1. Once you set a time line with your DJ, send a copy of your timeline to all your day of vendors. This helps to ensure all vendors are are on the same page. Helps the reception flow smoothly.
2. Remember to give the rings to the people responsible before the ceremony starts.
3. It’s always a good idea to pre-light the unity candles (if necessary) for a quick lighting during the ceremony, especially if your ceremony is outdoors.
4. Remind the people (i.e. Best Man / Maid of Honor) who will be giving a toast, when the toast will take place, inexperienced DJ’s don’t think to do this before hand, and put the presenters on the spot. (Here’s the mic your on!)
5. If you purchase your own champagne flutes, be sure they get used for the toast. Many venues or caterers will provide champagne glasses for everyone, thus the bride and groom will forget about there own.
6. If you have your own knife and server, have someone make sure it’s on the cake table before the DJ announces the cake cut. You don’t want to have to search for them while your guests are waiting for your cake cut.
7. If you happen to purchase disposable cameras, party favors, picture mat etc. have your DJ make an announcement for your guests so they are aware.
8. Best time to bustle your dress is after formal pictures before the reception.
9. Since you & your fiancée will be the first to receive your dinners, you may be the first to finish. This would be a great opportunity to visit with your guests, use the restroom to freshen up, or if you need to step outside to smoke before the rest of the formalities. This will save you time, and keep the flow of your reception on time.
10. Inform the Fathers & Mothers when their dances will take place to dance with you. Your DJ could announce the parent’s dances on the mic before checking to see if the parents are in the room.
11. Bring toss bouquet as well as the bouquet you keep to the reception room and place it on head table or cake table so you know right where to retrieve it when it’s time for the toss.
12. Make sure the toss garter is on the Brides leg before the reception. This can save you some embarrassment too.
13. Let the DJ & Photographer know if you need to leave the reception room for a substantial amount of time.
14. Talk to your DJ first about music you want played & music you don’t want. Most DJ’s assume everybody likes group participation songs (i.e. Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey, Macarena) and use these songs as a tool to get your guests to dance when nobody’s dancing. It can be very embarrassing to hear these songs being played at your reception when nobody is dancing to them.
These tips can save you time and embarrassing moments on your wedding day.
I hope your wedding day will be a day everyone will remember for a long time.