I just hired a DJ for the cocktail hour and reception. However, we also have a groomsman who is in a band who will play a set during the reception. I would like the band to do the first dance with the DJ introducing the band , then have the DJ take over for the rest of the night. I plan on telling my DJ tomorrow of my plan. Has anyone went that route? Any other suggestions or ideas to make that work?
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Thanks, he sent a preliminary contract that I haven’t signed bc he’s adding a part that we’ve discussed over the phone last week. I guess that’s another thing I need to know... the equipment part. They should be using their on equipment, however according to the venue space, it may not be possible.
I agree with PP's. I'd ask your DJ if he is willing to do this. Then I'd say set up a meeting with the DJ, band and maybe even your venue. Together you will all have to decide the timeline for the DJ introducing the band and then the band announcing the DJ is taking back over. I would be careful with this though, there is a chance either the band or DJ could have issues with it. If all agree, I'd make sure they put it in your contract so if anything goes wrong, you're covered.
The DJ we are using specifically asked us if we have any other musical people during the ceremony or reception because they like to reach out to those people to try and work out the flow since the DJ basically runs how the event goes. So best thing would be to talk to the DJ and see what they think. Some may not do it, same may be okay.
We are have a solo guitar player play music during our cocktail hour and the the DJ will take over when the reception starts with our Entrance. We wrote it into our DJ contract that the guitar player will hook into the DJs equipment so it will be an easy set-up and take down. The DJ was awesome about him using the DJs equipment.
We are having a band + DJ. Our band is a Mariachi that will play for 2 hours during the last 30min of cocktail hour & our entrance, maybe our first dance, and through dinner. After dinner the DJ will take over.
We almost did something like this & our DJ was fine with it. The biggest concern was the venue - and having room for both, but they did. In the end we decided not to go this way, but it was our decision.