For those getting married soon, I have your back.

Let me start off by saying that I DJ a lot of wedding receptions and I have been providing entertainment for newlyweds for many years. I have seen it all.

But there is something new that I have noticed. More and more venues are now putting receptions "on the clock" the minute your first guest(s) arrive. Yes, the minute your first guest(s) arrives into the venue, your party or reception has begun. And I get it.

Let's say you book a venue for four hours and your reception is set to start at 7 pm, but your first guest arrives at 6:45 pm. Well, by 10:45 pm the venue is ready to end the party (and their services for the agreed amount of time).

They have been providing services for the amount of time you've paid for, but if you arrive 30 minutes after your guests your time is cut "short." Also, entertainment starts as soon as guests arrive, thus they too are on the clock.

So, my advice to couples getting married is this---DO NOT allow guests to enter your reception until you arrive or at least until the top of the hour. If you want to get the most out of your big night, you MUST follow this.

I have seen too many brides ask, why is the reception ending early? Well, the answer is simple, it started a lot earlier than you expected.

I hope this helps you and I also hope that this bit of if information allows you to get the most out of your venue and entertainment on your wedding day/night.