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Where Should Your Wedding Party Go During the First Dance?

On traditional timelines, the entire wedding party and the bride and groom will gather outside the ballroom/ reception doors. This helps to get ready for the grand entrance. In pairs or one by one, the wedding party will walk into the reception to music. The doors will close again and the MC will happily introduce the new Mr. and Mrs. So and So! The bride and groom then enter and take their places on the dance floor for the first dance. This all sounds great, but it’s important to decide exactly where your bridal party goes. The last thing you want after you enter and take the dance floor is a confused wedding party milling around! Here are a few options for your wedding party to finish their grand entrance and make the transition seamless. Have Your Wedding Party Stand Behind the Dance Floor This is a great option for photography. The background of your first dance pictures will be filled with smiling faces! As the wedding party enters, they can strike a pose or show their personality on the dance floor. Then, they’ll take a spot on the edge of the dance floor. Typically the first bridesmaid and groomsman to enter will stand at the far corners of the floor. Their backs should be to the head table. Each bridesmaid and groomsmen will take their spots next to them so that when the maid of honor and best man enter, they will go right to the center of the line. Using this processional, everyone will be set for your entrance, and you’ll feel encouraged by your wedding party as you begin your first dance! Have Your Wedding Party Cross Directly to Their Seats If you prefer to keep the dance floor empty, or if space is limited this may be a great option. It will require some familiarity with the room, and if you have a wedding planner they should show the bridal party where they will be sitting (if not at the head table) beforehand. This way, the bridal party can enter, pause on the dance floor, and then head to their seats seamlessly in preparation for your first dance. Dismiss Your Wedding Party After the Grand Entrance and Before the First Dance If you prefer to have your wedding party stay put during the grand entrance but go before you begin your first dance, you can have the best of both worlds! Simply have your wedding party line up or stand in whatever configuration you like the best in preparation for your grand entrance. You may prefer to have them do this as it encourages people to clap, hoot and holler and stand as you make your way into the room. Then, as the MC announces that the new couple will take part in their first dance, the wedding party can take this as their cue to discreetly leave the floor.  

How to Create Harmony Between Your Wedding Musicians and a DJ

Your big day is around the corner, and you’re pulling out all the entertainment stops for your guests. Perhaps your lineup has wedding musicians and a DJ to play the ceremony, cocktail hour and/or reception. If this is the case, chances are you’ll have to navigate who plays what and when. Thankfully, most entertainment teams are happy to work together, and you may even be able to find a way to save a little money! Keeping things simple for a team of wedding musicians and a DJ is pretty easy. Read on for our tips on making your DJ and your wedding musicians work in harmony on the big day. Read Both Contracts Before Signing If at all possible, try to book both of these around the same time so you can review both contracts. This is important to make sure that there isn’t any fine print or stipulations about other entertainment during the contract slot. It would be awful if you put down tons of money for both services and found out that your timeline and vision for the big day might be affected! Look at The Requirements Many musicians charge extra for bringing gear like microphones, amps, or sound systems. This is usually a fee for having to pack everything up and lug it over, but you can save money in this regard if your DJ team is fully stocked. Many DJs don’t mind letting musicians plug into their setup with advance notice, which often saves you money and a headache. Organize a Run-Through of Wedding Musicians and a DJ Your wedding coordinator or a trusted wedding party planner can help you with this, often when the cocktail hour is going on and the DJ and musicians are still setting up. During the pow-wow, everyone can get clear on the program timeline, who is playing what and what is needed when. A clear plan for the reception will help the actual timeline flow smoothly and keep all your vendors happy and stress-free. Keep Transitions Simple There are some exceptions, but you’ll get more harmony if you don’t make your vendors’ jobs particularly difficult. Switching between musicians, then DJ, then musicians, then DJ repeatedly through the reception program is a no-no. This creates unnecessary stress and potentially cause delays if set-up and breakdown are necessary. Don’t Treat One Better Than the Other Because of the nature of different contracts, the fine print may contain different requirements for vendors. DJs and Musicians who play through the reception often require vendor meals for their team. However, some vendors may have additional requirements on top of this. This can include eating the same thing the guests are eating. If there are minute differences in your contracts like this, err on the side of caution and provide the same thing for all present vendors.