Music plays a critical role in a wedding, you want assurance that the music at your wedding will play, sound great and mix well with your guests. While food, décor and all the details you put into your wedding are important the #1 thing guests will remember is if they had fun. While there are DJs for any budget, the higher-priced DJs are doing a lot more than your “club DJ” you could hire for your wedding day. Creating a fun dancing environment is always the goal for any DJ however, experience with weddings and knowledge of weddings will make great DJs stand out from others.
Here are 6 things you want to make sure the DJ you hire is doing for you besides just playing music.
Keep the Order
This is where experience will come into play. You should have a final prep meeting with your DJ before roughly 2 weeks before your wedding reception starts. During this meeting, you should have a rough idea of the order of events and what songs get played for when. Sometimes a DJ will make suggestions to help you with the order of events. The idea is to have you and your guests just have an amazing time and not be worrying about what is about to happen next.
There is a traditional order of events but things can be shuffled around. An experienced DJ knows the best time for these memorable moments to occur.
Be the Emcee (Master of Ceremonies)
Keeping you and your fiancé on track is great, but keeping your guests aware of the events your wedding day is incredibly important as well. We always tell our couples that we spend as little time on the microphone as we can by only making the necessary announcements.
Your DJ should be able to tell you what traditions and new trends they are seeing at weddings. Do people still do the ‘shoe game’? Anniversary dance? When you hire a professional you can expect them to have a working knowledge of what is, or is not, happening at weddings this year.
Finding one genre of music that keeps a good bit of people happy is not as hard as you might think. Finding a selection of songs over for a 3-hour period that keeps everyone entertained is a little different. Your DJ should be comfortable mixing genres of music from styles, to decades, mixing in slow songs and fast songs alike, all the while mixing in requests and always staying true to your personal preferences. Our goal is to always keep everyone on the dance floor and no chicken dances or line dances are needed!
Obviously, the more experience with weddings, the more comfortable a DJ feels. There is no way to simulate the pressure of knowing that every 2 minutes you are required to make a decision that will affect 50-200 people and knowing that you will be judged for that decision instantly. You want to know that your Wedding DJ loves what they do and feel confident & comfortable with the biggest day of your life in their hands.
Ask yourself do you want a DJ that just plays music or does much more?