I’ve been a wedding DJ for more than 20 years, and I’m still shocked whenever I receive an inquiry to see if I’m available to DJ or be a Master of Ceremonies at a wedding…in a month. I get it, weddings can be stressful and time-consuming to plan, and it’s not always easy to know when you should be booking everything. But, well, a month is a bit too late to be booking entertainment—about 11 months too late, if you ask me. 

There are so many resources out there to help you plan your perfect wedding. Numerous magazines, websites, TV shows, and blogs exists solely to help you plan your big day. Unfortunately, this also means that there are a lot of opinions out there when it comes to how early you should start planning—especially when it comes to booking entertainment.

My Advice? Start Planning Your Wedding Early!

In my opinion, one year is a good amount of time to plan a wedding and book entertainment. Some might say this is too far in advance—but consider this: most locations tend to have “prime” wedding months. During these months, many other couples will be getting married and venues, catering, and entertainment will get booked up quickly. If you wait too long to begin your DJ or band search, you risk having to select someone that might not be the best fit for you or your wedding. No one wants to get their second choice on their wedding day, so why take the chance?

Booking Entertainment Shouldn’t Be Overlooked!

There are certain individuals and couples that will say that entertainment is not high on their priority list, and will wait until 4 months before the big day to choose their wedding entertainment. Whether you select a professional DJ or a band, finding the right choice for entertainment is crucial. Your entertainment choice can make or break your wedding. No one wants an empty dance floor! Choosing wedding songs is crucial, and good wedding dance music means everyone will have the time of their lives.

What Should I Book For My Wedding First? 

A great tip for the newly engaged is to decide what you care about the most, and go from there. If you think the venue will be the most important part of your wedding, book it. If you think booking entertainment will be more difficult later on, get in on it early. In regards to importance and availability, the list below represents a good order for couples to follow when it comes to booking things for their wedding: 

  1. Ceremony/Reception location
  2. Catering
  3. Entertainment
  4. Photographer/Videographer
  5. Cake
  6. Florist

The earlier you begin your selection, the more choices you will have. Nothing is more frustrating than weeks of intense reaserch, budgeting, and debating, that all mean nothing when you find out that your first choices are no longer available. It may be a cliché, but when it comes to weddings, the early bird definitely gets the worm. 

Do you agree that a year is a good amount of time to plan a wedding? Do you think a quality venue and fun entertainment can be booked later? Let me know what you think! 

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