of course, you can also get feedback from websites and online forums but the opinions of people you personally know are likely to be the most honest ones you can get. Make a list of all the recommendations and choose the ones you think might be the perfect choice. Meet these people for an interview, during which you can ask them about their experience, as well as view samples from their previous engagements. It’s good if you can watch a video of their past gigs so you will have a better idea of whether they will be the best choice for your wedding. If a video of them performing isn’t available, you can request them to play a song or two live.

 

Finalizing the Contract Details

Upon selecting a band or a DJ, you should immediately have a meeting to finalize the contract details. Your contract should include the exact date and time of your wedding so you can be sure your entertainer is available during your celebration. Once the contract is signed, the Chicago wedding entertainer is legally committed to performing at your wedding and should no longer accept projects for the reserved date. The contract must also explicitly state everything that is expected of the Chicago wedding entertainer, such as how many hours they are (if you hire a live band) or he is (if you hire a DJ) to stay at the wedding, or how many songs to play, and so on. Most professional Chicago wedding entertainers already have a draft of a contract, which you can just modify to fit your personal preferences and requirements. In addition to the services the Chicago wedding entertainer is expected to provide, the contract should also indicate all the pertinent fees and charges involved.

Once the contract is signed by both parties, the deal is set. However, this does not mean there are no more preparations before the wedding. You should make sure to confirm the time and date with the Chicago wedding entertainer a couple of weeks prior to the event just to make sure everything is in place. At the same time, give a list of songs you like to be played, as well as the sequence of the songs, so that the Chicago wedding entertainer can prepare for it.