Not picking a true professional DJ.  This is the number one entertainment mistake
many brides make.  This can also ruin your Wedding Reception!  People will go home after
they eat if the DJ is not good!  Everybody wants to be a DJ, and with free mp3 music on
the Internet, everyone is calling themselves a DJ.  If your DJ is not listed in the AT & T
Telephone directory with a business listing, and if he has less then seven years of
experience as a DJ, DON’T USE THIS PERSON!  We take countless emergency bookings
every year from brides who are in tears because their DJ canceled at the last minute.  Also
keep in mind that twenty percent of the DJ’s go out of business every year.  Don’t use one
of these DJ’s to save a few dollars.  If you have booked one of these DJ’s and they go out
of business, then your simply out of luck.  Pick a DJ who is professionally listed, has at
least seven years of experience.  Also shy away from the one-man shows.  If they are sick
the morning of, have car or equipment problems, or have a family emergency, you won’t
have a DJ at your wedding Reception.  We have several professional DJ’s at American
Sound productions for your protection and assurance.

Ask and insist that your DJ use Compact Disc and not mp3s.  This is a secret that
most DJ's don't want you to know!  An mp3 is a file compression file that has had 90
percent of the original file extracted and compressed.  The mp3 were originally created for
music to be played on small home desktop  speakers and for car audio.  You do not want
an mp3 music file to be played over a large professional sound system at your reception.  
There is a night and day difference in sound quality.  Most Compact Disc songs are about
40-50 MBs.  Mp3 files are on average only about 3 MBs.  You want to use the larger files
because the music the human hear can’t hear, you will be able to feel on your wedding
day.  Mp3’s are free to many DJ’s.  Companies like ours who use professional commercial
CDs will have to pay more money to get them, but as a result, your reception will have a
sound quality to your reception that will be second to none.  It will also keep your dance
floor packed!       
  

Spending Too Much
. It's easy for an excited bride and groom to get swept up in
planning a spectacular wedding without stopping to add up the expenses, especially
when parents are covering most of the cost. As much as you'd love to have a fairy-tale
wedding with every imaginable luxury, you'll soon discover that economic reality has a
way of interfering. Start by shopping for a reception hall and dinner for your invited
guests. That's likely to be your biggest expense. Then make a budget, allowing for a gown,
tuxedos, a limo, a minister/rabbi, flowers (for the wedding party, parents, church/temple,
reception hall), decorations, favors, music (both ceremony and reception), and a generous
fund for miscellaneous expenses. Keep records, so you know how you're doing in relation
to your budget. And don't bounce any checks!.

Too Many Guests. Don't invite more people than your reception hall can hold, assuming
that a lot of them won't show up. If you invite 300 guests, and you expect 200, but 250
people show up, the room won't magically expand, and 50 additional dinners won't
magically cook themselves. You'll have to send some people away. Assume that 80
percent of the people you invite will show up. Make sure your room can handle at least
that many people, plus a few more. And plan for a few extra meals in case some people
who RSVP'd "no" suddenly show up.

Overworking Yourself. Planning a wedding is a lot of work. Don't turn down anyone's
offer to help you with some of that work. The Internet is full of advice on wedding planning.
If your budget allows you to hire a professional planner, that's wonderful. But in most
cases, the families handle the planning. Friends, parents and future in-laws can do things
like addressing invitations, gathering information about entertainment options, and
helping you shop. Shower them with gratitude when they volunteer to help. It's also a
good idea to give them some nice gifts on your wedding day to show your appreciation.

Ordering Your Gown. Allow at least six months for your gown to arrive, especially if it's
a designer gown. Leave plenty of time for delivery and fitting, both for the gown and your
bridesmaids' dresses. Don't expect the gown to be the perfect size when you open the
box. Even if you buy your gown off the rack, you'll want to have it fitted within a month of
the wedding. If you tell a gown designer you're getting married five years from today, you'll
probably be told that the gown will take four years and two weeks to make. That's because
the designer doesn't want to deliver the gown early, then get blamed when you change
sizes before the wedding.

Booking Hotel Rooms. Your out-of-town guests will need places to stay. And if you wait
too long to reserve hotel space, they'll all end up staying at your apartment. Many hotels
offer discounts for blocks of reserved rooms. But check in advance to make sure it's not a
big weekend like the Super Bowl, the Indy 500, or the Marathon. Start looking at hotels a
year before the wedding. Once you know how many guests will need rooms, book them at
least eight months before the wedding. Then let your guests know the name and phone
number of the hotel, so they can reserve their individual rooms with their credit cards.

Religious Considerations. The site of your wedding ceremony will almost certainly
have requirements and restrictions that you'll need to observe. Consult with your
clergyman within a month of your engagement. Discuss available dates, required pre-cana
courses, dress code, music selection, and any other considerations that might cause any
conflict. Once everything is settled, you may put down your deposits and hire your
vendors.

Your Marriage License. A typical marriage license is good for a limited time. Don't let it
expire before your wedding date. Check with your local County Clerk's office about the
requirements for applying for the license, and the time required to get it. If you're getting
married for the second time, be sure to provide your divorce papers from your first
marriage.

Crash Diets. If you have your wedding gown fitted within a month of your wedding, you
shouldn't have to go on a crash diet to look good in it. Also, don't get any major beauty
treatments like facials or tanning sessions the day before your wedding. The risk of burns,
blisters or infections will far outweigh any small benefit such treatments might give you.
You'll look fabulous if you just take good care of yourself, eat sensibly, and get enough
exercise and sleep. You don't need last-minute enhancements.

Sweating the Details. Don't try to over-choreograph your wedding reception. If you and
your fiancée want to practice a special dance or speech, that's fine. But never lose sight of
the fact that your wedding reception is just a party you're throwing for your friends. Relax
and enjoy it. If you spill red wine on your gown, the cake collapses, your uncle Todd gets
drunk and makes a pass at the minister's wife, and the banquet room's sprinklers
suddenly go off, and at the end of the evening you're still married, you win!

Entertainment Essentials. If you're hiring a band, expect to pay a lot of money. Many
musicians cost more than just one musician. And a band won't know every single song
you like. Find out which songs they do well. And expect the songs to sound different than
the way they sound in your CD collection. Bands like to add their own personal touches to
the music they play.

If you have a more modest entertainment budget, a DJ is an excellent option. A DJ's music
is always on key, and it's exactly as you remember it. He/she has a much bigger song
selection. He/she doesn't take a 30-minute break every time the dance floor is just getting
full. And -- this is important -- he/she will turn the volume down if it's too loud for you.

The most expensive DJ's will probably bring a much bigger sound system than you need,
and play it at much higher volume than you need. Too many of them also spend a lot of
time on the microphone, talking and singing over the music, because they believe you're
paying extra for their personality. The truth is, your DJ shouldn't be the center of attention
at your reception. He should be a professional master of ceremonies when it comes to
handling your introductions, special dances, cake cutting, garter/bouquet and other
special announcements. But he must also have the discipline to turn off the microphone
and let the music do the work when it's time to dance.

Remember, if you pick all of your dance music in advance, and you don't let your guests
make requests, the entire reception will become a concert for the bride and groom, and the
guests will feel cheated. And they'll leave early, with a bad memory of your reception. As
we said earlier, your reception is a party you throw for your friends. Let them have a good
time, too.
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