So let’s be honest and state the obvious: weddings are a lot of work, period. With summer just around the corner, we’re right in the middle of the year, and though wedding season is winding down, there’s certainly no shortage of couples getting married. For wedding DJs, that means outdoor ceremonies in the blazing summer heat! Not fun! We certainly believe in the motto “work smarter, not harder,” so here are two tips to help you make your ceremonies and cocktail hours, easier!
1. Set-up Two Systems
Nearly every wedding requires two setups, one for the ceremony, usually outdoors, and another, indoors, for the reception. This seems like common sense to simply bring two systems, but it’s also extra work to have to get to the event earlier, and set-up two systems. Due to this, many DJs will opt to simply bring one system and just move a speaker to/from the ceremony area, to avoid having to setup two entirely different systems. Though this seems like it could be easier, it’s not. The thought of walking a long distance, hauling speakers around, just isn’t all that thrilling, especially in the summer. The alternative: bring a smaller, light-weight ceremony speaker. Purchase a 10 inch, or even 8 inch, powered speaker, with two inputs. One input for your ceremony microphone (handheld or lapel), and the other input for your music. Simply purchase a 1/8 inch to XLR or 1/4 inch cord (preferably a 6 foot cord). You can simply plug in your laptop, table, or even your cell phone, and voila, a quick and easy ceremony set-up, no mixer or controller required!
2. Require a Table
If you have a contract that you use for your clients, be sure to include a section that states you’ll need a 6 foot table for the reception area, placed near an outlet, where they’d like you to set-up, and require an additional table to be set-up near a power outlet, in the ceremony area, where they’d like you to be. Having the venue set the tables up saves you precious time and all you have to do is show up, set-up your ceremony speaker on a stand, plug in your microphone and music device, and you’re done in 10-15 minutes! Then, move on to set-up the reception system. It really couldn’t be any easier!
These are just a two easy tips that you can start using, today, to make your life as a DJ, easier, when it comes to weddings. There are numerous other tips that we’ll be sure to write about, soon! Remember, it’s summer, so sweat less, and work smarter, not harder!
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