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Ask the Experts: Dancing on a Budget

Marta Block


Question: I'm planning a wedding on a tight budget, but I want lots of dancing. What type of entertainment should I book?

Answer: If dancing is important to you then you definitely do NOT want to go the iPod reception route. It's very hard for a machine to get people out on a dance floor. 

DJs tend to be less expensive than live bands. Make sure you spend some time looking at the press kits of DJs in your area and find a few that really fit with your idea of your wedding. Although a great DJ can get almost any crowd moving, you'll want to pick music that fits with your friends and family. We do a weekly song list on our wedding blog ( http://wedding-blog.gigmasters.com/tag/song-list/) some of it is silly, but it may give you some ideas for music to play.

I always suggest that couples come up with the 3 most important things about their wedding, and budget accordingly.

For my husband and me it was:
-Location (we wanted an interesting and unique place)
-Guest List (we wanted to be able to invite ALL of our friends and family)
-Dancing (Like you, we really wanted people to dance. We really wanted a live band)

So, we cut costs elsewhere. I bought a second hand dress, we hired the least expensive (but still tasty) caterer approved by the venue. We got married on a Sunday afternoon and instead of a full bar just served wine and beer, we only had a MOH and Best Man instead of a large bridal party (you can save up to $200 for EACH person you cut from your bridal party). We addressed and stuffed our own wedding invitations (but still had them designed and created by a professional). You get the idea, if dancing is number one on your list, think of what else you can cut to make it happen!

Good luck and let us know if you need help finding that DJ or Band!