Surprise Wedding Tips & Advice

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The Pros & Cons

The Pros and Cons of a Surprise Wedding

There are a heap of pros and cons when considering holding a surprise wedding.

The Pros

  • It is considerably less expensive than a traditional wedding.
  • You won’t have the expectation to invite that 3rd cousin that you met once when you were children.
  • There is less pressure on you and fewer formalities, this can also be a con if you wish to conduct all the traditional wedding formalities.
  • You won’t get bombarded with the typical wedding questions, such as ‘What are your wedding colours?’
  •  Surprising people is fun.

The Cons

  • Some guests may not attend thinking it is not as important as the actual wedding.
  • You may not receive wedding gifts. Unless you state it on the invitation that you have a wishing well.
  • Some guests may not arrive on time.
  • It might be difficult to ask for help unless you have included a small circle of immediate friends or family.
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The Cover Story & Venue

Finding the right cover story for your surprise wedding is really important and so is choosing the right venue.

  • You must use an event as a cover. We highly recommend using an engagement party as a cover for your surprise wedding another option is making it a surprise party. Both have their pros and cons, which will be detailed in the invitation section.
  • Picking a venue is the fun part. For your surprise wedding to really be a big surprise you will need one that might have a discreet section for the bride to get changed without guests noticing. A venue that will also allow the celebrant to blend in with staff is also important. If you can find one that blends in with the cover story of the event.
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Invitations Tips

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Sending invites, dress codes and ensure people arrive on time.

  • Getting your invitations out is very important especially when it comes to interstate guests who would come for a wedding but may not for engagement. Stressing the importance of the day may give away the fact it is a surprise wedding. Our tip is that you may, unfortunately, need to come up with a creative in an excuse to have them come. This might include some form of bribery or blackmail (we are joking unless it works). One tried and true method is requests guests to arrive early as a special guest is attending and they must be there for this guest. If this fails you may need to consider disclosing some details if they can be trusted.
  • Dress codes can be important, people do arrive to engagements and birthdays in a more casual dress. Stressing the importance of being formally dressed or dressed to impress can help resolve this. Having a prize or something similar for the best-dressed person can ensure people look their very best.
  • Stressing the importance of being punctual. The main drawback of a surprise wedding is waiting for important guests to arrive before the ceremony takes place. Making it a surprise birthday party can work well because this way guests will be more inclined to arrive on time or early. The drawback is that it is considerably harder to hide love decorations and the cake can be a big giveaway.  An engagement party can easily blend the decoration in but it will be harder to have guests arrive on time. Mentioning the attendance of a special and/or ‘celebrity’ guest arriving for a short time during the night might also help get them in the doors sooner.

The Trusted Few & Communication

Trust & Communication Is the Key To a Successful Surprise Wedding

Trust only a select few. We all have that one friend or family member who can’t keep their mouth shut. We recommend only telling people in your immediate circle. This may include only your best friend, parents and/or children. Your friends or parents can act a go to person with vendors to make sure everything goes smoothly. Discretion is the greater part of valour and getting help can ensure that guests do not clue on during the night.

Communicate with everyone and make sure everyone has the same run sheet. Run sheets are very important and yes, in 98% of circumstances you will run behind but this guide will make sure that everyone can work together to make it a success. It is important that the vendors keep their run sheet hidden from guests.

Final Tip

Have fun, enjoy the moment and celebrate your love.

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Building A Team – Vendors

Elements needed for a surprise wedding

To have a successful surprise wedding you need the right team to make it happen. Experienced vendors or ones with great reputations and attention to detail are a must! We have a team of excellent vendors who will make your wedding a hit!

The DJ

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Surprise wedding DJ hire in Melbourne

Music plays the most important role and choosing the right performer is important.

Hiring a band is a dead give away that something big is going to happen, that’s why a DJ is your best option.

It is very uncommon for anyone to hire a band to perform at an engagement or birthday party.

Hiring an experienced and professional DJ is your best option because this is the norm for the cover event.

What we do as a DJ, is to play upbeat music that will set the mood for a party or the theme of the event. Music sets the tone.

We strongly recommend against playing love music as this will almost ensure that your surprise wedding is given away because it sets the wrong tone for the night. If the DJ plays typical romantic music you would hear at a wedding, guests will become suspicious and query the DJ as to why they are playing romantic music when they should be getting the party started.

The Celebrant

Surprise wedding Celebrant

We have an amazing celebrant who we highly recommend for this type of surprise wedding DJ hire, Jane Austen. She is the warmest and bubbliest celebrant we have worked with and she will blend in with wait staff to completely fool your guests into believing she’s a member of the team.

