Disco early set up, why are they a great idea? Why should you consider a disco early set up? 

Let me explain why they are such a popular option with many of my clients and why they are well worth considering. 

Makes your event flow better

Many functions start & finish at different times. For example, a wedding reception in a marquee, hotel or village hall would involve caterers, florists and other providers setting up and being ready before the happy couple arrive back from the church or registry office.

Many clients prefer to have their Wedding DJ set up and ready. In this article I cover the advantages of why a disco early set up is good option for some events.

Marquee functions – Disco early set up

A disco early set up is a popular option at marquee wedding receptions or venues when space is limited. It also saves time later in the day. Setting up early in the day (usually during the morning or early afternoon) means that the disco is ready to start at your convenience. It really is a flexible and worthwhile option with little additional cost. 

With an early set up, your DJ will have no need to navigate their way through crowds of guests later in the day. Equipment would have been tested and the sound checks taken place. If you have ordered mood lighting these would also be installed early too.

Early set up also means that ceremony or wedding breakfast music could also be provided. This offers a seamless transition into the evening’s proceedings. If required, Radio microphones can also be provided for the speeches.

The early set up is a fantastic option, particularly where space is at a premium or where turnaround times are tight. Wedding venues prefer an early set up.

Case Study

Paul & Karen booked me for their wonderful Suffolk wedding reception which was held in a marquee in a lovely setting on relatives land in September 2023. The booking included an early set up.

The timings of the day were as follows;

10:45 Disco Early set up completed

13:00 Church ceremony

14:45 Wedding guests arrive at Marquee setting

15:00 Canapés, drinks & photographs

17:00 Wedding breakfast

19:00 Speeches

19:30 Disco starts

20:00 Cake cutting 

20:05 First dance

23:55 Final song of the evening

00:45 Disco leaves site

Ordinarily, given these timings, I would aim to arrive at the venue at around 18:00 for the evening in order to set up in good time for the start time of 19:30. However, this wasn’t feasible as the wedding breakfast and speeches were still in progress. Space was also limited. Paul & Karen discussed options with me and I recommended that an early disco set up would be advisable. 

I arrived at the wedding marquee at 10:45 and set up inside the marquee next to the dance floor. I returned to the venue by 18:30 as Paul & Karen wanted to use my radio microphones for the wedding speeches. After the speeches finished, I commenced the disco starting off with some ambient background music before announcing the cutting of their wedding cake, and then we moved into their ‘first dance’. 

An early set up really made a big difference and enabled the wedding reception to seamlessly flow from the afternoon into the evening. 

Is it always Required?

No! I will only ever recommend a disco early set up if I feel that it would be to your advantage. 

Sometimes, the timings of your event mean an disco early set up isn’t necessary.

If space is very tight, this might be another reason to not have an early set up. Your venue will advise you on this matter. 

How Much Does an Early Disco Set up Cost?

The disco early set up starts from only £70. A very small price for something that can really make a big difference to your day. 

Whether you are booking a wedding DJ for a marquee in Norwich or birthday party in Cambridge, I highly recommend that you consider an early set up.

Let’s Talk

I’m always delighted to to talk to clients and provide advice on an early set up and whether it might be beneficial to your event. 

Wedding marquee dancing - early disco set up

Wedding guests dancing - disco easy set up