HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU SET THINGS UP SO THAT YOU CAN RELAX AND ENJOY THE MUSIC YOU WANT TO HEAR ON YOUR BIG DAY.
- Everything begins with good communication. A good DJ is also usually the Master of Ceremonies, will act as your event host throughout the event and wants to build a great rapport with you. Make sure you communicate your ideas, wants and needs.
- If you’re not hiring a wedding planner, let your DJ know so that they can be as prepared as possible to navigate through the barrage of demands and timelines that are sure to follow. Having a precise and clear plan will only add to the success of your event.
- Sign a contract. It is for the betterment of the client as well as the vendor.
- Establish up front that you are the CLIENT and you are in charge. If you don’t want to hear a single song that isn’t on your personal playlist, let them know. Lay out the ground rules and do not be afraid to be a little bit aggressive. Put it writing, asking them to acknowledge requests or to take none at all. The requests thing is a big one. People can get pretty emphatic if you don’t play their song especially after they’ve had a few drinks. Many DJ’s prefer you to be upfront and direct. Do your best not to be rude…”don’t you know we’re human too.”
- There is NO “magical music list” that will accomplish the task of filling the dance floor. This is why it’s more important to find a DJ who knows how to read a crowd and has the experience of selecting music that excites a dance floor and holds people to it. Also remember that if you want your guests to loosen up and have fun, you need to do the same. The best weddings are usually the one’s where the bride and groom take the lead when it comes to dancing.
- Decide if you want to let the DJ take requests or not, and make sure you’re clear on a system with the DJ. If you’d prefer he not take requests, the DJ can tell the guests that the bride/groom/client is not allowing requests for the event. What most guests don’t know is that there is usually a set timeline that is to be followed with certain things that need to happen.
- A good DJ will also want to know about your favorite songs and the genres or specific songs you would like to avoid having played. Make sure you have such a list if it matters to you.
- Get your playlist to your DJ as early as possible. Every DJ has a different system and all of us need time to make sure we have all your music ready in time for your wedding. At the very latest, have all song selections to your DJ no less than 10 days prior to your wedding date.