Our DJ’s are experienced in performing at any surprise wedding DJ hire event and can complement the wedding ceremony. Our surprise wedding DJ hire can play songs for walking down the aisle, during the certificate presentation and the presentation of the married couple for the first time. This takes the pressure off the celebrant who can then focus on making the ceremony as fun and memorable as possible.

The MC

Wedding MC

Great Wedding MC’s & DJ’s Make Your Wedding A Success

Another amazing way to get your guests in early is to get a celebrity MC who can conduct your event.

We have teamed up with one of Australia’s best professional emcees John Deeks.  John is well has a wonderful reputation for being the ‘ultimate professional. He is obliging, flexible, personable, engaging and puts in 110% into anything asked of him.’ Naomi Smith Club Events – Sandringham Yacht Club

We can put you in touch with John, the voice of JB you’ve done it again as an MC for your wedding.

Whether we are MCing or you have an MC, our checklist will ensure that everyone is informed prior to any activity that is taking place. Request a quote with us now to get a copy and to find out why we are Melbourne’s best wedding DJ’s.

The Photographer

Surprise wedding Photographer

Our Partner Photographer and the Photographer for my own wedding in March next year is one who is highly skilled for surprise weddings. Adrian from, La Moment Photography. In his own words. ‘I would ensure that I capture the moment by being completely present on your wedding day. I always look to capture the in-between moments, the true emotion and connection you share. Through the use of the technical know-hows of my equipment and an attention to detail, I capture the moments that happen naturally & seamlessly. He also provides the option of a second photographer. ‘There are lots of advantages to having a second photographer. One of the main advantages is that a larger variety of images can be captured from different angles, giving you better coverage of your wedding day.’

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The Videographer

Surprise wedding Videographer

If executed correctly it will be a once in a lifetime moment that cannot be replicated. A videographer and a photographer working hand in hand can capture the very best moments of your surprise wedding. They can also use the cover that they are photographers working together and they are offering videography as a free extra as they are moving into that area.

Why choose Only DJs Melbourne for your Surprise wedding DJ hire in Melbourne?

