Valentine’s Day may be a commercial holiday, but at the end of the day, many couples agree that it’s nice to take one day to celebrate your love. It’s an extremely popular day for proposals.

The latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker consumer report surveyed Americans’ Valentine’s Day plans and found that six million couples are likely to get engaged on Feb. 14. What happens when you get engaged? Many couples can’t wait to tell friends and family the exciting news. The most frequent question they will get from everyone is “When is the Big Day?”

It’s important as soon as you do get engaged to decide how you are going to answer that question.   Unless you are rushing off to the justice of the peace for a small civil ceremony, planning a wedding (small or large) can be a very complicated process. Don’t let it be overwhelming. First, if you are newly engaged, don’t feel pressure from your friends or family to start planning or set a date right away. It’s OK to say “we are thinking sometime next year” or we would like to get married in the Fall but not this year. Wedding vendors meet many couples who are not sure of their date or venue yet. Sometimes brides and grooms are in the “information gathering” stage which actually makes them a more informed customer. Newly engaged couples can really benefit by attending a bridal show as soon as possible just to get information and to see what type of vendors they will need for the big day. Sometimes this helps them decide if they would like a large or small wedding.

Once you do decide on a date, the vendors you need to line up first are the venue and the ceremony location, a photographer and a disc jockey. Make sure you do your research. Use websites like theknot.com and weddingwire.com to find vendors and read their reviews. A lot of these sites also offer free services to create a website for your special day where your guests can get information and you can share photos, etc..

Beware of vendors who offer multiple prices for the same service. Lots of vendors try to size up customers to see what their price range is, so they offer numerous prices to determine how much they will spend or they will need to know your venue first in order to see how much money you are spending on that before they offer a price. A reputable DJ company should charge the same price no matter where your event is being held.   There may be extra charges if you are looking at things like uplighting and/or monogram lighting or if you add other things like a ceremony package or photo booth.

An experienced wedding disc jockey will also be your emcee for the day. There is no need to hire two people. Your disc jockey will control the flow of your event and will be flexible in case of any last minute changes or issues that may occur. The company will also offer easy online planning systems that will make it easy to plan your Big Day. Your DJ should be easy to contact and responsive whether you communicate through email, text or by phone. They should be willing to work with you to find out what type of music you like, whether you want your DJ to be high energy and talk on the microphone a lot or more low key.

A professional wedding DJ will normally invest 12 to 30 hours in your special event although it may appear that you are only paying for 4 or 5 hours. Meetings, music purchasing & editing, building playlists, set up and break down are all included in your package price. If there is one part of your wedding reception where you should not try to cut corners, it’s your entertainment.   Your guests are going to remember the fun they had dancing at your reception, not the color of the flowers on the table or the meal they had. It’s all about creating a lasting, lifelong memory of your event for you and your guests!

Don’t delay, once you have your date, get your DJ lined up because like in any profession, the good ones will book up quickly!

Congratulations on your engagement!

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