FAQs and expert advice about djs

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yoursouthwales.wedding


Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Q. We're thinking of booking a DJ for our wedding, but there are so many to choose from. How can we find the perfect supplier?

A. Alan Matthews says: As an experienced DJ of 30 years, I recommend you look for a dedicated supplier who can cater for the whole family with a wide range of music that's suitable for all ages. When I look back, I realise how shockingly inexperienced I was at the beginning of my career and always thought music had to be blasting with all the latest club hits – how wrong was I? Now it's all about subtle tunes and lighting and creating a warm, inviting atmosphere that people will want to stay in and enjoy together.

- Before booking, remember experience is essential!
- Check their reviews are dated and up-to-date.
- Book a dedicated wedding DJ.
- Look for someone who can work from a playlist if required.

Alan Matthews, Alan Matthews Discos


Intimate romance

Intimate romance

Q. Do you have any tips for planning a small wedding?

A. June Gould says: Sit back, close your eyes and walk through what you would like to happen on your day from start to finish and ask yourself what will impact the joy of the day? What will help take the stress out? What highlights do you imagine? Who do you want to share it with the most, and how will you be able to make memories that will last?

We recently had a family wedding with only 15 guests. For us, the most important parts of the day were that the people who matter to us were participating in the ceremony, we had a Zoom broadcast to all those who couldn't attend, plenty of photos, memorable music and a very tasty cake!

As restrictions ease, it's important to plan ahead so that you're not struggling to book suppliers. It's worth doing the following research:
- See evidence of their work and past reviews.
- If possible, meet in person or have a video conference.
- Check what is included in quoted prices.
- Determine what booking fee or deposit your suppliers require.

If you're having an intimate gathering, don't think about abandoning the entertainment. If you have a DJ/MC or singer, they can be the glue that holds the day together. People may have travelled a long way and music can entertain and untie people and also keep them at the venue longer. Remember, music doesn't need to be loud, but it needs to be relevant. I know I could spend hours preparing music for a forthcoming wedding, and it's so important that the couple connects with what they hear.

It's worth having a plan of action to go forward. Make a table with two columns. One should be 'what we do if only small numbers are possible', and the other should be 'if things get back to normal.' Consider the impact of each on your guests and the flexibility of your suppliers and venue. Ensure your vendors are in this with you. See what they can do to fit with the new situation. I hope you enjoy your preparations and ensure you savour the moment!

June Gould, SGDJ Weddings


Boogie the night away

Boogie the night away

Q. We're looking for a DJ for our upcoming wedding but are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice available. What should we do to help narrow down our decision?

A. June Gould says: When it comes to choosing a DJ, there are two options. The first is to contact someone whose work you have seen and liked, and the second is to do your research. If you're starting from scratch, take the below into consideration before booking.

- Check for good reviews from past clients in a variety of sources or listings.

- They should have PAT and PLI (tested kit and insurance) and be willing to do a risk assessment if one is required by your venue.

- A clear and professional website will tell you a lot about them.

- Decide if you want your DJ to be with you the whole day or just the evening. An all-day service can potentially wrap the day in a well-planned music feast. Look for suppliers who offer music for your ceremony, signing the register, reception, a master of ceremonies, microphones for the speeches and recordings of speeches.

- Make sure they're willing to meet you and discuss your requirements. A face-to-face or online meeting will help you connect and allow you to discuss customisation.

- If the quote seems too good to be true, then it probably is. DJs who have invested in good equipment and deliver quality service will charge a fee that reflects this.

- Find out what's included with the service and if there are different options available.

- A poll suggested that 72 per cent of brides wished they spent more time choosing their wedding entertainment and a higher percentage wished they'd spent more on it. Invest to make special memories for you and your guests.

June Gould, SGDJ Weddings

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