  • We have a 5-Star Google rating. If our past clients love us, you will too!
  • You get one meet and greet with the business owner and head DJ.
  • We offer flexible payment plans with no setup fees! Click here for more information!
  • We will answer your emails or calls within 2 hours guaranteed.
  • You get the best all in one wedding DJ hire package in Melbourne, we include everything you need.
  • We have live tracking so you will know our ETA and see exactly where we are on the day.
  • Every console we use is made up of the same speakers, lights and music collection.
  • We have onsite downloading for last-minute requests.
  • We have a collection of 90,000 songs.
  • Light MC duties are included.
  • Live tracking on the day with live ETA.
  • Get free set up with every booking.
  • Unlimited email & phone call support.
  • We can take part in wedding rehearsals. Additional fees may apply.
ilya maer
Exceptional service from James and Daniil. Both guys really looked after us and it was a pleasure to work with them. Thank you guys!!
Natalie Alabaster
James was our DJ for our wedding back in May. We had a half Greek, half Australian wedding.He kept in touch in the lead up to the day via phone calls and email.He was honest about what songs would be appropriate, while still playing our requested songs.He was able to help us create a run sheet that made for a better flow of the night.He was also able to read the dance floor and catered for all age groups and genres of music. It was amazing to see everyone have fun and participate in the Greek dancing.Before making any music decisions he would check with us first to make sure it’s what we wanted.He kept everything covid safe and throughout the night would check on us to make sure we were eating, drinking and happy.And for some extra fun, James let me get behind the booth and have a go at DJing!Looking back at our wedding photos and video, you can see how everyone was having a great time, and that’s exactly what you want.
Jason Poynton
We had James DJ and MC my Daughters wedding and he was awesome. Need a DJ for your event, James is your man.
Ruby Bayley
Nick Nitsiopoulos
Great DJ on time no fuss and true to his word excellent light show with a good range in music will be using him again
Justine Gallo
James was extremely professional and gave us the best range of Greek/English music on our special day. We were very happy with his MC skills and the way he interacted with guests. He kept us in the loop about everything and communicated with us until the day of the wedding. We highly recommend James as a DJ/MC service!
Michael Franks
Had a great experience with James. Accommodated all our needs, courteous, polite and customer focused. Great DJ andMC. Would definitely recommend to anyone
Henry G.
James was such an amazing guy to liven up our wedding day.He was easy to work with, replies straight away and just makes everything easy for you on the day.His new sound system was impressive and lucky to have his upgraded equipment on our special day.Thank you James!
Steph Kershaw
There are not enough stars here to rate James high enough!That man seriously went above and beyond for my partner and I for our wedding day.From having emailing us from day 1 and knowing exactly what we wanted to messaging after to see how we were and congratulating up.If you would like someone who is talented, knows how to read crowds, a down to earth person then James is the DJ for you.
Luke Porter
James was excellent, my son loved the lesson and then DJ set with friends after for his 11th Birthday. The lesson was well planned, along with booklet and set up for future lessons.
Joshua Au-Yeung
James was fantastic to work with, and was really accomodating even with a packed schedule. He made sure we were fed, and made sure we had time for ourselves
Skye Piggott
James did an amazing job at mine and Jasons wedding last week, he was flexible with postponements due to covid, kept in touch with us throughout the process and made our night unforgettable. Highly recommend using only DJs for your wedding or event!
Chloe Kunne
My partner and myself have had to move our wedding multiple times due to COVID and James has been the most amazing support and was always the first to call us when announcements where made. James communication through out the whole process has been above and beyond we cant recommend him enough!
Sotiri Petsis
My Fiancee and I had a blast at our Engagement Party last Saturday! DJ James Ellis was prompt engaging and professional from day one and really got everyone dancing on the night - even my grandmother! Thank you James we appreciate your energy and efforts to ensure that we had a danceful evening! Sotiri & Elena
Matty Steph
James was fantastic right throughout the entire process in planning for our wedding night. The organisation & level of communication was awesome and put us at ease. This allowed for a great night where James hit the mark with the mixture of Greek and English music and read of the crowd. We could of not of asked for anything more and have no observations. Personally a great guy who was also so genuine and cared a lot about how our night went. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ. Thanks James!
Mark Tzintzis
James is an excellent DJ and was a great addition to our son's christening. He is professional, responsive and knows how to keep an event moving along nicely (even with rowdy Greeks!). His song collection is extensive and he kept everyone on the dance floor. He even has an option for kids' entertainment which was a nice touch. Would absolutely recommend.
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Jade Marshall
Could not recommend James enough! We booked James for our wedding and he made the whole process leading up to and on the night so seamless. Didn’t have to worry about a thing with James, you can definitely count on him for an awesome soundtrack tailored specifically to your taste.
Jake Cronin
Picking a DJ for your wedding is always a risk, they are the ones the will dictate the quality of the Vibe at your wedding. Luckily for us we went with James at Only DJ's.He knew all the answers to our questions before we asked them, dialled into our crowd and delivered a great atmosphere, and was a killer MC.As a note; we are Italian and James was very knowledgeable about our traditions and knew exactly what to do.
Thamashiya Mudalige
We are sooo glad to have chosen to pick only DJ’s for our wedding. James was an absolute delight to coordinate with. We are so lucky that we went with them as we made a huge blunder with our dates and book the wrong date but James was quick enough to assure us not leave us high and dry but find us another DJ and MC for the night, Steven who was an Absolute legend.We also chose to go with the streaming service provided by Danii and our family and friends who joined internationally were not disappointed.Thank you James and the team for making our night memorable.
Alana Scott
James was so lovely in the lead up to our wedding and on the night. There was a minor hiccup with our first dance, but the rest of the night was great and everyone had an amazing time on the dance floor 🙂 would recommend
Doctor Slow Cook
Mr James shows great patience & kindness in teaching our 6 yr old son the basics to DJ.
Kevin Le
James was so good for our wedding. Highly recommended! He was amazing!
Ben Traplin
We used OnlyDJs Melbourne for our engagement party and were thoroughly impressed with the whole package provided by James. We were provided a truely professional service with prompt communication throughout. James did an awesome job with the music on the night, kept everyone on the dance floor and accommodated all our requests. I could not recommend highly enough.
Kosta Bourandanis
James is an absolute legend ! Has the best music selection , reads the crowd perfectly , and all in all is a great guy! Have used Only DJs for a few events now and can’t wait for my next event ! Couldn’t recommend more highly 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
Erica S
James played at my 30th Birthday Party and was absolutely amazing!! He was so accomodating and easy going, and took my last minute requests for Kpop as well! Absolute star. Kept the vibe going right the whole day keeping my guests happy and entertain. I highly recommend James/Only DJ Melbourne! No regrets and definitely getting you back for my next events!
Sarah Papageorgiou
