Top Wedding Guest Complaints |Triad Wedding Planner

It is  very easy to overlook the guest while planning your wedding with everything else you have to deal with. Here are the top wedding guest complaints and suggestions to keep your guest happy.

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  • Food– One major complaint wedding guest have is there not being many selection for dinner choice or running out of appetizers during cocktail hour. Make sure you order enough food for your expected guest. For dinner selection have a buffet with assorted choices or consider different food stations. Long lines are also a major complaint, the food stations give not only a variety but breaks up the never ending lines. If you have a buffet have it set up so guest can utilize both sides (This option is if you do not have servers).
  • Cash┬áBar– A full bar can be quite expensive. Talk to your bartender regarding your choices. One option is to have a beer and wine bar and /or offer a signature drink. Limit your bar to key times at your reception.
  • Bad Wedding Dates– Choose wedding dates that are convenient. Sometimes that can’t be helped especially if you have your heart set on a particular date. However keep in mind traveling times especially with out of town guest. For example, although you may get a cheaper date on a Sunday evening this would be inconvenient for your wedding guest that have to travel to be back on work on Monday or take another day off. Holiday weddings are only convenient if your family members normally travel home. Also keep in mind key dates to major events that may be taking place… you don’t want to compete with the Superbowl.

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  • No enough Space– Make sure to book a venue big enough to hold your guest. Nothing is worse than sitting elbow to elbow or having to squeeze past people on your way to the restroom. With that in mind, also beware of booking too big of venue. Worse case scenerio if the venue is too big you can always bring in draping to lesson the space and break it up in sections…there isn’t much you can do if the venue is too small.
  • Organization– Here is where a great timeline comes into play, a great flow is the key to a great wedding. No one wants to sitting around “waiting” and no one likes to have everything rushed . Balance is the key.Keep these tips and your guest in mind while planning your wedding and you can’t go wrong. Happy Planning!

10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding DJ | Jacksonville, FL Wedding DJs

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It is important to ask the correct questions when booking a DJ. Although every aspect completes your wedding, the DJ plays an intricate part. They are the main entertainment during your wedding. All DJ’s are not the same, you want to make sure your DJ knows how to work a wedding. It is so much more then just playing some music. They have to know their cues, how to interact with the audience, have the experience, training, knowledge…etc.

Carlton McGee of McGee Entertainment says here are some important questions you should ask DJ’s during the interview.

1. When is the last time or have you ever attend a training or seminar to improve your skills?

2. How many WEDDINGS have you DJ’d this month/year with characteristics like the vision I have for my reception? Current reviews only please!

3. Are your prices above, equal to or below the market rate? If below or above, why?

4. Do you offer any other services other than DJing (playing music)? Most Pro wedding DJs will offer Emcee services, reception planning and coordination services, if a Pro Planner is not hired, lighting, gobo projection, slide show equipment rentals, ceremony equipment, cocktail Hour set ups, etc….

5. Have you ever worked at my venue? Are you familiar with the load in/load out procedures, the room acoustics, parking, etc…

6. What is your Emcee style? Are you interactive? Are you flexible and easy to work with?

7. Are all your receptions customized or do you do the same routine every event?

8. What’s your back up plan for yourself and your equipment

If you’ve noticed from the above questions, equipment is not the priority. Equipment is a tool!

9. Are you a member of a local or national DJ association? If no, why not?

10. Are you licensed and insured?
If yes, show me the current documentation.

Bonus Question:

Do you DJ Full-time or part-time? If part-time, why are you not DJing fulltime?

Brides do your homework and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your DJ will make or break your reception.