There is no better way of measuring a wedding’s “fun factor” when compared to a stuffed dance floor. That’s why it’s so important to set up for first-rate music, whether you decide to go “live” with a band or have a DJ (75% of you ‘re going the latter course, according to a recently available Bridal Guide study). Here’s all you have to to learn, from choosing an work to making sure your favorite tunes get played.

1. Us dollars and Sense
Will you retain a group, or a music band for wedding? Your budget will probably be the deciding factor. DJs usually start at $100 each hour, while a group may cost up to $2,000 to $6,000 for a four-hour affair (a six- or seven-piece strap, with, say, two business lead singers and five instrumentalists, standard for weddings of 100 guests or even more). However, you might save money by negotiating the amount of musicians (do you really need two business lead performers?), or deciding on an inferior ensemble, such as a jazz quartet.

2. Talent Search
To track down a great group or DJ, start by requesting your reception site administrator, friends and family for referrals. You can even consult the manager of your chosen bar or team. To conduct a more standard search, check out listings in local wedding magazines, or try a web booking organization like gigmasters.com, an especially good resource if you need unconventional music performed at the wedding-say, bagpipe reels, a cappella music or bluegrass-but have no idea how to locate such musicians locally.

3. Live Auditions
Next step: Meet with potential bands and DJs (or the agencies that represent them). Ask these key questions: How many breaks can you take, and exactly how long do they previous? Do you want to provide recorded music to be enjoyed of these interludes? What are your overtime guidelines and rates? What sort of backup plan do you want to implement in case of a problem?

Have you got “backup” equipment or tools if this occurs? Make sure all the specifics are recorded in your deal.

4. Now, See Hear
Don’t sign anything without first viewing a live performance on video tutorial or personally (many reception sites will let you peek in on a marriage happening). Focus on the sound quality, but also observe performance style and appearance. Unless you like what you see-common complaints include tacky clothing, corny jokes and too much talking-you should keep looking.

5. Song and Dance
Once you have booked your group or DJ, get songs to experience during those key moments: from your grand entry to the last party. Give your strap or DJ a list which makes clear accurately which tunes you want enjoyed, so when. Or, if you are not too picky, give a “don’t play” list so you are not stuck needing to hear any sounds you dislike.