James was so committed to making sure our wedding was one of the happiest days of our lives - and it was! Nick and I had the absolute best time, and so did our guests (who gave us plenty of compliments on the music selection). James is a great choice if you want someone experienced, reliable and personally invested in your day. Thank you for helping make our wedding day so special.
Lang Sim
James was absolutely amazing! Professional with high attention to detail. He made the process stress free and responded to queries immediately. Thank you!
Just want to say a huge thankyou to James! He was amazing from the start, From the booking process to the night of our wedding. He attended the photo booth the whole night & made our guests feel so comfortable that they kept going back! I had forgotten to get glue and pens for my guestbook so he went to the shops and brought it himself (although he didn’t have too, he did.) We’re very happy customers and couldn’t recommend James enough! Thank you so much again 🙂
Erin Spragg
We had James DJ our wedding and I highly recommend him! He was immediately very responsive, answered all my questions and worked with us to create the perfect vibe for our day. He did our ceremony and reception and both were absolutely fantastic. He reads the room and sets the tone of the event perfectly. Thanks James!
Leesa Gogorossis
James MC'd and DJ'd our wedding reception and completely made the night. Although we did not meet during our planning, James helped us to feel confident in his work from the get go. On the day he was incredibly professional and accommodating. Not once was there a lull in the energy of our guests, all because of James' ability to read the audience. He was able to accomodate our request for Greek and English entertainment, and we can't thank him enough for contributing to an incredible night! Thanks James!
Donna Plunkett
James was fabulous!! He hosted my son's 12th birthday celebration and the kids had a ball. He played my sons favorite tunes, he was adaptable and catered to the mood of the group and most importantly made my son feel super special (yet still cool) on his birthday. James was also able to accommodate a booking change due to covid and was understanding of the current climate. Thankyou James. We will use you again for future events and highly recommend you to anyone else too 🙂
Cihan Onal
Had rose petal confetti cannon for an event in Jan 2021. Transparent communication and responsive.
Caitlyn Tiley
James was so great! He created such a great fun atmosphere for our wedding where everyone honestly had a blast, the dance floor was full and everyone commented on how good the music was. Honestly cannot recommend him highly enough. He was also super helpful and easy to deal with through the entire planning phase with heaps of great ideas and advice!
Jay D
James was awesome, had a great time and very flexible with all the different types of music to be played. Very friendly and helpful throughout the preparation leading up to our wedding and on the actual day. Had a great time and so did all of our guests. Will most definitely recommend and use again for future.
Viviana Rossios
Professions conduct and easy to work with . Made the night fun for all the children . Highly recommend
Brook Logan
What an awesome kids party - highly recommend - knew how to keep the party and kids going - they had a ball - thanks
Big shout out to James at Only DJ’s!Had James for my daughter’s 13th bday party last night and was an absolutely hit!Had us all on the floor dancing! Great music, great lighting and great to deal with!Highly recommended! Thanks again James! So lovely to meet you 🙂Angela
Alex Da Silva
James is a fantastic teacher. He works very well with our 8 year old daughter. He is patient, clear and easy to work with. Highly recommend him as to anyone who is looking to learn how to DJ. Great communicator and always punctual. Our daughter has enjoyed every lesson.
V Psara
Had a great time at my 30th+1!
Sarah Monahan
Thank you James for giving our daughter such a wonderful birthday party! They all loved dancing the night away to your fabulous tunes..! And we were all so impressed with your setup! The lighting really made the room look amazing!Thank you so much!Can't wait to organise another party to have you back!
I hired James to DJ at my wedding. We had the event a few months back and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.In the lead up, James was flexible and worked to hours and dates that suited the bride and me. He had templates ready to go to simplify the process, and got to know the bridal party to improve the experience on the night.What really stood out – we had a separate MC for the wedding. James went out of his way to partner with the MC to make it a better experience for all. He truly went above and beyond to make this day as special as he could.On the day, music was great. James read the room and played the right music to get people dancing. One callout in particular: he went out of his way to get some of the shyer members of my family involved in dancing. Everyone had a great night.I highly recommend hiring James for your event.
opetaia apaui
James was absolutely phenomenal for our wedding. He made everything so easy, was well prepared and responds promptly.James made the wedding of our dreams come true, he listened to all our requests and understood exactly what we wanted out of the night.Would 10/10 recommend!! 👏👏
Patrick Lithgow
Fantastic experience. James was really professional and considerate during consultations, he helped us plan a great night for our guests. On the night he knew exactly how and when to change the pace. He knew which Greek music to play and which modern music would go well with it. He checked in with us throughout the night as well and worked with our MC to make sure the formalities were perfect.I honestly couldn't have asked for a more perfect DJ. Thank you very much James.
Julie Bissinella
James and the team from Only DJs are outstanding. They were a pleasure to deal with and went over and above to ensure the music and atmosphere for our wedding party was just as we'd envisaged and hoped for. Nothing was too much trouble and James' attention to detail was incredible -all the little touches that go towards making a party run smoothly and look effortless. Thank you James!
Owen M
James was an awesome DJ and MC for our wedding.He’s approachable, responds quickly and checks through every detail with you in the lead-up to the big day. This was already great, but on the night James went to another level, ensuring everything runs smoothly and showing great knowledge of reading the crowd. The first dance set was a particular highlight!Would highly recommend James as both DJ and MC!
We were lucky enough to have James DJ and MC our wedding night. From first meetings and impressions we were immediately impressed by his organization, communication, and preparedness leading up to the evening. During the night when our nerves and anxiety were at its highest, James reassured us with our plans and course of action, while also being receptive and flexible as events changed . He kept everybody to schedule, brought up the energy of the guests, and most importantly played some fantastic music. We had a night that we will look back and cherish for the rest of our lives.It was an absolute pleasure James, we cannot thank you enough!Don and Keziah.
Vedrana Aracic
James is a titan in his industry, couldn’t have asked for a better DJ to do my wedding. He is a true professional, is passionate about his art, and gets to know you on a personal level so that he can deliver the best experience possible. That’s exactly what he did and everyone loved James. Will be using Only DJ’s for all my events!
gayle athanasiadis
We booked James for our wedding about a year in advance. We had interviewed 5 or 6 other DJs/MCs prior to booking him however James’ experience with Greek music as well as how personable he was made him the clear choice.Our brief was “deep/tropical house vibes” for our cocktail hour and “2000s house party/club music with a few traditional Greek dances thrown in at the start” for our reception and he absolutely nailed exactly what we were after.Our dance floor was one of the highlights of our wedding with guests commenting on how fun our wedding was because of the DJ.We would absolutely book James again for any function we have.10/10 would recommend

