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Top 10 Mistakes a Bride Makes and How to Avoid

Chicago Entertainment Agency has made a TON of mistakes over the 15+ years we’ve been in the industry. We feel that it is important to share some insight with our clients so they can make the best decisions. Enjoy our Top 10 list – We hope that this information is valuable for planning your wedding.

Mistake # 1

Don’t wait too long to secure your talent


Most great wedding bands are in high demand and therefore booked (on average) 8 – 12 months in advance – or more. Don’t freak if you have less time… just find someone that can help. Waited too long to hire the talent… and now the dream band is already booked – Call us and we can help!

Mistake # 2

Don’t tell the agent your budget!


She was asked “what’s your budget”… and said $10,000. The agent then says… “I think I have the perfect band – let me see what I can do”. Then the agent finds a band for $5000 and makes $5000 in commission. Lesson: Tip: The first one to mention a price loses… Make the agent tell you a price FIRST!

Make sure you know your budget. This is crucial! If you have thought about all the expenses in advance… you are more likely to stay on track. If you want a soloist at the ceremony, a string ensemble at the cocktail party, and a 10 piece wedding banned at the reception… it is going to cost. Layout your expenses in advance. There are a lot of people in this industry that do not care about ‘your’ big day… just their pay day.

Mistake # 3

Don’t micro-manage your Talent


Talent is often the most micromanaged aspect of a wedding. Too many song requests will actually impede the flow of your reception. You hire a professional to use their best judgement and when to play what music. You wouldn’t instruct your Caterer step by step on how to prepare food, or your Photographer on what angles and lenses to use. Limit your talent request list to a few favorites and a do-not-play list of only the songs you cannot stand. Do not get carried away and try to trust their expertise.

Mistake # 4

Don’t FIGHT over DJ vs Band


The bride wants a band, and the groom a DJ. Maybe you should hire both and make everyone happy. The good news is you can typically find a combination that is affordable and qualified. Ask your buyer for suggestions!

Mistake # 5

Don’t play one type of music all night


In the end, it is your day, so what you select is your prerogative. Also, remember that you can only fit 12 – 15 songs into each hour… so do not request too many songs. Also, don’t pick too many wacky songs – remember that lots of guests (that hopefully gave you an envelope of money) are in attendance. Make them all happy!

Mistake # 6

Don’t forgot to get a stage and a sound system for the band… and check the size of the dance floor


If there is nowhere to maneuver, then congestion on the dance floor can be a nightmare because people get bumped into, glasses break, and drinks can be spilled. Having more room will encourage your guests to get on the dance floor

Mistake # 7

Don’t rely on a digital music player (i.e. ipod)


No matter the occasion there will always be song requests no matter how thorough you are with your playlist and you don’t want your guests fishing through your ipod for The Macerana.  What it comes down to is that someone is going to have to man the ipod and that is not how you want your guests spending their time.

Mistake # 8

Don’t forget to sign contracts for all the talent


If you don’t sign a contract how do you know your date and band/DJ is secure.  The last thing you want to worry about leading up to your big day is whether or not you are going to get the band you requested or if they are going  to show up.  So make sure you sign and carefully read over the contract so you, as well as the band, know dates, times and day of timelines complete with first dance songs and any other details of your day.

Mistake # 9

Don’t forget to look into the local noise ordinances (if your reception is outside)


If your event takes place outdoors, make sure you check with local ordinances to ensure you are OK.  Some venues have a restricted sound level and end-time points, especially outdoor venues. You don’t want your reception to end early unexpectedly.  Chicago Entertainment does this for all of our clients. We make sure there are no surprises on your BIG night.

Mistake # 10

Don’t let the talent pay a commission to your buyer (the double dip effect can be costly)


Ask your buyer if ALL fees are described in the contract. You do not want the buyer negotiating against you. Chicago Entertainment Agency charges a flat fee of 25% of what the talent is paid. this allows us to negotiate the lowest fee for all talent.

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