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Contracting with a DJ or Band for your wedding music

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.

Contract details

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

In Austin you can find a list of wedding DJs on the Austin Wedding Blog.

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