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Surprise wedding DJ hire in Melbourne

Is COVID19 causing you booking anxiety? We are offering hassle free rescheduling if you do need to reschedule your surprise wedding DJ hire. Click here for more information.

Our team of DJs has extensive experience for surprise wedding DJ hire in Melbourne. We pride ourselves on being one of the best DJ’s for surprise weddings. Our Google reviews back these claims and we always pack the dance floor at every wedding.

We will play the part in making your surprise wedding DJ hire a great experience for you and your guests. Music is a major contributing factor in fooling your guests into believing it is only an engagement party or birthday party. Surprise weddings involve careful planning and coordination for everyone involved.  We will work extensively with you, your celebrant and other vendors to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Attention to detail is very important for your special day. Our comprehensive runsheet/checklist will make planning your surprise wedding simple and easy. Our all inclusive yet simple checklist and run sheet covers all the traditional activities that take place throughout your wedding reception.

Whether we are MCing or you have an MC, our checklist will ensure that everyone is informed prior to any activity that is taking place. Request a quote with us now te get a copy and to find out why we are the ONLY choice for quality surprise wedding DJ hire in Melbourne.

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Our DJ Console

We provide three types of gorgeous and elegant DJ consoles that include the best sound and lighting system package to wow your guests. With our expertise in music and creating an atmosphere resembling an engagement party, we should be your only choice for quality DJ hire. Our DJ consoles are designed to meet the sound requirements of guests expected. For further information click here.

For expected guest of up to 200, we recommend our Gold Record surprise wedding DJ hire package which includes:

  • Two Column speakers
  • Two 12″ subwoofer
  • One light bar with built-in laser
  • Wireless microphone
  • DJ Mixer

For expected guest of up to 200-250 with large rooms, we recommend our Diamond Record surprise wedding DJ hire package which includes:

  • Two  Column speakers
  • Two 12″ subwoofer
  • Two 12″ speakers
  • One light bar with built-in laser
  • Wireless microphone
  • DJ Mixer

For expected guest exceeding 250, we recommend our Platinum Record surprise wedding DJ hire package which includes:

  • Two  Column speakers
  • Two 12″ subwoofer
  • Four 12″ speakers
  • One light bar with built-in laser
  • Wireless microphone
  • DJ Mixer

Consoles are based on availability and may be replaced with previous DJ booths.

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