As wedding folks, we sometimes forget that our couples are sometimes planning a wedding for the first time! We always try to be a resource for a couples. Here are three questions that we’ve been asked lately…
Q. I see a bunch of DJs offer gobos as part of their packages. What the heck is a gobo?
A. A gobo is a cool projection of a design or pattern on to a wall, floor or ceiling. They are becoming more popular for weddings often used to project the couples monogram onto the dance floor. They are basically a silhouette and are made of metal or glass inserted into the focal center or the “gate” of a spotlight. Metal gobos are used to create the contrast silhouettes. The glass ones are etched and can create a more complex design including various colors and images with dimensional complexity.
Q. Can I just bring an iPod for music? How is a DJ better? What do they actually do?
The DJ sets the stage for the whole day. A good DJ will be on time, provide all of the lighting and equipment for the “show”, setup in a timely manner, and keep the mood of the night running consistently. The BEST DJ will incorporate their creativity as an entertainer with not only their song choices, but also their ability to gauge the vibe of the room. They will know when to make people dance and when to slow it down.
Communication with the DJ starts way before the day of the wedding. The DJ should listen to you - they need to understand who you are as a couple and what you like (and don’t like!) to avoid music mishaps. They will help you put together a schedule (with your planner if you have one) and help you plan a soundtrack to cocktail hour, entrance, speeches, dinner, dancing, send-off or whatever other stuff you want to see.
Q. How much should I be spending on this or that?
We hear this question all the time and it all depends on your budget. Here are some percentages compiled from a bunch of the big wedding plan sites:
- Reception: 48%-50%
- Ceremony: 2%-3%
- Attire: 8%-10%
- Flowers: 8%-10%
- Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%
- Photography/Videography: 10%-12%
- Stationery: 2%-3%
- Wedding Rings: 2%-3%
- Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%
- Gifts: 2%-3%
- Miscellaneous: 8%
- To avoid stress: 5% “just-in-case” fund
- Remember to include your honeymoon!
So… Do you have any questions? Let us know!
Aschley & Jaime