How to find a great band or DJ
Finding a cheap DJ is easy. Finding a good band or DJ takes more work.
- Ask your other wedding vendors. Your reception venue and photographer will know which musicians did a good job and were good to work with.
- Arrange to see the ones you can live. Are they also a show band at public events?
- Book early. The good ones book 8-12 months in advance.
- Go local to save money. Less travel for the band will cost you less.
- Double dip to save money. Hire someone that can truly perform both ceremony and reception music.
Some parts of the contract are essential--both for you and for the musicians. Whether they are new or veterans of the wedding industry, be sure your contract covers all these details.
- Event date/location/address
- Contact information
- Names of any specifically contracted performers or techs
- Start/end times
- List of music to be played; list of music not to be played
- Sound system specs, including how they will integrate with the venue's equipment
- Cancellation/refund policies
- Total fees including non-refundable reservation fees, refundable deposits, and overtime rates
- Hospitality "rider": number and length of band/DJ breaks, where breaks will occur, meals performers will receive
In Austin you can find a list of wedding DJs on the Austin Wedding Blog.