One of the most forgotten moments that we see, when we provide our DJ services for weddings in the Austin and central Texas area, is the wedding prelude or pre-ceremony songs. The prelude is the time before the actual start time of the ceremony. It's usually 15-30 minutes long, but can be shorter or longer, if needed. Most couples will pick some of their favorite songs that perhaps may be too slow to play during the dance. Song choices vary from classical, to Top 40, to Country. Whatever songs you choose, choose the songs that you and your significant other truly love!
Also, when you're planning your wedding day timeline, remember that the prelude is when the DJ, band, or live musician will start playing, and charging for service time. Many people will purchase 4, 5, or 6 hours, and start the time from when the actual ceremony starts, which is when the parents and/or bridal party begin to walk down the aisle. So if it's a 5 hour wedding, and the ceremony starts at 4 pm, the 5 hours will begin at 4 pm and end at 9 pm.
For DJs, musicians and bands, who charge by the hour, the prelude is not included. Many people will include a 30 minute prelude, to start at 3:30 pm (if the wedding ceremony starts at 4 pm). This additional 30 minutes changes the service time, so be sure to plan accordingly, and purchase the additional 30 minutes, if needed. We see couples every month, add a prelude and not realize that it will add the extra time. There are many DJs and musicians who charge a flat rate, for all day service, but this rate is often much higher than those who charge hourly rates. We know of a DJ service who offers flat rate, all day pricing, but that all day rate is $2000! Yikes! We are very fair with our clients and charge only for the time you will actually need. We will not charge you extra, such as a flat rate, for time you may need. So be aware and be sure to not forget the prelude!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
Austin's Best DJs
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