Most soon-to-weds forego their lights and sounds provider.
“Oh, I don’t want pink or blue or violet hues in my reception, anyway.”
“Our venue already comes with speakers and microphones. They should be enough.”
“We have our musicians. They’ll cover all the songs and program parts we need.”
“We just have a simple program.”
Or they book them last (whoever is the cheapest at that).
And that is one of the most common errors committed.
Here are some of the reasons why you need to select an outstanding lights and sounds provider and why you should include it on your list of priorities.
You have to remember that most of the other suppliers during a wedding reception are hooked up to your lights and sounds: host, musicians, projectors and the ambient lighting and mood that your stylist is trying to create. There are just too many things that can go wrong and most of them rely on the lights and sounds. Would you like to put all those many things in the hands of a mediocre? Or would you rather make everyone shine by booking a great lights and sounds supplier?
The host may tie in everything during a reception. But it is the lights and sounds supplier who supports him/her all throughout the program. They are the ones who fill the program. Can you imagine the host trying to hype the entrance of the entourage and the sounds supplier suddenly played a slow song? Or have you watched a game without any background music? Do you not hate dead air (this is not a fault of the emcee)?
When attending a wedding reception, do you notice the most usual problem that occurs? Technical! Yes! There is almost always a technical glitch! Can you trace where it comes from? You got it – there is a fat chance (not 100% though) that the error came from one of those cables.
Your musicians will have a tech rider (minimum technical requirements) that should be covered by your lights and sounds supplier.
Rest for the weary
Your musicians cannot possibly play all throughout the duration of 2 to 2.5 hours of the reception program.
At least, compensate
If you don’t have any musician or stylist, all the more that you need an exceptional lights and sounds provider to compensate for their absence.
You don’t want your older guests to complain about how the speakers are damaging their already weak sense of hearing. Sometimes, it becomes a reason for them to leave early. A capable lights and sounds supplier knows how to balance all audio output that they don’t hurt the ears.
Your wedding is Special
You want your guests to feel that they are in a special event, not just in any restaurant. The lack of mood lights makes the ambiance very flat, just like a restaurant or a seminar room.
While there may be many lights and sounds suppliers in the market, only a few care enough to be attentive to the program and take the initiative to make it alive. While the equipment matter, the technician matters more. An effective one operates different lighting treatments during dances, pictorial, dinner, etc; he is ready to hand out a microphone during a speech, he automatically turns off the lights during presentations; he backs the host by playing appropriate filler music; etc. You might as well get ahead of the competition and book one of those very few fine ones.
When you ask guests how the wedding went, most of the time, they will refer to the last impression that they had – the reception. Give them a great one and they will not forget your wedding.
Please do your research, book the good ones early, feed them well (understand that they’re one of the firsts to ingress and the last to egress among the suppliers), love them and enjoy your peace of mind.