What Do You Want From Your DJ?
Think about some of the best weddings you've been to. What was the
music like? Were people dancing the whole time or just once in a
while? Some couples want to dance the night away, while others prefer
to mingle and have the music be more of a “backdrop”.
Maybe you love Motown or Big Bands, or you're eager to showcase
your ethnic roots. What are your favorite genres and artists? Define
your musical tastes before you interview your DJ.
Venues or houses in residential areas (especially when the reception
is outdoors) are subject to volume limits or curfews. Some historic
buildings don't allow amplified music at all, or they may have specific
technical limitations. Weddings on public beaches, parks or campgrounds
are sometimes subject to a permit. Make sure you inquire about all
the legalities before you select an outdoor site.
Don't Wait to Book!
Popular DJs are often booked over a year in advance. Start looking
for your DJ as soon as you've selected a reception venue.
Define the DJ’s Level of Interaction
Some couples want their DJ to be very interactive; narrating the
party, inviting guests to watch you cut the cake, initiating line
dances and coaxing them onto the dance floor. Other couples prefer
that their DJ’s stick to playing the music; most fall somewhere
Too many couples ask for a list of previous brides and grooms to
call and then never get around to doing it. Sure, the DJ is not
likely to provide the name of someone who was unhappy with the way
things went, but even chatting with happy customers can be very
Write down the songs you would like to hear at your wedding. Include
your first-dance song, any other “spotlight” songs,
and your (and your guest’s) favorites. Just be sure you are
not providing a list of every single song you expect to hear! Your
DJ should be given flexibility in order to keep the party moving.
And don't forget to include your do-not-play list—just don't
be too limiting.
Mix It Up!
The music that most DJs play at wedding receptions is a mixture
of danceable music from every era and slow dances. This tried-and-true
formula is a favorite because it works. The best wedding celebrations
are those that get several generations out on the dance floor.
Weddings have a flow that is unique from other kinds of parties.
A good DJ knows how to move smoothly from announcements to dinner
music to cake-cutting to parents’ dances to a set that will
pack the dance floor.
You will be working very closely with your DJ, so it's important
that you get along well. Look for someone who asks lots of questions
about the wedding, you and your families. Can you see this person
having fun interacting with your guests?
Attend a Live Performance?
Don't be surprised if your DJ says he doesn't allow prospective
clients to drop in at his wedding performances—many consider
the practice too invasive. Would you like strangers dropping in
at your wedding? But many good DJ’s CAN offer a date when
they are performing in public so you can see and hear them in action.
Try not to place older guests near the DJ station or speakers because
they are more affected by the sound and will be uncomfortable. Avoid
placing any guests’ tables between the DJ and the dance floor.
The DJ should always be placed as close to the dance floor as possible
so he can monitor sound levels and interact with you and your guests
Many good DJ’s will offer dance floor lighting, custom gobos,
architectural up-lighting, video slide shows, giveaways, fog, etc.
to enhance the uniqueness of your party. Consider these as you plan
the overall look and feel for your reception.
Review with Your DJ
About 30 days before the wedding, and after you have done all your
planning, expect to spend about an hour or so going over all the
final details of your reception (and/or ceremony) with your DJ.
This will ensure that you will be on the same page and there will
be no surprises on your special day.
Salonia Productions has the experience to answer any of your event
planning questions. Feel free to call us for more information!