For couples planning the entertainment for their wedding it is often a choice between either a band or a DJ. Some couples go all out and hire both. But if you’re budget can’t stretch to that here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Wedding DJ.
I have been been providing Wedding DJ services for over 7 years.
If the thought of hearing The Macarena, YMCA or Cha Cha slide at your wedding fill you with fear and dread. Fear not, for I am here to dispel some of the myths around Wedding DJ’s and to let you know that not all Wedding DJ’s are created equal.
1. You are the client. This is your big day. Your DJ is providing a service just like any other. As the client you have final say in what get’s played, what doesn’t get played, whether you would like your DJ to talk between or during songs. Any good DJ will want to provide a service which is individually tailored to your taste and style. Arrange one or two meetings prior to the event. Again a truly professional DJ will be happy to provide this as part of the service. A good DJ will not take offence at you calling the shots (within reason).
2. Create yourself a playlist. One evening sit down with your partner over a glass of wine and go through your music collection. Make a playlist. A good Wedding DJ will also provide you with a list of popular songs if you wish to get you started. You can even decide to go with a certain theme for the night or break things up, for example have your DJ play a set of older classics for the older generation, perhaps some 70’s disco and some 80’s classics ending the night with some more up tempo dance.
Some key sections you may want to cover off. Such as:
- Prelude music
- Music for seating the mothers
- Music for the bridesmaids’ processional
- Music for the bride’s processional
- Recessional music
- Background Music
- First Dance Song
- Father/Daughter Song
- Mother/Son Dance Song
- Cake Cutting
- Bouquet/Garter Toss
- Last Dance
3. Requests. Decide whether or not you are happy for your Wedding DJ to take requests and make this clear. Alternatively you can create a ‘no play’ list. This is a list of songs that you do not want played at your wedding.”We are Family” by Sister Sledge can be an awkward music selection with some groups. Other examples include some of the more cheesy tunes such as The Macarena or cha cha slide. It is also a good idea if neither you or your partner are keen on a particular genre to include that in the ‘no play’ list too.
4. Make sure you provide your DJ with all of your song choices / playlist well in advance of the big day to allow your DJ enough time to build the collection.
5. Do your research. Do not pick the first DJ that you come across. The really good DJ’s get much of their work from referrals. Friends and family are sure to give you a referral if they have been to an event recently where the DJ was top notch and had them dancing on the tables. Use social media as well. Be aware of rogue traders or big companies that may fob you off with an inexperienced DJ because they are cheap. My advice would be to speak to at least three different DJ’s before signing a contract.
6. Ask for a demo. Many DJ’s now have videos and mixes available for you to watch and listen to on their websites. This can help you see their set-up and their musical style and DJ’ing skills.
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